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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF JOB 11:1

The First address of Zophar.
Zophar the Namathite, however, replied, and said:

   
RF JOB 11:2 Your number of words answer not.—
No man is made right by his lips;
   
RF JOB 11:3 For your chatter, should men become still,
And your sneering should no one resent?
   
RF JOB 11:4 For you say: '" My conduct was spotless,
And I have been pure in Your sight!"
   
RF JOB 11:5 How I wish God would grant you a word,—
And against you would open His lips!
   
RF JOB 11:6 And teach you the Wisdom Unseen,—
For His Knowledge and power are wide,—
It would teach you God pardons your faults.
   
RF JOB 11:7 Can you find out GOD by research,
Though intently you seek the Most High?—
   
RF JOB 11:8 Mount to heaven! Yet what can you do?
Explore then the Grave.—What is found?
   
RF JOB 11:9 He extends beyond limits of earth,
And further than stretches the sea;—
   
RF JOB 11:10 If He turns, and decides, and proclaims,
Who then can resist to His will?
   
RF JOB 11:11 For He knows when a mortal is vile;
Sees his vice—that himself does not know.
   
RF JOB 11:12 But man has a heart that is dull,—
Man is born but a wild ass's colt.
   
RF JOB 11:13 Yet if you will order your heart,
And spread out your hands before Him,
   
RF JOB 11:14 If you throw out your faults from your grasp,
Nor let wickedness dwell in your tent,
   
RF JOB 11:15 You can lift up your face without shame,
You then can be bold, and not fear;
   
RF JOB 11:16 Your sufferings will then be forgot,
Or remembered like streams that are passed!
   
RF JOB 11:17 And your lifetime arise to its noon,
For your life will break out into dawn,
   
RF JOB 11:18 Bringing comfort, because there is hope,
And be shamed for your trust in the false,
   
RF JOB 11:19 And rest, and have nothing to fear,—
And many will seek for your face;—
   
RF JOB 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And to them shall no refuge remain,—
For their hope is,—their very last breath!
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