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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 13:1

Mine eyes have observed all these things.
I have heard, and my ears understood;

   
RF JOB 13:2 What you know, I know that myself,
I am no more a fool than are you.
   
RF JOB 13:3 Now, I will address the Most High,
And to God I will turn with my plea;
   
RF JOB 13:4 For you are but painters of falsehood!
And worthless physicians are you!
   
RF JOB 13:5 I wish you would keep yourselves silent
For that is your far wisest plan;—
   
RF JOB 13:6 And listen to me while I reason,
And attend to the plea of my lips!—
   
RF JOB 13:7 Why will you talk folly for God?
Why utter your falsehoods as His?
   
RF JOB 13:8 For can you His Presence exalt?
Are you the defenders of God?
   
RF JOB 13:9 When He searches, will He approve you,
If you flatter, as you flatter men?
   
RF JOB 13:10 Be assured that He will reprove
If you flatter by falsehood His state.
   
RF JOB 13:11 And should you not reverence His Height?
And should not His dread fall on you?
   
RF JOB 13:12 Reflect, that your proverbs are dust,
And your maxims are mountains of mud!
   
RF JOB 13:13 Keep silent to me while I speak!
I, myself, let come on me what may!
   
RF JOB 13:14 I am mad,—with my flesh in my teeth,—
And I put my life into my hand;—
   
RF JOB 13:15 Let Him kill me; yet I do not care!
In His presence I plead for my course!
   
RF JOB 13:16 Perhaps He will save me Himself;—
For villains dare not seek His face!
   
RF JOB 13:17 Listen, listen! to what I can say,—
And I will explain to your ears,
   
RF JOB 13:18 For, now I arrange my defence,
I know my acquittal is sure!
   
RF JOB 13:19 Who is it against me will plead?
I then will be silent and die!
   
RF JOB 13:20 Oh I only grant two things for me,
Then I will not hide from your face;
   
RF JOB 13:21 Remove this affliction away,
And let not your terror o'erwhelm;
   
RF JOB 13:22 Then summon and I will respond,—
Or let me speak,—and you can reply.
   
RF JOB 13:23 Say what are my vices and sins?
Oh! teach me my frailties and faults.
   
RF JOB 13:24 For what do you hide up your face,
And think me a foeman of yours?
   
RF JOB 13:25 And why do you chase withered leaves,
Or hunt after stubble dried up?
   
RF JOB 13:26 That you write against me bitter things,
And clothe with the sins of my youth;
   
RF JOB 13:27 And fasten my feet in the stocks,
And watch to find my hidden ways,
And examine the marks of my feet?—
   
RF JOB 13:28 And that here I am rotting away
Like a garment that moths have consumed!
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