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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 16:1 Job, however, answered, and said;
   
RF JOB 16:2 Have I not heard plenty like that?
What wretched consolers are you!
   
RF JOB 16:3 Will the wind of your words have no end?
Or does something incite to dispute?—
   
RF JOB 16:4 I, also, could speak like yourselves;
If your souls were but now in my place;
I, my speeches could tack upon you;
And wag my head just as you do.
   
RF JOB 16:5 But I would support by my words,
And console by the play of my lips!
   
RF JOB 16:6 If I speak—my grief is not the less!
And if silent; it goes not from me!
   
RF JOB 16:7 But now I am wasted away,—
All my family you have destroyed,
   
RF JOB 16:8 My wrinkles are telling my tale;—
Liars rise, and insult to my face,
   
RF JOB 16:9 Against me they gnash with their teeth;
And torturers flame with their eyes,
   
RF JOB 16:10 And your mouths belch upon me reproach,
Slap my cheek, and against me unite;
   
RF JOB 16:11 For GOD has delivered to the bad,
Flung me to the hands of the vile!—
   
RF JOB 16:12 I was happy! But now I am crushed.
He has seized on my neck, and has shook,
And has set as a mark for His darts,
   
RF JOB 16:13 My breast by His archers is pierced,
My gall poured unjustly on earth,
   
RF JOB 16:14 And He breaks me with breach upon breach,—
As when a fierce warrior assails!
   
RF JOB 16:15 I have covered my skin with a sack;—
And my honour is rolled in the dust,
   
RF JOB 16:16 My features are swollen with tears;—
My eyelids are shadows of death!
   
RF JOB 16:17 Tho' no wrong has been found in my hand;
And for purity always I prayed!
   
RF JOB 16:18 Pat no covering, Earth, on my blood!
And let not my shrieks be concealed!
   
RF JOB 16:19 My witness I see in the skies,
And my evidence is in the heights.
   
RF JOB 16:20 Friends jeer;—but to God my eye weeps,
   
RF JOB 16:21 That a mortal might plead before God,
As a son of mankind for his friend!
   
RF JOB 16:22 When my number of years has arrived,
I shall walk on the unturning path!
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