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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 17:1

My spirit is writhing in pain
My days flying fast to the grave!

   
RF JOB 17:2 Altho' my deriders withstand,
As an obstacle fixed in my sight!
   
RF JOB 17:3 Oh! fix now my bail for Yourself;—
But who will give bond on my part?
   
RF JOB 17:4 For You take common sense from their hearts,
And so You rely not on them,
   
RF JOB 17:5 To decide on the fate of their friend,
So the sight of their children shall fail.
   
RF JOB 17:6 I am placed as a proverb to men,
And become a contempt in their sight!
   
RF JOB 17:7 So with sadness my eyes are oppressed,
And my form is consumed to a shade.
   
RF JOB 17:8 The upright may wonder at this;—
And the clean from pollution be roused;
   
RF JOB 17:9 But the righteous will hold on his way,
And the pure-handed add to his strength.
   
RF JOB 17:10 But all you,—turn round, and be off!
For wisdom I find not in you!—
   
RF JOB 17:11 My days fly! My purposes fail!
The cherished ideas of my heart,
   
RF JOB 17:12 Can they change the night into day,
By light that proceeds from the dark,
   
RF JOB 17:13 When I measure my home in the grave,
And in darkness I spread out my bed?
   
RF JOB 17:14 When I call to my father, Corruption,
You, my Mother and Sister, the Worm?—
   
RF JOB 17:15 But if so, then where is my hope?
And my hope, who can ever behold
   
RF JOB 17:16 When gone down with my frame to the grave
If together we rest in the dust?
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