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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 18:1

The Second Address of Bildad.
However, Bildad the Shuhite answered, and said:

   
RF JOB 18:2 Pray when will you stop in your talk?
Be sensible! Then we can speak.
   
RF JOB 18:3 Why are we regarded as beasts,
As something unclean in your sight?
   
RF JOB 18:4 He tears up his soul in his rage!
Should the earth be deserted for you?
And the rocks be removed from their place?—
   
RF JOB 18:5 Yes! the light of the bad is put out,
And the gleam from the flame of his fire!
   
RF JOB 18:6 And the light in his tent shall be dark,
And the lantern above it be quenched!
   
RF JOB 18:7 His vigorous stridings will halt,
And his tactics will lead to defeat,
   
RF JOB 18:8 For his feet will be caught in his net,
And himself bound about in his toils!
   
RF JOB 18:9 His heel will be caught in a hole,
A noose will be flung over him;
   
RF JOB 18:10 A rope be concealed in the earth;
And a trap for him laid on the road,
   
RF JOB 18:11 Be harassed by terrors all round,
And his feet shall be broken to bits!
   
RF JOB 18:12 A famine shall come on his strength,
And destruction shall fix to his flank
   
RF JOB 18:13 Devouring the skin of his limbs,
And the first-born of death gnaw his frame;
   
RF JOB 18:14 His guard will be driven from his tent,—
And the King of the Terrors march in;
   
RF JOB 18:15 Who will dwell in his tent,—no more his,—
And lightning be poured on his home.
   
RF JOB 18:16 His root will be dried up below,
And his branches be withered above;
   
RF JOB 18:17 His memory will perish from earth;
And his fame not remain in the streets!
   
RF JOB 18:18 He be driven from dawn to the dark,
And hunted away from the world!
   
RF JOB 18:19 Without son, or grandson, in his tribe,
And none to survive in his home.
   
RF JOB 18:20 The Westerns will wonder at his day,—
And the Easterns be seized with a fear.
   
RF JOB 18:21 Yes! such are the homes of the bad
Such the place not acknowledging God!
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