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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 32:1

The End of the Speeches of Job.
Those three men then ceased to reply to Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

   
RF JOB 32:2 But the anger of Elihu-ben-Barakel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was inflamed by Job. His anger was inflamed,
because he justified himself instead of God.
   
RF JOB 32:3 His anger was inflamed also against his three friends, because they had not found any explanation, but had declared Job wrong.
   
RF JOB 32:4 Elihu, however, had waited for their replies to Job, because they were older than himself.
   
RF JOB 32:5 But when Elihu perceived that there was no explanation in the mouths of those three men, his indignation was fired.
   
RF JOB 32:6 Consequently Elihu-ben-Barakel, the Buzite, replied and said:
In days I am young—you are old—
I, therefore, was trembling in fear
To declare my discoveries to you.
   
RF JOB 32:7 I said to myself, " Days should speak;
And numerous years should be wise."
   
RF JOB 32:8 Yet there is a spirit in a man,
And th' Almighty inspires with sense.
   
RF JOB 32:9 The greatest are not always wise
Nor the aged perceive what is right.
   
RF JOB 32:10 I now therefore say, listen to me,
I also my thoughts will declare.
   
RF JOB 32:11 Yet I waited to hear your discourse,
The thoughts of your minds and research,
   
RF JOB 32:12 And considered your reasons to Job;
But none of you proved his words wrong.
   
RF JOB 32:13 So say not, " Though Wisdom we found
Only God can disprove him—not man."
   
RF JOB 32:14 Had he laid his discourse before me
I would not have replied with your words.
   
RF JOB 32:15 They are baffled and have no reply;
Their speeches have vanished from them;
   
RF JOB 32:16 I am waiting! But yet they speak not;
Though they stand up, they do not reply!—
   
RF JOB 32:17 So I answer, yes I, on my part,
I will my discoveries declare!
   
RF JOB 32:18 For I am filled full with my words,
My spirit distresses my breast;
   
RF JOB 32:19 My breast is like wine without vent,
Like skins newly filled it will burst;
   
RF JOB 32:20 I must speak, to be able to breathe,
I must open my mouth, and reply!
   
RF JOB 32:21 I fear not the face of a man,
And never will flatter mankind.
   
RF JOB 32:22 For flattery I never have learnt
Or my Maker would soon take me off!
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