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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 36:1 Elihu consequently continued and said;
   
RF JOB 36:2 Wait for me, and I will reveal
The reasons I still have for God.
   
RF JOB 36:3 I will gather my teachings from far
And prove that my Maker is right;
   
RF JOB 36:4 For I certainly utter no lies;
Pure truth is presented to you.
   
RF JOB 36:5 God is mighty and does not neglect,
He is mighty in power of mind;
   
RF JOB 36:6 He does not encourage the bad,
But gives the afflicted their right.
   
RF JOB 36:7 From judges He takes not His eyes
Or from monarchs who sit on the throne!
Whom He sanctions, are mighty for aye;
   
RF JOB 36:8 But if they are fettered in chains
And bound in the cords of distress,
   
RF JOB 36:9 He is showing their conduct to them
And the faults that their pride has produced;
   
RF JOB 36:10 And uncovers their hearing to learn,
And tells them to turn from their sins.
   
RF JOB 36:11 If they listen to Him, and obey,
They complete with enjoyment their days
And end up their years in delight,
   
RF JOB 36:12 If they hear not, they pass like a dart,
And expire in their want of good sense!
   
RF JOB 36:13 But the wicked in heart heap up wrath;
When He binds them, it is not to save;
   
RF JOB 36:14 Their life goes to death in their youth,
For their life is among the depraved.
   
RF JOB 36:15 But He rescues the wronged from their woes,
And opens their ears by distress;
   
RF JOB 36:16 And from these present griefs He will lead
To a plain, unobstructed advance;
And rich food will be spread on your board.
   
RF JOB 36:17 But your thoughts are filled up with your wrongs,
Tho' reflection and thought should support.
   
RF JOB 36:18 Your rage should not lead to contempt,
When a great ransom could not redeem,
   
RF JOB 36:19 Nor your wealth would be able to save,
Nor all the exertions of strength;
   
RF JOB 36:20 Ah! do not desire that Night,
And the path to the Nations laid low!
   
RF JOB 36:21 Ah! do not desire that Night,
For that you preferred to distress.
   
RF JOB 36:22 See, how lofty God is in His might,
For who can enlighten like Him?
   
RF JOB 36:23 And who for Him drew out his plans;
Who can say, " What you do is absurd?"
   
RF JOB 36:24 Think? You should exult in His works
Which men are accustomed to praise!
   
RF JOB 36:25 For all mankind see Him in them
And mortals regard from afar!
   
RF JOB 36:26 We know not how noble God is,
How unmeasured His number of years,
   
RF JOB 36:27 Who accumulates mist from the seas
And distributes the vapour in rain,
   
RF JOB 36:28 Which the storm clouds all scatter around,
Distilling abundance on man.
   
RF JOB 36:29 Ah! who understands the massed clouds
That carry His thunders within?
   
RF JOB 36:30 Look! He scatters about them His flash,
But their roots are concealed in the sea I
   
RF JOB 36:31 Yet He governs the Nations by them;
He gives by them plenty of food;
   
RF JOB 36:32 He places the flash on their bows
And directs it go to the mark,
   
RF JOB 36:33 And instructs it to show forth for Him
The wealth of His wrath on the vile!
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