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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 ECC 6:1

Lecture 7: On the Disappointment of Life

There is a misery that I have observed under the sun,—and it is great upon mankind,

   
RF ECC 6:2 a man to whom God has given wealth, and treasures, and honour, so that he wants nothing to wish for of all that he may look on, —but God has not enabled him to partake of them!—but others consume.—This is a terrible misery!—
   
RF ECC 6:3 If a man beget a hundred, and possesses many years, and the days of his years become many, but his life is not filled with pleasantness—when he also comes not to have a tomb,—I say an abortion is preferable to him;
   
RF ECC 6:4 For he comes to vanity, and goes to darkness, and his name is wrapped in darkness!—
   
RF ECC 6:5 He who has not seen the sun nor known it,—rests better than him!—
   
RF ECC 6:6 even though he should have lived a thousand years twice over, and has not experienced pleasure!—Do not the whole go to one place?
   
RF ECC 6:7 Lecture 8: The Hopelessness of Earthly Effort.
All the labour of a man is for his mouth;—and yet the mouth is not filled!
   
RF ECC 6:8 Then what remains with the educated more than with the ignorant,—and the poor,—who knows he walks with the living
   
RF ECC 6:9 enjoying the sight of his eyes and the course of his life?—This also is vanity and vexation of spirit!
   
RF ECC 6:10 Who existed formerly? A name was given to him;—and it is known that name was Adam. But he could not contend with a mightier than himself.
   
RF ECC 6:11 Where there are many words there is much uselessness,—What does man gain?
   
RF ECC 6:12 For who knows what is best for man in his life?—for the number of the days of his worthless life which he passes as a shadow? for who can inform man what will be after him under the sun?
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