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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 ISA 22:1

ODE 29.
The Burden Seen in the Valley.
What ails you now, that all of you mount to the house-tops?

   
RF ISA 22:2 Your City is filled with a tumultuous roaring,
The joyous Town slain, is not slain by the sword,
And not killed by a war
   
RF ISA 22:3 As though one,—all your Nobles have fled from the archers Who will chain all found in you,—
And will chain also the fliers afar.
   
RF ISA 22:4 So I say, "Look not on me while bitterly weeping,
Nor try to console me for my Nation's ruin."
   
RF ISA 22:5 'Tis a day of confusion, despair, and depression,
From the GREAT LORD OF HOSTS to the Valley of Vision;
With sapping of walls and a cry to the Mountain.
   
RF ISA 22:6 And Eilam brings quivers to Aram's hired Chariots, And Kir brings out the shield;
   
RF ISA 22:7 And your sweet vales are filled with the chariots and horsemen,
Who stand in array at your gates!
   
RF ISA 22:8 Then the Guardian of Judah shall tremble,
And trust on the arms in the House of the Forest,
   
RF ISA 22:9 Examine the breaks in the Fortress of David,
And gather the stream to the pool down below;
   
RF ISA 22:10 And you then will number Jerusalem's houses,
And pull down the houses to strengthen the bulwarks,
   
RF ISA 22:11 And between the two Walls make a course for the water
To fill the Old Pool. But not put your trust in your Maker and Former,
Whom you never reverenced of old.
   
RF ISA 22:12 But when He calls for weeping, the GREAT LORD of Armies,
And mourning and stripping and girding with sackcloth,
   
RF ISA 22:13 Will be seen joy and pleasure, and killing of bullocks,
Sheep slaughtered, flesh eating, and drinking of wine!
"We will eat and will drink,—we may die in the morning!"
   
RF ISA 22:14 But the LORD OF THE HOSTS, to my hearing has whispered,—
"By your death, alone, can such vice be closed up," Said the GREAT LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF ISA 22:15 ODE 30.
The Doom of Shebna the Treasurer Foretold.
The GREAT LORD OF HOSTS commanded me thus;—"Go at once to the prosperous Shebna, who is superintendent of the Palace, and ask. '
   
RF ISA 22:16 What is there for you here? and what have you there, that you erect a Monument for yourself here? Erecting a high Monument for your Tomb? Constructing the semblance of a residence for yourself on a high peak?'
   
RF ISA 22:17 "But, look! The LORD will throw you a throw, great man, and roll you a roll,
   
RF ISA 22:18 and reel you to a reel like a ball and toss into a far off land—you shall die there—deprived of your magnificent Chariots—you disgrace to your Prince's Palace!
   
RF ISA 22:19 "For I will cause you to be ejected from your Office,—and he will destroy your station!
   
RF ISA 22:20 "But at the same time I will summon My servant Eliakim-ben-Khilkiah,
   
RF ISA 22:21 and clothe him with your Robe, and confirm him by your belt, and will put your staff of Office into his hand, and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the House of Judah.
   
RF ISA 22:22 And I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder, and he shall open and none shut, and shut and none open.
   
RF ISA 22:23 And I will fix him firmly in a safe position, where he will be on a glorious seat for the House of his Ancestors,
   
RF ISA 22:24 and they will hang upon him all the honour of his Forefathers, their descendants, and relatives; all the small cups with all the pitchers up to the flagons.
   
RF ISA 22:25 "Then," says the LORD OF HOSTS, "if that Nail driven into its place firmly should give way and fail, the load that is upon it will be destroyed,"—so the LORD declares.
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