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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 33:1

The Doom of Oppressors.
Woe, Plunderer unplundered, and Robber not robbed!
When you cease plundering,—yourself will be plundered, When your robbing is ended,—

   
RF ISA 33:2 LORD, to us show mercy,—our hope is in You;
Be our strength in the dawn,—yes, save us when distressed.
   
RF ISA 33:3 Nations fled from the sound of Your voice;
From Your grandeur the Heathen dispersed.
   
RF ISA 33:4 Your plunder be gathered, as gathers the locust;
Like the gobblers collect for themselves.
   
RF ISA 33:5 The HIGH LORD Who dwells up above,
Will fill Zion with Justice and Right. Make Truth her honour;
   
RF ISA 33:6 Salvation, Wisdom, and Knowledge, her strength,
And her Treasure,—the fear of the LORD
   
RF ISA 33:7 Lament on Senakerib's Breach of his Treaty.
Behold the brave shriek in the streets,
The Agents of Peace are in tears,
   
RF ISA 33:8 The pastures, the highways, the paths, no one passes!—
He has broken his Treaty, Scorns the Cities we offered, Shows to no man respect;
   
RF ISA 33:9 The Mourning Land blushes, And Lebanon faints; Sharon looks like the Arbah, And Bashan and Lebanon shake!
   
RF ISA 33:10 "Now I will rise," says the LORD, "Will arouse and stand up;
   
RF ISA 33:11 Now bring your chaff and bear straw;—And My fiery breath will consume them,
   
RF ISA 33:12 And your men burn to lime with cut thorns for a fire
   
RF ISA 33:13 "Listen, you distant, to what I am doing, And acknowledge, you present, My Might.
   
RF ISA 33:14 Then in Zion the wicked will fear; The vile will be captured by dread." THE WICKED: "Who of us can bear fire devouring? Who of us bear enduring pain?'
   
RF ISA 33:15 ISAIAH: "He who follows the right,—They who utter the Truth, Who refuses to rob, with the rogues, Keeps his hands from the touching a bribe Stops his ears to suggestions of murder, And his eyes shut to looking on crime.
   
RF ISA 33:16 He shall dwell on the Heights, On High Forts of the Rocks; And with food and with water be daily supplied.
   
RF ISA 33:17 Thence the King in His beauty your eyes shall regard; You shall look on your land spread below,
   
RF ISA 33:18 Nor your heart ask in fear, Where is the gatherer of taxes?' Or, Is he the House-tax collector?'
   
RF ISA 33:19 Nor see the hard race,—Hear their stammering lips, Who scorn in a language unknown.
   
RF ISA 33:20 "Your eyes shall see Zion, our Festival City, On Jerusalem look as the sweet Home of Rest, Her Tent never moved, and her stakes not pulled up, And its ropes never taken away;
   
RF ISA 33:21 When the Glorious Name of the LORD, Is our source of broad rivers Not wanting in oar-driven ships, And proud vessels sail past.
   
RF ISA 33:22 When the LORD is our Judge, And the LORD is our Ruler, And the LORD is our LEADER, And also our SAVIOUR.
   
RF ISA 33:23 "Leave the ropes,—haul them not,—Neither spread out the banner,—Fly now to the plunder,—divide the big booty,—You plunderers leap on the prey!
   
RF ISA 33:24 Let not the bedridden say, 'I am wounded.' The man held by that,—let him rise in strength."
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