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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 38:1

ODE 57.
Hezekiah's Illness.
At that time Hezekiah was seriously ill, and Isaiah-ben-Amoz the Preacher came to him and told him;—"The LORD says thus Arrange your family affairs, for you will die, and not live.'

   
RF ISA 38:2 "But Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF ISA 38:3 and said, ' I entreat You, the EVER-LIVING, to remember how I have conducted myself before You with a true and sincere heart, and the good I have done in Your sight." Then Hezekiah wept a great weeping.
   
RF ISA 38:4 Then an order came from the EVER-LIVING to Isaiah commanding,
   
RF ISA 38:5 "Go and say to Hezekiah, " ' Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of David your ancestor;—I have heard your prayer,—I have seen your tears,—so I will add fifteen years to your days.
   
RF ISA 38:6 I will also rescue you and this City from the hand of the King of Ashur, and will shield this town,
   
RF ISA 38:7 and this shall be a proof to you from the EVER-LIVING, that the EVER-LIVING will effect the event of which He has promised;—
   
RF ISA 38:8 I will return the Advancing Shadow on the Dial which has passed down on the Sun-dial of Ahaz from the Sun, Ten degrees backwards;—so that ten degrees of the Dial shall return on the sun-dial which they had gone down."
   
RF ISA 38:9 ODE 58.
Hezekiah's Psalm of Thanksgiving.
Written by HEZEKIAH, King of Judah, about his Illness, after he was restored from it.
   
RF ISA 38:10 I said to myself,—"In the midst of my days,
I must enter the Grave, lose the half of my years;
   
RF ISA 38:11 Nor see DIVINE LIFE in the land of the living,
Nor see men again with the dwellers at ease.
   
RF ISA 38:12 "My tent strike and fold, like the tent of a shepherd;
My life be cut off, like a web in the day, Nor continue to weave me till night."
   
RF ISA 38:13 I groaned at the dawning as if at a lion, As though he had crushed all my bones,
From the day until night as you broke me.
   
RF ISA 38:14 Like the circling swallow I twittered,
I mourned like a dove;
My eyes failed for the LIFE from on High;
I was loaded and dark to myself.
   
RF ISA 38:15 What say and relate of my case?-
That it made me go sadly along,
In the grief of my soul all my years,
Till the Almighty raised me to life!
   
RF ISA 38:16 Now my spirit will live through them all,
For You have revived me to strength,
   
RF ISA 38:17 My suffering You turned into ease,
When oblivion You turned back to life,
When You threw to my back all my sin.
   
RF ISA 38:18 For the grave cannot praise or death give to You thanks,
Nor the wrecked in the Pit know Your truth.-
   
RF ISA 38:19 Life, life, it will thank You like I do today!
Your truth to his children the father will tell.
   
RF ISA 38:20 The LORD saved me, and so let us sing to the lute All the days of our life, in the House of the LORD.1
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1 NOTE.—Ch. 38. The verses 21 and 22 are clearly an old Hebrew editor's note.
   
RF ISA 38:21 Under the direction of Isaiah they had taken a cake of figs and pressed it upon the ulcer, and he had revived.
   
RF ISA 38:22 Then Hezekiah said, "What a wonder that I can go up to the House of the EVER-LIVING!'
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