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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 54:1

ODE 46.
Israel's Consolation.
"Begin singing, you barren and childless! Sing and laugh who have never borne child! For more are the sons of the withered, Than the sons of the suck-giving wife!" Says the LORD.

   
RF ISA 54:2 "Enlarge your Tent's room, and your dwelling extend, Shrink not! Your ropes lengthen; and fix your stakes firm!
   
RF ISA 54:3 Your race on the right and the left will spread out, Seize Nations, and dwell in their cities o'erthrown.
   
RF ISA 54:4 Fear not, you shall not be disgraced or insulted, Blush not for the shame of your girlhood forgotten, And the scorn of your loneliness think of no more;
   
RF ISA 54:5 For your Maker's your husband, His name LORD OF HOSTS,—ISRAEL'S HOLY defends you,—called GOD of the Earth!
   
RF ISA 54:6 As a wife troubled in mind, when deserted; The LORD calls for you;— And as new wedded wives who displease, says your GOD,—
   
RF ISA 54:7 For a moment sent off, but called back with great pity.
   
RF ISA 54:8 In quick anger My face I had hid for a moment, But now with a lasting affection I cherish," Says the LORD your defender.
   
RF ISA 54:9 "I promised like this in the Waters to Noah,—That no more Noah's Waters should pass o'er the earth, So I promise to you against anger and wrath,
   
RF ISA 54:10 Though the Mountains may move and the Hills may be shaken, My love for you moves not, nor alters My treaty of peace!" Says your lover the LORD.
   
RF ISA 54:11 ODE 47.
Comforting Israel.
"You afflicted by storms and unpitied, Your stones shall be marble, foundations be sapphires
   
RF ISA 54:12 And rubies your windows, and gates of rock crystal. All your ramparts of beautiful stones!
   
RF ISA 54:13 And the LORD teach your sons and well prosper your children,
   
RF ISA 54:14 Be steadfast in Right, and keep far from Oppression, To it, and Corruption, you never must look,—You must not bring them near you.
   
RF ISA 54:15 See! gathering, they gather against you! Who gather against you, by you they will fall.
   
RF ISA 54:16 I made the Smith to blow fire with his bellows, By his skill to work out every vessel for use; And I also created the Waster to spoil.—
   
RF ISA 54:17 But all tools formed against you shall never succeed; You shall conquer all tongues that rise up in contention, The LORD'S servants have this right from Me," says the LORD.
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