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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 DAN 11:1 and I stood up in the first year of Dariush, the Mede, to encourage and strengthen him.
   
RF DAN 11:2 "But now I will inform you of the fact. There will yet be three kings stand up in Persia, and a fourth, rich, far richer than all of them, and he will embolden himself in his wealth. The whole will excite the Kingdom of I'on.
   
RF DAN 11:3 Then a powerful king will arise, and rule with great dominance, and do as he desires.
   
RF DAN 11:4 But as he stands his Empire will be shattered, and divided to the four winds of the heavens, but not for his posterity, and not like the Dominion that he ruled, for his Empire will be uprooted for others than his own.
   
RF DAN 11:5 And the King of the South, who was one of his Generals, will be strong, and bolder than he, and rule with a wide dominion made from his Empire.
   
RF DAN 11:6 But at the conclusion of the years they will associate, and the daughter of the king of the South will be brought to the king of the North, to make rectifications. But she will not retain the strength of her arm, and his arm will not continue; but she will be betrayed, with her attendants and her parent, and her supporter in those times.
   
RF DAN 11:7 "But a shoot from her roots will stand in his position and go against the army, and come to the fortress of the king of the North, and assail and seize;
   
RF DAN 11:8 and also carry off captive their Gods with their Princes, and beautiful furniture of silver and gold, into the Mitzeraim and he will endure more years than the king of the North,
   
RF DAN 11:9 who will advance to the dominions of the king of the South,—but return to his own country,
   
RF DAN 11:10 and vigorously exert himself, and collect a numerous army, and advance and flood, and pass onwards, and arouse himself to his full strength.
   
RF DAN 11:11 But the king of the South will be furious, and advance and fight with him,—with the king of the North,—who had arranged the numerous host, but the crowd will be given into his power,
   
RF DAN 11:12 and the crowd will be carried away.—Then his spirit will be exalted, and he will defeat numbers,—but not succeed,
   
RF DAN 11:13 for the king of the North will return, and array a greater number than the former, and at the end of periods of years will advance with a great army and numerous cavalry.
   
RF DAN 11:14 And at the same time many will arise against the king of the South;—and the fierce fellows of your People will rise up to accomplish this Vision,—but will fail!
   
RF DAN 11:15 "Then the king of the North will come and pile up an Embankment, and capture the fortified Cities and the arms of the South, for his choice army will not be able to stand, and none have power to resist;
   
RF DAN 11:16 but the assailant will do as he desires to him, for none can stand before him, but he will establish himself with destruction in his hand, in the glorious land,
   
RF DAN 11:17 and turn his face to advance with all the power of his Empire, and his squadrons with him, and succeed. But a daughter of women will be given to him to destroy him, but she will not attain, or come to him.
   
RF DAN 11:18 "Then he will set his face to the Coasts, and capture many. But a prince will stop his incursions,—indeed he will turn his insolence on himself,
   
RF DAN 11:19 when he will return to the Capital of his own country, and stumble and fall, and not be found.
   
RF DAN 11:20 "There will then succeed to his office an imposer of taxes upon the honour of the Empire, but in a few days he will be destroyed, yet neither in anger nor war.
   
RF DAN 11:21 When a mean fellow will succeed to his Office, to whom they will not confer the honour of the Empire, but he will come in by briberies, and obtain the Empire by intrigue;
   
RF DAN 11:22 and with force of a flood they will be overwhelmed and broken before him, and also the princely treaty;
   
RF DAN 11:23 and he will work for himself by crafty negotiations, and advance and strengthen himself by a few people,
   
RF DAN 11:24 and by peace he will bring his government to prosperity, and do what neither his fathers, nor his father's fathers have done, by that, and distribute wealth and prosperity in it, and his policy will be against physical force for a period.
   
RF DAN 11:25 "But when he is strong and hearty he will assail the king of the South with a great army; and the king of the South will contend in the war with a very great force, but will not succeed, for he will contrive plots against him,
   
RF DAN 11:26 and those in his own pay will destroy him, and his army will be overwhelmed, and many fall wounded.
   
RF DAN 11:27 "And the intention of the two kings will be to do mischief, and they will talk lies at one table,—but not succeed,—for the appointed end is at its period.—
   
RF DAN 11:28 But he will return towards his own country with great wealth, when his heart will assail the Holy Covenant, and effect his purpose and return to his own country.
   
RF DAN 11:29 "After a period he will come again, and advance to the South, but he will not meet with success as he did formerly,
   
RF DAN 11:30 for the ships of the Kathim will come and assail him, so he will retreat, and be furious and work against the Holy Covenant. " Then he will turn and favour those who abandon the Holy Covenant.
   
RF DAN 11:31 And arms will succeed with him, and he will defile the Sanctuary of the Capital, and they will abolish the Perpetual Sacrifice, and establish the Desolating Brute.
   
RF DAN 11:32 Then the revolters from the Covenant will apostatize to defilements:—but the People who acknowledge GOD, will be bold, and act.
   
RF DAN 11:33 But the seducers of the People who control the Many, will perish by the sword, by flame, and in captivity, and by slaughter for a period.
   
RF DAN 11:34 But in their fall they will be helped with some assistance, and many will be joined to them by policy.
   
RF DAN 11:35 And some of the teachers will fall to refine them, and purify and beautify them for the appointed time,—for the period is future;—
   
RF DAN 11:36 therefore the king will effect his object and exalt himself, and enlarge himself like a god, and against the GOD of GODS, uttering astonishing things. Yet he will prosper until his insolence is complete,—for what is decreed will be done.
   
RF DAN 11:37 And he will neither reverence the God of his fathers, nor care for the delight of women, or care for any God, for he will exalt himself above all.
   
RF DAN 11:38 But in his, place he will honour the GOD OF FORCE! And to that God, whom his ancestors did not acknowledge, he will pay honour with gold and silver, and precious stones, and luxuries,
   
RF DAN 11:39 and make strong fortresses to the strange God whom he admires. He will extend his glory, govern many, and allot the land for sale.
   
RF DAN 11:40 "But at the end of the period the King of the South will contend with him, and the North will rush against him with chariots and cavalry, and many ships, and advance to his territories, and flood and overflow,
   
RF DAN 11:41 and arrive at the Glorious Land, where many will fall; but these will escape his hand,—Edom and Moab, and the Capital of the Beni-Amon.
   
RF DAN 11:42 But he will extend his hand to the territories, and the land of the Mitzeraim will not be a refuge for them;
   
RF DAN 11:43 for he will control her treasures of gold and silver, and all the luxuries of the Mitzeraim, and Lubim, and Kushim, will be at his feet;—
   
RF DAN 11:44 when reports from the East and the North will disturb him, and he will proceed in great fury to destroy and devote many,
   
RF DAN 11:45 and pitch his palatial tent between the seas, on the Glorious Holy Hill,—then go to his reaping—and none can save him.
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