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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 3:1

The Golden Column.
Nebuchadnezzar the King made a Golden Column, whose height was sixty cubits, and its breadth six. He erected it on the plain of Dura, in the Province of Babel.

   
RF DAN 3:2 Dedication of the Golden column.
Then Nebuchadnezzar sent to collect the Viceroys, Presidents, and Lawyers; the Judges, the Treasurers, the Counsellors, the Justices, and all the Governors of Provinces, to assemble for the dedication of the column that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.
   
RF DAN 3:3 Consequently all the Viceroys, the Presidents, and Lawyers, with Judges, Treasurers, the Counsellors, the Justices and all Governors of Provinces assembled to the dedication of the Column that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
   
RF DAN 3:4 The Fiery Furnace.
Then the Herald proclaimed;—
"It is commanded to you.—Peoples, Nations, and Languages,
   
RF DAN 3:5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, sackbut, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the Column of Gold that Nebuchadnezzar the King has erected!—
   
RF DAN 3:6 And whoever does not fall down and worship it,—shall immediately be flung into the middle of the burning fiery furnace!"
   
RF DAN 3:7 Consequently at the time appointed when all the Peoples heard the sound of the horn, the pipe, the harp, the sackbut, the psaltery, the bagpipe, and all kinds of music, all the Peoples Nations, and Languages, fell and worshipped the Golden Column that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up!
   
RF DAN 3:8 The Jews Accused of Not Worshipping it.
However, at that time some men of the Kasdim approached and accused the Jews.
   
RF DAN 3:9 They addressed King Nebuchadnezzar, "May you live for ever, King!
   
RF DAN 3:10 Did not you yourself, King, appoint a Decree for all men, when they heard the sound of the horn, the pipe, the harp, the sackbut, the psaltery, the bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the Golden Column?
   
RF DAN 3:11 And that whoever did not fall down and worship, should immediately be flung into the middle of the burning fiery furnace?
   
RF DAN 3:12 But there are men of the Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the Province of Babel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego;—these men have not obeyed you, King! They have not fallen down to your God; and have not worshipped the Golden Column that you have set up!"
   
RF DAN 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, commanded Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be brought. And the men were brought before the King;
   
RF DAN 3:14 when Nebuchadnezzar addressed and said to them. "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, why do you not honour and fall down to my God, nor worship the Golden Column I have erected?
   
RF DAN 3:15 However, are you prepared, at the time you hear the sound of the horn, the pipe, the harp, the sackbut, the psaltery, the bagpipe, and all kinds of music to fall down and worship the Column that I have made?—If you will not worship, you shall be immediately flung into the middle of the burning fiery furnace!—And who is the God that can deliver you from my hand?
   
RF DAN 3:16 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, and said to King Nebuchadnezzar;—"We do not care enough about this Decree to answer you—
   
RF DAN 3:17 Be sure there is a God Whom we worship, Who is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace! And HE will deliver us from your hand, King!
   
RF DAN 3:18 But if not, let it be known to yourself, King, that we will not reverence your God, nor worship the Golden Column you have set up!"
   
RF DAN 3:19 The Despots Fury.
Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the shape of his face was changed, at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, so in reply he ordered them to heat the furnace seven times more than usual,
   
RF DAN 3:20 and commanded the strongest men in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to fling them into the fiery furnace
   
RF DAN 3:21 Consequently these men were bound in their trousers, waistcoats, mantles, and turbans, and flung into the middle of the burning fiery furnace.
   
RF DAN 3:22 However, because the furnace Was made excessively hot, owing to the urgent command of the King, the men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed by the flame of the fire;
   
RF DAN 3:23 but those three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell bound into the centre of the burning fiery furnace!
   
RF DAN 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar was terrified, and rose up hastily, and addressed his Counsellors, and asked, "Did we not throw three men bound into the middle of the burning fiery furnace?" They answered and said, "Certainly, King!"
   
RF DAN 3:25 He replied and said, "How then do I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and unimpaired? And the appearance of the fourth is like a Son of a GOD!"
   
RF DAN 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the entrance of the burning fiery furnace, and called, and said,—"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the HIGHEST GOD, come out, and come here "Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the midst of the fire,
   
RF DAN 3:27 and the Viceroys, the Presidents, and the Counsellors of the King, saw the men, and that the fire had not had power over their bodies, and that the hair of their heads was not singed, and their clothing not injured, and the smell of fire was not upon them.
   
RF DAN 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar consequently exclaimed, "Thank the GOD of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who sent His Messenger, to deliver His servants who trusted upon Him, who disregarded the Royal Decree, and gave up their bodies, and would not serve, and would not worship any God, but their own GOD!
   
RF DAN 3:29 Therefore I now Ordain a Decree to every People, Nation, and Language, that whoever shall speak insultingly of the GOD of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut to pieces, and their houses made a dung-hill, because there is not another GOD who is able to deliver like Him!
   
RF DAN 3:30 "The King afterwards promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the Province of Babel.
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