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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 7:1

(555 B.C.) The Four Beasts.
In the first year of Bel-Shazzar, King of Babel, Daniel dreamed a dream,—and a vision of his head upon his bed. He therefore. wrote the dream of his head, and related the matter.

   
RF DAN 7:2 The Vision of the Four Beasts.
Daniel spoke and said: "I saw a vision, in the visions of the night, and noted the four winds of the sky rush out upon the Great Sea!
   
RF DAN 7:3 And four Great Beasts arose from the sea, different from one another.
   
RF DAN 7:4 The First, like a Lion, with wings like an Eagle; I continued watching until it folded its wings and alighted upon the land, and stood on its feet like a man, and a human heart was given to it.
   
RF DAN 7:5 "Then I saw another beast,—the Second—like a Bear, and it established a Dominion. It had three tusks in its mouth amongst its teeth; and it was commanded to arise and devour much flesh.
   
RF DAN 7:6 "After that as I was looking I saw another, like a Leopard, and it had four wings like a bird on its back, and four heads, and life and a Dominion were given to it.
   
RF DAN 7:7 "Alter that I looked and saw BEINGS in the visions of the night; "Then I noted a Fourth Beast,—Terrible, Dreadful, and very Strong! And it had iron teeth. It devoured much, and stamped and broke with its feet the rest. It was, however, different from all the previous beasts; —and had Ten Horns.
   
RF DAN 7:8 While I was reflecting about the Horns, I observed another little horn rise amongst them, but three of the former horns were pulled up before it. I, also, observed eyes like human eyes in this Horn, and a mouth speaking magniloquently!
   
RF DAN 7:9 "I continued watching until the thrones were flung down, and The SPLENDOUR OF TIME sat. His robes glittered like snow, and the hair of his head was like clean wool. His Throne was flames of fire! Its wheels flashing fire!
   
RF DAN 7:10 A river of fire proceeded, and flamed before him; thousands of thousands served him; and crowds on crowds stood before him. He sat to Judge; and the records were opened.
   
RF DAN 7:11 "I was looking for that time, because of the magniloquent words that the Horn spoke. " I continued looking, until the Beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and given to the burning fire!
   
RF DAN 7:12 But the rest of the Beasts had a period of Dominion, and a continuance of life was given to them, for a Period, and a Time.
   
RF DAN 7:13 "I continued watching, in the vision of the night, and saw in the clouds of the heavens one who was like a SON of MAN, who advanced to the SPLENDOUR OF TIME, and was introduced to him,—
   
RF DAN 7:14 and he gave him a Dominion, and Glory, and Kingship; —and all Nations, and Peoples, and Languages bowed to him. His Dominion will dominate for ever, and not pass away, and his Empire will not be destroyed.
   
RF DAN 7:15 "The Spirit of myself, Daniel, was pained in its sheath, and the thoughts of my head disturbed me,
   
RF DAN 7:16 so I advanced to one of the by-standers and determined to enquire of him what all this meant, and he replied to me, and explained its purport.
   
RF DAN 7:17 "Those four Great Beasts that you have seen are four Empires, which will be established on the earth.
   
RF DAN 7:18 The Saints of the MOST HIGH will afterwards take the Empire, and possess it for ever, and for ever and ever! '
   
RF DAN 7:19 "Then I determined to ascertain about the Fourth Beast, why it was different from them,—terrible, dreadful, with teeth of iron, and its claws of brass,—devouring, trampling, and smashing the rest with its feet?
   
RF DAN 7:20 And about the Ten Horns on its head, and the one that sprung up, when three fell before it? That Horn that had eyes and a mouth, and spoke magniloquently, and whose expression was more haughty than its companions?
   
RF DAN 7:21 So I continued watching, and that Horn made war with the Saints, and defeated them,
   
RF DAN 7:22 until the SPLENDOUR OF TIME arrived, and gave Judgment for the Saints of the MOST HIGH, and the time came for the Saints to possess the Empire.
   
RF DAN 7:23 "Then he said, ' The Fourth Beast is a Fourth Empire on earth. It will be different from all the Empires, and devour all the earth, and thrash it, and break it.
   
RF DAN 7:24 And the Ten Horns of the Empire, are Ten Kingdoms that will arise; but another will arise after them, and it will differ from these kingdoms, and will depose three kings.
   
RF DAN 7:25 It will also speak in opposition to the HIGHEST, and persecute the Saints of the MOST HIGH, and determine to change the Times, and the Laws; and they will be given into his hand for a period, and periods, and half a period.
   
RF DAN 7:26 Then the Tribunal will sit, and its Dominion will be terminated, and destroyed, and abolished completely,
   
RF DAN 7:27 when the Empire, and Dominion and Grandeur of the Empire under the whole heavens, will be given to the Holy People of the MOST HIGH. His Empire is an eternal Empire, and all Dominions shall be subject to, and serve, Him.—
   
RF DAN 7:28 here is the end of these affairs.' " I, myself, Daniel, reflected greatly, —was troubled,—and my thoughts disturbed me, but I kept the matter in mind."
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