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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 8:1

The Vision of the Ram and Goat.
"In the third year of the reign of King Bel-Shazzar, a Vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the former one that appeared to me.

   
RF DAN 8:2 And I looked at the Vision.—The Vision came to me when I was at the Palace of Shushan, which is in the Province of Elam,—and it seemed in the Vision that I went to the river Auli,
   
RF DAN 8:3 and lifting my eyes in the vision I looked, and saw a Ram stand by the river with two horns; and the horns were upright, and one higher than the other. But the higher grew up last.
   
RF DAN 8:4 I watched the Ram pushing west, and north and southward. No animal could stand before him, and none could escape out of his power, but he did as he pleased, and became great.
   
RF DAN 8:5 "And I continued to look out, and saw a He-Goat come from the west, above the surface of the earth, and not touching the ground, and the Goat had a strong horn between the eyes,
   
RF DAN 8:6 and he went at the Ram with the two horns that I saw standing by the river, and rushed at him with furious force.
   
RF DAN 8:7 Thus I saw him approach close to the Ram; and he struck the Ram, and broke his two horns, for the Ram had no power to stand before him, so he flung him to the ground, and stamped on him, and the Ram had no escape from his power.
   
RF DAN 8:8 "Then the He-Goat became very great. But when at his full strength his great horn was broken, and instead of it four Powers arose from the four winds of the heaven,
   
RF DAN 8:9 and from one of them came out a little Single Horn, which became splendidly great against the South, and against the East, and against the SPLENDOUR.
   
RF DAN 8:10 Then it exalted itself to fight with the Heavens! and threw down some of its Army, and some of the Stars, and trod on them!
   
RF DAN 8:11 It even stood up against the COMMANDER OF THAT ARMY and took from him the Perpetual Offering, and threw down his Holy Dwelling
   
RF DAN 8:12 And an army was given to it against the PERPETUAL, for wrong-doing, and it threw down TRUTH to the ground; —yet it was active and prospered.
   
RF DAN 8:13 "Then I heard a Saint speak, and ask another Saint, ' Can you say for how long the Vision is, and the desolation of the Wicked is granted, during which the HOLY ARMY will be trodden down?'
   
RF DAN 8:14 "And he replied to him, For Two Thousand and three hundred evening-mornings, after which the Sanctuary will be Sanctified.'
   
RF DAN 8:15 "And while I, Daniel, looked at the Vision, and tried to understand it, I saw something like the appearance of a man stand before me,
   
RF DAN 8:16 and I heard a human voice near the Auli, and it called, and said, Gabriel! make this man understand the Appearance! '
   
RF DAN 8:17 "So he came to my side, but I was terrified at his approach, and fell on my face, when he said to me, Understand, Son of Adam, that the Vision is for a terminable period.'
   
RF DAN 8:18 "While he was speaking with me, I fell into a stupor with my face to the earth, but he approached and raised me, when I stood up,
   
RF DAN 8:19 and he said to me; ' I will inform you what will come in the future.—What will come at the appointed time.
   
RF DAN 8:20 The Explanation of the Vision.
"'The Ram that you saw possessing two horns are the kingdoms of Media and Persia.
   
RF DAN 8:21 And the He-Goat is the kingdom of Ionia, and the Great Horn that was between his eyes is the first king.
   
RF DAN 8:22 But he will be broken, and four kingdoms will arise instead of him from the Nation;—but not with his vigour.
   
RF DAN 8:23 And at the end of those kingdoms, when the offences are expiated, a king of fierce expression and who understands policy will arise,
   
RF DAN 8:24 with mighty power, —but not his own power,—and be wonderfully corrupt, but prosper, and be energetic and destroy the mighty and Holy People.
   
RF DAN 8:25 And his policy and diplomacy will increase with his power, so that he will enlarge himself to his own mind, and destroy many by treachery.—Then he will stand up against the PRINCE of PRINCES,—and be broken without a hand!"
   
RF DAN 8:26 'Be sure the Vision of the Evening-Morning that you were told is true; but shut up that Vision for it is far distant.'
   
RF DAN 8:27 "Then I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick for days.—I afterwards arose and did the king's business. But I was astonished at the revelation, and could not understand it."
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