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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 9:1

(538 B.C.) The Period of Restoration and Daniels Prayer for it.
"In the first year of Darius, son of Khushrush, of the Median Race, who became King over the Empire of the Kasdim.—

   
RF DAN 9:2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, ascertained from the records the years that the LORD had said to Jeremiah, the Preacher, should pass for the completion of the ruin of Jerusalem,—Seventy years.
   
RF DAN 9:3 So I turned my face to seek ALMIGHTY GOD, by prayer and supplication, with fasting and sackcloth, and ashes.
   
RF DAN 9:4 Daniels Prayer.
I also prayed to the LORD my GOD, and gave thanks and said, " O, LORD! the GREAT and terrible GOD! Who keeps the covenant with those who love Him, and keep His commands,—
   
RF DAN 9:5 we have offended and sinned, and revolted and turned from your instructions, and decrees!
   
RF DAN 9:6 And we have not listened to your servants the Preachers, who spoke in Your Name to our kings, princes, and fathers, and to all the People of the country.
   
RF DAN 9:7 Righteousness is Yours, ALMIGHTY! but to us shame of face, as at this day;—to the men of Judah, and the population of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, whether near or afar, in every country where they have fled, because of the sin they have sinned against You.
   
RF DAN 9:8 "ALMIGHTY! with us, our kings, our princes, and fathers, who sinned against you, is Shame of face!
   
RF DAN 9:9 But with our ALMIGHTY GOD are pities and mercies, although we have rebelled against Him,
   
RF DAN 9:10 and have not listened to the voice of the LORD our God to walk in His paths that He prepared before us, by the means of His servants the Preachers.
   
RF DAN 9:11 And all Israel has transgressed Your laws, and gone away so as not to listen to Your voice! Consequently the curse has been poured upon us, and the threat that was written in the Law of Moses, the servant of GOD, because we sinned against Him.
   
RF DAN 9:12 And He has confirmed His words that He spoke against us, and against our Rulers, who governed us, that HE would bring upon us great sufferings such as were never heard of under all the heavens, and which occurred at Jerusalem,
   
RF DAN 9:13 as they had been written in the Laws of Moses,—all those sufferings have come upon us!—Yet we appeased not the face of the EVER-LIVING GOD, by turning from our sins and by comprehending the truth.
   
RF DAN 9:14 Consequently the EVER-LIVING watched for the suffering, and brought it upon us,—for the EVER-LIVING GOD is absolutely right in all the acts that He does.—but we do not listen to His voice.
   
RF DAN 9:15 "But now, ALMIGHTY GOD, who brought Your People from out of the land of the Mitzeraim with a strong hand, and made yourself renowned, as at this day,—we have offended! We have done wrong!
   
RF DAN 9:16 ALMIGHTY, although You are right in what You have done, turn away Your anger, and wrath, I pray, from Your city, Jerusalem,—Your Holy Hill,—because by our offences, and the sins of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your People are a reproach amongst all around them.
   
RF DAN 9:17 So now, listen, our GOD, to the prayer of Your servant, and to his entreaty, and let Your face shine upon Your desolate Sanctuary.
   
RF DAN 9:18 For my sake, LORD, incline your ear, my GOD, and hear, —open Your eyes and see the desolations of the City upon which Your name was invoked,—because not for our righteousness do we let our entreaties fall before Your face, but because of Your many mercies.
   
RF DAN 9:19 "ALMIGHTY! listen! ALMIGHTY, pardon! ALMIGHTY, hear, and act! Delay not for Your own sake, my GOD, because Your Name was invoked over Your City and over Your People."
   
RF DAN 9:20 Then while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my faults, and the faults of my People, Israel, and letting my entreaty fall before the LORD my GOD, on account of the Holy Hill of my GOD,—
   
RF DAN 9:21 then, while I was speaking and praying, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the previous Vision when exhausted, approached me, about the time of the evening offering, and, entering,
   
RF DAN 9:22 Gabriel's Revelation on his Second Appearance.
spoke and said to me;—"Daniel, I have come to teach you to understand.
   
RF DAN 9:23 At the beginning of your entreaty the command was issued, and I am come to say you are highly honoured, so reflect upon the affair, and reflect upon the revelation.
   
RF DAN 9:24 "Seventy weeks are fixed upon your People, and upon the Holy City, for all their revolts, and to expiate their offences, and to expiate their sin, and to bring forward Eternal righteousness, and to accomplish the Vision, and Prophecy, and the MESSIAH—the HOLIEST of the HOLY.
   
RF DAN 9:25 "So know, and comprehend;—that from the issue of the order to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until the MESSIAH arrives, is seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. " (It will be restored and built with streets and moat, in times of distress.)
   
RF DAN 9:26 "And after the sixty-two weeks, the MESSIAH will be slain,—and none support Him. " After that, the City, and the Sanctuary will be desolated by a Dominating People who are brought on.—But its end will be with a torrent, and its abolition by war. The desolations are fixed.
   
RF DAN 9:27 But the Covenant will be guarded by many for a week, and in the middle of the week, He will make the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and the Loathsome Brute will desolate to the extreme;—but at last a wound will be given to the Desolators."
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