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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 HOS 10:1

Israel's progress in Wealth and in Sin.
A luxurious vine, Israel poured out his fruit,
As his fruits were increased, so his Altars increased;
As his country excelled so his idols excelled!

   
RF HOS 10:2 Double-hearted, they now are condemned.—
He will throw down their altars, their Pillars destroy,
   
RF HOS 10:3 "For now," they exclaim, "there is no King for us,
For we fear not the Lord;—and what can a King do?"
   
RF HOS 10:4 They make to betray when they ratify bonds,
So justice springs up like a weed on a furrow!
   
RF HOS 10:5 And Shomeron's mob grieve for Beth-avens's Calf,
Its people faint for it, it's priests for it roll,—
On account of its glory,—now taken away;—
   
RF HOS 10:6 The proud king of Ashur it went as a gift.
Blush Ephraim! Blush Israel! Because of your thoughts!
   
RF HOS 10:7 For Shomeron's King floats a chip on a stream!
   
RF HOS 10:8 Avens columns are wrecked,—they were Israel's sin;
On their Altars the thorns and the thistles well grow!
And they cry, "Hide us Mountains! And, "Hills on us fall!"
   
RF HOS 10:9 From Gibeah's days, you, O! Israel, sinned!
Should not war seize on the children of Sin in Gibeah?
   
RF HOS 10:10 "When I wish I will punish,—and bring on them Nations To punish them both for their sin."
   
RF HOS 10:11 For Ephraim was a heifer, delighting to thrash;
But I put a rider on Ephraim's fair neck;—
And she now ploughs for Judah, and harrows for Jacob.
   
RF HOS 10:12 Sow for yourselves, and then reap perfect mercy;
Plough your fallows, in season to seek for the Lord,
Until He may come and instruct you aright.
   
RF HOS 10:13 You have ploughed for revolt,—you have reaped only sin;—
And you ate falsehood's fruit; for you trusted your course,—
On your number of men!
   
RF HOS 10:14 But a riot shall rise in your people and forts;—
And be plundered as Shalmon, and plundered Beth-arbel;
When mother and children were slaughtered in fight!
   
RF HOS 10:15 Thus because of your crime shall be done you in Bethel,
And Israel's King be destroyed in a morning!
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