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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 11:1

Israel called out of Egypt.
When Israel was young I loved him,
And I called my Son out of Mitzer;—

   
RF HOS 11:2 They called them, so they ran off,
To offer to Balim, and incense to Idols!
   
RF HOS 11:3 Although I gave Ephraim a Leader,
Who lifted him up in his arms,
They would not perceive that I helped them.
   
RF HOS 11:4 I drew them by human affections,
Came taking the bit from their jaws,
And coaxed them along by My feeding.
   
RF HOS 11:5 To Mitzer he must not return;—
Yet Ashur rules, for refusing repentance!
   
RF HOS 11:6 So the sword shall be whirled in his towns,
Destroying their chiefs and devouring their statesmen!
   
RF HOS 11:7 For My People persist in desertion!
Tho' called to their God, none exalt Him!
   
RF HOS 11:8 Yet, how can I leave you, Ephraim?
How can I abandon you, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah;—
And waste you till like to Zeboim?
My heart turns within Me at once,
And now My affections are burning!
   
RF HOS 11:9 So I will not act in My wrath,—
I will not make Ephraim a desert!
I am God,—I am not a mere Man,—
So only be pure in your breast,—
And I will not enter in anger.
   
RF HOS 11:10 Walk after the Lord, when He roars like a lion!—
He will roar—and the Sons of the Westerns will tremble!
   
RF HOS 11:11 They will tremble like sparrows in Mitzer,
And like doves in the country of Ashur!—
When I bring you back to your Home, says Jehovah!
   
RF HOS 11:12 Reproving the Deception of Ephraim.
Ephraim surrounds me with lies,—
And Israel's household with falsehood
But Judah yet runs with her God,—
And with the faithfully Holy!
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