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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 13:1

Ephraim once was great;—and why he became little.
When Ephraim had spoken they trembled,
He was so high placed in Israel!
But he died—for his guilt about Baal!

   
RF HOS 13:2 Yet still they continue to sin,
And make themselves Idols!
Of fanciful silver made forms,—
Ideas put in shape by a blacksmith!
All who sacrifice men to the calves,
   
RF HOS 13:3 They order to kiss them!
So they shall be like the clouds at the dawn,
And like morning dew they shall vanish;
Like chaff a storm sweeps from a barn,
And smoke that comes out from a chimney!
   
RF HOS 13:4 But I am the Jehovah your God,
Who brought from the country of Mitzer:
You should know no God except Me,—
And except Me, there can be no Saviour!
   
RF HOS 13:5 I acknowledged you when in the Desert,
In the land that possesses no water.—
   
RF HOS 13:6 There, they were full pastured and gorged,
But their heart then rebelled and forgot me!
   
RF HOS 13:7 So, I am a lion, a leopard,
To them on the journey to Ashur!
   
RF HOS 13:8 I will seize like a fierce raging bear;
Who tears when bereaved of her young ones.
And rip up the cage of their heart!
The wild beasts of the field shall devour them!
   
RF HOS 13:9 Israel, you are a wreck! And it is only I that can help you!
   
RF HOS 13:10 Where now is your King? Let him come,
And help you in all of your Cities!
And your Judges?—Against whom you said
Give me a king and his princes?
   
RF HOS 13:11 In My anger I gave you a King!—
But I took him away in My fury!—
   
RF HOS 13:12 Ephraim's sin is packed up!
He hoards up his faults as his treasure!
   
RF HOS 13:13 To him came the troubles of childbirth;
To him as lad without sense,
Not expecting the birth of his children;
   
RF HOS 13:14 Shall I free from the hand of the Grave,
Or shall I redeem you from Death?
Where are your terrors O! Death?
And where now O! Grave, your destruction?
Pity is hid from My eyesight;—
   
RF HOS 13:15 Tho' he flourish in beautiful meads,
An easterly wind shall arrive,
A wind of the Lord, from the desert,
And his spring shall be dry, and his fountain shall fail,
And his store shall be robbed of all beautiful products!
   
RF HOS 13:16 And Shomeron will be repaid,
Because it rebelled against God!
Her children shall fall by the sword,
And her pregnant be crushed, and be ripped up!
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