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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 2:1 " Call to your brothers, ' My- People,'—and to your sisters who have been pitied;
   
RF HOS 2:2 Plead for your Mother—plead; for she is not my wife! and I am not her husband! Strip her whoredoms from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts,
   
RF HOS 2:3 for fear I should strip her naked, and bare, like the day she was born, and banish her to the desert, where the land is waterless, and kill her with thirst;
   
RF HOS 2:4 for I will not pity her children,—for they are children of whoredoms.
   
RF HOS 2:5 " For their Mother prostituted herself, she conceived them shamefully, for she said "I will go after my paramours who gave me bread, and water, wool and flax, oil, and drinks.'
   
RF HOS 2:6 Therefore I will fence up her path with thorns, and weave a hedge, so that she cannot find her beaten path.
   
RF HOS 2:7 And when she follows her paramours she shall not overtake them, and when seeking them she shall not find. Then she may say, ' I will go and return to my former man, for it was better for me than now.'
   
RF HOS 2:8 " But she did not recognize that it was I who gave Her the corn, and wine, and oil, and silver, and increased her gold, which they used for Bal.
   
RF HOS 2:9 "I will consequently come home, and take away my corn at its harvest, and my wine at its maturity, and shear my wool, and my flax, that would have covered her nakedness.
   
RF HOS 2:10 And then expose her shame to the eyes of her paramours, and none will rescue her from my hands.
   
RF HOS 2:11 "I will also deprive her of all her pleasant festivals, her New Moons, and Sabbaths, and all her Assemblies.
   
RF HOS 2:12 And take away her vines, and figs that she said, "These are mine; my paramours gave me them; ' and make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
   
RF HOS 2:13 "I will also punish her for the Balim days, on which she burnt incense to them, on which she adorned herself with rings, and necklaces, and went after her paramours, and forgot me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF HOS 2:14 "But, afterwards, I will entreat her and lead her out into the country and speak to her heart.
   
RF HOS 2:15 And give her a vineyard there, and the Vale of Sorrow as an opening to Hope, and she shall sing there as in the days of her youth, and as in the times of her girlhood, when she came from Mitzer.
   
RF HOS 2:16 And then she will call Me her Husband, and no longer her Master,
   
RF HOS 2:17 and I will take the names of her 'Masters,' from her mouth and she will no longer remember their names.
   
RF HOS 2:18 I will also at that time make a new contract for her, with the wild beasts of the field, and the birds of the skies, and the reptiles of the ground, when I will break from the earth the bow, sword, and war, and men shall dwell in safety.
   
RF HOS 2:19 I will also wed you to Myself for ever,—I will wed you to Myself in Righteousness and Justice, and Gentleness, and Mercy,
   
RF HOS 2:20 and I will wed you to Myself in Truth and Knowledge of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF HOS 2:21 The Anthem of God and his Creation.
"And then I will sing," says the Life,
I will sing to the skies,
They also shall sing to the earth;
   
RF HOS 2:22 And the Earth herself sing to the Corn,
And the Vine, and the Olive,
And they, also, sing to the Harvest.
   
RF HOS 2:23 "I will plant her for me in the Land,
And have mercy on her who had none;
Tho' I said 'Not My People,'
My People you are;
And she reply, ' You are My God.'"
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