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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 7:1

The Incurable Vices of Israel.
When Israel I would have cured,
The vices of Ephraim were found!
And Shomeron's sins that make falsehood;
For thieves are within;—robbers pillage outside!

   
RF HOS 7:2 Nor reflect in their heart I remember their crimes,
Tho' they wrap up their acts, from My face!
   
RF HOS 7:3 Their King loves their crimes, and their Princes are pleased!
   
RF HOS 7:4 They are like a baker, when heating his oven,
Only rest from their lust, as he rests from his kneading,
Until the dough swells up in ferment!
   
RF HOS 7:5 Daily fury of wine heats our Princes and King;—
He joins hands with the scoffers,
   
RF HOS 7:6 Whose heart like an oven is ready prepared,—
All night sleeps the Baker till morning,
But his fire still burns with a flickering flame.
   
RF HOS 7:7 So they burn as an oven, and devour their Judges,
Their Kings are all fallen,—none cried to Me for them!
   
RF HOS 7:8 Ephraim mixes himself with the pagans;
Ephraim is like to a cake never turned,—
   
RF HOS 7:9 Strangers suck out his strength, and he knows not!
He has sprinkled grey hairs, but he never perceives!
   
RF HOS 7:10 Israel's haughtiness shows in his face,
But they never will turn to the Life,
Nor for all this will seek for their God.
   
RF HOS 7:11 Ephraim has become like a dove,—
Without any heart in her fears;
To Egypt they cry, and to Ashur they go;—
   
RF HOS 7:12 As they fly I will throw My net for them,
Bring down like the birds from the skies;—
As their Senate has heard, I will punish!
   
RF HOS 7:13 Woe to them! wanderers from Me!
Alas for them! who revolted from Me!
When I rescued, about Me they lied!
   
RF HOS 7:14 They called not to Me from their hearts,
Altho' they have yelled on their beds!
They assemble for corn and for wine,
But rebel against Me!
   
RF HOS 7:15 If I weakened or strengthened their arms,
Yet they thought but of mischief for Me!
   
RF HOS 7:16 They do not rebound,—they are like worthless bows;
So their Princes shall fall by the sword,
Because of their swaggering tongues;
They are scorned in the country of Mitzer.
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