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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 9:1

Denunciation of Pagan Alliances.
Let not Israel joy in the dance of the Heathen;—
For you whore from your God,
And make love here in every barn!

   
RF HOS 9:2 Neither corn store nor wine bin will fill,
And new wine shall be wanting to you.
   
RF HOS 9:3 No more dwell in the land of the Lord,—
But, Ephraim, to Mitzer return,
Or eat in defilement with Ashur,
   
RF HOS 9:4 Pour no more wine to the Lord,
Nor be pleasing to Him by your Gifts,
For they shall be like funeral bread,
All eating of them be defiled.
Their food shall be like to their persons,
Not enter the House of the Lord!
   
RF HOS 9:5 What will you do on the day of Assembly?
At the time of the feast of the Lord?
   
RF HOS 9:6 Tho' they fly from destruction to Mizter,
There Memph will collect and entomb, —
The nettles possess their bright silver,—
   
RF HOS 9:7 The day of the reckoning has come,
The day of repayment arrived!
And Israel shall know the reciters were fools,
That the man with a Spirit was mad!
And because your manifold vices,
Your destruction be equally great.
   
RF HOS 9:8 Ephraim keeps a look against God!—
His prophets lay traps in his paths
And Destroy in the house of his gods
   
RF HOS 9:9 They are deeply corrupt, as in Gibeah's day;—
He remembers their fault and will punish their sin!
   
RF HOS 9:10 I met Israel like Grapes in the Desert,
I looked on your fathers like early ripe figs!—
They came to Bal-paor,—and fell in their shame!—
And became as corrupt as their laws!
   
RF HOS 9:11 Ephraim's Glory shall fly like a bird,—
Without child, or embrace, or conception!
   
RF HOS 9:12 If their sons should grow up,—I destroy them as men!—
Woe to them when I turn against them!
   
RF HOS 9:13 I see Ephraim like Tzur on a beautiful site,—
"But Ephraim produces his sons to be slain!"
   
RF HOS 9:14 Give to them, Lord;—Yes! what will You give?—
Give them a womb that will fail,
And the breasts that are dry!
   
RF HOS 9:15 For their sin is in Gilgal; I noticed their plan;
On account of their sin I will drive from My home;—
I love them no more, for their Princes rebel!
   
RF HOS 9:16 Ephraim is felled! And their root is dried up!
They cannot bear fruit, or if they should bear,
I will kill the beloved of their breast!
   
RF HOS 9:17 My God will reject them,—they list not to him;—
And they shall be wanderers in nations!
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