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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 AMO 1:1

THE Messages by Amos, who was among the herdsmen in Thekoa, when he meditated about Israel in the quake, days of Uziah, king of Judah, and in the days of Jeraboam-ben-Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earth-quake.

RF AMO 1:2 An Announcement to the People.
and he said;—The LORD from Zion will roar,
And His voice from Jerusalem utter,
And the pasture of Shepherds will fade,
And the summit of Karmel will wither!
RF AMO 1:3 The Doom of Damascus.
The LORD declares thus;—
"For three sins of Damask, and for four,
I will not refrain to requite
She thrashed Gilad with iron flails.
RF AMO 1:4 So to Hazael's House I send fire,
Which shall eat up the Hall of Benhadad,
RF AMO 1:5 And break all the bars of Damask,
And from Aven's Valley cut men,
And will seize on the Staff of Beth-Eden,
And drive off Aram's people to Kir,"
Says the LORD.
RF AMO 1:6 The Doom of Gaza.
The Lord proclaims thus;—
For three sins of Gaza's, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
For she captured the captives in peace,
And to Edom delivered them up!
RF AMO 1:7 So to Gaza's walls I will send fire,
Which will eat up Her Halls,
RF AMO 1:8 And will cut off the people from Ashdod,
And Askalon's Ruler will slay,
And against Akron turning My hand,
All Philistia's remnant shall fall,"
Says the LORD!
RF AMO 1:9 The Doom of Tzur.
The LORD declares thus:—
"For three sins of Tzur, and for four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
They delivered the captives to Edom;
Not remembering the treaty of friends!—
RF AMO 1:10 To the ramparts of Tzur I send fire,
And it shall devour her Halls!"
RF AMO 1:11 The Doom of Edom.
The LORD proclaims thus;—
"For three sins of Edom, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
For his brother he chased with a sword,
Stifled pity and tore in his rage,
And continued his fury for ever!
RF AMO 1:12 So I will send fire to Themen,
And devour the Mansions of Bozrah."
RF AMO 1:13 The Doom of Beni-Amon.
The LORD proclaims thus
"For three sins of Ben-Amon, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!
In Gilad they ripped up the pregnant,
That they might widen their bounds;
RF AMO 1:14 So I set Rabah's ramparts on fire,
And devour his Halls with such roar
As they hear in the day of a fight,
Or a storm in the day of a wreck,
RF AMO 1:15 And their King shall go out as a slave,
Himself and-along with his Chiefs,"
Says the LORD!

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