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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
God's word is swift and powerful.



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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 2:1

The Doom of Moab.
The LORD proclaims thus;—
"For three sins of Moab, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
For he burnt Edom's King's bones to lime!—

   
RF AMO 2:2 So I will send fire to Moab,—
And burn up the Halls of Kirioth,
And Moab shall die with a shout,
And the loud blaring voice of a horn,
   
RF AMO 2:3 When I cut off her Judge in his hall,
And slay all his nobles around! "
Says the LORD!
   
RF AMO 2:4 The Doom of Judah.
The LORD proclaims thus
"For three sins of Judah, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
They abandoned the Laws of the LORD,
And did not preserve His decrees;—
But wandered away to their Lies,
As their fathers before them had gone;
   
RF AMO 2:5 So I will send fire to Judah,
And devour Jerusalem's Halls."
   
RF AMO 2:6 The Doom of Israel.
The LORD proclaims thus;—
"For three sins of Israel, and four,
I will not refrain to requite!—
For they sell the Righteous for cash,
And the poor for a new pair of shoes!
   
RF AMO 2:7 Pant for the dust on the head of the weak.
And the path of the weary destroy;
Son and father debauch the same girl!—
Yes! thus my HOLY NAME they defile!
   
RF AMO 2:8 Pawned clothing they spread beside every altar,
And drink mad'ning wine in the House of their Gods
   
RF AMO 2:9 "Yet the Amorites tall as the cedars,
I formerly drove from their face.—
They were lofty and strong as the oaks,
Yet their fruit I destroyed from above,
And their roots from below.
   
RF AMO 2:10 And from Mitzer's country I brought you,
And marched forty years in the Waste,—
To conquer the Amorites' land.
   
RF AMO 2:11 And Preachers I raised from your sons,
And Nazarites from your young men;—
Sons of Israel did I not do so?'
Asks the LORD!
   
RF AMO 2:12 But you gave to your Nazarites wine
Have forbidden your Preachers to preach!—
   
RF AMO 2:13 Oh! I am crushed underneath you,
As a cart that is loaded with sheaves!
   
RF AMO 2:14 But swiftness shall fail to the swift,
And the strong not prevail by his strength,
And the brave shall not rescue his life,
   
RF AMO 2:15 Nor the archer be able to stand,
Nor the light-footed able to fly,
Nor the horseman escape with his life;
   
RF AMO 2:16 But the bold-hearted hero be stripped,—
He shall fly in that day " Says the Lord.
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