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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 3:1

A Warning to Israel.
Listen to the message which the Lord commands to you,—Sons of Israel!—to all the families I brought up from the land of the Mitzeraim when He said,—

RF AMO 3:2 "I have only selected you out of all the families of the earth, therefore I will punish all your faults upon yourselves."
RF AMO 3:3 Can two walk together unless they are in agreement?
RF AMO 3:4 Does a lion roar in a forest when he has no prey? Does a tiger howl from his den unless he has game?
RF AMO 3:5 Can a bird fall into a trap on the ground where there is not a snare set for it? Do they take trap from the ground when it has caught no game?
RF AMO 3:6 Can a trumpet be blown in a town and people not collect? If there is misfortune to a town, has not the EVER-LIVING produced it?
RF AMO 3:7 However the MIGHTY LORD will not produce an event without disclosing His intention to His servants the prophets.
RF AMO 3:8 The Lion has roared—who should not fear?—The MIGHTY LORD has commanded,—who would not preach
RF AMO 3:9 The Proclamation Against Shomeron.
"Proclaim on the mansions of Ashdod,
And the Mansions of Mitzeraim's land!
Say Assemble on Shomeron's Mountains,—
And survey the great riots within,
And the outrages done in her breast '
RF AMO 3:10 For they know not to practice the right,"
Says the LORD, "
They store up oppression and wrong, In their Halls!
RF AMO 3:11 "So," thus says the MIGHTY JEHOVAH,
"A Robber shall close round the land,
And pull down your power from off you,
And plunder your Halls."
RF AMO 3:12 The Plea With Israel to Repent.
Thus says the LORD!—
"As after a lion a shepherd picks up
Two feet, or the part of an ear,—
So shall the children of Israel be At Shomeron hid in a nook,
Or laid in a bed in Damask.
RF AMO 3:13 "Oh House of Jacob! rouse, listen and wake,"
Says the MIGHTY LORD GOD of Sabaoth!
RF AMO 3:14 "For when I bring Israel's sin on himself,
And punish the Altars of Bethel,
I will cut off the horns of his altars,
And throw to the ground!
When I cut off the Palace of Winter,
RF AMO 3:15 Along with the House in the Park,
And abolish the houses of marble,
Then many buildings shall fall!"
Says the LORD!

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