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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 4:1

Listen to this Message, you cows of Bashan, who are on the hills of Shomeron! Who oppress the weak, who crush the wretched, but say to your masters, "Come on! Let us drink!"—

   
RF AMO 4:2 The MIGHTY LORD has sworn by His holiness that the times says shall come upon you when you shall be hung on hooks and your followers on fish hooks,
   
RF AMO 4:3 and you shall be pulled out quivering,—and as an exposed woman,—and they will fling you to brought the public," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:4 "Come to Bethel and sin! To Gilgal and multiply sins!—Bring your sacrifices to the Morning,—and your three yearly tithes,
   
RF AMO 4:5 and incense with ferment,—give thanks and offer your vows in public,—for you love that, Sons of Israel!
   
RF AMO 4:6 Therefore I, the also, have given you cleanness of teeth in all your towns, and want of bread in all your homes, because you have not turned to Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:7 "And I have also held back the showers from you, in the third month at harvest, and have rained upon a village here, and not on a village there;—I rained rain upon one district,—but the district not rained upon withered.
   
RF AMO 4:8 So two or three villages travelled to the one village to drink water, but were not refreshed,—yet they did not turn to Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:9 "Then I inflicted upon you blight,—with mildew upon your plentiful gardens, and vine and fig, and olive yards. The grub devoured them.—But you did not return to Me," the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:10 "Is not your disease from the direction of the Mitzeraim?—I slew your soldiers by the sword, with the loss of your heroes. I have the stink of your camps to your nose; —but you have not turned to Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:11 "I have overwhelmed among you, as when GOD overwhelmed Sodom and Gomorah, and you became like a stick snatched from a fire;—but you have not turned to Me," says EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 4:12 Consequently I will do thus to you, revolting Israel!—and because I do it to you, Israel, prepare to meet your GOD!—
   
RF AMO 4:13 for be sure that the Former of the Hills,—the Creator of the Wind,—the Reporter to man of what He decides—Who uses the wings of darkness, and walks on the heights of the earth,—His Name is the LORD OF HOSTS!
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