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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 5:1 Listen to this message that I bring to you;—
   
RF AMO 5:2 The Lament for the House of Israel.
Israel's daughter has fallen and cannot arise!
She lies stretched on the ground without help!
   
RF AMO 5:3 For thus says the MIGHTY LORD,—"To the City that brought out a thousand, a hundred are left and where a hundred came out, ten are left to the House of Israel.";
   
RF AMO 5:4 Thus says the EVER-LIVING to the House of Israel—"Seek Me and you will live;
   
RF AMO 5:5 but seek not Bethel, and go not to Gilgal, nor pass on to Barsheba,—for Gilgal will be carried off, and Bethel become empty."
   
RF AMO 5:6 Seek the LIFE and you shall live! If not He will fall like fire on the House of Joseph, and consume and be unquenchable in Bethel!—
   
RF AMO 5:7 You who turn Justice into distress, and fling right to the ground!—
   
RF AMO 5:8 concocting clouds and stupidity, and pouring the shadow of death on the morning, and dark Night upon Day, and demand the waters of the Sea, and pour them on the face of the land!—
   
RF AMO 5:9 His Name is the LIFE, Who flashes destruction on Power, and brings destruction on the Mighty!
   
RF AMO 5:10 They hate the public reprover,—abhor the speaker of truth.
   
RF AMO 5:11 Therefore, although you trample upon the poor, and take a tax on his corn, to build yourselves houses of cut stone,—you shall not reside in them. You plant delightful vineyards, but shall not drink their wine
   
RF AMO 5:12 For I know your many vices, and your mighty sins!—you oppressors of right;—you takers of bribes;—and you wrong the wretched in the Courts of Justice.
   
RF AMO 5:13 So the Prudent in this age is dumb!—for it is a bad period!
   
RF AMO 5:14 Seek Good and not evil! that you may live,—and then the LORD GOD OF HOSTS will be with you, as you assert.—
   
RF AMO 5:15 Hate Evil and love Good,—Establish justice in your Law Courts I —Perhaps the LORD OF HOSTS will be merciful to the fragments of Joseph!
   
RF AMO 5:16 However, thus says the LORD GOD OF HOSTS, THE MIGHTY, "There shall be mourning in all the squares! and they shall exclaim in all the streets, Alas! Alas! ' and call the farmer to grieve, and the professors of wailing to mourn;—
   
RF AMO 5:17 And all vine- dressers to lament, when I pass through your breast," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF AMO 5:18 Woe to you, wishing for the Day of the LORD!-It will be darkness and not Light!
   
RF AMO 5:19 As a man flying from the presence of a lion,—and a bear meets him, or entering a house, and laying his hand on the wall, and a serpent bites,—
   
RF AMO 5:20 The Day of the LORD will be Darkness and not Light,—and Blackness and without splendour.
   
RF AMO 5:21 A Denunciation of Hypocrisy.
I hate, I reject your feasts! I am not pleased with your assemblings! When you offer burnt-offerings with foods,
   
RF AMO 5:22 I am not gratified!—and I will not look at your fat thank-offerings! Take away the drone of your songs!
   
RF AMO 5:23 And let Me not hear the tone of your lutes!—
   
RF AMO 5:24 But let Justice flow like brooks, and right like a constant river!
   
RF AMO 5:25 Did you present to Me for the forty years in the Desert, sacrifices and offerings?—House of Israel?—
   
RF AMO 5:26 When you erected your tent to Molok, and shrines for your Star-god, Kion whom you made for yourselves?—
   
RF AMO 5:27 So I will transport you from here to Damascus, the EVER-LIVING declares, —Whose name is the LORD GOD OF HOSTS!
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