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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 8:1

The Vision of a Basket of Fruit.
Then the MIGHTY LORD en-lightened me, and I saw a basket of fruit, and He asked me,"

RF AMO 8:2 What are you looking at, Amos?" And I replied, "A basket of fruit "Then the EVER-LIVING said tome, "The harvest of My People Israel has come! I will not cease until it is gone through!—
RF AMO 8:3 And the Songs in the Temple shall be howling at that time," said the MIGHTY LORD, "with plenty of corpses flung in every place!"
RF AMO 8:4 A Denunciation of Villains.
Hear this, you devourers of the poor!—who exhaust the wretched of this country!
RF AMO 8:5 Who ask " When will the New Moon be passed, when we can sell corn!—and the Sabbath so that we may expose grain?"—Who lessen the Ephah,—and increase the shekel, and swindle by small scales!
RF AMO 8:6 Who buy the bankrupts for silver, and the helpless for a pair of slippers! But refuse to sell grain!
RF AMO 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob,
I will never forget your deeds!
RF AMO 8:8 Will not the land tremble for them?
And all of its residents mourn —
And rise and toss like a swelling stream,
Then sink like the river of Mitzer?
RF AMO 8:9 And in that day, says the MIGHTY LORD,
I will take away the Sun at its noon,
And darken the earth in daylight
RF AMO 8:10 And change your Feasts to Mourning's
And all your Songs into Wailings!
And put sacks upon all your loins,
And baldness on every head,
And make it like grief for a loved one,
And its end be a bitter day!
RF AMO 8:11 "See! The days come," said the MIGHTY LORD,
"When a famine I send to the land!—
Not a rage for bread, or a water thirst,
But for hearing the word of the LORD!
RF AMO 8:12 When they will wander from sea to sea,—
And flit from the West to the East,
To seek the Word of the LORD,
And shall not be able to find!
RF AMO 8:13 "In that day the beautiful girls
And the youths shall faint with thirst,
RF AMO 8:14 Those who swear by Shomeron's Sins,
And assert ' By the Life of Dan's God! '
And ' the Life of the One of Barsheba,'
Shall fall, and shall rise never more."

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