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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 9:1

A Vision of Woe.
I saw the Prince standing upon the Altar and he said; —
"Strike the tops of the columns,
And then the bases will shake!
And smash all their tops,
When I will destroy with a sword,
And none of them shall escape,—
Nor to a refuge shall fly.

   
RF AMO 9:2 And if they dig down to the Grave—
Then My hand can take them from there!
Or if they mount up to the skies,
From there I can bring them all down.
   
RF AMO 9:3 And if they should hide upon Karmel,
I will search and will catch them there.—
If they hide from my eyes in the South,
To the depths of the sea I will go!
And will order a serpent to sting!
Or, if their foes take them as captives,
   
RF AMO 9:4 Even there I can make the sword slay
Mine eyes will look on them for evil,
And never for good!"
   
RF AMO 9:5 For the MIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS
Will touch the land and melt,
And all its dwellers waste;
And rising like a torrent
Will o'erwhelm like Mitzer's stream.
   
RF AMO 9:6 He built the Heavens, His Chambers,
And formed the vault o'er earth;
He called the Sea of Waters,
And spread them over the land
And His Name is the LIFE!
   
RF AMO 9:7 God's Remonstrance to His People.
"Are you not the same to Me as the sons of the Kushites, sons of Israel?" the EVER-LIVING asks.—"Did I not bring Israel up from the land of the Mitzeraim? and the Philistine from Kaphtor?
   
RF AMO 9:8 And Aram from Kir? Be certain the eyes of the MIGHTY LORD are upon your sinful Kingdom, and
He will destroy it from off the face of the ground.—Except that I will not quite destroy the Family of Jacob," says the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF AMO 9:9 "for though I have commanded to roll the Family of Israel amongst the Heathen as they roll things in a sieve, yet not to a seed shall fall to the ground.
   
RF AMO 9:10 But all the sinners of My People shall die by the sword, who say Misfortunes will not catch, or meet, or surround us! '"
   
RF AMO 9:11 Gods Promise to His People.
"In a Time to Come, I will raise the fallen Tent of David, and repair its rags, and will restore his ruins, and will rebuild them as in the olden times,—
   
RF AMO 9:12 so that they may possess the remnants of Edom, and all the Nations who call with them on My Name," says the EVER-LIVING, Who will effect it!
   
RF AMO 9:13 The Psalm of Promise.
"Be assured the times come," says the LORD,
"When the ploughman shall follow the reaper,
And the presser of grapes follow sowers of seeds,
When the mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And with it the Highlands shall melt.
   
RF AMO 9:14 "When Israel My People from slavery I bring,
To rebuild and dwell in their desolate Towns;
Plant vineyards, and feast on their grapes,
And make gardens, and eat of their fruits;—
   
RF AMO 9:15 And plant in the soil I gave as their own.
I will not pluck again from that ground
That I gave to them," says the LORD GOD.
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