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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 OBA 1:1

The Vision of Obadiah.
THUS says the MIGHTY LORD about Edom; I have heard a command from the LORD about Edom
And a message Is sent to the Nations;—
"Arise Arise! and go up to the war against Her!"

   
RF OBA 1:2 "Look! I will make you be small among Nations!
And you shall be greatly despised!—
   
RF OBA 1:3 Your bold heart deceived you, who dwell on high cliffs, —
Whose home is on high, and Who says to his heart,—'
Who can drag me to earth?'
   
RF OBA 1:4 "If with Eagles you soar, if you nest among stars,—
I will drag down from there," says the LORD.
   
RF OBA 1:5 "If thieves come to you, or if burglars by night,
Would they not cease when they'd stolen enough?
If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings?
   
RF OBA 1:6 "Is not Esau discovered? his treasures poured out?
   
RF OBA 1:7 Those men, your allies, to your borders have driven;
They deceived you! Your friends have o'erwhelmed! Spread a net on your bread that you did not perceive!
   
RF OBA 1:8 "Will not I," asks the LORD, "now take Genius from Edom?
And Talent from off Edom's Hill?
   
RF OBA 1:9 Make your Generals, Theman, be cowards,
So that slaughter may cut off the men from Mount Esau?
   
RF OBA 1:10 Shame shall clothe for the wrongs done to Jacob your brother,
And you shall be cut off for ever.
   
RF OBA 1:11 "At that time you stood near when the foreigners captured his army,
And the strangers came into his gates, and tossed dice for Jerusalem,
You joined one with them!
   
RF OBA 1:12 You looked not, on that day, at your brother,—
In that day you made him a stranger,
You soothed not Judah's sons in the day of their loss,
Nor opened your mouth in his day of distress;—
   
RF OBA 1:13 Nor came to the gate of My Race in the day of their grief;—
Nor sent to his aid in the day of his sorrow;—
   
RF OBA 1:14 But you stood at the cross-roads to cut off his flight,—
And hid not his escaped in their day of defeat.
   
RF OBA 1:15 "But the day of the LORD will come on every Nation;—
And as you have done, He will do to yourselves;—
Your crime will return on your head!
   
RF OBA 1:16 As you drank upon My Holy Hill,
All the Nations shall drink upon you,—
Deeply drink and will swallow you down,—
You will be as if never in life.
   
RF OBA 1:17 "But Mount Zion will be a safe refuge,
Jacob's House shall possess it in peace.
   
RF OBA 1:18 Then Jacob's House shall be the fire,
And Joseph's House shall be the flame,
But Esau's House shall be like stubble,
Which they shall ignite, and consume!
And of Esau's House none be remaining,—
As the LORD has decreed!
   
RF OBA 1:19 "Then the Southerns shall hold Esau's hills,
And his lowlands Philistia will seize;
And Ephraim will capture his valleys,
With the fields that belong to Shomeron,
And Benjamin conquer Gilad!
   
RF OBA 1:20 And Israel's sons seize the plain.
Which Canaan holds up to Zarephth
And Jerusalem capture in Sefrad,
And possess all the towns of the South;—
   
RF OBA 1:21 And Guardians shall come from Mount Zion,
To govern upon Esau's hill,—
But the kingship shall be for the LORD!"
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