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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.

   
ACF MIC 5:1

Agora ajunta-te em tropas, ó filha de tropas; pôr-se-á cerco contra nós; ferirão com a vara na face ao juiz de Israel.

   
ACF MIC 5:2 E tu, Belém Efrata, posto que pequena entre os milhares de Judá, de ti me sairá o que governará em Israel, e cujas saídas são desde os tempos antigos, desde os dias da eternidade.
   
ACF MIC 5:3 Portanto os entregará até ao tempo em que a que está de parto tiver dado à luz; então o restante de seus irmãos voltará aos filhos de Israel.
   
ACF MIC 5:4 E ele permanecerá, e apascentará ao povo na força do SENHOR, na excelência do nome do SENHOR seu Deus; e eles permanecerão, porque agora será engrandecido até aos fins da terra.
   
ACF MIC 5:5 E este será a nossa paz; quando a Assíria vier à nossa terra, e quando pisar em nossos palácios, levantaremos contra ela sete pastores e oito príncipes dentre os homens.
   
ACF MIC 5:6 Esses consumirão a terra da Assíria à espada, e a terra de Ninrode nas suas entradas. Assim nos livrará da Assíria, quando vier à nossa terra, e quando calcar os nossos termos.
   
ACF MIC 5:7 E o remanescente de Jacó estará no meio de muitos povos, como orvalho da parte do SENHOR, como chuvisco sobre a erva, que não espera pelo homem, nem a filhos de homens.
   
ACF MIC 5:8 E o restante de Jacó estará entre os gentios, no meio de muitos povos, como um leão entre os animais do bosque, como um leãozinho entre os rebanhos de ovelhas, o qual, quando passar, pisará e despedaçará, sem que haja quem as livre.
   
ACF MIC 5:9 A tua mão se exaltará sobre os teus adversários; e todos os teus inimigos serão exterminados.
   
ACF MIC 5:10 E sucederá naquele dia, diz o SENHOR, que eu exterminarei do meio de ti os teus cavalos, e destruirei os teus carros.
   
ACF MIC 5:11 E destruirei as cidades da tua terra, e derrubarei todas as tuas
   
ACF MIC 5:12 E exterminarei as feitiçarias da tua mão; e não terás adivinhadores;
   
ACF MIC 5:13 E destruirei do meio de ti as tuas imagens de escultura e as tuas estátuas; e tu não te inclinarás mais diante da obra das tuas mãos.
   
ACF MIC 5:14 E arrancarei os teus bosques do meio de ti; e destruirei as tuas cidades.
   
ACF MIC 5:15 E com ira e com furor farei vingança sobre os gentios que não ouvem.
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