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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 ZEP 1:1

Zephaniah's Office as Prophet was about 630 B.C.
THE Message from the EVER-LIVING that came to Zephaniah-ben-Kushi,—Ben-Gedaliah, Ben-Amariah, Ben-Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah-ben-Amon, King of Judah.

   
RF ZEP 1:2 The Message of the EVER-LIVING "I will reap! I will reap all the fat of the land," Says the LORD,"
   
RF ZEP 1:3 I will reap both the Man and the Beast. I will reap all the birds of the skies and the fish of the sea, With the vice of the vile! And men will cut off from the face of the ground," Says the LORD;:"
   
RF ZEP 1:4 And stretch out My hand against Judah, At Jerusalem and all her people And cut off from his high place the Master of Bal, And the fame of his Nobles and Priests,
   
RF ZEP 1:5 Who bow on the roofs to the Host of the skies, And who worship, and mix with the LORD'S, And all who swear by Milkom!
   
RF ZEP 1:6 And those who revolt from the LORD,—Who seek not the LORD, nor desire Him!"
   
RF ZEP 1:7 Be still before the Great LORD, For the day of the LORD is at hand; The LORD has arranged for His feast—And has chosen His guests.
   
RF ZEP 1:8 In the day of the feast of the LORD, I will punish the Princes the Sons of the King, And all wearing foreign attire!
   
RF ZEP 1:9 And punish all leaping the threshold,—Who fill their LORD'S House with oppression and wrong!"
   
RF ZEP 1:10 And then," says the LORD, "a sound of shrieking will come from the Fish-gate, and a howling, and a great crash from the highlands.
   
RF ZEP 1:11 Howl, people of Maktesh! because all the Merchants are destroyed All who earn money are cut off!
   
RF ZEP 1:12 "And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men settled on their dregs, who say in their hearts, ' The LORD can do neither benefit nor hurt.'
   
RF ZEP 1:13 But their wealth will be plundered, and their houses desolated, When they build houses they shall not inhabit them, or plant vineyards, they shall not drink the wine!
   
RF ZEP 1:14 The Day when God Punishes.
the great day of the Lord approaches,
Approaches and comes on quick!
The sounds of the Day of the Lord!
When the Heroes will bitterly cry;
   
RF ZEP 1:15 A furious day is that day,
A day of distress and of grief,
A day of wide wasting and ruin.
A day of deep darkness and black,—
A day of thick clouds and of gloom,
   
RF ZEP 1:16 A day of the trumpet and drum
In the cities and fortified towns,
And in all the towers of the hills,—
   
RF ZEP 1:17 When I bring destruction on men,
And they walk like the blind,
Because they offended the LORD,
And shed blood, and spread corpses like dung!
   
RF ZEP 1:18 Nor their silver or gold can redeem,
In the day of the wrath of the LORD,
When His burning anger devours the ground,
When He wakes to a terrible end
Of all who inhabit the Land!
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