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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 2:1

An Appeal to Repentance.
Assemble yourselves!—Oh! assemble!
You nation, who are without shame!

   
RF ZEP 2:2 Before the Decree is proclaimed,—
Before the Day passes like chaff!—
Before comes on you the LORD'S anger,
Before comes on you the LORD'S day,—
   
RF ZEP 2:3 Let all the Good men of the country
Who have practiced the right, seek the LORD.
Seek you Righteousness,—seek you for Mercy—
Perhaps they may turn in that day the LORD'S wrath;
   
RF ZEP 2:4 For Gaza will then be forsaken,
And Ashkelon ruined and waste,
Ashdod be plundered at noonday,
And Akron uprooted!
   
RF ZEP 2:5 Woe you who dwell on the banks of the Sea
The Tribe of the Krithim!
The LORD'S Message comes against you. Philistia's mercantile land!—
I will waste you and your people,
   
RF ZEP 2:6 And the Sea-coasts shall come to be pastures,—
Huts for shepherds, and foldings for sheep!
   
RF ZEP 2:7 And that coast will be broken to fragments;
And Judah's house pasture on them;—
Couch in Ashkalon's houses at evening
For there the LORD GOD will collect,
And bring their captivity home!
   
RF ZEP 2:8 A denunciation of Moab and Edom.
"I have heard of the insults of Moab and the jeers of the Beni-Amon;—How they insulted My People, and have jeered at their bounds!
   
RF ZEP 2:9 "And, therefore, by My life," says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel,—"Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Beni-Amon like Gomorah,—the possession of nettles, and salt-pits, and a desolation for ever.— The fragments of My People shall plunder them, and the remnant of the Nation inherit them.
   
RF ZEP 2:10 This is for them,—because of their pride; because they insulted and cursed against the People of the LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF ZEP 2:11 The LORD will be venerated by them,—for all the GODS of the earth will waste away and they will worship Him, every one from his home, in all the Isles of the Heathen.
   
RF ZEP 2:12 "You Kushim, also, will be assailed by the sword yourselves,
   
RF ZEP 2:13 and He will extend His hand against the North and enfeeble Ashur, and make Ninevah a desolation,—waterless like the Desert
   
RF ZEP 2:14 "And herds shall lie down in the midst of it, animals of every kind. The Pelican and Hedgehog shall lodge in her porticos; their voice will sing in her windows. Desolation shall sit on her threshold,—when her wainscot is stripped!
   
RF ZEP 2:15 The Lament of the Beasts of Edom.
This was the City of Delight!
The dweller in ease!
Who said in her heart, "I Am, And there is none like me! "
How has she become a desolate couch for beasts?
Every by-passer sighs, and shakes his hand!
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