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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 ZEP 2:1 Congregai-vos, sim, congregai-vos, ó nação não desejável;
   
ACF ZEP 2:2 Antes que o decreto produza o seu efeito, e o dia passe como a pragana; antes que venha sobre vós o furor da ira do SENHOR, antes que venha sobre vós o dia da ira do SENHOR.
   
ACF ZEP 2:3 Buscai ao SENHOR, vós todos os mansos da terra, que tendes posto por obra o seu juízo; buscai a justiça, buscai a mansidão; pode ser que sejais escondidos no dia da ira do SENHOR.
   
ACF ZEP 2:4 Porque Gaza será desamparada, e Ascalom assolada; Asdode ao meio dia será expelida, e Ecrom será desarraigada.
   
ACF ZEP 2:5 Ai dos habitantes da costa do mar, a nação dos quereteus! A palavra do SENHOR será contra vós, ó Canaã, terra dos filisteus; e eu vos destruirei, até que não haja morador.
   
ACF ZEP 2:6 E a costa do mar será de pastos e cabanas para os pastores, e currais para os rebanhos.
   
ACF ZEP 2:7 E será a costa para o restante da casa de Judá; ali apascentarão os seus rebanhos; de tarde se deitarão nas casas de Ascalom; porque o SENHOR seu Deus os visitará, e os fará tornar do seu cativeiro.
   
ACF ZEP 2:8 Eu ouvi o escárnio de Moabe, e as injuriosas palavras dos filhos de Amom, com que escarneceram do meu povo, e se engrandeceram contra o seu termo.
   
ACF ZEP 2:9 Portanto, tão certo como eu vivo, diz o SENHOR dos Exércitos, o Deus de Israel, Moabe será como Sodoma, e os filhos de Amom como Gomorra, campo de urtigas e poços de sal, e desolação perpétua; o restante do meu povo os saqueará, e o restante do meu povo os possuirá.
   
ACF ZEP 2:10 Isso terão em recompensa da sua soberba, porque escarneceram, e se engrandeceram contra o povo do SENHOR dos Exércitos.
   
ACF ZEP 2:11 O SENHOR será terrível para eles, porque emagrecerá todos os deuses da terra; e todos virão adorá-lo, cada um desde o seu lugar, de todas as ilhas dos gentios.
   
ACF ZEP 2:12 Também vós, ó etíopes, sereis mortos com a minha espada.
   
ACF ZEP 2:13 Estenderá também a sua mão contra o norte, e destruirá a Assíria; e fará de Nínive uma desolação, terra seca como o deserto.
   
ACF ZEP 2:14 E no meio dela repousarão os rebanhos, todos os animais das nações; e alojar-se-ão nos seus capitéis assim o pelicano como o ouriço; o canto das aves se ouvirá nas janelas; e haverá desolação nos limiares, quando tiver descoberto a sua obra de cedro.
   
ACF ZEP 2:15 Esta é a cidade alegre, que habita despreocupadamente, que diz no seu coração: Eu sou, e não há outra além de mim; como se tornou em desolação, em pousada de animais! Todo o que passar por ela assobiará, e meneará a sua mão.
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