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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 ZEC 1:1

A Call to Listen to God.
In the seventh month of the second year of Darius, the Command of the EVER-LIVING came to Zakariah-ben-Barakiah-ben-Ado, the Preacher, to say

   
RF ZEC 1:2 "The EVER-LIVING was angry with your fathers, angry;
   
RF ZEC 1:3 so say to them, Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, 'Return to me,' says the LORD OF HOSTS, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF ZEC 1:4 Be not like your ancestors, when the former Preachers addressed them, to say,—'Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS turn from your evil paths and bad practices,'—for they would not listen, nor would they seek Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF ZEC 1:5 "Your fathers,—Where are they? And do the Preachers live for ever?
   
RF ZEC 1:6 "But, however, My words, and My decrees, and My commands to My servants the Preachers, did they not catch your forefathers, who repented and said, 'As the LORD OF HOSTS decided to do to us, He has done to us, in accordance to our ways and practices.'
   
RF ZEC 1:7 Zakariah in Vision shown a Red Horse and its Rider amongst the Myrtles.
On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, that is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Zakariah-ben-Barakiah-ben-Ado the Preacher;—
   
RF ZEC 1:8 And I was enlightened in the night, and saw a man mounted on a red horse, who stood amongst the shadow of the Myrtle trees; and red, bay, and white horses followed him.
   
RF ZEC 1:9 So I asked, "What are these, sir?" When the Messenger who conversed with me replied, "I will show you what these are."—
   
RF ZEC 1:10 Then the man who was stationed amongst the Myrtles answered and said, These are those whom the EVER-LIVING sends to patrol the earth."
   
RF ZEC 1:11 Then they addressed the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING who was stationed amongst the Myrtles, and said, "We have patrolled the earth and all the earth rests and is still!"
   
RF ZEC 1:12 The Messenger of the EVER-LIVING, however, replied and exclaimed, "For how long; LORD, will you not have pity on Jerusalem? and the Cities of Judah, with which you have been angry for these seventy years?"
   
RF ZEC 1:13 And the EVER-LIVING responded to the Messenger who spoke with me in kind words, consoling words,
   
RF ZEC 1:14 when the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING who conversed with me said, "Proclaim and say, "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, I am jealous for Jerusalem, and for Zion with a great jealousy;
   
RF ZEC 1:15 and I am angry with a great anger against the wanton Heathen!—When I was a little angry, they helped themselves to sin!—
   
RF ZEC 1:16 Therefore," thus says the EVER-LIVING, "I will return to Jerusalem with mercies. My House shall be rebuilt in it," says the LORD OF HOSTS, "and a Hope shall be extended to Jerusalem! "—
   
RF ZEC 1:17 Proclaim again, and say, "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS; My City shall again expand with prosperity, and the EVER-LIVING again pity Zion, and choose Jerusalem again!"
   
RF ZEC 1:18 The Vision of the Horns and Smiths.
Then I raised my eyes and looked, and saw four horns!
   
RF ZEC 1:19 So I asked the Messenger who was conversing with me, "What are these?" When he replied to me, "Those are the horns that scattered Judah, and Israel, and Jerusalem."
   
RF ZEC 1:20 The Noble1 then showed me four smiths,
   
RF ZEC 1:21 and I asked, "What have these come to do?" When he replied by saying, "Those horns scattered Judah, so that hardly a man could hold up his head, but these come to terrify them, to depress the horns of the haughty Heathen, who toss up the land of Judah on their horns."
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1 NOTE: Ch. 1, v. 20. "Noble." In the Hebrew Jehovah which is seen at times in the Bible to be used in the sense of "Noble," and is not always to be understood of the Supreme Being. The common error of translators and commentators in restricting in their works the title as alone to belong to God, has introduced great confusion into many passages. F.F.
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