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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 MAL 1:1 THE Burden of the Message of the EVER-LIVING to Israel, by the hand of Malachi.
   
RF MAL 1:2 "I loved you," says the EVER-LIVING, "but you ask, In what have You loved us?'—Was not Esau brother to Jacob?" the EVER-LIVING asks,—"yet I befriended Jacob
   
RF MAL 1:3 and disliked Esau, and have laid his mountains to waste, and his homestead to the snakes of the Desert."
   
RF MAL 1:4 Although Edom says, "We are broken down, yet we will return and rebuild the ruins," the LORD OF HOSTS says thus," You may build, but I will throw down, and they will be called 'the Bad-border,' and 'the People of the LORD'S anger' for ever!—
   
RF MAL 1:5 And your eyes shall see it, when you will exclaim, The LORD is Great over all the borders of Israel.'"
   
RF MAL 1:6 The Warning to Unfaithful Priests.
"A son should honour his father, and a servant his master; so if I am a Father,—where is My honoring? and if I am your Master, where is the fear of Me?" asks the LORD OF HOSTS, "by you, Priests, who degrade MY NAME?" But, you may ask,—"By what do we degrade Your NAME?'
   
RF MAL 1:7 "You present polluted bread on My Altar " But you may ask, 'By, what have we insulted You?' " By your saying, 'The Table of the EVER-LIVING is contemptible!'
   
RF MAL 1:8 and when you sacrifice the blind, It is not bad!' and when you present the lame and diseased, It is not wrong!'—If, however, you presented such to your Governor,—would he be pleased with you? or would he promote you?" —the LORD OF HOSTS asks.
   
RF MAL 1:9 But, however, turn now to GOD, for He may be kind to us.—Those came from your hand. Will He accept anything from you? "Change yourselves," the EVER-LIVING says.
   
RF MAL 1:10 "Who amongst you will shut the doors, and not light the Altar in vain?—I feel no pleasure in you!" says the LORD OF HOSTS, "nor will accept an offering from your hand!
   
RF MAL 1:11 But from the Sun-rise to its Setting MY NAME will become GREAT to the Heathen, and in every place will be presented incense and offering to MY NAME, with a perfect gift,—for MY NAME will become GREAT among the Heathen," says the LORD OF HOSTS."
   
RF MAL 1:12 But you, you degrade it by your saying, The Table of the EVER-LIVING is worthless, and its product contemptible food I ' You
   
RF MAL 1:13 also say, How tiresome!' and sneer at it! " says the LORD OF HOSTS. " So you bring the stolen, and the lame, and the diseased,—that is the Offering you bring!—Will I accept it from your hand?" the EVER-LIVING says.
   
RF MAL 1:14 "I will punish the swindler, who, when there is a male in his flock that he has vowed, afterwards sacrifices a diseased one to the ALMIGHTY, for I am a GREAT KING," says the LORD OF HOSTS, "and MY NAME is reverenced by the Nations."
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