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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 3:1

The Forerunner of the Lord.
Behold I send My Messenger
To make a path before Me.
The LORD that you seek, unexpected will enter into His Temple!
"The Herald will come," says the LORD, "of the Treaty you love;

   
RF MAL 3:2 But who can endure his entry?
Who stand, when he searches?" Like a fire He is to refiners, and like the soap to a fuller.
   
RF MAL 3:3 He sits down to fuse and refine there out the dross from the silver,
And Levi's sons he will cleanse,
And refine like to silver and gold
Then they can approach to the LORD,
And offer up gifts that are perfect.
   
RF MAL 3:4 Then Jerusalem's and Judah's oblation Shall be sweet to the LORD as of old time."
   
RF MAL 3:5 Then I will bring to you justice, and quickly decide against lies and adultery,
And those who rob men of their wage,
And wrong widow, orphan, and stranger;—
Will they not have fear of Me then?" asks the LORD OF THE ARMIES."
   
RF MAL 3:6 For I, EVER-LIVING, change not, or you sons of Jacob would perish.
   
RF MAL 3:7 You left My Decrees, nor regarded My Laws from the times of your fathers. Yet now turn to Me and I will accept," says the LORD OF THE ARMIES. But you ask, "With what be returning?"
   
RF MAL 3:8 "Could Adam hide up from GOD? Yet you would be hiding from Me! " Ask you, "What have we hidden from You?" "The tithe and offering of harvest.
   
RF MAL 3:9 You are cursed with a curse, for you rob Me. The whole Nation hides up.
   
RF MAL 3:10 So bring all the tithes to My garner, And let there be food in My House:— Now try Me by that," says the LORD OF THE HOSTS, "And ask to unclose you the sluice of the skies, and to pour you a blessing;
   
RF MAL 3:11 To fill stores and drive wasters away from destroying the fruit of your labours, Nor your vine shed her fruit in the field," Says the LORD OF THE ARMIES.
   
RF MAL 3:12 "And all nations then call you the blessed, For your land will become a delight," Says the LORD OF THE ARMIES.
   
RF MAL 3:13 A Remonstrance From God.
"Your words are bold against Me," says the LORD OF HOSTS; " yet you ask, ' What have we said against You?'
   
RF MAL 3:14 "You have said, It is folly to serve GOD! ' And, ' What profit is there for our guarding His Trust? and for our having walked in black before the LORD OF HOSTS?
   
RF MAL 3:15 So now: we congratulate the cruel, for they prosper. The practicers of vice are prosperous. The despisers of GOD also are safe! '"
   
RF MAL 3:16 However, those who reverenced the LORD, spoke to one another, and sought the LORD, and listened, and signed an agreement of remembrance before Him to reverence the LORD, and think upon His Name.
   
RF MAL 3:17 Then the LORD OF HOSTS said to me;—"These shall be Mine at the time I collect a treasure, and I will be kind to them, as a man is kind to his son who serves him."
   
RF MAL 3:18 Then you will turn and distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between who serves GOD, and who serves Him not.
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