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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 DEU 10:1

Then the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Cut two tables of stone, like the former ones, and come up to ME to the Hill. Also make an ark of wood.

   
RF DEU 10:2 And I will write upon the tables the Commandments that were upon the former tables, that you broke, and you can put them in the ark."
   
RF DEU 10:3 I consequently made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tables of stone, like the first ones, and ascended the Hill with the two tables in my hands,
   
RF DEU 10:4 and He wrote upon the tables the same writing as upon the former ones,—the Ten Commandments,—which your EVER-LIVING GOD proclaimed on the Hill, from amid the fire, on the day of the Public Assembly.
   
RF DEU 10:5 Then the EVER-LIVING gave them to me. So I turned and descended from the Hill, and placed the two tables in the ark that I had made—and they are there, as the EVER-LIVING instructed me.
   
RF DEU 10:6 (Afterwards the children of Israel marched from the Wells of the son of Yakan, to Moserah, where Aaron died, and was buried, and Aliazer his son was made priest in his stead
   
RF DEU 10:7 From there they marched to Gudgudah, and from Gudgudah to Yatbathali, a country of water brooks.
   
RF DEU 10:8 At that period the EVER-LIVING separated the tribe of Levi to bear with Aaron the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, to stand before the EVER-LIVING to officiate, and to bless in His Name—until today.
   
RF DEU 10:9 Consequently there is not a portion or an inheritance for the tribe of Levi with its brothers. The EVER-LIVING is its inheritance, as your EVER. LIVING GOD said to it.)
   
RF DEU 10:10 ' I then remained on the Hill, as at the previous time, forty days and forty nights, and the EVER-LIVING listened to me also again, that He should not desire. to wreck you.
   
RF DEU 10:11 So the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Arise! Proceed! March before the People, and let them go on and seize the country which I promised to their fathers to give to them."
   
RF DEU 10:12 And now, Israel, what your EVER-LIVING GOD asks of you is;—That you should fear your EVER-LIVING GOD, and walk in all His ways, and love Him, and serve your EVER-LIVING GOD, with all your heart, and all your life;
   
RF DEU 10:13 and to keep the commandments of the EVER-LIVING, and all His institutions, which I have commanded you this day for your own benefit.
   
RF DEU 10:14 Look The heavens, and the heaven of the heavens,—the earth and all it contains, belong to your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 10:15 Yet the EVER-LIVING chose to love your fathers, and He selected their race after them from all the Peoples,—as at this day,
   
RF DEU 10:16 therefore circumcise the flesh of your hearts, and never stiffen your necks,
   
RF DEU 10:17 for your EVER-LIVING GOD is a GOD of GODS, and ALMIGHTY of ALMIGHTIES, the GREAT GOD, the POWERFUL, and the ENLIGHTENER; —Who will not regard appearances, and will not take bribes!
   
RF DEU 10:18 Who does justice to the orphan and the widow, and loves to give bread and clothes to the stranger.
   
RF DEU 10:19 Therefore you should love the stranger, for you were a stranger in the land of the Mitzeraim!
   
RF DEU 10:20 Fear your EVER-LIVING GOD; serve Him, and hold to Him, and swear by His Name.
   
RF DEU 10:21 He led you, and He is your GOD, Who produced for you those great things, and the revelations that your eyes saw.
   
RF DEU 10:22 Your fathers went down to the Mitzeraim as seventy persons, and now your EVER-LIVING GOD has collected you as a multitude like the stars of the heavens!
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1 Vv. 6-9 are a note of an ancient editor not a part of the speech of Moses. They are probably a note of Ezra's, made after the return from Babylon, but have been by a transcriber widely misplaced, for they have not the least connection with the subject of the text.—F.F.
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