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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 11:1

Therefore love your EVER-LIVING GOD, and carefully regard Him, and His Institutions, and His Decrees, and His Commands for all time;

   
RF DEU 11:2 and learn them today. For you are not children who have not known, and have not seen the corrections of your EVER-LIVING GOD,—His greatness, and His strong hand, and His directing arm,
   
RF DEU 11:3 and His wonders, and the events that He effected in the midst of the Mitzerites,—upon Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, and all his country;
   
RF DEU 11:4 and what He did to the army of the Mitzerites, to their horsemen, and to their chariots;—how the sea, the Sea of Suf,—rushed over their heads when they followed after you,—how the EVER-LIVING destroyed them on that day.
   
RF DEU 11:5 Also what He did for you. in the desert, until you arrived at this spot;
   
RF DEU 11:6 and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Aliab, the son of Reuben;—how the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them, and their homes, and their tents, and the whole of their supporters, slaying them in the centre of all Israel.
   
RF DEU 11:7 For your eyes have seen all the great events that the EVER-LIVING has done,—
   
RF DEU 11:8 therefore attend to all the commands that I command you today, so that you may be hearty, and go and seize the country that you are advancing to possess;
   
RF DEU 11:9 and so that you may lengthen your stay upon the land which the EVER-LIVING swore to your fathers to give to them, and to their race;—a land flowing with milk and honey.
   
RF DEU 11:10 For the country you are going to possess is not like the land of the Mitzeraim, whence you have come, where you sowed your seed, and watered it on your feet, like a vegetable garden;—
   
RF DEU 11:11 but the country you are advancing to possess is a land of hills and vales, and of rain from the skies, refreshed with water;—
   
RF DEU 11:12 a land that your EVER-LIVING GOD visits;—the eyes of your EVER-LIVING GOD are continually upon it, from the first of the year until the last of the year.—
   
RF DEU 11:13 So it will happen, if you attentively listen to my commands that I command you today, and love your EVER-LIVING GOD, and serve Him with all your heart, and with all your life,
   
RF DEU 11:14 that I will give rain upon your land at the season of sprouting, and of ripening, and you shall harvest your corn, and your wine, and your oil.
   
RF DEU 11:15 I will also give herbage upon your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be satisfied.
   
RF DEU 11:16 But guard yourselves from seducing your hearts, and turning to serve other gods, and worshipping them.
   
RF DEU 11:17 For then the anger of the EVER-LIVING will burn against you, and He will shut the skies, and there will be no rain, and the land will not give its increase, and you will soon perish from upon the beautiful country which the EVER-LIVING gave you.
   
RF DEU 11:18 Therefore fix these words upon your hearts, and upon your souls, and bind them as ornaments upon your hands, and let them be as frontlets between your eyes,
   
RF DEU 11:19 and teach them to your children, to talk about in your homes, in your families, and in your journeys on the road, and at your lying, down, and rising up!
   
RF DEU 11:20 Write them also upon the doors of your house, and upon your gates,—
   
RF DEU 11:21 so that you may increase your days, and the days of your children upon the ground which the EVER-LIVING promised to your fathers to give to them as long as the skies endured over the earth!
   
RF DEU 11:22 For if you carefully keep all these commands which I command you to practice, and love your EVER-LIVING GOD, and walk in all His ways, and adhere to Him,
   
RF DEU 11:23 then the EVER-LIVING will drive all those nations from before you, and you shall possess nations greater and stronger than yourself,
   
RF DEU 11:24 every place that the sole of your foot treads shall be yours,—from the desert to Lebanon, from the river, the river Frath 1 backwards to the sea, shall be your boundaries.
   
RF DEU 11:25 None shall stand before you' you shall terrify and chase them. Your EVER-LIVING GOD will give all the country to you which you have travelled through, as He promised.
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1 Euphrates.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 11:26 Attend I will place before you today CURSING and BLESSING.
   
RF DEU 11:27 The Blessing which you have heard in the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, which I command to you this day;
   
RF DEU 11:28 and the Cursing, if you do not listen to the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, but turn from the path which I command to you this day, to walk after other gods whom you have not known.
   
RF DEU 11:29 So when your EVER-LIVING GOD has brought you to the country that you go to possess, you shall place the Blessing upon the Hill of Gherizim, and the Cursing upon the Hill of Aibal.—
   
RF DEU 11:30 Are they not over the Jordan, following the path of the declining sun?—in the land of the Canaanites, who reside in the west opposite Gilgal, at the side of the Oakwood of Morah 1—
   
RF DEU 11:31 When you cross the Jordan to go to seize the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD will give to you,—you shall seize
   
RF DEU 11:32 it and settle in it. But take care to practice the whole of the institutions, and the legislation which I have placed before you today;—
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1 This poetic and striking indication of these localities is an internal evidence that these sublime orations are the work of Moses, and written and spoken by him on the East of the Jordan, and he pointed to the West as he uttered the words. Had they been the work of a forger in Jerusalem, as some modern skeptics assert, he would never have used the words and gesture indicated.—F.F.
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