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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 12:1

Which are the Institutions and the Legislation which you shall carefully practice in the land which the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of your fathers, will give to you to possess all the time that you live upon the earth.

   
RF DEU 12:2 You must absolutely destroy all the columns which the nations whom you drive out, worship. Their gods upon the hills, and heights, and upon the mountains, and which they call upon under every shadowy tree.
   
RF DEU 12:3 You shall also throw down their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their shrines in fire, and smash the images of their gods, and destroy their names from the places where they are.
   
RF DEU 12:4 You shall not do so to your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 12:5 for at the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD may choose from any of your tribes to place His Name there, to fix it, you shall go to it,
   
RF DEU 12:6 and bring there your burnt-offerings, and sacrifices, and your services, and the presents of your hands, and your vows, and the first fruits of your herds, and flocks;
   
RF DEU 12:7 and you shall eat them there before your EVER-LIVING GOD, and cheer yourselves in all the success of your hand, you, and your families, when your EVER-LIVING GOD blesses you.
   
RF DEU 12:8 You shall not offer as we do here today, all that is right in your own sight,—
   
RF DEU 12:9 for you have not yet arrived at the REST, and the Inheritance which your EVER-LIVING GOD will give to you.
   
RF DEU 12:10 But when you pass over the Jordan, and occupy the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD will divide among you, and rest from all your enemies around, and dwell securely,
   
RF DEU 12:11 then to the place where your EVER-LIVING GOD shall choose to fix His NAME, you shall bring all that I have commanded you,—your burnt-offerings, and sacrifices, your gifts and the presents of your hand, and all your free vows, that you vow to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 12:12 You shall enjoy yourselves there before your EVER-LIVING GOD, you, and your sons and daughters, and men servants, and maid servants, and the Levite who is in your village, for he has not a share or estate among you.
   
RF DEU 12:13 You must guard yourselves from offering your burnt-offerings in every place you see,
   
RF DEU 12:14 except in the place which the EVER-LIVING may choose in one of your tribes,—there you shall offer your burnt-offerings, and there you shall do all that I have commanded you.
   
RF DEU 12:15 However, you may, to all the desires of your life, sacrifice and eat flesh according to the blessings which your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you, in all your villages. Both the clean and the unclean may eat of them,—like as of the gazelle and the stag,—
   
RF DEU 12:16 except that they shall not eat the blood;—that shall be poured upon the ground like water.
   
RF DEU 12:17 You shall not eat in your villages from the offering of your corn, and wine, and oil, or of the firstlings of your herd or flock, or of any vow which you vow as free-will offerings, or of presents from your hands,—
   
RF DEU 12:18 you shall only eat such in the presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD, at the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD chooses to Himself; you and your son and your daughter, and your man servant and maid servant, and the Levite who is in your village, shall enjoy yourselves before your EVER-LIVING GOD in all the prosperity of your hand.
   
RF DEU 12:19 Take care that you do not forget the Levite all your time upon the earth,
   
RF DEU 12:20 for your EVER-LIVING GOD will extend your boundaries, as He promised you,—therefore I tell you to eat flesh, wherever you desire to live you may eat flesh; in all places you wish to live, you may eat flesh,
   
RF DEU 12:21 for the place where your EVER-LIVING GOD may choose to fix His Name may be far from you, therefore you may sacrifice from your herd and from your flock that the EVER-LIVING gives you, as I commanded you, and may eat in your villages of all that your life desires;—
   
RF DEU 12:22 but only as the gazelle and the stag are eaten,—thus the clean and the unclean may eat, they may both eat.
   
RF DEU 12:23 Only refrain from eating the blood; for the blood is the life; and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
   
RF DEU 12:24 You shall not eat it; you shall pour it upon the earth like water.
   
RF DEU 12:25 You shall not eat it; for it is well to you, and to your children after you, that you should do right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 12:26 Only what you have consecrated by yourself, and your vows, you shall take up and bring to the Place which the EVER-LIVING has chosen;
   
RF DEU 12:27 and you shall offer your burnt-offerings with the flesh and the blood upon the altar of your EVER-LIVING GOD; for the blood of your sacrifice shall be poured upon the altar of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and you shall eat the flesh.
   
RF DEU 12:28 Listen attentively to all these words that I command you, so that you may prosper, and your children after you for ever, while you do fair and right in the sight of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 12:29 When your EVER-LIVING GOD has defeated the nations where you are going, driving them before you, and you possess them, and reside in their country,
   
RF DEU 12:30 guard yourselves from enquiring about them,—from turning to enquire about their gods, and asking, "How did these nations serve their gods? for I would do the same myself."
   
RF DEU 12:31 You shall not do so with your EVER-LIVING GOD, for all the offerings to the EVER-LIVING which you take up to offer to your GOD, as well as those of your sons and your daughters shall be burnt with fire to your GOD.
   
RF DEU 12:32 You must carefully practice all the things which I have commanded you. You must not add to them, nor shall you take away from them.
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