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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 13:1 When a Preacher arises among you, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a proof, or an evidence,
RF DEU 13:2 and the proof or the evidence which he has declared to you comes, to persuade you to walk after other gods, whom you have not known, and to serve them;—
RF DEU 13:3 listen not to the words of that Preacher, or to that dreamer of dreams, for your EVER-LIVING GOD is trying you to learn if you are lovers of your EVER-LIVING GOD with all your heart, and with all soul.
RF DEU 13:4 You must walk after your EVER-LIVING GOD, and fear Him, and keep His Commandments, and listen to His voice, and serve Him, and adhere to Him.
RF DEU 13:5 Therefore that Preacher, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, for advising to turn from your EVER-LIVING GOD, Who brought you from the land of the Mitzeraim, 'and freed you from the House of Bondage, for he would seduce you from the path your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you to walk in,—so you must burn the evil from your breast.
RF DEU 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, should seduce you,—or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is like your life;—should say privately, "Let us go and serve other gods," whom you have not known, nor your fathers;
RF DEU 13:7 some of the gods of the Peoples who are around you,—close to you,—or far from you,—from one boundary of the earth to the other boundary of the earth,—
RF DEU 13:8 do not incline to him, or listen to them. Let not your eye feel pity for them, and do' not grieve or feel compassion for them,—
RF DEU 13:9 but kill! Your hand shall be the first to bring them to death, and the hand of all the people after you,
RF DEU 13:10 who shall stone them with stones;—for they shall die,—because they sought to seduce you from your EVER-LIVING GOD, Who brought you from the land of the Mitzerites, from the House of Bondage.
RF DEU 13:11 Then all Israel will hear, and fear, and not continue to practice that sin in your midst.
RF DEU 13:12 If you shall hear that any city where your EVER-LIVING GOD has granted you to reside, it is said,
RF DEU 13:13 "There came men, sons of Baal, from our midst, and seduced the residents of our city, saying;—Let us go and serve other gods, whom we know not,
RF DEU 13:14 "then you shall enquire, and investigate; and if the truth of the report is established, about that abomination in the midst of you,
RF DEU 13:15 you shall strike the residents in that town with the edge of the sword, and devote it with all that are in it, and put the cattle to the edge of the sword;
RF DEU 13:16 and collect the whole of the furniture to the middle of its market-place, and consume all its furniture completely to your EVER-LIVING GOD, and it shall be a ruin for ever,—it shall not be built again.
RF DEU 13:17 And nothing of the accursed things shall stick to your hands, so that the EVER-LIVING may turn away from His burning anger, and grant you mercies, and benefit you, and increase you, as He promised to your fathers,
RF DEU 13:18 so long as you listen to your EVER-LIVING GOD, and keep all His Commandments which I command you today, and do right in the sight of your EVER-LIVING GOD.

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