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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 14:1

You are the children of the LORD; you shall not cut yourselves, nor shave your eyebrows for the dead.

   
RF DEU 14:2 For you are a People consecrated to your EVER-LIVING GOD; and the EVER-LIVING chose you to be a People separated from all the Peoples who are upon the face of the earth.
   
RF DEU 14:3 You shall eat no filth.
   
RF DEU 14:4 These are the beasts that you may eat, the ox, the sheep kind and the goat kind,
   
RF DEU 14:5 the stag and gazelle, and roebuck, and chamois, and antelope and springbok, and bison,
   
RF DEU 14:6 with all cattle that divide the hoof and chew the cud,—those animals you may eat.
   
RF DEU 14:7 But of these, who chew the cud you may not eat, although they divide the hoof; the camel, and the kangaroo, and the rabbit, who chew the cud, but do not divide the hoof;—they are unclean to you,
   
RF DEU 14:8 with the hog, although it divides the hoof, yet it does not chew. It is unclean to you. You shall not eat of its flesh or touch its dead body.
   
RF DEU 14:9 You may eat of these among all that are in the waters,—all that have fins and scales you may eat,
   
RF DEU 14:10 but of all that have not fins and scales, you may not eat. They are unclean to you.
   
RF DEU 14:11 You may eat every clean bird.
   
RF DEU 14:12 But you may not eat of these,—the eagle, and the osprey,
   
RF DEU 14:13 the buzzard and kite; with their species,
   
RF DEU 14:14 and the whole of the raven species;
   
RF DEU 14:15 and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the sea-gull,
   
RF DEU 14:16 and the cormorant, with their species;
   
RF DEU 14:17 with the pelican, the snake-eater, and the bittern, and the vomiter, and the eagle-vulture, and
   
RF DEU 14:18 the turkey-buzzard, with the stork, and the snorter, with their species, and the hoopoo and the bat;
   
RF DEU 14:19 and all the winged spawners are unclean to you,—you may not eat them.
   
RF DEU 14:20 You may eat every clean bird,
   
RF DEU 14:21 but you may not eat any self-dying carcase;—give them to the foreigner who resides among you to be eaten, or sell to merchants; for you area People consecrated to your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk.
   
RF DEU 14:22 You shall tithe the whole of the produce of your grain, as it comes from the field year by year,
   
RF DEU 14:23 and you shall eat of it before your EVER-LIVING GOD, in the place that He chooses to fix His Name,—both of your corn, and wine, and oil; and of the blessings of your herd and flock, so that you may learn to reverence your EVER-LIVING GOD at all times.
   
RF DEU 14:24 But if the journey is too long for you to be able to carry it because the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen to fix His Name in is too far from you,—then you shall bless your EVER-LIVING GOD,
   
RF DEU 14:25 and convert it into money, and take the money in your hand, and go to the place that your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen for Himself,
   
RF DEU 14:26 and expend that money in all that your life requires,—in oxen, and sheep, and wine, and flesh, and in all that your life demands, and eat them there before your EVER-LIVING GOD, and enjoy yourself with your family.
   
RF DEU 14:27 But you shall not forget the Levite who is in your villages, for he has no inheritance and share with you.
   
RF DEU 14:28 At the end of the third year you shall bring the whole of the tithe of your produce in that year, and leave your villages.
   
RF DEU 14:29 The Levite shall also come, for he has no share or inheritance, with you, and the foreigner, along with the fatherless, and the widow who are in your villages, and they shall eat, and be satisfied, because your EVER-LIVING GOD has blessed you in all the work of your hands which you have done.
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