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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 15:1 At the end of seven years, there shall be a releasing,
   
RF DEU 15:2 and this is the kind of releasing.—Every possessor of mortgaged land which his neighbour has mortgaged shall release it, he shall have no claim against his neighbour or his brother, because it is a Release by the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 15:3 You may have a claim against foreigners, but you must release from your hand what belongs to your brothers for nothing,
   
RF DEU 15:4 for you will not be poor yourself, because blessing, the EVER-LIVING will bless you in the country which your EVER-LIVING God will give to you to possess.
   
RF DEU 15:5 That is, if you listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and continue to practice the whole of His Commandments, which I command you today;
   
RF DEU 15:6 for your EVER-LIVING GOD Will bless you, as He has promised, and you shall lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.
   
RF DEU 15:7 Yet there will be poor among you one brother with another in your villages, in the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you. Harden not your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;
   
RF DEU 15:8 but open your hand to him, and lend, according to his necessity what is needful to him.
   
RF DEU 15:9 Guard yourself from saying to your vile heart, "The seventh year, the year of release, is near,"—and your eye is cruel to your poor brother, and you will not lend to him,—when he will cry against you to the EVER-LIVING, and it will be a sin to you.
   
RF DEU 15:10 Lend freely to him! and let not your heart grudge against lending, but rely upon this fact that your EVER-LIVING GOD will then bless ' you in all you do, and in all sent from your hand.
   
RF DEU 15:11 For the poor will never be wanting in the breast of the land;—therefore I have commanded you saying, "Open your hand freely to your distressed brother,—to your poor,—in the land!"
   
RF DEU 15:12 When your relative is sold to you,—a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman,—he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free from you.
   
RF DEU 15:13 But when you set him free from you, you shall not send him away destitute.
   
RF DEU 15:14 You shall reward him liberally from your flock, and from your corn, and from your wine vat, which your EVER-LIVING GOD has blessed. You shall give to him,
   
RF DEU 15:15 and shall remember that you were slaves among the Mitzeraim, and your EVER-LIVING GOD freed you,—therefore I command this thing today.
   
RF DEU 15:16 But if it occurs that he says to you, "I will not go from you, for I like you and your house, for I have been satisfied with you,"
   
RF DEU 15:17 then you shall take an awl, and fix him by his ear to your door, and he shall always be your servant,—that is, until your death. That is how you shall do.
   
RF DEU 15:18 It shall not be hard in your sight to send him from you into freedom, for you shall only purchase your servant by the year for six years;—then your EVER-LIVING GOD will bless you in all your work.
   
RF DEU 15:19 Every first-born which your herd, or your flock bears, remember you must dedicate to your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall not work the firstborn of your cow, nor shear the firstborn of your ewe,
   
RF DEU 15:20 you shall eat them year by year before your EVER-LIVING GOD, in the place that the EVER-LIVING chooses, you and your family.
   
RF DEU 15:21 But if there be a defect or lameness in it, or bareness, or any disease, you shall not sacrifice it to your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 15:22 you must eat it in your villages, the clean and the unclean together, as you do the gazelle and stag;
   
RF DEU 15:23 only you must not eat their blood. Pour it upon the earth like water.
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