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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 16:1

Regard the harvest month 1 and offer the Passover to your EVER-LIVING GOD; for in the harvest month your EVER-LIVING GOD brought you out of the land of the Mitzeraim at night;

   
RF DEU 16:2 therefore sacrifice as the Passover to your EVER-LIVING GOD a lamb, and in the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen to fix His Name there.
   
RF DEU 16:3 You shall not eat any ferment upon it for seven days. You must eat unfermented bread only; for you came out from the Mitzeraim in haste, therefore you shall remember the day you came out from the land of the Mitzerites, all the days of your life,
   
RF DEU 16:4 and nothing fermenting shall be seen in all your boundaries for seven days, and you shall not leave any of the flesh which you sacrifice at the beginning of the evening of that day until the morning.
   
RF DEU 16:5 You will not be permitted to sacrifice the Passover in any of the villages which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives to you;
   
RF DEU 16:6 but only at the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD may choose to fix His Name there, may you sacrifice the Passover, at the afternoon as the sun declines, at the time you came out from the Mitzeraim.
   
RF DEU 16:7 So you shall roast and eat it in the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen for Himself,—as you turned on that morning and went to your tents.
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1 Abib.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 16:8 You shall eat unfermented bread with your GOD for six days, and on the seventh day you shall assemble to your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall do no business upon it.
   
RF DEU 16:9 Count seven Sabbaths from the beginning of putting the sickle to the corn;—count to the end of seven to Sabbaths.
   
RF DEU 16:10 Then you shall make the Festival of Sabbaths to your EVER-LIVING GOD,
   
RF DEU 16:11 and enjoy yourselves before your EVER-LIVING GOD; you, and your sons, and your daughters, and man and maid servants, and the Levite who is in your village, and the foreigner, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are among you, at the place that your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen to fix His Name in.
   
RF DEU 16:12 For you must remember you were slaves among the Mitzeraim, therefore preserve and practice these institutions.
   
RF DEU 16:13 You must also make yourselves a festival of seven days after the harvesting of your corn and vintage,
   
RF DEU 16:14 and enjoy yourselves in that feast; you, your son, and your daughter, and your man and maid servants, and the Levite, and the foreigner, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are in your villages.
   
RF DEU 16:15 You must feast for seven days to your EVER-LIVING GOD in the place that the EVER-LIVING may choose, because your EVER-LIVING GOD has blessed you in all your products, and in all the work of your hand;—therefore you must be glad.
   
RF DEU 16:16 All your men shall see the Presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD three times in a year, in the place He may choose; at the Feast of Unfermented Bread;1 and at the Feast of Weeks; and the Feast of Tabernacles;
   
RF DEU 16:17 and you shall not see the Presence of the EVER-LIVING empty-handed.
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1 Literally, "of biscuits."—F.F.
   
RF DEU 16:18 Local Government.
You shall appoint Judges and Recorders for yourselves in every village which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives to you, to control you, and to govern the People with honest government.
   
RF DEU 16:19 You shall not distort justice. You shall not regard stations. You shall not take bribes; for bribes blind the eyes of the intelligent, and pervert the decrees of justice.
   
RF DEU 16:20 You shall follow perfect justice, so that you may live and possess the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given to you.
   
RF DEU 16:21 You shall not plant shrines, or any trees, at the side of the altar you make to your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 16:22 nor shall you erect for yourselves columns, as standards, to your EVER-LIVING GOD.
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