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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 17:1

You shall not sacrifice to your EVER-LIVING GOD an ox or a sheep in which there is any defect, anything bad, for that would be an insult to your EVER-LIVING GOD.

   
RF DEU 17:2 If there should come out from any of your villages which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you, a man or a woman who does wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING by slighting His Covenant,
   
RF DEU 17:3 and going and serving other gods, and worshipping them, or the "sun, or the moon, or any of the hosts of the skies contrary to my command,
   
RF DEU 17:4 and it is reported to you; when you hear it, then you should enquire carefully, and if the truth of the thing is confirmed, that such an outrage has been done in Israel,
   
RF DEU 17:5 you shall bring out that man or that woman, who have done that wicked thing, in the village of the man or woman, and stone them to death with stones.
   
RF DEU 17:6 They shall be put to death on the evidence of two or three witnesses. Upon the evidence of one witness, they shall not be put to death.
   
RF DEU 17:7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon them, to kill them; then the hands of all the People afterwards. You shall thus burn that wickedness from among you.
   
RF DEU 17:8 If a case should occur among you difficult to decide between blood and blood, between right and right, and between stroke and stroke, an affair of a contention in your gates,—you shall remove it, and take it up to the place which your EVER-LIVING GOD has chosen for Himself,
   
RF DEU 17:9 and go to the priests, to the Levites, and to the Judge who may be in your times, and appeal and report the matter to the Chief Judge,
   
RF DEU 17:10 and act upon the decision which he pronounces.
   
RF DEU 17:11 You shall not turn from the order that he communicates to you, to the right or to the left.
   
RF DEU 17:12 And the person who acts insolently against the decree of the priest appointed to serve your EVER LIVING GOD there, and the Chief Judge,—that man shall die I Thus you shall burn that evil out of Israel,
   
RF DEU 17:13 and all the People will hear, and fear, and no longer be contumacious.
   
RF DEU 17:14 When you arrive in the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD has given to you, and possess it and reside in it, and say to yourselves;—"Let us place a king over us, like all the nations who are around,"
   
RF DEU 17:15 you shall only place over you the king whom your EVER-LIVING GOD may choose for Himself. You shall place a king over you from your brothers; you are not permitted to appoint a foreigner over yourselves, a man who is not your brother.
   
RF DEU 17:16 Further he shall not collect horses to himself, and he shall not take the People back to the Mitzeraim, because of its abundance of horses, for the EVER-LIVING has commanded you not to contemplate to return by that way for ever.
   
RF DEU 17:17 He shall not collect wives about himself, nor turn his heart to silver and gold, to accumulate them excessively.
   
RF DEU 17:18 When he is set upon the throne for his kingship, there shall be written out for him a Duplicate of the Law, from the book in the custody of the Levitical priests,
   
RF DEU 17:19 and he shall keep it with him, and read in it every day of his life, so that he may learn to fear the EVER-LIVING his GOD,—to guard the whole of the commandments of the LAW, and to administer these Institutions;
   
RF DEU 17:20 so that his heart may not rise above his brothers, and that he may not turn from its commands to the right or to the left; so that he may extend his days in his kingship, he and his sons in the circuit of Israel.
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