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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 18:1

There shall be no share or inheritance to the Levitical Priests or any of the tribe of Levi with Israel. The EVER-LIVING is their inheritance and feeder;

   
RF DEU 18:2 therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the EVER-LIVING is their inheritance, as I said to you;
   
RF DEU 18:3 therefore there shall be decreed for the priests something from each sacrifice sacrificed by the people, whether ox or sheep. There shall be given to the priest the fore leg, jaws, and breast.
   
RF DEU 18:4 You shall give to them the first-fruits of your corn also; the first-fruits of your oil; and the first fleece of your flock.
   
RF DEU 18:5 For your EVER-LIVING GOD chose them from all your tribes to stand to serve to the Name of the EVER-LIVING, they, and their children for all time.
   
RF DEU 18:6 And when a Levite comes to one of your villages, in any part of Israel, although he is a stranger there, and comes from any village where he formerly lived,
   
RF DEU 18:7 he may serve to the Name of the EVER-LIVING, his GOD, like all his brothers who are fixed there in the Presence of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 18:8 They shall eat share and share alike, of equal value on account of their ancestry.
   
RF DEU 18:9 When you enter the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you, you shall not learn the depravities of those heathens.—
   
RF DEU 18:10 You shall not take with you your son or daughter to a throwing over a fire, to divinations, and enchantments, or for witchcraft,
   
RF DEU 18:11 or incantations, or enquiry of spirits, or fore-tellers, or questioning the dead;
   
RF DEU 18:12 for the EVER-LIVING loathes all these practices; and to sweep away all these practices your EVER-LIVING GOD has driven them from before you.
   
RF DEU 18:13 You must be perfect before your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 18:14 for those heathens, whom you will drive out, listened to cloud-makers, and to diviners,—but you must not,—consequently give yourselves to the EVER-LIVING, your GOD.
   
RF DEU 18:15 Your EVER-LIVING GOD will raise up a Prophet like me for you from among your brothers, after me; listen to him.
   
RF DEU 18:16 You all requested one from your EVER-LIVING GOD, at Horeb on the day of the Public Meeting, saying; "We cannot continue to hear the voice of the EVER-LIVING GOD, nor longer to see this great fire, for fear of death."
   
RF DEU 18:17 When the EVER-LIVING replied to me, "What they have said is good.
   
RF DEU 18:18 I will raise for them, from amongst their brothers, ONE LIKE YOU; and will put words into his mouth, and he shall report to them all I command them.
   
RF DEU 18:19 And any man who will not listen to the messages which he delivers in MY NAME, I will drive out from My People."
   
RF DEU 18:20 But the Prophet who shall presume to deliver a message in MY NAME, which I have not commanded him to deliver, or who shall speak in the name of other gods:—that Prophet shall die!"
   
RF DEU 18:21 But perhaps you may say in your heart,—"How can I distinguish such a message as what the EVER-LIVING has not spoken?
   
RF DEU 18:22 When the Prophet delivered it in the Name of the EVER-LIVING, although he was not commanded?" When the event does not happen, then the EVER-LIVING has not spoken. The Prophet has spoken it, in his presumption; fear him not.
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