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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 19:1

When your EVER-LIVING GOD has destroyed those heathen of whom your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you the country, and has driven them out, and you dwell in their cities and their houses,

   
RF DEU 19:2 you shall separate three cities to yourselves in the midst of the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you to possess.
   
RF DEU 19:3 You shall then make roads for your use to these three cities, from the boundaries of the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD has divided amongst you, so that any man-slayer can fly to them.
   
RF DEU 19:4 However, this is the kind of man-slayer who may fly there and live; he who has struck his neighbour unintentionally, when he did not previously hate him.
   
RF DEU 19:5 For instance one who went with his neighbour to a wood to cut timber, and the iron flew from the handle of the axe in cutting the timber; or the iron flew from the tree and caught his neighbour, and he dies. He may fly to one of these cities, and live,
   
RF DEU 19:6 lest the Avenger of Blood pursue after the man-slayer, whilst his heart is hot, and overtake him, owing to the length of the way, and deprive him of life, before he has been condemned to death, for he did not hate before the event,
   
RF DEU 19:7 Consequently I command you to appoint three cities to be provided for yourselves.
   
RF DEU 19:8 But if your EVER-LIVING GOD extends your boundaries, as He promised to your fathers, and gives to you the whole of the country which He promised to give to your fathers,
   
RF DEU 19:9 you shall also attend to all these orders, to do what I have commanded you today, and love your EVER-LIVING GOD, and walk in His ways, at all times. Therefore add three to other cities beside these three.
   
RF DEU 19:10 Because you shall not shed innocent blood in the breast of the land that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you to inherit, for that blood would be upon yourselves.
   
RF DEU 19:11 But if it happens that a man hates his neighbour, and waits for him, and arises against him, and strikes at his life so that he dies, and then flies to one of those CITIES of GOD;
   
RF DEU 19:12 the Magistrates of that city shall send, and apprehend him there, and deliver him to the hand of the Avenger of Blood, and he shall be killed.
   
RF DEU 19:13 Your eye shall not pity over him, for you must burn out innocent blood from Israel, that you may prosper.
   
RF DEU 19:14 You shall not remove the boundary of your neighbour, which your chiefs placed to your estate, when they divided the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD gave you to possess.
   
RF DEU 19:15 A single witness shall not be received against a person for any offence, or for any sin. For every offence that may be committed, the evidence of two witnesses, or of three must establish it.
   
RF DEU 19:16 When anyone makes a quarrel with a man, to do him an. injury,
   
RF DEU 19:17 both the persons between whom the dispute is, must appear before the presence of the EVER-LIVING, and before the Priests and Judges who may be in their times;
   
RF DEU 19:18 and the judges shall enquire carefully to ascertain who is the false witness, giving false evidence to injure his brother,
   
RF DEU 19:19 and shall do to him as he intended to do to his brother; and burn that wrong from their midst,
   
RF DEU 19:20 so that when others hear they may fear and not continue to do similar wrong amongst you.
   
RF DEU 19:21 Your eyes shall consequently not pity. Life for life; eye for eye; tooth for tooth; hand for hand; foot for foot.
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