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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 2:1

Until you turned back and marched to the desert towards the Sea of Suf, as the EVER-LIVING commanded me, and wandered about the hills of Sair a long time.

   
RF DEU 2:2 At last the EVER-LIVING said to me;
   
RF DEU 2:3 "You have wandered about this hill enough! Turn to the north,
   
RF DEU 2:4 and command the People saying to them,' Pass over the borders of your brothers, the sons of Esau, who dwell in Sair. But they will be afraid of you, so carefully guard yourselves.
   
RF DEU 2:5 And injure them not; for I will not give you a foot's space of their country, because I have given Mount Sair to Esau as a possession.
   
RF DEU 2:6 You must buy food from them with money, and eat it; and also purchase water from them for money, and drink it;
   
RF DEU 2:7 for your EVER-LIVING GOD has blessed you in every work of your hand, whilst you travelled this great desert these forty years; your EVER-LIVING GOD has been with you, and you have wanted for nothing."
   
RF DEU 2:8 You consequently passed by your brothers the sons of Esau, who occupy Sair, by the road of the Arabah to Ailath, and Atzian-gaber, where you turned off and traversed the road of the desert of Moab.
   
RF DEU 2:9 There the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Do not trouble Moab, but keep yourselves from fighting. Turn, for I have not granted you his country, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession."
   
RF DEU 2:10 (The Amim formerly occupied it, a great and numerous nation,
   
RF DEU 2:11 and tall, like Anakim; they considered themselves also to be Rephaim like the Anakim,—but the Moabites called them Amim.
   
RF DEU 2:12 And the Khorites dwelt in Sair before them, but the sons of Esau expelled them, and drove them from the place, and occupied it in their stead, as the children of Israel did in the country they seized which the EVER-LIVING gave to them.)
   
RF DEU 2:13 Then you arose and massed the Vale of Yared, and at the passage of the Vale of Yared,
   
RF DEU 2:14 including the period of the march from KadeshBarnea, until the time you crossed the Vale of Yared, was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of fighting men belonging to the camp were dead, as the EVER-LIVING threatened them.
   
RF DEU 2:15 For the hand of the EVER-LIVING was against them to destroy them out of the camp until they perished.
   
RF DEU 2:16 And when all the fighting men had died from among the People,
   
RF DEU 2:17 then the EVER-LIVING spoke to me, and said,
   
RF DEU 2:18 "Now cross over today the boundaries of Moab at Ar.
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Note Verses. 10 thru 12 are an ancient editor's note, not a part of the text of Moses. It was probably added by Ezra, when he edited the Pentateuch, after the return from Babylon, as all the other notes which I consequently transfer to the foot of the pages.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 2:19 But when you approach the sons of Amon, neither distress nor hurt them, for I will not give the country of the sons of Amon to you to possess, for I have given it to the sons of Lot as a possession.'
   
RF DEU 2:20 (This also was considered a country of the Rephaim, because the Rephaim resided there formerly, but the Amorites
   
RF DEU 2:21 called them Yim-yimim. They were a great and numerous people, like the Anakim, but the EVER-LIVING destroyed them before those, who drove them out, and inhabited in their place;
   
RF DEU 2:22 as He did for the sons of Esau who occupy Mount Sair, who expelled the Khorites formerly, and drove them out, and dwell in their place until this day.
   
RF DEU 2:23 The Avites also resided in the fortresses until the powerful Kaphtorites came from Kaphtor and defeated them, and they reside after them.)
   
RF DEU 2:24 "Rise! march! and cross the River Arnon! See! I have given you Sihon, King of Heshbon, the Amorite, and his country to break, assail, and defeat it in war, I have broken him this day,—
   
RF DEU 2:25 putting the dread and fear of you upon the face of the nations, under every sky, who may hear the reports about you. They tremble and faint before you!"
   
RF DEU 2:26 Then I sent ambassadors from the desert of the East to Sihon, King of Heshbon with proposals of peace, and said;—
   
RF DEU 2:27 "I wish to pass across your country by the king's highway, I will not march many days, or deviate.
   
RF DEU 2:28 You shall sell food for money, and I will eat it; and pay money for the water you give and I drink it. I only wish to pass over on my feet.
   
RF DEU 2:29 Do to me as the sons of Esau did who dwell in Sair, and the Moabites who inhabit Ar, until I have crossed the Jordan, to the land which our EVER-LIVING GOD has given us."
   
RF DEU 2:30 But Sihon, King of Heshbon was not willing you should cross over him, for your EVER-LIVING GOD had stupefied his mind, and emboldened his heart, that by it He might give him into your hand, as He has now done.
   
RF DEU 2:31 The EVER-LIVING GOD also said; "See! I have begun to give up Sihon and his country before you; seize it I take his land for a possession! "
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1 Verses. 20 to end of 23 are a note of an ancient editor, probably Ezra, not part of the original text of Moses.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 2:32 Then Sihon advanced to meet us, he and all his force to fight at Jahaz.
   
RF DEU 2:33 But our EVER-LIVING GOD delivered him to us; and struck him and his son and all his forces;
   
RF DEU 2:34 and at that time we captured all his towns, and devoted all his cities, nor allowed the men, women or children to escape.
   
RF DEU 2:35 Beside the cattle we seized for ourselves, and the plunder of the cities which we captured;
   
RF DEU 2:36 from Aroar on the banks of the Arnon, and the towns in the valley, and as far as Gilad—there was not a city that was too strong for us,—our EVER-LIVING GOD delivered the whole to our approach!
   
RF DEU 2:37 The whole extent of the country of the Ammonites, all along the vale of Jabbok, with the towns of the Highlands, and all that our EVER-LIVING GOD commanded.
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