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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 20:1

Laws of War.
When you go to war with your enemies, and see horses and chariots, —a people more numerous than yourselves, fear them not,—for your EVER-LIVING GOD is with you, Who brought you from the land of the Mitzeraim.

   
RF DEU 20:2 And when you are preparing for the war, the Priest shall come forward and address the People and say to them,
   
RF DEU 20:3 "Listen, Israel! You are now preparing for war with your enemies. Let not your heart shrink. Fear not, nor be startled, nor terrified at them!
   
RF DEU 20:4 for your EVER-LIVING GOD marches with you, to fight for you against your enemy, and save you."
   
RF DEU 20:5 The Magistrates, also, shall address the People, saying; "What man is there who has built a new house, and not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, for fear he should be killed in the war, and another man should dedicate it.
   
RF DEU 20:6 "And what man has planted a vineyard and has not reaped it? Let him go and return to his home, for fear he should be killed in the war, and another man reap it.
   
RF DEU 20:7 "And what man is engaged to a woman, and has not married her? Let him go and return to his home. for fear he should be killed in the war, and another man marry her."
   
RF DEU 20:8 The Magistrates shall even add to this address to the People, and ask;—"What man fears with a timid heart? Let him go and return to his house, and not depress the hearts of his brothers, like his own heart."
   
RF DEU 20:9 And when the Magistrates have ceased speaking to the People, then they should appoint officers to the regiments to command the People. 1
   
RF DEU 20:10 When you approach a city to war against it, you shall propose peace to it;
   
RF DEU 20:11 and if they will adopt peace, and open to you, then all the people found in it shall be subject to you, and serve you.
   
RF DEU 20:12 But if they will not accept peace with you, but make war against
   
RF DEU 20:13 you, then assail them; for your EVER-LIVING GOD has given them into your hands, and destroy all the men by
   
RF DEU 20:14 the edge of the sword. The women and children, however, and the cattle, and all that may be in the city, all the booty, you may seize for yourselves, for you may use the booty of your enemies which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives to you.
   
RF DEU 20:15 You must do the same to all the cities afar from you, which are not of cities of these nations here.
   
RF DEU 20:16 But in the cities of these Peoples, that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given to you to divide, you shall not preserve a living breath,
   
RF DEU 20:17 but devote them; the Hitites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizites, the Hivites and the Jebusites,—according to the command of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 20:18 The reason is,—so that you may not learn from them to practice all the depravities which they practice against GOD, and thus you would sin against your EVER LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 20:19 When you besiege a city for a long period, warring with it to capture it, you shall not destroy the fruit trees by assailing them with the axe, for you can feed from them, therefore you shall not cut them down, for the trees of the field sprang from the ground before you came to the siege.
   
RF DEU 20:20 However the trees that you know are not trees for food, you may destroy and fell, and build towers with them against the city which is warring with you, until you subdue it.
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