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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 21:1

When a corpse is found fallen in a field in the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you to possess, and it is not known how killed,

   
RF DEU 21:2 your chiefs and magistrates shall go and measure to the towns that are round about the corpse, to ascertain the town that may be nearest to the corpse.
   
RF DEU 21:3 Then the head man of that town shall take a heifer from the herd, which has not worked, which has not drawn wheels,
   
RF DEU 21:4 and the head man of that town shall cause the heifer to be taken down to a vale with a constantly flowing brook, which has not been cultivated nor reaped, and break the neck of the heifer at the brook.
   
RF DEU 21:5 Then the priests of the sons of Levi shall approach, for the LORD your GOD chose them to officiate, and to bless in the name of the EVER-LIVING, and every contention and every dispute shall be decided by-them,
   
RF DEU 21:6 with all the Magistrates of the surrounding towns; to the corpse, and wash their hands over the broken-necked heifer at the brook,
   
RF DEU 21:7 and asseverate and say; "Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes did not see it.
   
RF DEU 21:8 Cover it to the people of Israel whom you have chosen, LORD, and lay not innocent blood on the breast of your People of Israel." Then the blood shall be covered for them,
   
RF DEU 21:9 and you will burn the innocent blood from amongst you, for you must practice justice in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 21:10 When you advance to war with your enemies, and your EVER-LIVING GOD gives them into your hand, and you take them captive,
   
RF DEU 21:11 and see amongst the captives there is a beautiful woman, and you have a desire for her to take her to yourself as a wife,
   
RF DEU 21:12 you shall take her into the sanctuary of your house, and uncover her head, and pare her nails,
   
RF DEU 21:13 and she shall put off the clothing in which she was captured, and reside in your house, and weep for her father and mother the space of a month, and after that you can go to her and marry her, and she shall be your wife.
   
RF DEU 21:14 But if it then happens that you do not like her, you shall free her for life,—you shall not sell her for money, you shall not treat her as a slave, because you have degraded her.
   
RF DEU 21:15 Domestic Laws.
When a man has two wives, and loves the one and dislikes the other, and they bear children to him, both the loved and the disliked, and the son of the disliked one is the eldest,
   
RF DEU 21:16 when it comes to the time for his sons to inherit, he cannot make the son of his darling the eldest in place of the son of the disliked, who is eldest,
   
RF DEU 21:17 but he must acknowledge the son of the disliked, who is the eldest, and give to him two parts of all he possesses, for he is the first fruits of his love. He is justly first-born.
   
RF DEU 21:18 When a man has a disobedient and rebellious son, who will not listen to the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, but disobeys them and will not listen to them,
   
RF DEU 21:19 his father and mother shall take him and conduct him to the Magistrates of the town, and to the open court,
   
RF DEU 21:20 and say to the Magistrates of the city, "This son of ours is disobedient and rebellious. He will not listen to our voice. He is depraved and drunken."
   
RF DEU 21:21 Then all the people of his town shall stone him with stones, and kill, —and that evil will be burnt out from your breast,—and Israel will hear and fear.
   
RF DEU 21:22 When a person has committed a crime condemnable to death, you shall kill him and hang him upon a tree.
   
RF DEU 21:23 You shall not however leave him upon the tree, but bury him the same day, for GOD abhors the hung, consequently you shall not defile your country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you to possess.
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