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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 22:1

You shall not see the ox or sheep of your neighbour straying, and hide it from him. You shall drive them back to your neighbour.

   
RF DEU 22:2 But if you cannot find your neighbour in your vicinity, or do not know him, then you shall preserve them in your own premises; but if it occurs afterwards that your neighbour enquires for them from you, then return them to him.
   
RF DEU 22:3 You shall also do the same with his ass, and the same to his clothing, and the same with everything lost by your neighbour,—which he has lost and you have found. You shall not use them secretly.
   
RF DEU 22:4 You shall not see the ass or ox of your neighbour that has fallen on the road, and hide yourself from them. Going to the spot, you shall lift them up for him.
   
RF DEU 22:5 A woman shall not wear a man's dress; and a man shall not dress like a woman, for your EVER-LIVING GOD abhors all who do thus.
   
RF DEU 22:6 When you find a bird's nest before you in the path, or on any tree, or chicks upon the earth, or eggs, and the mother sitting upon her chicks, or upon her eggs, you shall not take the mother with her young.
   
RF DEU 22:7 You must drive off the mother, but you may take her young for yourself;—so that it may be well with you and you may extend your days.
   
RF DEU 22:8 When you build a new house, you shall make a battlement on the circuit of the roof, so that you may not bring blood upon your house, if anyone falls from it.
   
RF DEU 22:9 You shall not double-crop your farm; that would spoil the full development of the seed you sow, and the produce of the farm.
   
RF DEU 22:10 You shall not plough with an ox and an ass yoked together.
   
RF DEU 22:11 You shall not weave silk, wool, and flax together.
   
RF DEU 22:12 You may make tassels upon the four corners of the cushions that you sit upon.
   
RF DEU 22:13 When a man takes a wife, and on going to her hates her,
   
RF DEU 22:14 and puts insulting reports upon her, and brings a bad name upon her, by: saying, "I married this woman, and when I approached her I found she was not a maiden!"
   
RF DEU 22:15 then the father and mother of the girl shall take and bring the maiden, with the proofs of her maidenhood, to the Magistrates of the village,
   
RF DEU 22:16 and the father of the girl shall say to the Magistrates;'I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her;
   
RF DEU 22:17 and now he sets up insulting reports, saying, 'I did not find your daughter a maid,' but here is the proof of her chastity." Then they shall spread the garment before the Magistrates of the town,
   
RF DEU 22:18 and the Magistrates of the town shall take that man, and punish him,
   
RF DEU 22:19 and fine him a hundred silvers, and give them to the father of the girl, because he had brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel, but she shall be his wife, he shall not be able to divorce her for his life.
   
RF DEU 22:20 But if that report is true, the proofs of the chastity of the girl not being found,
   
RF DEU 22:21 then they shall take the girl to the outside of the house of her father and kill her, because she has acted disgracefully in Israel, by prostitution in the house of her father. And thus you shall burn that evil from amongst you.
   
RF DEU 22:22 When a man is found fornicating with a married woman,—they shall die, both of them. The man who committed adultery with the woman, and the woman. Thus you shall burn that evil from Israel.
   
RF DEU 22:23 When a young maiden who is engaged to a man, meets a man in a town, and he fornicates with her,
   
RF DEU 22:24 bring both of them to the gate of the town, and stone them with stones, and kill the girl, because she did not cry out in the town; and the man because he has degraded the wife of his neighbour. Thus you shall burn that evil from your breast.
   
RF DEU 22:25 But if the man meets the betrothed girl in the fields, and the man overpowers her and ravishes her, then the man alone who has ravished her shall die;
   
RF DEU 22:26 and you shall do nothing to the girl. The girl has committed no sin for death, for as a man rises against his neighbour and murders him, so is this crime,
   
RF DEU 22:27 for he met her in the field,—and the betrothed girl cried out, but none heard her.
   
RF DEU 22:28 When a man meets a young maiden, who is not engaged, and takes her and seduces her,—when he is discovered,
   
RF DEU 22:29 that man who corrupted her shall give to the father of the girl fifty silvers, and she shall be his wife afterwards. Because he degraded, he shall not be able to divorce her all his days.
   
RF DEU 22:30 A man shall not marry the wife of his father; and not lift up the skirts of his father.
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