rfbible logo image

Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
God's word is swift and powerful.



Must be logged in to use the editor.

Must be logged in to join the chat room here.

   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 23:1 A eunuch, and an emasculated man, shall not enter a public meeting of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 23:2 The child of incest shall not enter a public meeting of the EVER-LIVING. They shall not enter into a public meeting of the EVER-LIVING'S for ten generations.
   
RF DEU 23:3 An Ammonite and a Moabite shall not enter a public meeting of the EVER-LIVING'S; they shall never enter into a public meeting of the EVER-LIVING'S for ten generations,
   
RF DEU 23:4 because they did not supply you with bread and water upon the march when you came from among the Mitzeraim, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from the centre of Aram of the rivers to curse you.
   
RF DEU 23:5 But it did not please your EVER-LIVING GOD to listen to Balaam, so your EVER-LIVING GOD turned the cursing into a blessing; for the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, loves you.
   
RF DEU 23:6 You shall not seek their peace or benefit all your days for ever.
   
RF DEU 23:7 You shall not exclude an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not exclude a Mitzerite, because you were a foreigner in his country.
   
RF DEU 23:8 The children that they produce may be naturalized with the EVER-LIVING after three generations.
   
RF DEU 23:9 When you go to war with your enemy, keep yourselves from any vile practice.
   
RF DEU 23:10 If there happens to be with you a man unclean from any accident at night, let him go outside the camp, and not come into the middle of the camp,
   
RF DEU 23:11 and at the approach of evening let him bathe in water, and at the decline of the sun he may enter the heart of the camp.
   
RF DEU 23:12 You shall therefore provide a trench near your camp, where you can make a cesspool.
   
RF DEU 23:13 You shall also have a spade with your weapons, so that when you turn yourselves to the cesspool and have evacuated, you can carefully cover up your excrement;
   
RF DEU 23:14 for your EVER-LIVING GOD marches in company with your camp to protect it, and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camps must be clean, that He may not see anything unsightly about you, and turn away.
   
RF DEU 23:15 You shall not deliver up a slave who has taken refuge with you from his master to his master.
   
RF DEU 23:16 Let him reside amongst you in the place he chooses, in one of your villages, to benefit himself. You shall not drive him out.
   
RF DEU 23:17 You shall not make a prostitute of a daughter of Israel. There shall not be a sodomite among the sons of Israel.
   
RF DEU 23:18 You shall not bring the wages of a harlot, or the hire of a ruffian to the house of your EVER-LIVING GOD for any vow; for your EVER-LIVING GOD loathes both of them.
   
RF DEU 23:19 You shall not take interest from your brothers; —interest upon money; interest upon food; interest upon anything which can be lent at interest.
   
RF DEU 23:20 You may charge interest to foreigners;—but from your countrymen you shall not take interest, so that your EVER-LIVING GOD may bless you in every endeavor of your hand in the country which you are going to possess.
   
RF DEU 23:21 When you vow a vow to your EVER-LIVING GOD, you shall not delay to pay it, for the EVER-LIVING your GOD will demand it from you; and that would be a sin to you. But
   
RF DEU 23:22 if you do not vow, it will be no sin.
   
RF DEU 23:23 You must carefully perform the utterance of your lips; whatever you vow to your EVER-LIVING GOD, you must give whatever you have promised with your mouth.
   
RF DEU 23:24 When you go into your neighbour's vineyard, you may eat grapes to satisfy your wish, but you shall not put any into your basket.
   
RF DEU 23:25 When you go through your neighbour's corn fields, you may pluck the ears with your hand, but you shall not cut from your neighbour's corn with a sickle.
text

Copyright © 2014 This content is protected by copyright and may not be converted or disseminated in any form without written permission.