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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 24:1

Laws of Marriage and Domestic Life.
When a man takes a wife and marries her, if she does not find favour in his eyes, because there are found repulsive qualities in her;—let him write her a letter of divorce, and put it into her hand, and send her from his house,

   
RF DEU 24:2 so that she can go from his house and depart, and be the wife of another.
   
RF DEU 24:3 But if the other man hates her, then let him write her a letter of divorce, and put it in her hand, and send her from his house; or if the second man dies who took her to him as a wife,
   
RF DEU 24:4 she shall not be allowed to return to the first who divorced her, to be married as his wife, after she has sinned, for that would be loathsome in the presence of the EVER-LIVING. Therefore you shall not defile the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you to inherit.
   
RF DEU 24:5 When a man has recently taken a wife he shall not go out with the army, and no expedition shall be laid upon him for any thing. He shall be freed for his home for one year, and enjoy the wife he has married.
   
RF DEU 24:6 You shall not take in pledge a millstone or its carriage;—for that would be to pledge a life.
   
RF DEU 24:7 When a man is discovered stealing a person who is his brother of the sons of Israel, and has caused him to be bound and sold;—that thief shall be put to death. Thus you shall burn that crime from amongst you.
   
RF DEU 24:8 Regarding contagious diseases, take especial care to do all that I have instructed you. The priests and the Levites must take care to do according to the rules I commanded them.
   
RF DEU 24:9 Remember what your EVER-LIVING GOD did to Miriam on the march out of Mitzeraim.
   
RF DEU 24:10 When as a creditor you lend your neighbour anything, you shall not go into his house to advance upon the pledge.
   
RF DEU 24:11 You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you lend shall bring to you the pledge at the outside;
   
RF DEU 24:12 and although the man is poor you shall not take his bed as the pledge.
   
RF DEU 24:13 You shall return to him, from his pledge, at the decline of the sun both his bed and blanket, that he may bless you;—and it will be righteousness to you in the presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 24:14 You shall not oppress the poor and helpless of your brothers in their wages, nor the foreigner who is in your country, or your villages.
   
RF DEU 24:15 You shall pay them their wages daily, when the sun shall set upon them, for they are poor, and their life depends upon them,—so that they may not cry to the EVER-LIVING against you; for it would be a sin against you.
   
RF DEU 24:16 You shall not kill parents on account of their children; nor children on account of their parents. A man shall only be put to death for his own crimes.
   
RF DEU 24:17 You shall not refuse justice to the orphan of a foreigner; nor shall you distort it against the widow of a foreigner,
   
RF DEU 24:18 but remember that you were slaves to the Mitzerites, but your EVER-LIVING GOD released you from that; therefore I command you not to do those things.
   
RF DEU 24:19 When you reap your harvest on your farm, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not return to take it. It shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that your EVER-LIVING GOD may bless you in all the work of your hand.
   
RF DEU 24:20 When you strip your olives you shall not pick after yourself; that shall be done by the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.
   
RF DEU 24:21 When you gather your vineyard, you shall not glean after yourself; that shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow;
   
RF DEU 24:22 for you must remember you were a slave in the land of the Mitzeraim; therefore I command you to do these things.
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