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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 25:1

When there is a dispute between men, and they appear before the Judge, he shall examine between right and right, and wrong and wrong;

   
RF DEU 25:2 and when he has decided between the assailant and the assailed, he shall cause him to be punished in his own presence according to the extent of his crime.
   
RF DEU 25:3 You may inflict forty strokes, —not more ' for fear if you strike him beyond these many lashes, your brother should become degraded in your sight.
   
RF DEU 25:4 You shall not muzzle a bullock when thrashing.
   
RF DEU 25:5 When brothers reside together and one of them dies, and does not leave a son; the wife of the dead man shall not be wife to a stranger. Her brother-in-law shall go to her himself, and marry his brother's wife,
   
RF DEU 25:6 and the first son that she bears he shall bring up with his dead brother's name, so that his name may not be wiped out from Israel.
   
RF DEU 25:7 But if the man refuses to marry his sister-in-law —then his sister-in-law shall go to-the court of the Judges and say to them, "My brother-in-law who could raise up a name to his brother in Israel, is not willing to do his duty."
   
RF DEU 25:8 The Judge of the town shall then summon him, and examine him about it, when he shall appear and say, "I am not willing to take her."
   
RF DEU 25:9 Then the sister-in-law shall approach to him in the sight of the Judges and pull the shoe from his foot and spit in his face and insult him and say, "So let them do to the man who will not build up his brother's house!"
   
RF DEU 25:10 And he shall be nicknamed in Israel, "The Slipshod-man."
   
RF DEU 25:11 When men are fighting together, a man and his neighbour, and the wife of one approaches to help her husband by a stroke of her hand, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the genitals,—
   
RF DEU 25:12 her hand shall be cut off,—your eye shall not spare her.
   
RF DEU 25:13 There shall not be in your bag weight and weight; full weight and short weight.
   
RF DEU 25:14 There shall not be in your house measure and measure; full measure and short measure.
   
RF DEU 25:15 You shall have a just and right weight; you shall have a just and right measure; so that your time may be extended in the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives to you,
   
RF DEU 25:16 for the EVER-LIVING your GOD abhors all who do those wicked things.
   
RF DEU 25:17 Upon conduct in the Promised Land, and Ritual for Freewill offerings.
Remember what Amalek did to you on your march, as you came from the Mitzeraim.
   
RF DEU 25:18 How he met you in the road and assailed your rear,—all the sick who were following you,—when you were weary, and harassed you,—and he did not regard the ambassadors,
   
RF DEU 25:19 therefore when your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you peace from all your enemies around, in the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you to divide into estates, wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the skies. Do not forget.
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