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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 27:1

Confirming all Laws by the Parliamentary Consent, and Denouncing Punishments on Disobedience.
Then Moses and all the Judges of Israel commanded the People, saying;—"Preserve all the commands which

   
RF DEU 27:2 I have ordered you today. And at the time you pass over the Jordan to the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD will give to you, set up great stones, and spread them over with plaster,
   
RF DEU 27:3 and engrave upon them the whole of the commands of these laws, when you pass over and arrive in the country which the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, has given you;—a land flowing with milk and honey,—as the EVER-LIVING GOD promised to your fathers.
   
RF DEU 27:4 "And when you have passed over the Jordan you shall set up those stones, as I command you today, upon the Hill of Aibal, and plaster them with plaster.
   
RF DEU 27:5 You shall also build an altar there to your EVER-LIVING GOD, an altar of stones,—you shall not use iron upon them.
   
RF DEU 27:6 You shall build the altar to your EVER-LIVING GOD of whole stones, and shall offer upon it a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, your GOD.
   
RF DEU 27:7 You shall also sacrifice thank-offerings, and feast there, and enjoy yourselves before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 27:8 Then write upon the stones the whole of the words of this Law, engraved deeply."
   
RF DEU 27:9 (Moses and the Levitical Priests also proclaimed to all Israel, saying;—) "Today be silent, and listen, Israel. You are to become the People of the EVER-LIVING, your GOD!
   
RF DEU 27:10 Therefore listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and put in practice the Commands and Institutions that I command you today."
   
RF DEU 27:11 (And Moses further commanded the People at that time, saying;—
   
RF DEU 27:12 These shall stand. upon Mount Gherizim to bless the People; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issakar, and Joseph, and Benjamin.
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1 Ch 27 verses. 1, 9, and 11 are an editorial note of Aliazer to explain the proceedings. F.F.
   
RF DEU 27:13 And these shall stand upon Mount Aibal, for the cursing;—Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulon, and Dan, and Naphtali.
   
RF DEU 27:14 And the Levites shall speak with a loud voice and say to every man of Israel;
   
RF DEU 27:15 "Cursed be the man who makes a statue or a casting, hateful to the LORD, the product of the hands of a mechanic, and sets it up in secret." (Then all the People shall answer and say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:16 "Cursed be whoever insults his father or his mother!" (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:17 "Cursed be whoever removes his neighbour's land mark." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:18 "Cursed be whoever misdirects a blind man in his road." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:19 "Cursed be whoever refuses justice to the foreigner, orphan, or widow." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:20 "Cursed be whoever commits adultery with his father's wives; who raises the covering of his father." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:21 "Cursed be whoever copulates with any beast." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:22 "Cursed be whoever fornicates with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:23 "Cursed be whoever fornicates with his mother-in-law." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:24 "Cursed be whoever strikes his neighbour in secret." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:25 "Cursed be whoever takes a bribe to kill an innocent person." (Then all the People shall say; "He shall be."
   
RF DEU 27:26 "Cursed be whoever does not stand by the commands of this Law to practise them." (Then all the People shall say;) "He shall be."
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