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 28:1

But if you attentively listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and take care to practice all the commandments that I command you today, then the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, will give you superiority over every nation on earth,

RF DEU 28:2 and all these blessings shall come to you, and surround you, because you listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD:
RF DEU 28:3 The Blessings of Obedience.
You shall be blest in the city,
And blest in the field;
RF DEU 28:4 Blest in the fruit of your body,
And blest in the fruit of your farm;
And blest in the fruit of your cow,
And blest in the cast of your cattle,
And breeds of your sheep.
RF DEU 28:5 Blest in your basket,
And blest in your cask.
RF DEU 28:6 Blest in your going,
And blest in your coming.
RF DEU 28:7 JEHOVAH will make your opponents To stumble before you,
They shall advance by one path,
And fly from you by seven!
RF DEU 28:8 The EVER-LIVING will command blessing to your barns, and to every work of your hand, and will bless you in the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you.
RF DEU 28:9 JEHOVAH will establish you as a People sacred to Himself, as He promised, if you keep the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD and walk in His paths.
RF DEU 28:10 Then every People of the earth will see that the NAME of the EVER-LIVING has been fixed upon you, and they will fear you,
RF DEU 28:11 when the EVER-LIVING causes you to abound in benefits; in the fruit of your body; and the fruit of your cattle; and the fruit of your fields; in the land which the EVER-LIVING promised to your fathers to give you.
RF DEU 28:12 The EVER-LIVING will open His best treasures from the skies for you to give rain to adorn your land, and to bless every work of your hand. Many nations shall borrow of you, —but you shall not borrow!
RF DEU 28:13 for the LORD will make you the Head, and not the Tail! and you shall continually rise higher and not be depressed, —whilst you attend to the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, which I command you today to preserve and practice.
RF DEU 28:14 Therefore turn not from any of the things that I have commanded you today, yesterday, and before that, but walk after your EVER-LIVING GOD, and serve Him.
RF DEU 28:15 But if you will not listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, to continue to practice the whole of His Commands and Institutions, as I instruct you today, then these curses will come upon, and surround you;—
RF DEU 28:16 The curses of Revolt From God.
You shall be cursed in the city,
And cursed in the field!
RF DEU 28:17 Cursed in your basket,
And cursed in your cask
RF DEU 28:18 Cursed in the fruit of your body,
And fruit of your farms,
The cast of your cattle,
And breeds of your sheep!
RF DEU 28:19 You shall be cursed in your going,
And cursed in your coming!
RF DEU 28:20 The EVER-LIVING will send you cursing, blundering, and blame in every attempt of your hand, till you waste and rapidly perish before the evils assailing you, and become desolate.
RF DEU 28:21 These things shall pursue, until you cease from the land that you go to possess!
RF DEU 28:22 The LORD will strike you with consumption, and fever, and wasting, and burning; and with sword, and blight, and jaundice, and pursue until you perish!
RF DEU 28:23 And the skies over your head shall be brass; and the ground beneath you iron!
RF DEU 28:24 The LORD will rain powder on your land; and dust from the skies shall fall upon you, Until you are a desert!
RF DEU 28:25 The LORD will give you to defeat before your enemies! They shall meet you on a single road, —but you shall fly before them by seven roads; and be in terror of every government on earth!
RF DEU 28:26 And your carcasses shall be food to all the birds of the sky, and to the beasts of the earth; and none will drive them off!
RF DEU 28:27 And the EVER-LIVING will inflict the ulcer of the Mitzeraim upon you, and tumours, and scurvy, and the incurable itch;
RF DEU 28:28 and the EVER-LIVING Will afflict you with madness, and blindness, and bewilder-ment of heart!
RF DEU 28:29 And you shall grope for a window, as a blind man gropes in the darkness, and shall not find your way;—and you shall also be wronged, and robbed, daily; and find no defender!
RF DEU 28:30 You shall wed a wife, and another man lie with her! You shall build a house, but not dwell in it! You shall plant a vine-yard, and not eat of it!
RF DEU 28:31 They shall kill your ox in your sight, but will not allow you to eat of it! They will steal your ass before your face, and never return it! Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will help you!
RF DEU 28:32 Your sons and your daughters will be sold to foreign nations,—your eyes shall see it,—and long for them every day, and possess them not!
RF DEU 28:33 A People whom you have not known shall consume the produce of your farms, and all your acquisitions; and you shall be plundered, and oppressed at every time,
RF DEU 28:34 and be maddened by the sights your eyes shall see.
RF DEU 28:35 The EVER-LIVING will inflict you with a bad ulcer on your knees, and on your legs, which you cannot cure, from the sole of your foot to your crown!
RF DEU 28:36 The EVER-LIVING will make you, and the kings you have raised over yourselves, go to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve vile gods of wood and stone;
RF DEU 28:37 and become a word of reproach and abuse among all the Peoples where the EVER-LIVING drives you!
RF DEU 28:38 You shall take much seed out to the field, and reap little, for the locust shall destroy!
RF DEU 28:39 You shall plant a vineyard,—but not drink its wine, nor collect its grapes,—for the worm shall consume them.
RF DEU 28:40 Olive groves shall be in all your fields, but you shall not refresh yourselves with oil, for the olives shall drop off!
RF DEU 28:41 You shall beget sons and daughters,—but they shall not be yours, but shall go to slavery!
RF DEU 28:42 The caterpillar shall seize all your trees, and the fruits of your fields!
RF DEU 28:43 The foreigner who is amongst you shall climb up above you from station to station,—but you shall sink lower and lower!
RF DEU 28:44 He shall lend to you,—he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail!
RF DEU 28:45 And all these curses shall come upon you, and pursue, and hunt you to destruction, because you have not listened to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, to preserve His Commands and the Institutions which He ordained for you,
RF DEU 28:46 and which should have been a guide and instruction to you, and to your posterity for ever.
RF DEU 28:47 But as you served not your EVER-LIVING GOD with delight and gladness of heart in your abundance of all things;
RF DEU 28:48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the EVER-LIVING will send to you,—in heat and raging thirst, and nakedness, and want; and an iron yoke shall be put upon your neck, until you perish!
RF DEU 28:49 The EVER-LIVING will arouse against you a nation from afar, flying like an eagle from the end of the earth;—a nation whose language you have not heard;
RF DEU 28:50 a furious nation, who will not respect the presence of the old, nor pity the young;
RF DEU 28:51 and it shall devour the produce of your cattle, and the produce of your fields, until you are ruined; until you shall possess neither corn, nor wine, nor a calf from your cow, nor lamb from your sheep, until you are brought to ruin!
RF DEU 28:52 And you shall be oppressed in all your villages, and your walls, towers and fortifications in which you trusted shall be thrown down in the whole country,—and you shall be harassed in every village of the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gave to you!
RF DEU 28:53 And you shall eat the fruit of your body,—the flesh of your sons and your daughters, —whom your EVER-LIVING GOD had given you,—in the siege and distress with which your enemies shall distress you!
RF DEU 28:54 The friend who was very dear and delightful to you shall turn his eyes evil to his brother; and to the wives of his bosom, and to the remainder of his children who are left,
RF DEU 28:55 to give one from amongst them as food for his children, so that the rest may eat from the corpse with him in the siege and distress with which your enemies distress you in all your cities!
RF DEU 28:56 The delicate lady who allowed not the sole of her foot to touch the earth from delicacy and refinement, shall look with evil eyes upon the husband of her bosom, and her sons, and her daughters,
RF DEU 28:57 and the new-born child that comes on her lap, and her children whom she has borne, that she may eat them in the absolute famine in secret, in the siege and distress with which your enemies shall distress you in your gates.
RF DEU 28:58 If you do not take care to practice the whole of the things of this Law, written in this book, and to reverence the glory of this magnificent Revelation of your EVER-LIVING GOD;
RF DEU 28:59 for the EVER-LIVING will make your own punishments, and the punishments of your posterity, astounding by these great inflictions and diseases, and sicknesses, and prostrations;
RF DEU 28:60 and will turn upon you all the maladies of the Mitzerites which you feared when present with them,—and they shall stick to you;
RF DEU 28:61 besides numerous diseases, and many plagues that are not written in the record of this Law.
RF DEU 28:62 The EVER-LIVING will bring them upon you, until you are desolate, and are a small remnant, instead of being like the stars of the heavens for number, because you have not listened to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
RF DEU 28:63 And as the EVER-LIVING was before delighting over you to benefit you, and to increase you,—then the EVER-LIVING will delight to destroy, to desolate, and to bear you away from the ground which you have come to possess!
RF DEU 28:64 And the EVER-LIVING will scatter you amongst all the Peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; —and there you shall serve vile gods, which neither you nor your fathers knew, of wood and stone!
RF DEU 28:65 And amid those heathens you shall have no quiet or comfort to the soles of your feet, but the EVER-LIVING will give you there a trembling heart, and languishing eyes, and a wretched spirit;
RF DEU 28:66 and your life shall be in suspense to you in the present, and you shall tremble night and day, and have no certainty for your existence.
RF DEU 28:67 In the morning you shall say; "I wish it were evening!" and in the evening you shall exclaim, "I wish it were morning," because of the fear of your heart that terrifies you, and from foreseeing what your eyes perceive!
RF DEU 28:68 The EVER-LIVING will also cause you to return to the Mitzeraim, by that mournful way, which I have told you never to retrace, or to look upon; and you will there offer to sell yourselves to your enemies as men and women slaves, and none will buy you.
1 V. 29 of Ch. 28., and v. 1 of Ch. 29., are an editorial note, probably by Aliazer the Priest, when editing his Master's Orations for the Ark of Witnesses —F.F.

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