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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 29:1

Exhortation to Obedience, and Appointment of Joshua as Commander.
(The following are records of the Covenant that the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the country of Moab, in addition to the Covenant that was recorded with them in Horeb.)

   
RF DEU 29:2 (Moses accordingly assembled all Israel and said to them;)1 You saw all that the EVER-LIVING did in your sight, in the land of Mitzeraim, to Pharoh and to all his officers, and to all his country,
   
RF DEU 29:3 their great defeats which your eyes saw,—the wonders, and the great manifestations upon them.
   
RF DEU 29:4 But the EVER-LIVING did not give you a heart to understand, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until today.
   
RF DEU 29:5 Although you wandered forty years in the desert, you were not deficient in clothing upon yourselves, and your shoes were not stripped from your feet.
   
RF DEU 29:6 You did not eat bread or drink wine or beer, so that you might learn that I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF DEU 29:7 Then you came to this place and met Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, and you advanced to fight, and slew them,
   
RF DEU 29:8 and took their country, and give it to be divided by the Reubenites, and Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
   
RF DEU 29:9 Therefore remember the contents of this covenant and practice them, so that you may reflect upon all you are bound to do,
   
RF DEU 29:10 You are today all of you stationed before the EVER-LIVING, your GOD; —your nobles, your governors, your judges, and your officials, every man of Israel;
   
RF DEU 29:11 your children, your wives, and the foreigners who are amongst you; —the hewers of wood, and drawers of water for you;
   
RF DEU 29:12 to assent to the Covenant of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and to swear to what the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, has agreed with you today,
   
RF DEU 29:13 so that you may rise up from today to be a People for HIM, and HE may be a GOD to you, as HE promised you, and as HE swore to your fathers,—to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
   
RF DEU 29:14 Since it is not I alone who made this Covenant and this confirmation with you,
   
RF DEU 29:15 that is established here with us today before the EVER-LIVING our GOD, and which is confirmed to us here today.
   
RF DEU 29:16 For you know that we resided in the land of the Mitzeraim, and that you were slaves amongst the heathen whom you served;
   
RF DEU 29:17 and you saw their corruptions, and their idols, of wood, and stone, of silver and gold, that they have!
   
RF DEU 29:18 Take special care to yourselves, man or woman, or family or tribe, who has a heart, from turning today from our EVER-LIVING GOD, to go and serve the gods of those Heathen,—lest there should be a root bearing poison and anguish amongst you.
   
RF DEU 29:19 But should anyone listening to the words of this oath say to himself in his heart, "I shall prosper, although I walk in the ideas of my heart, for my cup is full when I am thirsty "—
   
RF DEU 29:20 the EVER-LIVING will not be ready to forgive him, but the LORD'S anger and indignation will smoke at that person, and HE will heap upon him all that is written in this record, and the EVER-LIVING will wipe his name from under the skies,
   
RF DEU 29:21 and the LORD will set him apart for evil, in every tribe of Israel, for all the curses of the covenant written in the record of this Law.
   
RF DEU 29:22 And the future generations of your sons, who may arise after you, and the strangers who come from distant countries and see the afflictions of the country, and the curses with which the EVER-LIVING has cursed it,
   
RF DEU 29:23 shall exclaim, ' Brimstone and salt burn all the country! It is not sown—does not grow,—and produces no vegetation, like ruined Sodom and Gomorah, Admah and Tzeboim, whom the EVER-LIVING destroyed in His anger and in His wrath!"
   
RF DEU 29:24 And all the nations shall ask, "Why has the EVER-LIVING afflicted this land? Why should His great indignation burn so?"
   
RF DEU 29:25 When they will be answered, "Because they rejected the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of the
   
RF DEU 29:26 Mitzeraim, and they went and served other gods, and worshipped them;—gods whom they knew not, and who
   
RF DEU 29:27 could not benefit them." Therefore the anger of the LORD burnt against the country, and He caused all the affliction written in this record to come upon it.
   
RF DEU 29:28 The EVER-LIVING will also pluck you up from the ground with violence, and with great wrath, and fling you into other countries.'
   
RF DEU 29:29 The Secret Reasons are with our EVER-LIVING GOD; but the revelations are with us and our children for ever, that we may practice the whole of the Decrees of this Law!
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