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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 30:1

Rewards of Return to God.
Consequently when these events come upon you, the blessings and the cursings which I have put before you, and you cause your heart to turn back in every nation where your EVER-LIVING GOD has scattered you,

   
RF DEU 30:2 and you return to your EVER-LIVING GOD, and listen to His voice in all that I have commanded you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul,
   
RF DEU 30:3 and return to your EVER-LIVING GOD,—your rest and your comfort,—then the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, will come again and collect you from every People where He had scattered you.
   
RF DEU 30:4 If you have been drawn to the limits of the sky, your EVER-LIVING GOD will collect you from there,—
   
RF DEU 30:5 the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, will take you and bring you to the country your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and will cause you to prosper, and increase more than your fathers.
   
RF DEU 30:6 And the EVER-LIVING GOD will mould your hearts, and the hearts of your posterity, to love your EVER-LIVING GOD, with all your soul, so that you may live;
   
RF DEU 30:7 and the EVER-LIVING will put all those afflictions upon your enemies, and on those who hated and persecuted you,
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1 End of v. 27, "as it is now," is a Masonic note, note, not part of the text.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 30:8 when you repent and listen to the voice of the EVER-LIVING, and practice all His commands, which I command you today.
   
RF DEU 30:9 Your EVER-LIVING GOD also will cause you to excel in every work of your hand,—in the fruit of your body, in the produce of your cattle, in the beautiful produce of your farms, for the EVER-LIVING will come to rejoice over you in delight, as He rejoiced over your fathers,
   
RF DEU 30:10 because you listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD, to preserve His Commandments and Institutions which are written in this record of the Law,
   
RF DEU 30:11 when you return to the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, with all your heart and with all your soul. For these laws which I command you today, will never depart, or go far from you.
   
RF DEU 30:12 They are not in the heavens, that you should say;—"Who can go up for us to the heavens, and bring them to us that we may listen to and practice them?"
   
RF DEU 30:13 Nor are they across the sea, that you should say, "Who can cross over for us, and bring them to us, that we may hear and practice them?"
   
RF DEU 30:14 for the matter is very close to you, in your mouth, and in your heart to practice.
   
RF DEU 30:15 Look! I put before you today Life, and Prosperity,—and Sin, and Death!
   
RF DEU 30:16 What I propose to you is Life,—to love the EVER-LIVING, your GOD,—to walk in His ways, to preserve His Legislation, and Institutions, and Decrees, when your EVER-LIVING GOD will increase you, and bless you in the land which you are going to possess!
   
RF DEU 30:17 But if your heart revolts, and you will not listen, but degrade yourselves, and worship vile gods, and serve them,
   
RF DEU 30:18 I announce to you today that perishing you shall perish;—your time shall not be long on the ground which you are passing the Jordan to go and possess!
   
RF DEU 30:19 Bear witness to me, now, Heavens and Earth! I place Life and Death before you,—the Blessing and the Curse! Therefore choose for yourselves the Life,—that you and your posterity may live!
   
RF DEU 30:20 Love your EVER-LIVING GOD, listen to His voice, and hold to Him,—for He will give you life, and extend your time, to rest upon the land that the EVER-LIVING promised to your fathers,—to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob to give them.
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