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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 32:1

The Invocation.
Listen, Heaven, and I will speak, And hear my utterance, Earth

RF DEU 32:2 My teaching shall drop like rain, My utterance spread like dew,—Like showers upon the herbage, And like sprinklings on the grass.
RF DEU 32:3 For I proclaim Jehovah's Name, I exalt our Glorious GOD!
RF DEU 32:4 Whose fort is a perfect refuge, For all His lines are straight! A GOD of Truth, and not unjust, Righteous and upright, HE.
RF DEU 32:5 The Revolt From God.
Corrupt, you have not His Son's form,—You wayward and fickle race!—
RF DEU 32:6 Repay not thus to the LORD, You stupid, and unwise clan. Is HE not your Forming-Father Who made and constructed you?
RF DEU 32:7 Remember the Times Everlasting,—Reflect on the ages of years,—Ask your father, who will inform you, Your elders, and they will relate,
RF DEU 32:8 How the Highest allotted the races, When He divided the sons of Man, Fixing the bounds of the nations, With a place for Israel's sons!
RF DEU 32:9 How God Pities the People.
For the LORD is kind to His People, To Jacob He measured his share!
RF DEU 32:10 Whom He met in a desert country,—When he strayed in a howling waste, He turned him, and He directed, He watched as the ball of His eye,
RF DEU 32:11 He guarded his nest, like an eagle, He fluttered over his prey; He spread His wings to support him, He carried him by their strength;—
RF DEU 32:12 He was led by JEHOVAH alone,—He had no strange god with him.
RF DEU 32:13 How God Prospered Jacob, Yet How His Sons Were Wicked.
He will raise him high in the country; He will eat of the fruits of the field, And oil from the flinty rock!
RF DEU 32:14 Cows' cheese, and butter of sheep Along with best of the lambs, And of Bashan's rams and goats, With the fattest grains of the wheat! Drank the foaming blood of the grape;
RF DEU 32:15 Yet the fat good-man will kick!—You will be fat, will be stout and bloated, And forsake your Maker,—your GOD! And fall from the rock of his safety,
RF DEU 32:16 And by Strangers raise His wrath, By Depravities raise disgust,
RF DEU 32:17 And Godless worship Demons;—Gods that you never knew,—Fresh from abroad imported, Whom your fathers never feared,—
RF DEU 32:18 And neglect the Power that made you, And forget your GOD in your lust.
RF DEU 32:19 How God Sorrows Over Mans Sins.
But the LORD will see—and will sorrow, Be sad for His daughters and sons,
RF DEU 32:20 Say, "My face I will veil from them,—I will see what it is they pursue! For they are a race that is faithless, They never will build on the truth,
RF DEU 32:21 They provoke Me with fictile gods, They insult with the idols they make. So I vex by an Unknown People, By a nation unthought I provoke!
RF DEU 32:22 The Punishment Upon Sin.
Then a fire shall go from My presence, And burn down to the pit below,—And consume the land and its produce; And, igniting the base of the hills,
RF DEU 32:23 It shall rush to their top with a roar!—I will feed My arrows upon them;—
RF DEU 32:24 Mad with famine and fever's rage, As a bitter force of destruction, I will send fierce beasts upon them, With the venomous snakes of the dust;—
RF DEU 32:25 Without the sword shall devour, And Terrors invade their homes, Alike on the youth and the maiden, The suckling child, and the grey beard:
RF DEU 32:26 I declare I would blow them away, I would blot from the memory of man,
RF DEU 32:27 Unless on account of their foemen,—Lest their oppressors should see, And say, ' Our own hand has conquered!' "But did not JEHOVAH do it?
RF DEU 32:28 For the race was bereft of its senses, And had no understanding left.
RF DEU 32:29 God Grieves at Man's Irreflection.
I would they were wise to reflection, That they understood its results;
RF DEU 32:30 Then one should chase a thousand And two could repulse a host; Except for the POWER Who sold them, And the LORD Who delivered them up!
RF DEU 32:31 For their Rock is not like our Rock, Our foes being judges themselves.
RF DEU 32:32 For their vine is a true stock of Sodom, From Gomorrah's blasted farm; Its bunches are bunches of poisons,—Bitter clusters of grapes it yields.
RF DEU 32:33 Their wine is the venom of serpents, And the poison of deadly asps.
RF DEU 32:34 Is it not stored up beside Me, And well sealed up in My barns,
RF DEU 32:35 A means of avenge and requital, When the time of their punishment comes? When their day of distress approaches, Its agents are ready prepared.
RF DEU 32:36 God Will Redeem his Repentant People.
Then the LORD will redress His People;—For His servants He deeply grieves, When He sees their power departing, And fail, and fade, and decay.
RF DEU 32:37 Then He asks, "Where now are their godlings? The powers upon whom they trust,—
RF DEU 32:38 Who ate the fat of their offerings, And drank up the draughts of their wine? Can they now arise and help you? Can they now be your hope?
RF DEU 32:39 God is Our only refuge! Our True Helper.
Look! I only Myself am THAT!
I And there is no GOD but Me,—
I am the TRUTH and the LIFE,—
I wound, and I can restore, And none can tear from My hand!
RF DEU 32:40 So I lift up My hand to the heavens, And declare, as for ever I live,
RF DEU 32:41 I will flash My sword as the lightning, And Justice stands on My right! I will put distress upon tyrants, And repayment upon My foes!
RF DEU 32:42 My darts will be drunk with their blood, And My sword will devour their flesh; Drink the blood of the slain and captives, And the chiefs who lead on My toes!
RF DEU 32:43 God Promises Freedom and Salvation, to the Heathen and his people.
You Heathen, rejoice with His People! For He raises the blood of His saints, And upon their oppressors does justice, And the land of His People protects.'
RF DEU 32:44 (Moses came forward and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the People, and of Hoshea the son of Nun.
RF DEU 32:45 When Moses had finished reciting all these verses to Israel,
RF DEU 32:46 he said to them;) "Fix upon your hearts all the ideas which I have commanded to you, and to your children, from the first until today, and take care to practice the whole of the purport of this legislation;
RF DEU 32:47 for I have not merely spoken myself to you, but He Who is your Life has spoken it, to extend your times upon the land which you pass over the Jordan to possess."
RF DEU 32:48 (The EVER-LIVING afterwards spoke to Moses on that very day saying;—)
1 Vv. 44, 45, are an editorial note of Aliazer the Priest, for the Sacred Copy of the Ark of Witnesses.—F.F.
2 Vv. 48, The words in brackets are an editorial note of Aliazer, not part of the text. —F.F.
49 (It is in the country of Moab, opposite Jerikho.)
All these statements that these speeches were recorded in writing on the east of Jordan, in Moab, are conclusive proof that they are the production of Moses.—F.F.
RF DEU 32:49 "Go up the hill by the ford,—to Mount Nebo,—and survey the land of Canaan, which I will give to the children of Israel for possession;
RF DEU 32:50 and you shall die upon the mountain that you ascend, and be added to your people, as Aaron your brother died on the Hill of Hills, and was added to his people,—
RF DEU 32:51 because you did not exalt Me among the children of Israel at Meribah of Kadesh, in the desert of Tzin, where you did not sanctify My presence among the children of Israel.
RF DEU 32:52 Therefore you shall survey the country near it, but you shall not enter the country which I will give to the sons of Israel."

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