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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 33:1

The Blessing of Moses.
And having been thus spoken to, Moses, the Man of God, blessed the sons of Israel before his death and said;)1

   
RF DEU 33:2 "The LORD came down from Sinai, And on them shone from the Tempest, He blazed from Paran's hill, And brought ten thousand Saints His flaming right-hand ruled,
   
RF DEU 33:3 For love of sacred tribes.
The Almighty's Decree.
"On your hand let them trust, At your word rise and march,
   
RF DEU 33:4 Let Moses give them Laws, As Prince of Jacob's Host,
   
RF DEU 33:5 And be Yeshurun's Leader, Controlling the Nations' Chiefs, Uniting Israel's Tribes.
Moses Blesses the Tribes.
   
RF DEU 33:6 "Let Reuben live,—not die,—And let his number be great!"
   
RF DEU 33:7 (He then said to Judah,) "Let the LORD hear Judah's voice, And His hand go out with his men, As a power and help from his foes."
   
RF DEU 33:8 (And then to Levi he said ) "You have the SWEETNESS and LIGHT,—You are with the one with a trust, For at Massah you showed your truth, And fought at the Waters of Strife,
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1 Deu 33.1 was a note undoubtedly by Aliazer the High Priest, made upon the original copy for the Ark of Witnesses.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 33:9 Who said to his father and mother, I have no reverence for you; ' And as brother he recognized none, And had no regard for his son, When he was the guard of Your TRUTH, And stood in defence of Your BOND;
   
RF DEU 33:10 Let them teach Jacob Decrees, And in Israel settle Your laws, And offer the incense to You, On Your Altar presenting the Gifts.
   
RF DEU 33:11 Bless, LORD, their power, and work, And break through the strength of their foes, And their enemies when they arise."
   
RF DEU 33:12 (He said to Benjamin ) "The Beloved of the LORD rests secure, Relying on Him all the day, And borne safe up in His arms."
   
RF DEU 33:13 (Then to Joseph he said:) "May the LORD give bliss to His land, By the gifts of the skies and the dews, And with fountains bubbling below,
   
RF DEU 33:14 And the bounties produced by the sun, And the gifts that increase with the moon,
   
RF DEU 33:15 And gifts from the hills of the East And the wealth of the ancient hills,
   
RF DEU 33:16 And the gifts that burst from the ground, And delights of the shadowing palms, Come all upon Joseph's head, And crown him his brothers' Prince. Like a noble and splendid prince,—
   
RF DEU 33:17 His horns are the horns of a bull; With them he will conquer nations, And unite the Land into one, For the ten thousands of Ephraim,—And Manasseh's thousands are his!"
   
RF DEU 33:18 (Then he said to Zebulon;) "Zebulon be glad in your Ports; And Issakar in your Halls!
   
RF DEU 33:19 They are called the Men of the Hills, Where they feast in a noble feast, For they suck of the wide spreading seas, And the treasures that hide in the sand!"
   
RF DEU 33:20 (Then turning to Gad, he said:) "Let the horseman, Gad, be blest;—Like a tiger he crouches down, And tears with his arms and jaws!
   
RF DEU 33:21 But he thought at the first for himself, So was granted a princely home, And produced the leaders of men, Who did the work of the LORD, And first led My People right."
   
RF DEU 33:22 (Then he exclaimed to Dan;) "Dan is the whelp of a lion, Who leaps up out of Basilan!"
   
RF DEU 33:23 (Then he said to Naphtali;) "Naphtali loves to take rest, And be filled with the gifts of the LORD;—He possesses the tides of the sea."
   
RF DEU 33:24 (Then as to Asher said;) "Let Asher be blessed with his sons, By his brothers let him be loved, And dabble his footsteps in oil!
   
RF DEU 33:25 Your bars shall be iron and bronze, And your wealth like the tide of the seas."
   
RF DEU 33:26 The Last Psalm of Moses to God.
"There is none like the GOD of Yeshurun, Who rides on the heavens to your aid, And floats on the heights of the clouds!
   
RF DEU 33:27 His GOD is above from of old, And beneath, the Eternal Arms, Who sweeps out the foe from your face, And gives the command to destroy. Israel dwells alone, and secure,
   
RF DEU 33:28 Jacob's spring in a land of the corn, And his skies drop dews of wine!
   
RF DEU 33:29 Blest Israel who is like you? A Victor Race for JEHOVAH,—Your shield, your help, and your sword You shall grow, and subdue your foes, And advance on their hills like a road."
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