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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 4:1

Consequently, now, Israel, listen to the constitutions and decrees which I will teach you to practice, that you may live, and go, and possess the country which the EVER-LIVING GOD of your fathers will give you.

   
RF DEU 4:2 You shall not add to the matter that I command you, nor shall you detract from it, but keep the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, as I have commanded you.
   
RF DEU 4:3 Your eyes saw what the EVER-LIVING did because of Bal-peor,—how the EVER-LIVING destroyed every man who went after Bal-peor among you.
   
RF DEU 4:4 But you who kept fast to your EVER-LIVING GOD are all of you alive today!
   
RF DEU 4:5 Attend to me as I teach you the constitutions and decrees which the EVER-LIVING, my GOD, commands you to practice when you arrive in the country which you are going to possess,
   
RF DEU 4:6 and guard them, and practice them;—for they will make you wise and intelligent in the eyes of the Peoples who hear of all these constitutions, who will say; "This is a wise and intelligent People—this Great Nation!
   
RF DEU 4:7 "For what nation is so great as to possess gods in its breast? As our EVER-LIVING GOD is to us in all we ask of Him?
   
RF DEU 4:8 And what nation is so great? possessing institutions and decrees like these laws that I put before you today?
   
RF DEU 4:9 Only guard yourselves, and guard your lives carefully, from forgetting the events that your eyes have seen, and from turning your heart away all the days of your life; and teach them to your children, and to your children's children.
   
RF DEU 4:10 Upon the day when you stood before your EVER-LIVING GOD at Horeb, when the EVER-LIVING commanded me, "Collect the People to Me, and I will let them hear what they must learn, so that they may fear Me all the time they live on the earth, and teach their children."
   
RF DEU 4:11 So you approached and stood below the hill, whilst the hill burned with fire up to the heart of the skies, with darkness, cloud, and gloom.
   
RF DEU 4:12 There the EVER-LIVING spoke to you from the midst of the fire. You heard a VOICE speaking to you!—but no Image appearing! A VOICE alone!
   
RF DEU 4:13 And it informed you of the Covenant which He commanded you to practice; the Ten Commandments,—and wrote them upon two tables of stone.
   
RF DEU 4:14 But to me, the EVER-LIVING ordered at that time to teach you the constitutions and decrees, which you were to practice in the land into which you would pass, to possess it.
   
RF DEU 4:15 Therefore you must guard your minds very carefully,—for you did not see any SHAPE on the day the EVER-LIVING spoke with you in Horeb from the midst of the fire,—
   
RF DEU 4:16 from wickedly making for yourselves a carved SHAPE,—any Image; or model of Man or Woman;
   
RF DEU 4:17 or form of any beast that is upon the earth; form of any bird which flies in the sky;
   
RF DEU 4:18 form of any reptile on the ground; form of any fish that is in the waters lower than the earth;—
   
RF DEU 4:19 Or, if you raise your eyes heavenward, and see the sun, or the moon, or the stars,—all the host of the skies, and bow to, and worship them, and serve those which your EVER-LIVING GOD has apportioned to all the nations under all the skies:—
   
RF DEU 4:20 For the EVER-LIVING selected you, and brought you from the iron works of the Mitzeraim, to be a People for Himself,—as you are today.
   
RF DEU 4:21 But the EVER-LIVING was angry with me over your affairs, and swore to prevent me crossing the Jordan, and to prevent me arriving at the beautiful country which your EVER-LIVING GOD has given to you to possess! For I must die in this country,
   
RF DEU 4:22 I may not pass over the Jordan!—but you will pass over, and possess that beautiful land!
   
RF DEU 4:23 Guard yourselves from forgetting the covenant of your EVER-LIVING GOD, which He contracted with you, for fear you should make for yourselves a carved image,—contrary to the command of your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 4:24 for your EVER-LIVING GOD is a consuming fire;—HE is a jealous GOD!
   
RF DEU 4:25 When you have begotten children and children's children, and are in the country, and have corrupted yourselves, and make carved images, and do evil in the eyes of your EVER-LIVING GOD, provoking Him;—
   
RF DEU 4:26 I call to witness today the Heavens and the Earth to witness to you, that perishing you shall perish quickly from off the land which you pass over the Jordan to possess;—your time shall not be prolonged in it; but you shall certainly waste away;
   
RF DEU 4:27 and the EVER-LIVING will scatter you among the nations, and your remnant shall die as a number among the nations where the EVER-LIVING has driven you.
   
RF DEU 4:28 And you shall there serve gods made by human hands of wood, and stone; who cannot see, or hear, or eat, or breathe!
   
RF DEU 4:29 But if you should from there entreat your EVER-LIVING GOD, and decide to seek HIM with all your heart, and with all your soul,—
   
RF DEU 4:30 strengthen yourselves, and encourage yourselves with all these events, after long periods, and return to your EVER-LIVING GOD, and listen to His voice;
   
RF DEU 4:31 for your EVER-LIVING GOD is a merciful GOD;—He will not desert you, and will not turn from you, and will not forget the covenant with your fathers, which He swore to them.—
   
RF DEU 4:32 Therefore search, now, the former times that were before you,— from the time when GOD constructed man upon the earth,—and from one extreme of the heavens to the other extreme of the heavens,—has there ever been such a great event as this? —or has there been heard its like?
   
RF DEU 4:33 a People who heard the VOICE of GOD speaking from amid the fire, as you heard it,—and lived?
   
RF DEU 4:34 or that GOD attempted to go and take for Himself one nation from the breast of another nation, with trials, with miracles, and portents, and war, and with a strong hand, and a directing arm, and great manifestations, such as all those your EVER-LIVING GOD has made in your sight upon the Mitzeraim for you?
   
RF DEU 4:35 Then see, and learn that the EVER-LIVING is GOD,—and except Him NONE!—
   
RF DEU 4:36 From the heavens you have heard HIS VOICE!—when He taught you,—and upon earth you have seen His Great Fire!—and heard His commands from the midst of the fire;
   
RF DEU 4:37 because He loved your fathers, and chose their race after them, and brought you by His great might to His PRESENCE from among the Mitzeraim,
   
RF DEU 4:38 and will drive great and more powerful nations than you before your face, to bring you to,—to give you,—their country as a possession,—as at this day!
   
RF DEU 4:39 Therefore learn today,—and fix it in your heart,—that the EVER-LIVING, He is GOD in heaven, and upon the earth, —and except HIM there is no other.
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1 Verses. 41-43 are a note of an ancient editor, not a part of the text of Moses. This note was most probably written by Ezra.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 4:40 So keep His institutions, and His commandments, which I commanded you today, that you may prosper, and your children after you;—and then your days will be long upon the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD will give to you for all time.
   
RF DEU 4:41 (At this period Moses selected three cities over the Jordan towards the sunrise,
   
RF DEU 4:42 for the man-slayer, who might kill his neighbour accidentally, whom he had not previously hated, to fly to,—that he might go to one of those CITIES OF GOD and live.
   
RF DEU 4:43 They were Belzer in the desert in the district of Maher, for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Ghilad, for the Gadites, and Golam in Esteban, for the Manassites.)
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1 Vv. 44-48 are also a note of an ancient editor, probably Ezra, as the remark that Moses was on the Eastern side of Jordan Indicates the commentator as looking from the Western side—say, Jerusalem. All these are internal proofs of the authenticity of the main text.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 4:44 (These were appointed there by Moses for the children of Israel.
   
RF DEU 4:45 The following are also Constitutional Enactments, and Decrees, which Moses dictated to the children of Israel at their coming out from the Mitzeraim,
   
RF DEU 4:46 at the ford of the Jordan, in the valley opposite Beth-peor, in the country of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who resided in Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel defeated upon their coining out from the Mitzeraim,
   
RF DEU 4:47 when they seized his country, and the country of Og, king of Bashan, both kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun,
   
RF DEU 4:48 extending from Aroar, which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, to the Hill of Shian,—that is Hermon, —
   
RF DEU 4:49 and all the plain beyond the Jordan towards the sunrise, and to the Sea of the Plain, below the feet of Pisgah.
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