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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 5:1

Upon the Covenant of Sinai.
Moses again assembled all Israel and said to them;
Listen, Israel, to the constitutions and decrees which I proclaim in your hearing today,—both to learn them, and preserve them by practicing.

   
RF DEU 5:2 Our EVER-LIVING GOD contracted a covenant with us in Horeb.
   
RF DEU 5:3 Not with our fathers did the EVER-LIVING contract that covenant, but with us, ourselves; those in this place, all of us alive today.
   
RF DEU 5:4 The EVER-LIVING spoke face to face with you at the Hill, from the midst of the fire.
   
RF DEU 5:5 I stood between the EVER-LIVING and you at that time to report to you the dictation of the EVER-LIVING, for you were afraid at the presence of the fire, and could not ascend to Him, and He said;
   
RF DEU 5:6 1. "I am your EVER-LIVING GOD Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
   
RF DEU 5:7 2. You shall have no other gods in My place.
   
RF DEU 5:8 "You shall not make for yourselves an Image, any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or what is on the earth beneath; or what is in the waters lower than the land.
   
RF DEU 5:9 You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, your EVER-LIVING GOD, am a jealous GOD, punishing the sins of the parents upon their children to the third and fourth generation, of those who hate Me;
   
RF DEU 5:10 but I show mercy to thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
   
RF DEU 5:11 3. "You shall not take the Name of your EVER-LIVING GOD in vain, for the EVER-LIVING will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
   
RF DEU 5:12 4. "Regard the Sabbath Day to keep it holy; as the EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you.
   
RF DEU 5:13 You may labour six days and do all your business,
   
RF DEU 5:14 but the seventh day is a rest to your EVER-LIVING GOD; you shall not do any business upon it; you, or your son, or your daughter, or your servant, or your handmaid, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your cattle, or your hired man, who may be in your house,—because your workmen, and your maid servant shall rest like yourself.
   
RF DEU 5:15 Remember also that you were slaves in the land of the Mitzeraim, but your EVER-LIVING GOD brought you out from there with a strong hand, and a directing arm,—therefore your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you to make the Day of Rest.
   
RF DEU 5:16 5. "Honour your father and your mother, as your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you, so that your days may be lengthened, and that you may prosper upon the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives to you.
   
RF DEU 5:17 6. "You shall not murder.
   
RF DEU 5:18 7. "You shall not fornicate.
   
RF DEU 5:19 8. "You shall not steal.
   
RF DEU 5:20 9." You shall not bring up false evidence against your neighbour.
   
RF DEU 5:21 10. "You shall not covet your neighbour's wife; you shall not long for your neighbour's farm, or his slave, or his handmaid, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbour's."
   
RF DEU 5:22 The EVER-LIVING dictated these commands to the whole assembly of you, from the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the gloom; a GREAT VOICE,—and did not desist there, but wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them to me.
   
RF DEU 5:23 But when you heard the VOICE from the midst of the darkness, and the mountain burning with fire,—then all the Chiefs of your tribes, and your nobles approached to me,
   
RF DEU 5:24 and said; "Now we have seen our EVER-LIVING GOD;—His Majesty and His Greatness;—and have heard HIS VOICE, His VOICE from the midst of the fire today. We have seen that GOD can speak with mankind, and lives.
   
RF DEU 5:25 Therefore, now, why should we die? For this Great Fire will consume us, if we ourselves remain longer to hear the Voice of our EVER-LIVING GOD,—we shall die,
   
RF DEU 5:26 for who is there of any race who has heard the Voice of the Living GOD speaking from the midst of the fire, like us, and has lived?
   
RF DEU 5:27 Go yourself near and listen to all that our EVER-LIVING GOD says, and then report to us all that our EVER-LIVING GOD dictates to you, and we will listen to it, and do it."
   
RF DEU 5:28 And the EVER-LIVING heard the voice of your speeches when you spoke to me, and the EVER-LIVING said to me;—"I have heard the voice of this People speaking to you.
   
RF DEU 5:29 All they have said is beautiful! What would I give if there were such a heart in them to attend to Me, and to keep all My commands for all time? Then there would be prosperity to them and to all their children forever!—
   
RF DEU 5:30 Go tell them to return to their tents.
   
RF DEU 5:31 But you, stay here, and I will dictate to you all My Commands, and the Constitutions, and Decrees, which you must teach them to practice in the country which I will give them to possess."
   
RF DEU 5:32 Therefore you must practice them as your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you;—you shall not turn away to the right or the left.
   
RF DEU 5:33 You shall walk in every way as your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded you, so that you may live, and prosper, and lengthen your days in the country which you shall possess.
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