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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 6:1

And these are the commands, and constitutions, and decrees which your EVER-LIVING GOD commands you to learn to practice in the land to which you will pass over to possess.

   
RF DEU 6:2 So you must fear your EVER-LIVING GOD, and preserve all the Constitutions, and Commandments, which I command you;—you and your children, and the children of your children, all the time of your life.
   
RF DEU 6:3 Listen, therefore, Israel! and keep and practice them, so that you may prosper, and so that you may increase greatly, as your. EVER-LIVING GOD promised to your fathers,—upon entering into the land flowing with milk and honey!
   
RF DEU 6:4 Listen, Israel! Our EVER-LIVING GOD is a Single LIFE.
   
RF DEU 6:5 Therefore love your EVER-LIVING GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
   
RF DEU 6:6 And let these words that I command you today be in your heart;
   
RF DEU 6:7 and teach them to your sons, and speak about them when sitting in your house,—and in travelling on your journeys,—and when lying down,—and when rising up.
   
RF DEU 6:8 Bind them also as ornaments upon your hands, and as frontlets between your eyes,
   
RF DEU 6:9 and write them upon the doors of your house and upon your gates.
   
RF DEU 6:10 And then when your EVER-LIVING GOD brings you to the country which He promised to your fathers,—to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob,—to give to you great and beautiful cities that you built not;
   
RF DEU 6:11 and houses full of furniture that you did not make; and many fortresses which you did not fortify; vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant;—where you may eat and be satisfied,
   
RF DEU 6:12 take care to yourselves lest you forget the EVER-LIVING Who brought you from the land of the Mitzeraim,—from the house of bondage
   
RF DEU 6:13 Fear your EVER-LIVING GOD, and serve Him, and swear by His Name.
   
RF DEU 6:14 You must not go after other gods, —than GOD;—those of the Peoples around you,—
   
RF DEU 6:15 for your EVER-LIVING GOD is a jealous GOD. Guard yourselves lest the anger of your EVER-LIVING GOD should burn against you, and He should destroy you from off the face of the land.
   
RF DEU 6:16 You shall not try your EVER-LIVING GOD, as you tried Him in Masah.
   
RF DEU 6:17 You shall carefully preserve the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and His proofs, and His constitutions that He ordered you.
   
RF DEU 6:18 And you shall practice Justice, and Right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, so that you may prosper and possess that beautiful country where the EVER-LIVING promised to your fathers
   
RF DEU 6:19 to repulse all your enemies before you;—as the EVER-LIVING will do.
   
RF DEU 6:20 When your son enquires of you hereafter, asking; "Why did the EVER-LIVING GOD order these Proofs and Constitutions and Decrees for you? You shall answer to your son;—
   
RF DEU 6:21 "We were slaves to Pharoh in Mitzeraim, and the EVER-LIVING brought us out from among the Mitzerites with a strong hand.
   
RF DEU 6:22 And the EVER-LIVING produced great wonders, and portents, and inflicted sufferings on the Mitzerites, upon Pharoh and upon all his family in our sight;
   
RF DEU 6:23 but brought us from there, and brought us up to give us this country which He had promised to our fathers.
   
RF DEU 6:24 Therefore the EVER-LIVING commanded us to practice all these constitutions, and to fear our EVER-LIVING GOD, for our benefit, all the time of our lives,—as at this day.
   
RF DEU 6:25 And it is right for us that we should continue to practice the whole of these commands before our EVER-LIVING GOD, as He commanded us."
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