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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 8:1

You must regard all the commands, that I order you today, in practice, so that you may live and increase, and to go seize the country that the EVER-LIVING promised to your fathers.

   
RF DEU 8:2 But remember how all the way your EVER-LIVING GOD led you these forty years in the desert, to try you, to prove you, to examine you. whether you would keep His Commands from your heart or not.
   
RF DEU 8:3 Therefore He afflicted you, and hungered you, and fed you with mana, which you had not known,—nor had your fathers known,—so that He might teach you "that man lives not by bread alone,—but that man lives by all that comes from the mouth of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF DEU 8:4 Your clothes were not rags, nor your feet shoeless in those forty years;
   
RF DEU 8:5 and you knew in your heart that as a man instructs his son, your EVER-LIVING GOD instructed you;
   
RF DEU 8:6 therefore keep the Commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and walk in His paths, and fear Him;
   
RF DEU 8:7 for your EVER-LIVING GOD brings you to this beautiful land,—a land of brooks of water, springs, and torrents, coming out of the valleys, and out of the hills;
   
RF DEU 8:8 a country of wheat and barley, and vines and figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey!
   
RF DEU 8:9 A country where you will not eat from stores Bread shall never fail at all in it. A land where the rocks have iron, and from whose hills you can dig copper!
   
RF DEU 8:10 Where you can eat and fill yourselves, and bless your EVER-LIVING GOD over the beautiful land He has given to you!
   
RF DEU 8:11 Take care of yourselves lest you should forget the EVER-LIVING, your GOD. Only keep His Commandments, and Decrees, and Institutions, which I command you today,
   
RF DEU 8:12 for fear when you eat and are full, and have built yourselves beautiful houses, and reside in them,
   
RF DEU 8:13 and your cattle, and your sheep multiply, and your silver and gold have increased, and all your possessions have grown,—
   
RF DEU 8:14 and your heart rises,—then you might forget your EVER-LIVING GOD Who brought you up out of the land of the Mitzeraim, —from the House of Bondage.
   
RF DEU 8:15 Who led you through this great desert where you saw the fiery serpents and scorpions, and the dry waterless land, —where He brought you water from the flinty rock,
   
RF DEU 8:16 feeding you in the desert with mana which neither you nor your fathers had known;—so that He might try you, with the purpose of ultimately benefiting.
   
RF DEU 8:17 You, however, may say to your heart," I have obtained this power by my own courage, and the vigour of my hands."
   
RF DEU 8:18 Yet remember it was your EVER-LIVING GOD Who gave you that courage, and granted that power, so that He might establish the covenant which He swore to your fathers,—as He does today.
   
RF DEU 8:19 But if ever it comes that you forget your EVER-LIVING GOD, and go after other gods, and serve and worship them,—I bear witness to you today, that you shall perish,
   
RF DEU 8:20 like the nations the EVER-LIVING destroyed from before you,—thus you shall perish,—because you did not listen to the voice of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
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