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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 9:1

Why Israel Was Chosen.
Listen, Israel! you are about to cross the Jordan to seize nations greater and more powerful than yourself, great cities fortified up to the skies!

   
RF DEU 9:2 A People great and tall, sons of the Anakim whom you know, and of whom you said, "Who can stand before the sons of Anak!"
   
RF DEU 9:3 But I bear witness today that your EVER-LIVING GOD, Who goes before you as a consuming fire, He will devastate them, and He will defeat them before you, and you shall drive out and destroy them from the hills, as the EVER-LIVING commanded you.
   
RF DEU 9:4 When your EVER-LIVING GOD has driven them away from you, think not to say to your heart, "For my righteousness, the EVER-LIVING has brought me to possess this country; therefore the EVER-LIVING has driven out the nations who possessed it before me!"
   
RF DEU 9:5 Not for your righteousness, nor for the rectitude of your heart did you come to possess their country, but because of the wickedness of those nations your EVER-LIVING GOD drove them out before you; and for the same reason He established the covenant which He swore to your fathers,—to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.—
   
RF DEU 9:6 Consequently learn that your EVER-LIVING GOD has not given you to possess that beautiful country because of your righteousness;—for you are a stiff-necked people.
   
RF DEU 9:7 Remember I forget not how you have provoked your EVER-LIVING GOD in the desert, from the day He brought you out of the land of the Mitzeraim, until you arrived at this spot,—you have been rebels against the EVER-LIVING!
   
RF DEU 9:8 In Horeb also you provoked the EVER-LIVING; and the EVER-LIVING was angry with you to destroy you,
   
RF DEU 9:9 when I went up the mountain to receive the two tables of stone,—the Tables of the Covenant which the EVER-LIVING made with you;—when I stayed forty days and forty nights, eating no bread and drinking no water;
   
RF DEU 9:10 when the EVER-LIVING gave to me the two tables of stone, written by the finger of GOD; and upon them, all the Commandments which the EVER-LIVING dictated to you on the Hill, from the midst of the fire, at the time of the public assembly.
   
RF DEU 9:11 And there, at the end of forty days and forty nights, the EVER-LIVING gave to me the two tables of stone;—the Tables of the Covenant.
   
RF DEU 9:12 When the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Arise! Go down from this Hill!—for your People, whom I brought out from among the Mitzeraim, have gone to corruption! They have turned quickly from what I commanded them. They have cast an Idol for themselves!"
   
RF DEU 9:13 The EVER-LIVING also spoke to me saying, "I have observed this people, and see that it is a perverse people.
   
RF DEU 9:14 Fly from Me, and I will destroy and sweep their name from under the heavens, and I will make from you a powerful nation, and a greater than they."
   
RF DEU 9:15 I consequently turned and descended from the Hill, and the Hill burnt with fire. But the two tables of stone were in my two hands.
   
RF DEU 9:16 Then I looked and perceived that you had sinned against your EVER-LIVING GOD, having made for yourselves a Cast-metal Calf,—turning yourselves soon from the path which the EVER-LIVING commanded you.
   
RF DEU 9:17 So I raised the two tables, and threw them from my two hands, and broke them in your sight.
   
RF DEU 9:18 I afterwards fell before the EVER-LIVING, as at first, for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had sinned, in doing wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, to provoke Him;
   
RF DEU 9:19 for I was afraid in the presence of the anger and indignation which stirred the EVER-LIVING against you to destroy you; but my EVER-LIVING GOD heard me again at that time.
   
RF DEU 9:20 The EVER-LIVING, also, was very angry with Aaron, and would have destroyed him, but I prayed at the same time for Aaron himself;
   
RF DEU 9:21 and your sin,—the calf that you had made,—I took and melted in fire, and beat it, grinding as small as fine dust, and threw the dust upon the brook that flowed from the Hill.
   
RF DEU 9:22 At Thabarah again, and at Masah, and Kibroth-Hathavah, you were provoking the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF DEU 9:23 And when the EVER-LIVING sent to you at Kadesh-Barnea, an order, saying, "Go up and seize the country which I have given you," again you rebelled against the order of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and were not true to Him, and would not listen to His voice.
   
RF DEU 9:24 You were always rebels from the EVER-LIVING, from the day I knew you!
   
RF DEU 9:25 I fell, however, before the EVER-LIVING for those forty days and those forty nights,—I fell down,—because the EVER-LIVING said He would destroy you.
   
RF DEU 9:26 But I prayed to the EVER-LIVING and said, "ALMIGHTY LORD, do not wreck Your People, and Your inheritance, which You redeemed by Your greatness, —whom You brought up from the Mitzeraim with a strong hand.
   
RF DEU 9:27 Remember your servants Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. Turn not to afflict this People for its wickedness and for its sin;
   
RF DEU 9:28 lest the country from which You brought them should say; "Because the EVER-LIVING was not able to bring them to the land which He promised, and because He hated them He brought them out to kill them in the desert.
   
RF DEU 9:29 They are also Your People, and Your Inheritance, whom You brought out by Your Great Power, and with a directing arm."
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