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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 JDG 14:1 (B.C. 1141.) Samson Falls in Love with a Philistine Girl and marries her.
But Samson descended to Thimnath, and saw a woman in Thimnath, a Philistine girl; so he returned and
   
RF JDG 14:2 told his father and mother, and said, "I have seen a woman in Thimnath, a Philistine girl, so I wish you to obtain her as a wife for me."
   
RF JDG 14:3 But his father and mother replied, "Is there not a girl related to you? or a woman in all your nation? that you should go and take a wife from the foul Philistines." Samson, however, exclaimed to his father and mother, "Get her for me! for she is perfect in my eyes!"
   
RF JDG 14:4 For his father and mother did not know that it was given to him from the EVER-LIVING to seek a wife from the Philistines, although at that period the Philistines governed in Israel.
   
RF JDG 14:5 Consequently Samson and his father and mother descended to Thimnath. (Once formerly, when he had gone to the vineyards of Thimnath, a young lion had roared at his approach,
   
RF JDG 14:6 and the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING had fallen upon him, and he had torn it in two like tearing a kid,—but had not told his father or his mother what he had done.)—
   
RF JDG 14:7 So they went down and spoke to the woman, who was perfect in the eyes of Samson,
   
RF JDG 14:8 and stayed some time for the marriage.—But he went aside one day to look at the carcase of the lion, and observed a swarm of bees in the skeleton,
   
RF JDG 14:9 and honey, so he took some into his hand, and walked along, and ate as he walked with his father and mother. Then he gave them some, and they ate, but he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the skeleton of a lion.
   
RF JDG 14:10 Samson's Feast and Riddle.
Afterwards when his father came down to see his wife, Samson made a feast, as young men are accustomed.
   
RF JDG 14:11 He had visitors also with him, and he chose thirty friends who were to
   
RF JDG 14:12 stay with him, and Samson said to them, "Let us agree together to ask riddles. If you can guess mine in the seven days of the feast, and relate it, I will give you thirty shirts and thirty suits of clothes!
   
RF JDG 14:13 But if you are not able to guess it for me, then you shall give me thirty shirts and thirty suits of clothing" When they replied to him, "Tell your riddle, and we will listen!"
   
RF JDG 14:14 So he said to them;—"There came meat from the Eater; and from the Strong came sweetness." And they were not able to guess the riddle by the third day.
   
RF JDG 14:15 But, when the seventh day came, they said to Samson's wife, "Open your husband, and explain the riddle for us, or we will burn you, and destroy your father's house with fire! unless you tell it to us!"
   
RF JDG 14:16 Samson's wife consequently wept to him, and said, "You hate me now, and do not love me,—you have not explained that riddle to me and my relatives!" But he answered her, "I have not explained it to my father and mother, —so why should I explain it to you?"
   
RF JDG 14:17 She consequently wept over him the seven days that the feast lasted, and when the seventh day came he explained it to her,—for she wore him out,—and she explained it to her relatives.
   
RF JDG 14:18 So the men of the village a said to him at the end of the seventh day at sunset:—What is sweeter than honey? And what stronger than a lion?" But he replied to them, "If you had not ploughed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle."
   
RF JDG 14:19 Then the spirit of enthusiasm came upon him, and he went down to Ashkalon, and killed there thirty men, and took their clothing, and gave the suits to the guessers of his riddle,—but he was furious, and went off to the house of his father.
   
RF JDG 14:20 The wife of Samson, however, was left with the companions who had accompanied him.
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