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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 15:1

Samson comes to fetch his Wife. Her Father refuses him.
Afterwards when the time of wheat harvest came Samson visited his wife with a goat's kid, and said, "I wish to go to my wife's chamber." But her father would not allow him to enter.

   
RF JDG 15:2 Her father also remarked, "I said to myself, he hates her. So I have given her to your friend. Is not her younger sister handsomer than she? I will give her to you instead of her!"
   
RF JDG 15:3 (B.C. 1140.) Samson's Revenge. He fires the Philistine's Cornfields.
Samson, however, replied to him, "I will be revenged this time on the Philistines for doing me wrong!"
   
RF JDG 15:4 and went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches and tied their tails together, and fixed a torch between the two tails,
   
RF JDG 15:5 then fired the torches and sent them amongst the cornfields of the Philistines, and burnt the shocks and standing corn, and the olive-yards.
   
RF JDG 15:6 When the Philistines enquired, "Who has done this?" they were told, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Thimnite, because he took his wife and gave her to his companion." The Philistines therefore went up and burnt her and her father with fire.
   
RF JDG 15:7 But Samson said to them, "Because you have done this, I will be revenged upon you, and then I will cease!"
   
RF JDG 15:8 So he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter. Then he went and occupied a cavern in the precipice of Aitan.
   
RF JDG 15:9 (B.C. 1140.) The Philistines in revenge plunder Judea, and demand Samson, but he slaughters a thousand of them with the Jaw of an Ass.
The Philistines afterwards went up and encamped in Judah, and advanced to Balkhi. —
   
RF JDG 15:10 When the men of Judah asked "Why have you advanced against us?" they replied "You must hand over to us Samson for us to do what we intend to him."
   
RF JDG 15:11 Three thousand men therefore went from Judah to the cavern in the precipice of Aitan, and said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines govern us? Then why have you done this to us?" When he replied, "As they did to me, I have done to them!"
   
RF JDG 15:12 But they answered him, "We have come to bind you, and give you to the hands of the Philistines.' Samson only said to them, "Swear to me that you will not assail me yourselves!"
   
RF JDG 15:13 So they replied to him saying, "We will only bind you and deliver you to their hands; and we will not kill you." Then they bound him with two new ropes and hoisted him down from the cliff.
   
RF JDG 15:14 But when they came to Lekhi, and the Philistines shouted at his approach, an enthusiasm fell upon him and he smashed the manacles that were upon his arms like burnt flax, and snapped the cords off his hands,
   
RF JDG 15:15 and finding the fresh jaw-bone of an ass, he put out his hand and seized it, and killed a thousand men with it!
   
RF JDG 15:16 Then Samson exclaimed;—"With the jaw-bone of an ass, I have made them asses!—With the jaw-bone of an ass, I've slain a thousand men!"
   
RF JDG 15:17 And as he ceased speaking he threw the jaw-bone from his hand, and named the place "Jaw-hill."1
   
RF JDG 15:18 Samson's exhaustion after the fight. His Prayer.
Then he was terribly exhausted, and cried to the EVER-LIVING, and said, "You have given this great victory to the hand of Your servant, and now I shall die for thirst, or fall by the hand of the uncircumcised."
   
RF JDG 15:19 Then GOD opened the well at Balkhi, and water came from it, and he drank and his spirit returned to him, and he survived; therefore he called its name "Prayer-well," which is in Balkhi2 to this day.
   
RF JDG 15:20 He afterwards judged in Israel during the Philistine period, twenty years.
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1 Ramath-lekhi, in Hebrew.—F.F.
2 V. 19. Balkhi, "At the Jaw."—F.F.
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