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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 16:1 (B.C. 1139.) Samson caught by a Harlot at Gaza, but escapes.
Samson once went to Gaza, and saw a woman, a harlot, and went to her.
   
RF JDG 16:2 The Gazites said, "Samson has come." So they surrounded and laid an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city, and waited all the night, saying, "At dawn of day we will kill him!"
   
RF JDG 16:3 But Samson lay down till midnight. Then he arose at midnight and pulled up the doors of the city gate with the two posts, and the cross bar, and placed them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is opposite Hebron.
   
RF JDG 16:4 (B.C. 1138.) Samson entangled by the Harlot. Delilah of Shorek.
And after this he loved a woman in the vale of Shorek, and her name was Delilah;
   
RF JDG 16:5 so the lords of the Philistines went to her, and said, "Pump him, and find out in what his great strength consists, and in what way we can master and chain him to destroy him, and we will each give you one thousand one hundred shekels."
   
RF JDG 16:6 Delilah tries to betray Samson, but fails.
Delilah consequently said to Samson, "Tell me, now, in what your strength consists? And in what way they could bind and destroy you?"
   
RF JDG 16:7 And Samson answered her, "If they bind me with seven wet ropes that have never been dried, I shall become feeble like an ordinary man."
   
RF JDG 16:8 So the lords of the Philistines brought to her seven wet ropes that had never been dried, and she bound him with them, while an ambush hid in her chamber.
   
RF JDG 16:9 Then she exclaimed to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" but he snapped the ropes as he would snap a thread of tow burnt in the fire. Consequently his power was not discovered.
   
RF JDG 16:10 Therefore Delilah said to Samson, "I see you are laughing at me, and telling me lies! Tell me now how could I bind you?"
   
RF JDG 16:11 (B.C. 1127.) Samson However deludes.
So he replied to her, "If I am bound with fresh willows that have not been used in any work, I shall become feeble and be like a common man!"
   
RF JDG 16:12 Delilah accordingly took fresh willows, and bound him with them, and then exclaimed to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" (and an ambush was laid in the chamber), but he snapped them off his arms like a thread.
   
RF JDG 16:13 (B.C. 1121.) Delilah continues to try to find the secret of his strength, to betray him, and succeeds.
Delilah afterwards said to Samson, "So far you have laughed at me, and told me lies! Tell me, how can I bind you?" And he answered her, "If the seven plaits of my hair are woven in a loom!"
   
RF JDG 16:14 So she fastened them to the loom, and exclaimed to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" when he awoke from his sleep, and pulled up the pins of the loom with the web.
   
RF JDG 16:15 Then she exclaimed, "What! Do you say you love me, when your heart is not mine? These three times you have laughed at me, and not told me in what your great strength consists!"
   
RF JDG 16:16 So when she had worn him out by talking every day, and worried and exhausted his life to death,
   
RF JDG 16:17 he told her the whole of his heart, and said "A razor has never gone upon my head, for I was devoted to GOD from birth. If I were shaved, then my strength would leave me and I should become feeble like another man."
   
RF JDG 16:18 Then Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, and she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up now, for he has told me all his heart" The lords of the Philistines consequently went up to her, and they brought the money with them.
   
RF JDG 16:19 And she laid him asleep on her lap, and called to a man who cut off the seven plaits of his head, and broke and degraded him,—and his strength went from him.
   
RF JDG 16:20 Then she exclaimed, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" and he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out, for once, for a time, and refresh myself," but he did not know that the EVER-LIVING had left him!
   
RF JDG 16:21 The Philistines then seized him, and put out his eyes, and took him down to Gaza, and bound him in chains, and he ground at the mill in the prison with slaves.
   
RF JDG 16:22 But he awaited the growing up of the hair of his head that had been shaved.
   
RF JDG 16:23 (B.C. 1120.) The Philistines make a Thanksgiving Feast to Dagon for Samson's being captured.
Meantime the lords of the Philistines prepared to sacrifice a great sacrifice to Dagon, their god, and to triumph, for they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our power!"
   
RF JDG 16:24 They, therefore showed him to the people and praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our power, who wasted our country, and who caused us much trouble."
   
RF JDG 16:25 And when their hearts were delighted they exclaimed, "Bring Samson and let him make sport for us'!
Samson's Prayer and Tragic Death.
So they brought Samson from the Slaves' Prison, and he made sport before them, and they placed him between the pillars.
   
RF JDG 16:26 Then Samson said to the warder who had him by the hand, "Come near to me, and place me by the pillars upon which the building is supported, that I may rest myself on them."
   
RF JDG 16:27 Now the building was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there, and about three thousand men and women looking at the sport of Samson.
   
RF JDG 16:28 Then Samson prayed to the EVER-LIVING, and said, "EVER-LIVING God, remember me now, and strengthen me this time also, my GOD, and I shall be at once revenged for my two eyes, upon the Philistines."
   
RF JDG 16:29 Then Samson grasped the two central pillars upon which the building was supported,—one with his right and the other with his left hand,—
   
RF JDG 16:30 and Samson exclaimed, "Perish my life with the Philistines," and bent with might, and the building fell upon the lords, and upon all the people who were in it,—so the dead whom he killed with his death were more than he had killed in his life.
   
RF JDG 16:31 His relatives and all the house of his father descended, however, and carried him away, and buried him between Tzarah and Ashtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. But he judged in Israel twenty years.
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