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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 17:1

ILLUSTRATIONS OF ISRAEL'S ANARCHY
(From 1406 to 1120 B.C.)

Mikah and the Danites, and his Teraph. An Historical Poem.
There was a man in Mount Ephraim, named Mikah,

   
RF JDG 17:2 who said to his mother, "Those eleven hundred of silver which were taken from you, and about which you cursed and swore in my hearing,—I have your money.; I stole it And his mother replied, "The EVER-LIVING bless you, my son!"
   
RF JDG 17:3 So he returned the eleven hundred of money to his mother, when she said to him, "I had consecrated that money to the EVER-LIVING on account of my son, to make an image, and a shrine; but now I will give it to you!"
   
RF JDG 17:4 He, however, returned it to his mother. But he took two hundred of the money, and gave it to a silversmith, who made an image and a shrine, and it was in the house of Mikah,
   
RF JDG 17:5 and Mikah made it a House of gods, and made an ephod and a teraph, and also set aside one of his sons, and he was the priest to it.
   
RF JDG 17:6 REFRAIN.
There was no king in Israel in those days;—Each did what was right in his own eyes.
   
RF JDG 17:7 There was also a youth of Bethlehem-Judah, in the clan of Judah, but he was a Levite, who resided there.
   
RF JDG 17:8 And the man went from the village of Bethlehem-Judah to settle where he might find a home, and he came to Mount Ephraim, to the house of Mikah,
   
RF JDG 17:9 in making his journey, when Mikah asked him, "From where do you come?" And he answered "I am a Levite from Bethlehem-Judah, and I am going to settle in Ashur."
   
RF JDG 17:10 But Mikah said to him, "Stay with me, as a father and a priest, and I will pay you ten silvers a year, and a suit of robes, and your board."
   
RF JDG 17:11 So the Levite consented, and the Levite was content to settle with the man Mikah, and the youth became to him as one of his sons.
   
RF JDG 17:12 Mikah also appointed the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and lived in the house of Mikah.
   
RF JDG 17:13 Consequently Mikah said, "Now I know that the EVER-LIVING will prosper me, because I have got a Levite for a priest."
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