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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 4:1 (B. C. 1316.) Jabin, King of Cana, subjects Israel.
But the Children of Israel continued to do wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF JDG 4:2 therefore the EVER-LIVING delivered them to the power of Jabin, King of Canaan, who reigned in Khatzor, the commander of whose army was named Sisera, and he resided in Kharshith of the heathen.
   
RF JDG 4:3 But the Children of Israel cried to the EVER-LIVING, for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and oppressed the Israelites cruelly for ten years.
   
RF JDG 4:4 (B.C. 1300.) Deborah A Woman Gains Power.
At that time a woman, Deborah, a distinguished teacher, was a judge in Israel,
   
RF JDG 4:5 and Deborah sat under the palm-tree of Deborah, between Rama and Bethel, in Mount Ephraim, and the Israelites went to her for decisions.
   
RF JDG 4:6 (B. C. 1296.) Deborah asks Barak-Ben-Abinoam to head a Revolt against the Tyranny of Jabin.
But she sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam, from Kadish of Naphtali, and said to him, "Has not the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel ordered you, 'Go and encamp on Mount Thabor, and collect ten thousand men to you from the sons of Naphtali and the sons of Zebulon,
   
RF JDG 4:7 and I will draw Sisera, the Commander of the Army of Jabin, with his chariots and his great numbers to you, at the River Kishon, and I will deliver him into your hand '?"
   
RF JDG 4:8 But Barak replied to her, "If you will go with me, I will go. And if you will not go with me, I will not go!"
   
RF JDG 4:9 And she answered, "I will go with you. However, the road you go shall not lead to your honour, for the EVER-LIVING will give Sisera to the hand of a woman."
   
RF JDG 4:10 Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kadish, where Barak invited to Zebulon and Naphtali to Kadish, and ten thousand men came to his feet, and Deborah went up with him,
   
RF JDG 4:11 and Heber the Kenite, who was descended from Kien, one of the sons of Hobab, a father-in-law of Moses, who had also pitched his tent at Alon-Betzanim near Kadish;
   
RF JDG 4:12 and it was reported to Sisera that Barak-ben-Abinoam had occupied Mount Thabor.
   
RF JDG 4:13 (B.C. 1296.) Sisera consequently summoned all his charioteers with their nine hundred chariots of iron, and all his forces from Khar-sheth of the heathen, to the river Kishon.
   
RF JDG 4:14 Then Deborah said to Barak, "Arise! for this is the day when I will deliver Sisera to your hand! Does not the EVER-LIVING go before you?" So Barak descended from Mount Thabor with the ten thousand men following him,
   
RF JDG 4:15 and the EVER-LIVING routed Sisera, with all his chariots, and all his troops, with the sword before Barak, so that Sisera descended from his chariot, and fled on foot!
   
RF JDG 4:16 But Barak pursued the charioteers and the infantry to Khersheth of the heathen, and stormed all the camps of Sisera by the sword, not sparing one.
   
RF JDG 4:17 Sisera, however, fled on his feet to the Tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin, King of Khatzor, and the House of Heber the Kenite,
   
RF JDG 4:18 and Jael came out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn in, Prince, turn in to me; fear nothing." So he entered with her into the tent, and she covered him with a cloak.
   
RF JDG 4:19 Then he said to her, "Let me have a little water to drink, for I am thirsty." And she opened him a bottle of milk, and gave him a drink and covered him up again.
   
RF JDG 4:20 Then he said to her, "Stand before the door of the hall, and if any man comes to inquire of you, and says is there anyone here? answer, there is no one!"
   
RF JDG 4:21 Jael, the wife of Heber, however, took a peg of the tent, and grasped a hammer in her hand and went to him secretly, and fixed it on his temples and drove it through to the earth, for he was fast asleep. So he expired and died.
   
RF JDG 4:22 Then she saw Barak pursuing Sisera; so Jael went out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek!" And he went with her, and saw Sisera lying dead, with the nail through his temples.
   
RF JDG 4:23 (B.C. 1296.) Thus GOD defeated on that day Jabin, King of Canaan, before the Israelites,
   
RF JDG 4:24 and the power of the Children of Israel increased, advanced, and strengthened over Jabin, King of Canaan, until Jabin, King of Canaan, was subdued.
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