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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 SA1 10:1

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said, "Is it not you whom the EVER-LIVING has consecrated over His Inheritance, to lead it?

   
RF SA1 10:2 When you go today, from accompanying me, two men will meet you at the tomb of Rachel, on the borders of Benjamin, at Tzeltzakh, and will say to you, ' The asses which you went to seek are found, and your father has now left off the matter of the asses, and troubles about you, and says, "What shall I do for my son?" '
   
RF SA1 10:3 And when you have gone from there a little way, and come to Alar, Thabor, three men coming up to GOD at Bethel will meet you,—one carrying three kids, and another carrying three baskets of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine,
   
RF SA1 10:4 who will wish you health, and give you two cakes, which you must accept from them.
   
RF SA1 10:5 After that you must go to the Hill of GOD, where there is a garrison of the Philishtim, and when you come near the village, you will encounter a band of Reciters, descending from the height, and in front of them a piper, a drummer, and a flute and harper, and they will be reciting.
   
RF SA1 10:6 Then the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING will seize you, and you will recite with them, and dance in unison.1
   
RF SA1 10:7 And when these sights come to you, go and use what you have found for yourself,—for GOD is with you!
   
RF SA1 10:8 "Afterwards precede me to Gilgal, and then I will come down to you, to offer a burnt offering, and sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Wait for seven days until I come, and inform you what you are to do."
   
RF SA1 10:9 (B.C. 1095.) Saul becomes frantic with delight over his Appointment.
When he had turned his back from walking with Samuel, GOD entirely changed his heart, when all these proofs came to him on that day.
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1 HITHANABITHA, is untranslatable into nineteenth century English. The modern ideas of Divine Worship do not find room for any ecstatic, trance-like state incited by music and dancing. But the ancient Hebrews evidently used the marvellous powers of music to bring them into a state of controlled passion.—It means a delirious dancing and singing. Literally, "It will cause you to dance and sing wildly till exhausted."—F.F.
   
RF SA1 10:10 For when he came to the Hill a band of Reciters met him, and the Divine spirit seized upon him, and he recited with them.
   
RF SA1 10:11 When all who had known him formerly saw them, and how he was reciting with the Reciters, all the people who were his neighbors, exclaimed,—"What has come to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the Reciters?"
   
RF SA1 10:12 But a man from them answered, and said, "And who is their father?" Consequently it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the Prophets'?1"
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1. Reciters.
   
RF SA1 10:13 When he ceased reciting, he went to the Height;
   
RF SA1 10:14 when Saul's uncle asked him and his attendant, "Where have you been?" And he replied, "To seek the asses. When I found them not I went to Samuel."
   
RF SA1 10:15 Then the uncle of Saul asked, "Tell me, what did Samuel say to you?"
   
RF SA1 10:16 And Saul replied to his uncle, "He informed us that the asses were found." But he did not tell him a word about the Leadership of which Samuel had spoken.
   
RF SA1 10:17 (B.C. 1095.) Samuel convokes the Parliament to confirm Saul's Election.
Samuel afterwards convoked the People to the EVER-LIVING at Mitzphah,
   
RF SA1 10:18 and said to the Children of Israel, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, 'I brought Israel up from Mitzeraim, and delivered them from the hand of the Mitzerites, and from the hand of all the kingdoms that assailed them.
   
RF SA1 10:19 But you now reject the GOD Who recovered you from all your sufferings and distresses, and ask for a Leader to place over you,—so now present your tribes and regiments before the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF SA1 10:20 Then Samuel advanced all the tribes of Israel, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected.
   
RF SA1 10:21 Then he advanced the tribe of Benjamin by clans, and the clan of Matri was selected.
Saul elected but hides himself when called for.
Then Saul the son of Kish was selected;—so they sought him, but could not find him.
   
RF SA1 10:22 Consequently he enquired again of the EVER-LIVING whether that man had come? And the EVER-LIVING answered, "He is here, but has hidden himself among the baggage."
   
RF SA1 10:23 So they ran and took him from there, and placed him in the centre of the people, and he was taller than anyone from the shoulders and upwards.
   
RF SA1 10:24 Then Samuel said to the people, "You see whom the EVER-LIVING has chosen for Himself!—that there is not his equal in all the nation!"
The People Confirm the Election.
And all the people cheered and exclaimed, "Long live the Leader!"
   
RF SA1 10:25 Samuel defines in a record the powers of a General.
Samuel then related to the People the Constitution of the Leadership which he had written in a book, and then confirmed it before the EVER-LIVING, and then he dismissed all the assembly to their homes.
   
RF SA1 10:26 And Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, and a force, whose hearts GOD had touched, went with him.
   
RF SA1 10:27 But some sons of Belial said, "How can this fellow save us?" and abused him, and brought him no presents. But he kept silent.
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