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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 11:1 (B.C. 1094.) Nakhash. King of Amon, attacks Jabesh in Gilead.
When Nakhash the Amonite came up and besieged Jabesh-Gilad, all the chiefs of Jabesh said to Nakhash the Amonite, Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you."
   
RF SA1 11:2 But Nakhash the Amonite replied, "This is what I will do to you;—I will put out all your right eyes! and make it a reproach to all Israel."
   
RF SA1 11:3 Then the magistrates of Jabesh said to him, "Grant us seven days, that we may send Messengers to all the borders of Israel, then, if there is no deliverance for us, we will come out to you."
   
RF SA1 11:4 Saul is appealed to, to help the Jebusites. He does so.
The Messengers consequently went to Gibeah to Saul, and reported the matter in the hearing of the people, when all the people lifted up their voice and wept.
   
RF SA1 11:5 But just then Saul came in after his oxen from the farm, and Saul asked, "What is the matter with the people, that they are weeping?" So they repeated the words of the chiefs of Jabesh.
   
RF SA1 11:6 Then the spirit of GOD seized Saul upon hearing it, and he was very furious,
   
RF SA1 11:7 and took the pair of oxen and cut them up, and sent to all the districts of Israel by the hands of the Messengers, to say, "Whoever will not come after Saul, and join Samuel, this shall be done to his oxen." The terror of the EVER-LIVING consequently fell upon all the people, and they came like one man.
   
RF SA1 11:8 (B.C. 1094.) The people rise and join Saul in a Mass.
Then he organized them in Bazek, and there were three hundred thousand men of the Children of Israel, and the men of Judah thirty thousand,
   
RF SA1 11:9 and they said to the Messengers who had come, "Say thus to the people of Jabesh-Gilad,—' Tomorrow we will be with you, to rescue you before the noon.' "The Messengers accordingly went and informed the chiefs of Jabesh, and they were glad.
   
RF SA1 11:10 So the chiefs of Jabesh said, "Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you can do to us what seems good in your eyes!"
   
RF SA1 11:11 Saul Attacks at night and defeats the Amonites.
In the morning, however, Saul divided his forces into three divisions, and advanced to the centre of the camp in the morning watch, and assailed the Amonites until noon of the day, and they were broken to pieces, and fled, and no two of them held together.
   
RF SA1 11:12 Then the force asked of Samuel, "Who said Saul should not be Leader over us? Give those men to us that we may kill them."
   
RF SA1 11:13 Saul, however, replied, "Not a man shall be killed today, for today the EVER-LIVING has made a great deliverance for Israel."
   
RF SA1 11:14 And Samuel said to the force, "March! and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the Leadership there."
   
RF SA1 11:15 (B.C. 1094.) His Army elect Saul again at Gilgal.
All the force accordingly marched to Gilgal, and they elected Saul Leader there before the EVER-LIVING in Gilgal, and sacrificed sacrifices of thanksgiving before the EVER-LIVING, and Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced very greatly.
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