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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 12:1

Samuel confirms it for War, but retains the presidency and Civil Government.
Samuel afterwards said to all Israel, "You see I have listened to your voice in all you have asked me, and have appointed a Leader over you,

   
RF SA1 12:2 so now your Leader can march before you. But I will govern in Civil affairs. As for my sons—look! they are among you. And for myself have walked before you from my youth until this day.
   
RF SA1 12:3 Here I am! Answer me before the EVER-LIVING and before His Anointed! Whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken to be as a cover and blind to my eyes from any man?—If I have I will return it to you."
   
RF SA1 12:4 And they replied, "You have neither defrauded us, nor oppressed us, and you have never extorted anything whatever from the hand of anyone.'
   
RF SA1 12:5 Then he said to them, "The EVER-LIVING is a witness, and His Anointed is a witness with you this day that I have not taken anything whatever for my own hand?" And they answered, "He is witness."
   
RF SA1 12:6 Samuel addresses the Army reprovingly for their Act.
So Samuel responded to the People "It was the EVER-LIVING Who appointed Moses and Aaron, and Who brought your fathers from the land of Mitzeraim.
   
RF SA1 12:7 "Therefore now station yourselves, and I will relate to you before the EVER-LIVING all the beneficences of the EVER-LIVING which He has done for you, and for your fathers,
   
RF SA1 12:8 from the time when Jacob came to the Mitzeraim, until when your ancestors cried to the EVER-LIVING, and sent Moses and Aaron, EVER-LIVING and brought your fathers from the Mitzeraim and fixed them in this place.
   
RF SA1 12:9 Yet they forgot their EVER-LIVING GOD, so He sold them to the hand of Sisera, the General of the army of Khatzor, and to the hands of the Philishtim and to the hand of the king of Moab, who fought with them.
   
RF SA1 12:10 "Then they cried to the EVER-LIVING and said, ' We have sinned, for we have forsaken the EVER-LIVING and served the Balim and Ashteroth, but now deliver us from the power of our enemies, and we will serve You! '
   
RF SA1 12:11 So the EVER-LIVING sent Jerubal and the Danite, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you from the power of your enemies all around, and restored you to security.
   
RF SA1 12:12 You have yourselves seen how Nakhash, king of the Amonites, came upon you when you said to me, We have no leader over us,' though the EVER-LIVING GOD was your Leader.
   
RF SA1 12:13 So, now, see the Leader you have chosen, for whom you asked. The EVER-LIVING has now placed a Leader over you!
   
RF SA1 12:14 If you reverence the EVER-LIVING, and serve Him, and listen to His voice, and do not rebel against the utterance of the EVER-LIVING, then you and your Leader who directs you will be in union with your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF SA1 12:15 But if you do not listen to the voice of the EVER-LIVING, but rebel against the direction of the EVER-LIVING, then the hand of the EVER-LIVING will be against you as it was against your fathers.
   
RF SA1 12:16 "Stand, therefore, now, and see the great event which the EVER-LIVING will effect in your sight.
   
RF SA1 12:17 Is it not wheat harvest at present? I will call to the EVER-LIVING, and He will send out the thunder and rain that you may recognize and see how great a sin you committed in the sight of the EVER-LIVING when you asked for a Leader!"
   
RF SA1 12:18 Then Samuel called to the EVER-LIVING, and the EVER-LIVING sent thunder with rain at once, and all the people saw the greatness of the EVER-LIVING and of Samuel.
   
RF SA1 12:19 Consequently all the assembly said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to your EVER-LIVING GOD that we may not be killed, although we have added to all our offences the sin of demanding a Leader for ourselves."
   
RF SA1 12:20 But Samuel replied to the people, "Fear not, although you have done this wrong! only do not turn away from the EVER-LIVING, but serve the EVER-LIVING with all your heart,
   
RF SA1 12:21 and turn not after Phantasms which cannot benefit or protect, for they are Phantasms!
   
RF SA1 12:22 The EVER-LIVING, however, will never forsake His People, because of His Great Name, for the EVER-LIVING undertook to make you His People!
   
RF SA1 12:23 As for myself it would be a shame for me, a sin against the EVER-LIVING, if I ceased to pray for you, and direct you in the way of honour and straightforwardness!
   
RF SA1 12:24 So remember the EVER-LIVING, and serve Him in truth with all your heart,—for you see it is this which will make you great!
   
RF SA1 12:25 But if you sin, then both you and your Leader will decay!"
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