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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 13:1

History of Saul as General.
(B.C. 1093.)
Saul was a year in his Leadership. When he had been Leader over Israel to the second year,

   
RF SA1 13:2 Saul himself selected three regiments from Israel. And two regiments were retained with Saul in Mikmash, and in the Hill of Bethel, and one regiment went with Jonathan to Gibeah of Benjamin. The remainder he sent away to their homes.1
   
RF SA1 13:3 Jonathan attacks a Philistine Garrison, and War begins, The battle of Beth-aven.
Jonathan then attacked a garrison of the Philishtim, who were in Gibeah, and the Philishtim heard of it. Saul consequently proclaimed trumpet to all the country, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear."
   
RF SA1 13:4 So all Israel heard the news that Saul had defeated a garrison of the Philishtim, and the people collected after Saul in Gilgal.
   
RF SA1 13:5 The Philistines advance to the war.
The Philishtim also prepared for war with Israel, thirty thousand charioteers and six regiments of cavalry, and infantry like sand on the sea shore for number, and they advanced and encamped at Mikmash to the east of Beth-aven.
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1 That is, in the second year of his reign Saul chose out a STANDING ARMY of 3,000 men, sending home the rest 2,000 of these were under himself, and 1,000 under his son. Then comes the beginning of the "day of war" of v. 22, viz., by the bold attack of Jonathan, a most heroic act, described in Ch. 14.—F.F.
   
RF SA1 13:6 Saul's Insurgents desert him in Terror.
Then the Man of Israel saw that there was trouble for them, because the army was cowed, and the people hid themselves in holes, and caves, and on cliffs, and in watch-towers, and in bushes;
   
RF SA1 13:7 and some flying away crossed over the Jordan to the country of Gad, and Gilad. Yet Saul continued in Gilgal, and all his army trembled behind him.
   
RF SA1 13:8 (B.C. 1093.) Samuel not arriving to help him. Saul offers the Sacrifice to put Heart in his Men. Samuel is Furious.
So he waited seven days for the arrival of Samuel. But Samuel came not, and the people deserted from him.
   
RF SA1 13:9 Saul consequently said; "Bring me the burnt offering! and peace offerings!" and he offered the burnt offering.
   
RF SA1 13:10 But when he had finished burning the offerings,—then Samuel arrived! And Saul went out to ask him for his blessing. Samuel, however, exclaimed, "What have you done?"
   
RF SA1 13:11 And Saul replied, "Because I saw that the army was deserting from me, and you did not come to the Periodical Meeting,1 and that the Philishtim had collected in Mikmash,
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1. It may be rendered with equal accuracy "The Meeting of Parliament."—F.F.
   
RF SA1 13:12 I said, ' Now the Philishtim will come down upon me in Gilgal, and I have not approached the presence of the EVER-LIVING,'—So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering."
   
RF SA1 13:13 Samuel denounces Saul.
But Samuel answered Saul, "You have acted like a fool. You have not obeyed the command of your EVER-LIVING GOD, which He commanded you! But if you had, the EVER-LIVING would have fixed the Leadership over Israel to you absolutely!
   
RF SA1 13:14 But now your Leadership shall not be confirmed. The EVER-LIVING will seek Himself a man after His own heart, and the EVER-LIVING will appoint him as Leader over His people, because you have not regarded what the EVER-LIVING commanded you!"
   
RF SA1 13:15 Then Samuel arose, and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. Saul, however, mustered what force remained with him, but it was only about six hundred men!
   
RF SA1 13:16 Consequently Saul and Jonathan his son, and the force with them, retreated to Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philishtim encamped at Mikmash.
   
RF SA1 13:17 (B.C. 1093.) The Philistines plunder the country.
Thence Philishtim plunderers went out from the camp in three divisions. One division turned to the direction of Afrah in the lowlands,
   
RF SA1 13:18 and another advanced towards Beth-Khoran, while the third advanced along the borders of the cliffs overlooking the plain of Tzeboim in the desert.
   
RF SA1 13:19 The Oppression Israel was in under the Philistines.
At that time a smith was not allowed anywhere in Israel, for the Philishtim said, "The Hebrews might make themselves swords or spears."
   
RF SA1 13:20 Every-one in Israel, therefore, went down to the Philishtim to repair his coulter and ploughshare, or axe, or chisel.
   
RF SA1 13:21 But they were allowed files for the coulters and ploughshares, and for the three-pronged forks and billhooks, and to sharpen the prickers.
   
RF SA1 13:22 Now, however, it was a time of war,—yet no sword or spear was found in the hands of all the force who were with Saul, and Jonathan, except that Saul and Jonathan his son had procured them.
   
RF SA1 13:23 Thus the army of the Philishtim had advanced beyond the environs of Mikmash.
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