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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 15:1 (B. C. 1079.) Samuel orders War upon the Amalekites.
For Samuel had said to Saul, "The EVER-LIVING sent me to you to anoint you as a leader over His people Israel; so now listen to the sound of the words of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 15:2 Thus says the LORD of Hosts; I remember what Amalek did to Israel when he placed himself in the path of their going up from the Mitzeraim.
   
RF SA1 15:3 Therefore go and assail the Amalekites, and destroy all belonging to them, and you shall not pity over it, but kill both man and woman; both child and nurse; both ox and sheep; both camel and ass!"
   
RF SA1 15:4 So Saul and the forces obeyed, and mustered in Telaim two hundred thousand regulars, and ten thousand of the men of Judah.
   
RF SA1 15:5 And Saul advanced to the city of Amalek, and fought at the brook.
   
RF SA1 15:6 Then Saul said to the Kenites "Go from among the Amalekites, for fear I should account you as their allies, although you showed kindness to all the Children of Israel on their ascent from the Mitzeraim." The Kenites accordingly departed from the Amalekites.
   
RF SA1 15:7 Saul Captures Agag. King of Amalek.
Then Saul conquered Amalek from Khavilah to the passage of the Wall, which is along the border of the Mitzeraim.
   
RF SA1 15:8 He also captured Agag the king of Amalek alive, but he destroyed all the army by the edge of the sword.
   
RF SA1 15:9 Saul and the forces however spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and cattle, and wethers and fat lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them, but they destroyed all the worthless and poor cattle.
   
RF SA1 15:10 Consequently a message came from the EVER-LIVING to Samuel, to say,
   
RF SA1 15:11 "It grieves Me that I appointed Saul as Leader, for he has turned from following Me, and he does not stand by My command." But it hurt Samuel, and he cried to the EVER-LIVING all night.
   
RF SA1 15:12 Samuel meets Saul after his victory and a quarrel ensues.
Samuel, however, got up in the morning to meet Saul, for it had been reported to Samuel that Saul had come to Carmel, and fixed a garrison for himself; then turned aside and had gone to Gilgal.
   
RF SA1 15:13 And when Samuel came to Saul, Saul said to him, "Give thanks: I have stood by the command of the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF SA1 15:14 But Samuel replied, "Then what is this bleating of sheep in my ears? and the lowing of cattle which I hear?"
   
RF SA1 15:15 And Saul answered, "They come from the Amalekites, since the army spared the best of the sheep and cattle for the purpose of sacrificing to your EVER-LIVING GOD. But we destroyed the rest."
   
RF SA1 15:16 Samuel, however, exclaimed to Saul, "Stop!—and I will tell you what the EVER-LIVING said to me last night!" And he replied, "Tell it."
   
RF SA1 15:17 So Samuel said,—"Were you not little in your own eyes,—you head of the tribes of Israel,—when the EVER-LIVING anointed you to be Leader over Israel?
   
RF SA1 15:18 And the EVER-LIVING sent you on a journey and said, ' Go! and destroy those sinners the Amalekites, and fight with them to destruction.'
   
RF SA1 15:19 Now, why have you not listened to the voice of the EVER-LIVING? You have pounced upon the plunder, and done wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF SA1 15:20 But Saul replied to Samuel, "I did listen to the voice of the EVER-LIVING, and went on the journey the EVER-LIVING sent me; and I have brought Agag the king of Amalek; but I have destroyed the Amalekites.
   
RF SA1 15:21 The army, however, made prize of the best sheep and cattle, to be devoted as a sacrifice to your EVER-LIVING GOD, in Gilgal."
   
RF SA1 15:22 Samuel, however, said to Saul, "Is it more pleasing to the EVER-LIVING to have offerings and sacrifices, than to listen to the voice of the LORD? Look! To listen is better than sacrifice,—and to obey, than the fat of rams!
   
RF SA1 15:23 For the result of your idea is rebellion! and Delusion! and stubborn Idolatry! You have repudiated the command of the EVER-LIVING;—and He repudiates you from being Leader."
   
RF SA1 15:24 Then Saul exclaimed to Samuel, "I have sinned! because I have passed by the command of the EVER-LIVING,—and your command! But I feared the army, and I listened to their voice.
   
RF SA1 15:25 Yet now, I pray you to pardon my fault, and come along with me, and I will humble myself to the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF SA1 15:26 But Samuel answered Saul, "I will not go with you!—for you repudiated the command of the EVER-LIVING, so the EVER-LIVING has repudiated you from being Leader over Israel."
   
RF SA1 15:27 Then Samuel turned to go, but he seized him by the hood of his cloak,—and it tore!
   
RF SA1 15:28 and Samuel exclaimed, "The EVER-LIVING has torn the Leadership of Israel from off you today, and has given it to your neighbour,—a better than you!—
   
RF SA1 15:29 He Who presides over Israel does not lie, and does not alter, for He is not a man that He should alter"
   
RF SA1 15:30 Still he replied, "I have sinned! Yet honour me in the presence of the officers of my army, and in the presence of Israel, and come along with me, and I will bow to your EVER-LIVING GOD."
   
RF SA1 15:31 Samuel consequently went with Saul, and Saul bowed to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 15:32 (B.C. 1079.) Samuel Slays Agag.
Samuel afterwards said, "Bring Agag the king of Amalek to me!" And Agag advanced tottering to him, and Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of Death has passed!"
   
RF SA1 15:33 But Samuel answered, "As your sword has made women childless, so your mother shall be childless among women!" Then Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the EVER-LIVING in Gilgal.
   
RF SA1 15:34 Samuel and Saul separate.
Samuel afterwards went to Ramath, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul;
   
RF SA1 15:35 and Samuel ceased to visit Saul to the day of his death, for Samuel was grieved at Saul, and the EVER-LIVING was sorry for the rule of Saul over Israel.
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