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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 16:1 (B.C. 1063.) Samuel Consecrates David as the Future Leader.
The EVER-LIVING consequently said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve about Saul? although I have rejected him from the Leadership over Israel.—Fill your horn with oil, and go! I send you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have selected a Leader for Myself from among his sons."
   
RF SA1 16:2 But Samuel replied, "If I go and a Saul hears, he will murder me!"
The EVER-LIVING, however, answered, "Take an heifer from the herd with you, and say I have come to sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF SA1 16:3 and invite Jesse to the sacrifice, when I will instruct you what to do. Then anoint for Me whoever I tell you."
   
RF SA1 16:4 Samuel accordingly did what the EVER-LIVING told him, and went to Bethlehem, and the Magistrate of the town came to meet him, and asked "Do you come with peace?"
   
RF SA1 16:5 And he replied, "With peace.—I have come to sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING. Purify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. Let Jesse and his sons also purify themselves." Thus he invited them to the sacrifice;
   
RF SA1 16:6 and when they came he looked on Aliab, and thought, "Ah! he must be consecrated before the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF SA1 16:7 But the EVER-LIVING said, "Do not bend to look at his great stature,—for I reject him, for what a man does not see. Because a man looks with his eyes, but the EVER-LIVING looks with His heart."
   
RF SA1 16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and passed him before the face of Samuel, when he said, "Him also the EVER-LIVING does not choose."
   
RF SA1 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
   
RF SA1 16:10 Then Jesse passed seven of his sons before Samuel, when Samuel said to Jesse, "The EVER-LIVING has not chosen any of these.
   
RF SA1 16:11 But," Samuel asked of Jesse, "are these all your lads?" And he replied, "All except the youngest; and he is shepherding with the sheep." Samuel, however, said to Jesse, "Send, and bring him; for I will not dine until he comes here."
   
RF SA1 16:12 So he sent and brought him, and he was ruddy, with handsome eyes, and beautiful to look at. Then the EVER-LIVING said, "Arise, anoint him! For this is he!"
   
RF SA1 16:13 Samuel therefore took the horn of oil, and consecrated him in preference to his brothers, and the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING came upon David from that day forward. Samuel afterwards arose and returned to Raamah.
   
RF SA1 16:14 (B.C. 1063.) Saul Afflicted with Depression of Spirit. David Summoned to Revive him with Music.
The Spirit of the EVER-LIVING then went away from Saul, and he was terrified by an Evil Spirit away from the LORD.
   
RF SA1 16:15 The Ministers of Saul consequently said to him, "Now that the Spirit of GOD has gone; an Evil Spirit terrifies you.
   
RF SA1 16:16 Let our lord then command your personal servants to seek a man skilful in playing on the harp, and when the Evil Spirit from GOD is upon you, he can play with his hand, and ease you."
   
RF SA1 16:17 Saul consequently replied to his ministers, "Look out then for me a man with proficiency in music, and bring him to me."
   
RF SA1 16:18 One of his ministers then replied, and said, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem, a skilful musician, a fine dancer, a gentleman, and a good reciter, and a handsome man; and the EVER-LIVING is with him."
   
RF SA1 16:19 Saul, therefore, sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send your son David who goes with the flock to me."
   
RF SA1 16:20 So Jesse put on an ass bread, and a skin of wine, with a kid of the goats, and sent them by the hand of his son David to Saul.
   
RF SA1 16:21 When David came to Saul and was presented to him, he admired him greatly, and he became one of his attendants,
   
RF SA1 16:22 and Saul sent to Jesse to say, "Let David attend me, for he has found favour in my sight."
   
RF SA1 16:23 When, therefore, the Spirit from GOD came upon Saul, David took his harp and played with his hand, and relieved Saul, and soothed him, so that the Evil Spirit went from him.
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