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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 18:1 (B.C. 1062.) Jonathan's admiration of David.
And as he finished speaking with Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan admired him like his own self.
   
RF SA1 18:2 Saul also took to him at that time, and would not permit him to return to his father's house.
   
RF SA1 18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a treaty to love each other as their own life.
   
RF SA1 18:4 And Jonathan took off the cloak that he had on him, and put it upon David with his armour, and sword, and bow, and belt.
   
RF SA1 18:5 And David went wherever Saul sent him, and was successful, and pleasing to Saul above all the officers of the army, and he was delightful in the eyes of all the people, and also in the eyes of the ministers of Saul.
   
RF SA1 18:6 (B.C. 1060.) David's triumph and Saul's jealousy.
It happened, however, that once when David was returning from defeating the Philishtim, that women came out from all the towns of Israel with song and dances to meet King Saul, with tambourines, tom-toms and triangles,
   
RF SA1 18:7 when the women answered to the music, and sung, "Saul has defeated his thousands, And David his ten thousands."
   
RF SA1 18:8 But Saul was very angry, and the refrain was hateful in his ears, so he exclaimed, " They have given the ten thousands to David and the thousands to me! What is there more for him except the Leadership?"
   
RF SA1 18:9 Saul consequently became irritable with David from that time forward.
   
RF SA1 18:10 Then some time after the Evil Spirit from GOD seized upon Saul, as he was walking through his palace, and David was playing on his harp as he did daily, and Saul had javelins in his hand;
   
RF SA1 18:11 so Saul threw javelins, exclaiming, "I will pin David to the wall!" But David escaped them twice,
   
RF SA1 18:12 Then Saul became frightened at the presence of David, for the EVER-LIVING had come to him, and gone away from Saul.
   
RF SA1 18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from near himself, and appointed him colonel of a regiment, and he went out and came in with the forces.
   
RF SA1 18:14 David, however, went on his way successfully, for the EVER-LIVING was with him.
   
RF SA1 18:15 And Saul saw that he was very successful, and was afraid of him;
   
RF SA1 18:16 for all Israel and Judah admired David, for he went out and came back before them.
   
RF SA1 18:17 (B.C. 1060.) Saul plots to get David killed.
Saul consequently said to David, "You know my elder daughter Merab; I will give her to you for a wife, and you shall become my most powerful son, and fight the battles of the EVER-LIVING." But Saul intended, not that he should become powerful, but that he might be brought into the power of the Philishtim.
   
RF SA1 18:18 David, however, replied to Saul, "Who am I? And what is the clan of my father in Israel, that I should become son-in-law to the Chieftain?"
   
RF SA1 18:19 But when the time came for giving Merab, Saul's daughter, to David, she was given in marriage to Adrial the Mikholathite.
   
RF SA1 18:20 (B.C. 1060.) Mikal falls in love with David.
But Mikal, Saul's daughter, loved David, and told it to Saul, and it seemed right in his opinion,
   
RF SA1 18:21 so Saul said, "I will promise her to him, and she shall be a trap for him, that he, may be got into the hands of the Philishtim." Saul therefore said to David, a second time, "You shall be my son-in-law now."
   
RF SA1 18:22 Saul also ordered his ministers to speak to David privately, and say, "The Leader is now your friend; and all his ministers like you,—so now become son-in-law to the Chieftain!"
   
RF SA1 18:23 Therefore the ministers of Saul whispered their ideas to David. But David replied, " Is it a little matter in your sight to be son-in-law to the Leader? when I am a common and ordinary man?"
   
RF SA1 18:24 So his ministers reported to Saul himself how David had replied about the matter.
   
RF SA1 18:25 Saul accordingly answered, "Say this to David, The Leader does not care for a dowry, but wishes for a hundred foreskins of the Philishtim, as a revenge on the king's enemies! " (But Saul was plotting to throw David into the hands of the Philishtim.)
   
RF SA1 18:26 His ministers therefore reported this speech to David, and the idea to be son-in-law to the Chieftain was capital in David's view; but the opportunity did not arrive.
   
RF SA1 18:27 Therefore David prepared and marched, he and his men, and killed two hundred persons of the Philishtim, and David brought their foreskins, thus satisfying the Leader, and thus justifying his being made his son-in-law. Saul then gave him Mikal his daughter as a wife.
   
RF SA1 18:28 Saul also saw, and acknowledged that the EVER-LIVING was with David, and that Mikal, his daughter, loved him.
   
RF SA1 18:29 Saul, however, still continued to be afraid of David; and Saul was an enemy to David all the time.
   
RF SA1 18:30 When the Philishtim generals advanced, David's strategy was more skilful against them than that of any of the officers of Saul, so his name became famous.
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2 V. 7 Or, And the women answering the music sang, "Defeated has Saul His thousands, And David His ten thousands."—H. B.
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