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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 19:1 (B.C. 1059.) David Seeks safety at the Palace of Samuel, the High Priest, at Raamah, where Saul sends to seize him.
Saul consequently ordered his son Jonathan, and all his officers to kill David;
   
RF SA1 19:2 but Jonathan, Saul's son, had a great admiration for David, so Jonathan informed David, telling him: "My father, Saul, is trying to get you killed, so look out now in the morning, and keep yourself in the house, and do not come out.
   
RF SA1 19:3 But I will go and station myself beside my father at the parade, where you should be, and I will talk about you to my father, and will watch the result, and report it to you."
   
RF SA1 19:4 Jonathan, accordingly, spoke well about David to his father Saul, and said to him, " Do not let the king hurt David, his officer, for he has not injured you, but has done you very great services.
   
RF SA1 19:5 For he put his life in his hand and assailed the Philishtim, the EVER-LIVING effecting a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it, and were glad,—so why now sin against innocent blood by killing David without a cause?"
   
RF SA1 19:6 Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, " By the life of the LORD he shall not be killed!"
   
RF SA1 19:7 Jonathan afterwards went to David, and reported to him the whole conversation. Jonathan also brought David to Saul, and he associated with him as formerly.
   
RF SA1 19:8 (B.C. 1059.) David Routs the Philistines, but Saul in jealous fury, tries to murder him by his own hand.
When there was war again, David went out and fought with the Philishtim, and defeated them with a crushing defeat, so that they fled before him.
   
RF SA1 19:9 Then the Evil Spirit from the EVER-LIVING came upon Saul, and he sat in his room with his javelin in his hand, while David was playing,
   
RF SA1 19:10 and Saul tried to pin David to with his javelin to the wall; but he rushed from Saul's presence and the javelin fastened itself in the wall. So David fled and hid himself that night.
   
RF SA1 19:11 David flies by a window when Saul's Guards surround his house.
Saul, however, sent troops to David's house to keep watch and kill him in the morning, but Mikal his wife informed David saying: "If you do not save your life to-night, you will be killed tomorrow."
   
RF SA1 19:12 So Mikal let David down out of a window, and he successfully escaped and hid himself.
   
RF SA1 19:13 Then Mikal took the teraphim and put them on the bed with a goat's beard laid for its beard, and covered it with clothing,
   
RF SA1 19:14 so when Saul sent his guards to seize David, she said, "He is ill!"
   
RF SA1 19:15 Saul, however, sent messengers to see David himself, saying, "Bring him on his bed to me that I may kill him"
   
RF SA1 19:16 But when the messengers came they found the teraphim in the bed, with a goat's beard on its face!
   
RF SA1 19:17 Then Saul demanded of Mikal, "Why have you deluded me thus, and let my enemy escape from me, and hide himself? " And Mikal answered Saul, " He said to me, Let me escape or I will kill you.'"
   
RF SA1 19:18 (B.C. 1058.) David seeks safety at the palace of Samuel, the High Priest, at Raamah, where Saul sends to seize him.
Thus David escaped and hid himself and went to Samuel at Raamah, and informed him of all Saul had done to him. There he stayed with Samuel and they resided in the Residency.
   
RF SA1 19:19 But it was reported to Saul that David was at the Residency1 at Raamah.
   
RF SA1 19:20 Saul consequently sent messengers to arrest David; but when they saw the company of Reciters reciting, and Samuel stand ing up directing them, the divine spirit came upon Saul's messengers and they themselves recited.
   
RF SA1 19:21 And they reported it to Saul, who sent other messengers, but they also recited. Saul however again sent messengers a third time, and they also recited.
   
RF SA1 19:22 Then he went himself to Raamah, and when he came to the great cistern that is at Sikah, he asked, enquiring, "Where are Samuel and David?" and was told, "They are at his House near Raamah."
   
RF SA1 19:23 But when he went to the House near Raamah, then the divine spirit came upon him also, and he went dancing and reciting until he came to the Residency at Raamah.
   
RF SA1 19:24 He also tore off his clothes, and himself recited before Samuel, and fell down naked there all that day, and all that night. From this comes the saying,—"Is Saul also among the Reciters?"
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1. Ch. 19.19. Then he and Samuel went and lived at Nevith. "Nevith" was the "Bishop's Palace," as we could call it, situated in the town of Raamah. The subsequent narrative makes this probable, almost certain. —H.B. and F.F.
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