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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 2:1 (B.C. 1168.) Then Hannah gave thanks and said,
SONG OF HANNAH.
"My heart rejoices in the LORD,—
By the LORD my horn is exalted;
My face triumphs over my foes,
For I rejoice in Your salvation.
   
RF SA1 2:2 None is sacred like You, LORD,—
For there is none beside You;
Nor fortress like our GOD.
   
RF SA1 2:3 Increase not your proud speech;
Pride comes badly from your mouth,
For the LORD is a GOD of knowledge,
Though trifles are not weighed.
   
RF SA1 2:4 The bows of strength are broken,
And the feeble girt with might,
   
RF SA1 2:5 The pampered beg for food,
But the hungry now have rest.
The childless has borne seven,
And the many-sonned has want!
   
RF SA1 2:6 The LORD kills and He revives;
Brings to the grave and raises;
   
RF SA1 2:7 The LORD makes poor and rich,
Bows down, and again exalts!
   
RF SA1 2:8 He lifts the depressed from dust,
Exalts the poor from dunghills
To sit along with Princes,
To inherit the Throne of Power;
For the Earth's supports are the LORD'S,
And upon them He rests the world.
   
RF SA1 2:9 He guards the feet of His saints,
But the wicked destroys in gloom;—
For man is not strong by wealth,
But they fail who strive with Him.
   
RF SA1 2:10 When the LORD thunders from to heaven,
He rules to the bounds of the earth,
And gives His chosen Leader power,
And exalts His Anointed's horn."
   
RF SA1 2:11 (B.C. 1165.) Alkanah afterwards returned to his home at Raamah, but the lad served the EVER-LIVING with Eli the Priest.
   
RF SA1 2:12 Eli's Wicked Sons.
The sons of Eli, however, were profligates; they did not recognize the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF SA1 2:13 although the Priests governed the people. Whenever a person offered a sacrifice, a lad came from the Priest when the flesh was boiling with a three-pronged fork in his hand,
   
RF SA1 2:14 and stuck it into the cauldron, or boiler, or kettle, or pot. All that came up on the fork the Priest took for himself. They did the same to every Israelite who came to Shiloh.
   
RF SA1 2:15 Also, before the time that they burnt the fat, the priest's lad came, and said to the man sacrificing, "Give the priest meat from the ribs, for he will not accept boiled meat from you;—it must be raw."
   
RF SA1 2:16 If the person replied to him, "Let the fat be burnt first, then take what you desire," he would answer him, "Give it at once, and if not I shall take it by force."
   
RF SA1 2:17 The young men were also very great sinners against the EVER-LIVING, for they corrupted the women who brought offerings to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 2:18 (B.C. 1165.) Consecration of Samuel.
But Samuel served before the EVER-LIVING as an assistant, girded with an ephod.
   
RF SA1 2:19 His mother also made him an embroidered robe, and brought it up to him every year when she went with her husband to sacrifice the yearly sacrifice.
   
RF SA1 2:20 Then Eli blessed Alkanah and his wife, and said, "The EVER-LIVING granted you an heir from this woman in answer to her request from the EVER-LIVING." Then they returned
   
RF SA1 2:21 to their village, and now the EVER-LIVING favored Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. But the lad Samuel grew up with the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 2:22 (B.C. 1141.) Eli Feebly reproves his Son.
When Eli became very old, he heard of all the doings of his sons to all Israel, and how they corrupted the women who came to worship at the door of the Hall of Assembly;
   
RF SA1 2:23 so he said to them, "What are these things that you do, which I have heard of? The vile practices towards all these people?
   
RF SA1 2:24 Refrain, my sons, for it is not a good report that I hear of your practices against the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 2:25 If a man sins against a man, they intercede with GOD: but if a man sins against the EVER-LIVING, who can intercede for him?"But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the EVER-LIVING had decided to kill them.
   
RF SA1 2:26 Samuel Becomes Good and Great.
But the young man Samuel advanced and became great and good, both with the EVER-LIVING and also with men,
   
RF SA1 2:27 (B.C. 1141.) A Man of God sent to Reprove Eli.
A Man of God therefore was sent to Eli, and said to him, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, 'I revealed Myself to the House of your fathers when you were among the Mitzeraim,
   
RF SA1 2:28 and I chose it from all the tribes of Israel to Myself as a Priesthood to offer incense upon My altar, and to wear an ephod before Me, and I gave to the House of your fathers all the gifts of the Children of Israel.
   
RF SA1 2:29 Then why do you despise My sacrifices and offerings which I commanded for frailty, and respect your sons more than Me? by letting them fatten themselves with the best of all the offerings of My People Israel?'
   
RF SA1 2:30 Therefore the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel says, ' I promised that your House, and the House of your Fathers should walk before Me for ever,' but now the EVER-LIVING has said to me to-night, ' Whoever honours Me, I will honour; and whoever degrades Me, shall be degraded.
   
RF SA1 2:31 Now the time has come when I will break your necks and the heirs of the House of your Fathers, from being noble in your House.
   
RF SA1 2:32 And you may expect suffering, instead of pleasantness from all that gives Israel pleasure; for there shall not be a noble in your house for all time.
   
RF SA1 2:33 However I will not cut off every one of your descendants for ever at My Altar, to exhaust your eyes, and make your soul languish,—yet great men shall die from your house!
   
RF SA1 2:34 And this shall be the proof—your two sons Khofni 1 and Finahas 2 shall both of them die in one day!"
   
RF SA1 2:35 Then I will appoint for Myself a Faithful Priest who will do according to My own heart and soul, and I will build him a perfect House, and cause him to walk before My Messiah for all time.
   
RF SA1 2:36 And then all the remnant of your House shall come and bow to him for a penny of money, and for a piece of bread, and say, "I beg you to admit me to a priest's office that I may eat a mouthful of food!"
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1 Hophni.—F.F.
2 Phineas, in O.V.F.F.
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