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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 20:1

Then David removed from the Residency at Raamah, and appeared before Jonathan, asking him, "What have I done? What is my fault? and how have I offended your father, that he seeks my life?"

   
RF SA1 20:2 And he replied to him, "Be calm! you shall not be killed. Look; my father does nothing great, or little, that he does not communicate to my ears,—then why should my father hide this affair? It cannot be so."
   
RF SA1 20:3 But David swore even, and said, "He knows,—your father knows,—that I have found favour in your eyes, so he says ' Let not Jonathan know this, for fear he should be grieved.' But, however, by the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by the life of your soul, what defence is there between me and death?"
   
RF SA1 20:4 Then Jonathan asked David, "What do you demand about your life, and I will provide it for you?"
   
RF SA1 20:5 And David replied to Jonathan, "You know tomorrow is New Moon, and I should sit with the king to dine, but I will withdraw and keep myself in the country until the third evening.
   
RF SA1 20:6 If your father enquires for me, you must say, ' David asked me permission to run to Bethlehem, his village, for it is the set time for all his clan to sacrifice there.'
   
RF SA1 20:7 If he then says, Good,' there is safety for your servant, but if it angers him, you will know that evil has been determined by him.
   
RF SA1 20:8 Now act kindly to your friend, for you made a bond of the EVER-LIVING between your friend and yourself. But, if I have offended, kill me yourself, for why should you betray me to your father?"
   
RF SA1 20:9 Then Jonathan answered, "Go away. Calm yourself, and if I find that injury is intended to be brought upon you from my father I will come to you."
   
RF SA1 20:10 But David replied to Jonathan, "Whatever he said to me, or may assert to you, your father is determined."
   
RF SA1 20:11 When Jonathan replied to David, "Come, and we will go into the fields." So they both went to the fields,
   
RF SA1 20:12 where Jonathan said to David, "By the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Israel, I will search out my father by this time, at three days after tomorrow, and find if he is good towards David; and if he is not, I will send to you and whisper it to you.
   
RF SA1 20:13 The LORD do so to Jonathan, and more than that, if what is pleasant to my father is bad for you. I will inform you of it,—and send you away, and you shall depart in safety. May the EVER-LIVING be with you, as He has been with my father.
   
RF SA1 20:14 Therefore you must not whilst I live ever fail to show me the mercy of the EVER-LIVING, and not kill me.
   
RF SA1 20:15 Let not your mercy cease from my family for ever,—not even when the EVER-LIVING cuts off every single enemy of David from the face of the earth.
   
RF SA1 20:16 For Jonathan makes a treaty with the house of David, and the EVER-LIVING will enquire for it from the hand of David's enemies."
   
RF SA1 20:17 Then Jonathan proceeded to swear David by his friendship for him; for he loved him as the friend of his life.
   
RF SA1 20:18 Jonathan also said to him, " Tomorrow is New Moon, so guard yourself, for your house will be watched;
   
RF SA1 20:19 but upon the third day come down cautiously, and go to the place where you hid yourself on the day of sacrifice, and seat yourself at the side of the rock of Azal,
   
RF SA1 20:20 and I will shoot three arrows at random with a pretence of exercising myself at the butts.
   
RF SA1 20:21 Then I will send my lad to go seek the arrows. But if I say to the youth, ' Look! the arrows are near you! ' then get yourself up, and come, for you will be safe; and there is nothing, as the LORD lives.
   
RF SA1 20:22 But if I say to the boy, ' Look out, for the arrows are beyond you and further on! ' you must fly, for the EVER-LIVING sends you away.
   
RF SA1 20:23 The bond we have bound ourselves by, you and I, remember, for the EVER-LIVING is the intermediary between myself and you, forever!"
   
RF SA1 20:24 Saul tries to murder his son Jonathan for defending David.
David consequently hid himself in the fields. When the New-Moon came the king sat down to table to dine.
   
RF SA1 20:25 And the king sat on his usual seat by the wall, when Jonathan came up. But Abner had seated himself at the side of Saul, who missed the presence of David.
   
RF SA1 20:26 Saul, however, said nothing himself about it that day, for he reflected something has happened to him, perhaps he is not clean—he has not been ready.1
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1 prepared, clean.
   
RF SA1 20:27 When the second day after the New-Moon came, and he still missed the presence of David, Saul asked Jonathan, his son, "Why has not the son of Jesse come today, as formerly, to dine?"
   
RF SA1 20:28 And Jonathan replied to Saul, " David asked me if he might go to Bethlehem,
   
RF SA1 20:29 and said, ' Permit me, I pray, for our clan sacrifices in that village, and my brother has sent for me, and so, if I have found favour in your sight, allow me, I pray, for I wish to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."
   
RF SA1 20:30 But Saul was furious with Jonathan, and exclaimed to him, "You young son of Rebellion. Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own dishonor, and to the dishonor of your mother's shame?
   
RF SA1 20:31 For as long as the son of Jesse exists above ground, your Leadership will not be secured? And now you have sent, and taken him from me! Nevertheless he is a Son of Death!"
   
RF SA1 20:32 Jonathan; however, answered Saul his father, and said to him, " Why should he die?—What has he done?"
   
RF SA1 20:33 Then Saul threw his javelin at him to stab him, so Jonathan knew that his father had decided upon the death of David,
   
RF SA1 20:34 so Jonathan arose from the table with fury, and ate no food the second day of the New-Moon, for he was grieved about David, because his father had thus determined.
   
RF SA1 20:35 Jonathan reports his danger to David.
But when dawn came Jonathan went out to the field to meet David, and a little lad with him,
   
RF SA1 20:36 and he said to his lad, " Run, find the arrows I shoot." The boy ran, so he shot an arrow to pass over him.
   
RF SA1 20:37 When the lad came to the place to which the arrow had been shot by Jonathan, Jonathan called after the lad and said, "Holloo! is not my arrow there beyond you?"
   
RF SA1 20:38 Jonathan also called after the lad, "Make haste! Be quick! Don't dawdle!" So the lad picked up the arrows of Jonathan, and came to his master.
   
RF SA1 20:39 The lad, however, knew nothing about the affair. Jonathan and David, however, understood the thing.
   
RF SA1 20:40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy, and said to him, " Go! return to the town."
   
RF SA1 20:41 The lad went, and David got up from his hiding-place, and bending his face to the earth, bowed three times, and both kissed as friends, and both wept as friends, until David was overcome.
   
RF SA1 20:42 Then Jonathan said to David, " Go in the peace that we both have sworn to by the name of the EVER-LIVING, saying, 'The EVER-LIVING shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants for ever." Then he arose and depart. And Jonathan returned to the town.
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