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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 21:1

David flies to Ahimelech, the Priest, for Protection, but is refused.
David then went to Ahimelech the Priest at Nob, but Ahimelech hesitated to receive David, and asked him, "Why are you alone? and no one with you?"

   
RF SA1 21:2 So David answered Ahimelech the Priest, "The king ordered me on a business, and said to Me 'Let no one know what the business is on which I send you, nor what I have ordered you.' So I appointed another place for my men.
   
RF SA1 21:3 And now what have you got here? Give me those five cakes,—or I shall take them myself."
   
RF SA1 21:4 But the Priest replied to David and said, "It is not common bread that is under my care, but consecrated bread. If the young men have kept themselves, however, from women?"
   
RF SA1 21:5 And David answered the Priest, and said, "Women have not approached us for three days since I set out. The accoutrements of the men are clean; and the way open, and indeed my accoutrements were cleaned that day."
   
RF SA1 21:6 Then the Priest gave him the consecrated bread, for he had no other bread there, except the Bread of the Presentation taken away from the piles before the EVER-LIVING to be replaced by hot bread on the day that he took it.
   
RF SA1 21:7 Doeg the Edomite sees David at Nob, and reports it to Saul.
There was, however, at the same time an officer of Saul's resting before the EVER-LIVING, named Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's shepherds.
   
RF SA1 21:8 And David asked Ahimelech, " Is there not here in your custody a spear or sword? For I could not bring my sword or my arms with me, for the order of the king was very urgent!"
   
RF SA1 21:9 The Priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you defeated on the plain of Halal), is here, wrapped in a cloth behind his armour. If you will take that,—take it, for there is not another except it here." And David replied, "There is none like it! Give it to me!"
   
RF SA1 21:10 (B.C. 1058.) David Flies to Gath and feigns madness.
Then David arose and fled at once from the neighborhood of Saul, and went to Akish, king of Gath.
   
RF SA1 21:11 But the officers of Akish said to him, "Is not this David the Leader of the country? Was it not about him they sang in the dances, saying, 'Saul has defeated his thousands, but David his ten thousands?'"
   
RF SA1 21:12 And David put these words into his heart, and was very terrified in the presence of Akish, king of Gath.
   
RF SA1 21:13 So he altered his way of talking in their sight, and acted the fool towards them, and scribbled on the panels of the doors, and dribbled his spittle on his beard.
   
RF SA1 21:14 Akish consequently said to his officers, "You see the man is mad! Why have you brought him to me?
   
RF SA1 21:15 Have I need of fools that you have brought this one to me to play the fool for me?—Let him get out of my house!"
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