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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 22:1 (B.C. 1058.) Driven from Gath by Akish, Goes to the cave of Adulam as a robber chief.
Then David went from that place, and took refuge in the Caves of Adulam, and his relatives heard of it, and they and all his father's family went down to him there.
   
RF SA1 22:2 And every man in distress, and every man in debt, and every man of discontented mind collected to him, and he became a captain over them, until there were about four hundred men with him in the caves.
   
RF SA1 22:3 But David went from there to Mitzfah of Moab, and said to the king of Moab, "I beg you to allow my father and mother to be with you, until I learn what GOD will do with me."
   
RF SA1 22:4 So the king of Moab granted it, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.
   
RF SA1 22:5 (B.C. 1057.) Gad advised to go to the Desert of Judah.
Then Gad, the reciter, said to David, "Do not remain in this stronghold, but go to the land of Judah," so David went, and came to the wood of Khareth.
   
RF SA1 22:6 Saul, however, heard this; for David and the men who were with him were known, and Saul was resting on a hill under a tamarisk tree, in Rarnah, with his spear in his hand, and all his officers were standing about him;
   
RF SA1 22:7 so Saul said to the officers who were around him, "Listen now, all you sons of Thieves1—I gave to the son of Jesse farms and vineyards, as I did to all of you.—I made you my colonels of regiments, and my captains of companies.
   
RF SA1 22:8 So why have you,—all of you,—conspired against me, and not opened my ears to the agreement of my son with the son of Jesse? and you have not shown it to me, or informed me that my son had set my slave above myself, secretly, as he is today?"
   
RF SA1 22:9 Then Doeg the Edomite replied,—he stood amongst the ministers of Saul,—and said, "I saw the son of Jesse go to Nobah, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub,
   
RF SA1 22:10 who enquired for him of the EVER-LIVING, and gave him provisions, and handed him also the sword of Goliath the Philistine!"
   
RF SA1 22:11 The king consequently sent and summoned Ahimelech-ben-Ahitub, the Priest, and the whole of the priests of his father's family who were in Nobah, and they all came to the king,
   
RF SA1 22:12 when Saul said, "Listen, now, ben-Ahitub." And he replied, "I am here, my Prince."
   
RF SA1 22:13 Then Saul asked him, "Why did you—you and the son of Jesse—hide from me that you supplied him with bread, and a sword, and enquired for him of GOD, to rise against me in secret, as he now does?"
   
RF SA1 22:14 But Ahimelech answered the king and said, "Who of all your officers should be more honorably trusted than David, a royal son-in-law?—and the chief of your subjects, and the most honoured of your family?
   
RF SA1 22:15 Upon the day when I danced to enquire of GOD for him I did dance;—let not the king bring trouble upon his servant, with all my father's family, for your servant knew nothing of all this affair, little or great."
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1 V. 7. You sons of Jamin." Yamin. " Sons of the Right Hand," that is, " bold fellows living by force."—F.F.
   
RF SA1 22:16 Doeg's Murderous Villainy.
The Leader, however, replied, "You shall die, Ahimelech; you and all your father's family!"
   
RF SA1 22:17 And the Leader commanded the guards around him to turn upon them, and slay the priests of the EVER-LIVING for helping David, and because knowing of his flight they had not informed him. But the officers of the king would not go;—would not extend their hands to strike the Priests of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 22:18 Then the Leader said to Doeg, " Get up, and fall upon the Priests! ' So Doeg the Edomite turned and fell upon the Priests himself, and killed on that day eighty-five men; men who bore the ephods only.
   
RF SA1 22:19 He also assailed Nob, the towns of the Priests, with the edge of the sword, both men and women, child and infant; and ox, and ass and sheep he massacred.
   
RF SA1 22:20 But one son of Ahimelech-ben-Ahitub escaped, whose name was Abiathar, and fled to David,
   
RF SA1 22:21 and Abiathar informed David how Saul had murdered the Priests of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 22:22 And David said to Abiathar, "I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would inform Saul. I am responsible for all the lives of your father's family Stay with me.
   
RF SA1 22:23 Fear not. For he who seeks my life, seeks yours as well, so you have a place of safety with me."
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