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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 23:1 (B.C. 1057.) David Assails the Philistines and defeats them.
They reported once to David, saying, "The Philishtim are besieging Keilah, and destroying the cornfields,"
   
RF SA1 23:2 so David enquired of the EVER LIVING, asking, " Shall I assail and defeat those Philishtim?" And the EVER-LIVING answered David, "Go! and defeat the Philishtim and relieve Keilah."
   
RF SA1 23:3 But David's men said to him, "Look you! We are in terror here in Judah,—so why should we go to Keilah to fight the regulars of the Philishtim?"
   
RF SA1 23:4 Therefore David repeated the enquiry to the EVER-LIVING, when the EVER-LIVING answered, "Arise! march to Keilah, for I will give the Philishtim into your power."
   
RF SA1 23:5 David and his men then marched to Keilah, and fought with the Philishtim, and captured their baggage train, and defeated them with great slaughter. Thus David saved-the inhabitants of Keilah.
   
RF SA1 23:6 (B.C. 1057.) David tries to settle in Keilah, but fearing an attack by Saul, his men disperse to hide in the desert.
And when Abiathar-ben-Ahitub followed David to Keilah, he took the ephod with him.
   
RF SA1 23:7 It was, however, reported to Saul that David had come to Keilah, so Saul remarked "GOD has betrayed him into my power, for he is prevented by doors and bars from leaving the town."
   
RF SA1 23:8 Saul therefore ordered all his forces for war to descend to Keilah to assail David and his men.
   
RF SA1 23:9 But David had intelligence that Saul was planning evil against him, so he said to Abiathar the Priest, " Bring the ephod here."
   
RF SA1 23:10 Then David prayed:
"EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel listen, listen to your servant, for Saul seeks to advance upon Keilah, to destroy the town because of me.
   
RF SA1 23:11 Will the Headmen of Keilah deliver me into his power? Will Saul descend as Your servant has heard? LIVING GOD of Israel, inform Your servant, I pray."
The EVER-LIVING answered, "He will descend."
   
RF SA1 23:12 Then David asked, "Will the Headmen of Keilah deliver me and my men into the power of Saul?"
And the EVER-LIVING replied, " They will deliver!"
   
RF SA1 23:13 Consequently David and his men —about six hundred persons—arose and went out from Keilah, and dispersed as they could; and it was reported to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, so he stopped his advance.
   
RF SA1 23:14 Then David stayed in the dens of the desert, and occupied a hill in the desert of Zif, and Saul hunted him all his days, but GOD gave him not into his power.
   
RF SA1 23:15 David also knew when Saul came out to seek him; but David kept in concealment in the desert of Zif.
   
RF SA1 23:16 (B.C. 1056.) Jonathan visits David in the Desert, and makes a treaty with him.
Jonathan, however, the son of Saul, arose and went to David secretly, and cheered him up in GOD,
   
RF SA1 23:17 and said to him, " Fear not! for the hand of my father Saul will not catch you, and you will be the Leader of Israel, and I will be your Lieutenant;—my father Saul also knows this."
   
RF SA1 23:18 Then both of them made a treaty before the EVER-LIVING. But David continued in hiding, and Jonathan returned to his home.
   
RF SA1 23:19 (B.C. 1055.) The Zifites betray David to Saul.
The Zifites, however, went up to Saul to Gibeah, to say, "Do you not know that David is hiding with us in a fort concealed among the hills of Khakilah on the south of the desert?
   
RF SA1 23:20 So now with all the energy of your soul, Commander, come down, and we will deliver him to the Commander's hand."
   
RF SA1 23:21 When Saul answered " May you be blessed by the EVER-LIVING for your kindness to me!
   
RF SA1 23:22 Go, I pray, ascertain further, and learn, and watch the places that he haunts,—who sees him there,—for they tell me he is very crafty.
   
RF SA1 23:23 Examine and learn also about all the hiding-places where he haunts, and report them to me accurately. Then I will come to you, and if he is skulking about in the country I will chase him with all the regiments of Judah."
   
RF SA1 23:24 They accordingly arose and went from the audience with Saul to Zif. But David and his men were then in the desert of Maon, in the waste to the south of the desert,
   
RF SA1 23:25 where Saul and his men marched in pursuit. But David received intelligence of it and came down from the hill-fort and rested in the desert of Maon. Saul, however, heard of this and pursued after David to the desert of Maon.
   
RF SA1 23:26 But Saul marched on one side of the hill, and David and his men on the other side of the hill, with David hurrying in his march from the approach of Saul. For Saul and his men wished to surround David and his men and capture them.
   
RF SA1 23:27 Then a messenger rushed to Saul saying, "Make haste and march, for the Philishtim have burst into the country."
   
RF SA1 23:28 Saul therefore ceased the pursuit after David and went to encounter the Philishtim, in consequence of which that place is called the peak of Turn-again.
   
RF SA1 23:29 From there David went and settled in the fort of Engedi. 1
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1 In the Hebrew divisions, v. 29 of Ch. 28 in the A. V. or Vulgate notations, is v. 1 of Ch. 29, which I follow, as all through my work.—F.F.
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