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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 24:1 (B.C. 1056.) David could have slain Saul, but spares him.
Again when Saul returned from after the Philishtim, he was informed that David was in the desert of Engedi.
   
RF SA1 24:2 So Saul took three thousand men, the choice of all Israel, and marched to seek David and his men in the high peaks of Jalim.
   
RF SA1 24:3 When he came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there is a cave, Saul went in to rest his feet. But David and his men were in the backward reaches of the caves.
   
RF SA1 24:4 Then David's men said to him, "Now is the time that the EVER-LIVING said to you, will put your enemy into your power, and you can do to him whatever is good in your eyes! ' " So David arose and took away the embroidered quilt with which Saul was covered.
   
RF SA1 24:5 But afterwards David's heart reproved him for taking away the quilt which was on Saul,
   
RF SA1 24:6 and he said to his men, " Trouble will come to me from the EVER-LIVING if I do such a thing to my Prince,—to the LORD'S anointed, as to lay my hand upon him. For he has been consecrated to the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF SA1 24:7 David consequently restrained his men from action, and would not allow them to attack Saul. So Saul left the cave and proceeded on his way.
   
RF SA1 24:8 Then David got up and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, and said, "My Lord, Commander! " When Saul looked behind him, David bent his face earthward and bowed to him.
   
RF SA1 24:9 David then said to Saul:—"Why do you listen to the tales of the man who says, 'David seeks to do you injury'?
   
RF SA1 24:10 Look! This very day your eyes can see that the EVER-LIVING gave you into my power in the cave, and they wished to murder you. But I pitied you, and said: I will not lift my hand against my Prince, for he has been consecrated to the EVER-LIVING.'
   
RF SA1 24:11 And now, father, see, look, here is the embroidered quilt that covered you in my hand! I took the quilt away from you, but did not murder you! Know and be convinced therefore that there is no wrong in my hand, or rebellion, or sin against you; yet you hunt for my life to take it.
   
RF SA1 24:12 Let the EVER-LIVING decide between me and you, when the EVER-LIVING will acquit me, rather than you; for my hand has not been against you.
   
RF SA1 24:13 As the verse of the Kadmonite says,—
'From the wicked, wickedness springs,
But my hand shall not be against you.'
   
RF SA1 24:14 After what does the Commander of Israel come out? After what do you chase? After a dead dog! After a single flea!
   
RF SA1 24:15 But let the EVER-LIVING be judge and decide between me and you, and examine my cause, and acquit me from you."
   
RF SA1 24:16 And when David had finished uttering this address to Saul, Saul asked, "Is that your voice, my son David? " Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept,
   
RF SA1 24:17 and said to David "You are more righteous than I; for you have repaid me with benefit, but I have repaid you with violence!
   
RF SA1 24:18 And, further, you have shown it today by having acted kindly to me, for when the EVER-LIVING had delivered me to your power, you did not kill me!
   
RF SA1 24:19 For when did a man find his enemy and helped him kindly on his way? The EVER-LIVING, however, will repay you generously in return for what you have done to me.
   
RF SA1 24:20 And indeed I know that you will lead, and that the Leadership of Israel will be fixed in your hand;
   
RF SA1 24:21 therefore swear to me by the EVER-LIVING not to destroy my descendants after me, nor to blot out my name from my father's house."
   
RF SA1 24:22 So David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, and David and his men went up to the fort.
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