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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 25:1 (B.C. 1055.) Death of Samuel.
At this time Samuel died, and the Parliament of Israel collected, and mourned for him, and buried him at his home in Raamah. Thereupon David arose and went down to the desert of Paran.
   
RF SA1 25:2 (B.C. 1055.) David and his men remove to Karmel, and meet Nabal.
There was a man in Maon whose property lay in Karmel; and the man was very great, for he possessed three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was at this time shearing his sheep in Karmel.
   
RF SA1 25:3 This man's name was Nabal, and his wife was called Abigail; she was a very clever woman, and beautiful in appearance, but her husband was brutish and excessively bad;—like one of his dogs.
   
RF SA1 25:4 David heard in the desert that Nabal was shearing his sheep,
   
RF SA1 25:5 so David sent some of his lads, and David said to the lads, March to Karmel and go to Nabal, and wish him well in my name.
   
RF SA1 25:6 You must also say this, ' Good health to you! How are you? and how are your family? and how is all that you have?
   
RF SA1 25:7 I have heard that you are shearing. Although your shepherds are near us, I have not hurt them, nor has anything been missing from them all the time they have been in Karmel.
   
RF SA1 25:8 Ask your lads, and they will tell you so. So let these youths find favour in your sight, for they come at a good time. Therefore give what comes to your hand to your servants, and to your son David."'
   
RF SA1 25:9 Nabal's stupidity, and his Wife's Skill and Beauty.
David's lads accordingly went, and reported to Nabal all this speech in the name of David; and sat down.
   
RF SA1 25:10 But Nabal answered David's servants, " Who is David? And what is the son of Jesse? Now-a-days plenty of slaves run away from their masters
   
RF SA1 25:11 And why should I take my bread, and my drink, and my roast meat, that I have roasted for my shearers, and give to fellows who come from I don't know where?"
   
RF SA1 25:12 David's Fury at Nabal's Boorishness.
David's lads consequently want their way, and returned to, and came and reported to him all these things.
   
RF SA1 25:13 Consequently David said to his men, " Gird on your swords!" And they all girt their swords. David also girt on his sword, and there went up after David about four hundred men, while two hundred guarded the baggage.
   
RF SA1 25:14 One of the lads from among Nabal's servants, however, informed Abigail his wife, saying, "David has sent messengers from the desert to congratulate our master, and he has abused them.
   
RF SA1 25:15 Now these men have been very good to us, and have not hurt us, nor stolen anything all the time we wandered about near them in the open field.
   
RF SA1 25:16 They were a guard to us by night and by day, all the time we were near them, shepherding the sheep.
   
RF SA1 25:17 And now I know, and see what troubles me,—for there will be plenty of evil for our master and for all his household, because he is such a brute,—one cannot speak to him."
   
RF SA1 25:18 At this Abigail hastened, and took two hundred loaves, and two skins of wine, and five cooked sheep, and five quarters of corn and a hundred packets of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them upon asses,
   
RF SA1 25:19 and said to the lad, Go on before me, I will follow after you." But she did not inform her husband Nabal.
   
RF SA1 25:20 Now she rode on her ass, and went down to the foot of the hills and saw David and his men advancing on her. So she approached them.
   
RF SA1 25:21 And David said, "I never broke the bargain;—I protected all that belonged to this fellow in the desert, and nothing was missing belonging to him, but he has returned me bad for good.
   
RF SA1 25:22 May GOD do this to the enemies of David, and add to this,1 if I leave anything belonging to him at morning light, even an urchin behind the wall! '
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1. V. 22. "And add to this." The Hebrew evidently used some gesture when uttering this oath.—F.F.
   
RF SA1 25:23 Then Abigail was afraid of David; therefore she hastened and dismounted from her ass, and fell down on her face, because of the anger of David, and bowed to him to the earth.
   
RF SA1 25:24 Then she knelt at his feet and said, "Let the fault be to me, my Lord! and let your handmaid speak in your hearing,—and listen to the words of your handmaid.
   
RF SA1 25:25 Let not my Lord lay to his heart about that blackguard, Nabal, for he is like his name,—a fool,—and folly is with him. But I, your handmaid, saw not the lads of my Lord, whom you sent.
   
RF SA1 25:26 So now, my Lord, by the life of the EVER-LIVING, by the life of your soul—oh I that the EVER-LIVING would restrain you from going to bloodshed, and save you from your own hand. But may your enemies be like Nabal, and whoever seeks to injure my Lord
   
RF SA1 25:27 And this present here, which your servant has brought to my Lord,—give it to the lads who march after the footsteps of my Lord.
   
RF SA1 25:28 Overlook therefore the fault of your handmaid, for the EVER-LIVING will make for my Lord a safe home, for you fight the battles of the EVER-LIVING, my Prince, and harm will not meet you all your time.
   
RF SA1 25:29 When a man rises to pursue you to seek your life, then the life of my Lord will be treasured in the treasury of your EVER-LIVING GOD, while the life of your enemies will be slung from the hand of the slinger.
   
RF SA1 25:30 It will be so,—for the EVER-LIVING will effect for my Prince all the good He has promised to you, and will appoint you to be a Leader to Israel.
   
RF SA1 25:31 So let not this be an agitation and disturbance to the heart of my Prince, to cause him to shed needless blood. Let my Prince save himself from himself, and the EVER-LIVING will reward my Prince,—when you will remember your handmaid."
   
RF SA1 25:32 Then David replied to Abigail, " Thank the LORD of Israel Who has sent you today to meet me!
   
RF SA1 25:33 And bless your skill! And bless you who have prevented me today from bloodshed, and saving my hand from myself!
   
RF SA1 25:34 For certainly by the life of the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Israel,—Who restrained me from injuring you, —if you had not been quick and come to meet me. there would not have been left to Nabal an urchin behind his wall this morning."
   
RF SA1 25:35 David then accepted what she had brought to him, and said to her, " Go in peace to your home. You see I have listened to your voice, and gladdened your face."
   
RF SA1 25:36 (B.C. 1055.) Nabal's Death after a Drunken Bout.
Abigail therefore went to Nabal; but he was drinking in his house as at a royal feast, and the heart of Nabal was pleased with himself, and he was very drunk, so she told him nothing, great or small, until morning light.
   
RF SA1 25:37 But in the morning when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife informed him of these events, when his heart died in his breast, and he became like a stone;
   
RF SA1 25:38 and ten days after, the EVER-LIVING struck Nabal, and he died.
   
RF SA1 25:39 David Marries Nabal's widow Abigail.
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he exclaimed,—"Thank the EVER-LIVING Who has avenged my insult on, the head of Nabal, and restrained his servant from wrong, for the EVER-LIVING has returned the insults of Nabal upon his own head." David also sent, and spoke to Abigail to take her as a wife,
   
RF SA1 25:40 so David's officers went to Abigail at Karmel, and said to her, " David has sent us to you to take you to himself as a wife."
   
RF SA1 25:41 Then she arose and bowed her face earthward and said,—"I am your servant to attend to wash the feet of the servants of my Lord."
   
RF SA1 25:42 Then Abigail prepared in haste and mounted her ass, and five of her maids went with her on foot, and marched after the messengers of David. Thus she became his wife.
   
RF SA1 25:43 David also took Akhinoam of Jezraal, and they were both his wives.
   
RF SA1 25:44 Saul, however, gave. Mikal his daughter, the wife of David, to Falti-ben-Laish, who was from Galim.
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