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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 26:1

Saul again chases David.
The Zifites then went to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Do you know that David is in hiding in the hills of Khikalah opposite Jeshimon?"

   
RF SA1 26:2 Saul consequently arose and went down to the desert of Zif with three thousand men, the choicest of Israel, to hunt after David in the desert of Zif,
   
RF SA1 26:3 and Saul encamped in the hills of Khikalah opposite Jeshimon, by the road side. But David occupied the desert, and saw when Saul came after him towards the desert.
   
RF SA1 26:4 David also sent spies and learnt that Saul came resolutely.
   
RF SA1 26:5 David therefore arose, and came to the place where Saul was encamped, and David saw the place where Saul and Abner-ben-Ner, the commander of Saul's army, slept. But Saul slept within a barricade of waggons, with his forces around them.
   
RF SA1 26:6 So David addressed Ahimelech the Hitite, and Abishai-ben-Zeruiah, brother of Joab, and said, "Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?" And Abishai replied, " I will go down with you!"
   
RF SA1 26:7 Therefore David and Abishai went to the army at night and saw Saul laid asleep within the barricade of waggons, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head, and Abner and the forces sleeping around them.
   
RF SA1 26:8 Ahishai advises to murder Saul in his sleep.
Then Abishai said, "GOD has today delivered your enemy into your hand, so now I will pin him at a stroke with a spear to the earth and not waken him."
   
RF SA1 26:9 But David answered his officer:—" You shall not destroy him. For who can raise his hand against the consecrated to the EVER-LIVING, and be blameless?"
   
RF SA1 26:10 Then David added, " By the life of the EVER-LIVING! If the LORD struck him;—or his day came and he died; or he went down to battle, and was killed!
   
RF SA1 26:11 But it would bring trouble on me from the EVER-LIVING, if I raised my hand against the LORD'S consecrated!—However, take the spear that is by his head, and the jug of water, and let us be gone."
   
RF SA1 26:12 So David took the spear and the jug of water from beside the head of Saul, and went away with them; and none saw, and none knew, and none awoke, for they all slept. A deep sleep had fallen on them from the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 26:13 David then passed over the ford, and stood on the top of a hill at a distance with a great space between them,
   
RF SA1 26:14 from where David called to the forces, and to Abner-ben-Ner, asking, " Are you there, Abner?" When Abner rejoined and said, "Who are you, calling to the Commander?"
   
RF SA1 26:15 So David replied to Abner, " Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? So why have you not guarded your master, the Commander? For a person has been to destroy the Commander—your Lord!
   
RF SA1 26:16 By the life of the EVER-LIVING, it is not a good thing that you have done, for you are liable to death for not guarding your master, who is consecrated to the EVER-LIVING! So now, look for your Commander's spear and water jug, which were by his head!"
   
RF SA1 26:17 But Saul recognized the voice of David, and asked, "Is that your voice, son David?" And David replied, " It is my voice, my Lord, Commander."
   
RF SA1 26:18 And then he continued, " Why does my Lord hunt so after his servant? For what have I done? And what wrong is there in my hand?
   
RF SA1 26:19 Let my Lord the King listen therefore to what your servant says. If the EVER-LIVING has excited you, let me be a sweet perfumed offering;—but if any of mankind,—curse them before the EVER-LIVING for driving me out from the inheritance of the EVER-LIVING to herd with vagabonds, saying, Go! serve other Gods! '
   
RF SA1 26:20 But now let not my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of the EVER-LIVING. For what has the Commander of Israel come out to hunt? A single flea? as they hunt a partridge on the mountains?"
   
RF SA1 26:21 Then Saul answered, "I have done wrong! Come back, my son David; for I will never injure you! since my life has been respected in your sight today. I have acted like a fool, and ten thousand times mad."
   
RF SA1 26:22 David replied and said, "Here is the Commander's spear;—let one of the lads come over and take it,
   
RF SA1 26:23 for the EVER-LIVING rewards a man for his honesty and fidelity. Now as the EVER-LIVING gave you today to my power, and I refrained from lifting my hand against the consecrated to the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF SA1 26:24 therefore as your life was respected today in my eyes,—thus let my life be respected in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, for He will deliver me from every trouble."
   
RF SA1 26:25 Then Saul said to David, " Son David! you are noble! What you wish, you will accomplish by the self-command you have exercised! " David then went his way, and Saul returned to his residence.
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