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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 27:1 (B.C. 1054.) David again goes to Philistia, and becomes a Favorite with King Akish.
David, however, said in his heart, " I shall fall some day into the hand of Saul. Would it not be well for me to take refuge in the country of the Philishtim? when Saul will give up hunting after me again in any of the districts of Israel, and I shall protect myself from his hand."
   
RF SA1 27:2 David consequently passed over, he and the six hundred men with him, to Akish-ben-Mauk, king of Gath,
   
RF SA1 27:3 where David and his men settled in Gath with Akish, each with his family, and David with his two wives, Akhinoam the Jezraalitess, and Abigail, the widow of Nabal, the Karmelitess.
   
RF SA1 27:4 And it was reported to Saul that David had fled to Gath, so Saul did not again hunt for him.
   
RF SA1 27:5 David afterwards said to Akish, " If, now, I have found favour in your sight, give me a residence in one of your country villages, and I will stay there,—for why should your servant live in the Royal City with you?"
   
RF SA1 27:6 (B.C. 1053.) David made Governor of Ziklag by Akish.
Akish consequently assigned to him at once Ziklag; (therefore Ziklag belongs to the kings of Judah to this day;)
   
RF SA1 27:7 and the length of time that David stayed in the country of the Philishtim was a year and four months.
   
RF SA1 27:8 But David and his men went and plundered the Ghishurites, and the Gherzites, and the Amalekites, who were in the country which lies towards the Wall of the land of Mitzer.
   
RF SA1 27:9 So David conquered the country, leaving neither men nor women alive, but taking the sheep, and cattle, and asses and camels, and clothing. Then returned and came to Akish.
   
RF SA1 27:10 And Akish asked, "Where have you been plundering this time? " David answered, "Towards the south of Judah, and towards the south of the Irakhmalites, and to the south of the Kenites."
   
RF SA1 27:11 For David did not let a man or a woman go with him to Gath, remarking " for fear they should tell of us, and say, David has done this! " He, however, plundered in this way all the time he stayed in the country of the Philishtim.
   
RF SA1 27:12 And Akish believed David, reflecting, " He will make himself stink with his nation the Israelites, and then he will be my subject for ever."
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