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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 28:1

It was at this time the Philishtim assembled their forces for war with Israel, and Akish said, "I know that you will go with me to the campaign with your men?"

   
RF SA1 28:2 And David answered, "You know well enough what your servant will do! " And Akish replied to David, " Certainly! Therefore I will appoint you as Captain of my guard all the time!"
   
RF SA1 28:3 (B.C. 1053.) Saul expels the Soothsayers.
When Samuel died, and all Israel had mourned for him, they buried him near Rainah, in his own village, and Saul drove away the Spirit-raisers, and the Soothsayers from the country.
   
RF SA1 28:4 (B.C. 1053.) The Philistines prepare to assail Israel, and Saul is terrified at their fine Army, and seeks a Spirit-rapper to raise a Spirit to advise him. Goes to the witch of Endor.
But the Philishtim collected, and advanced, and encamped at Shunam. —Saul also assembled the forces of Israel, and encamped at Gilboa.
   
RF SA1 28:5 When Saul saw the camp of the Philishtim, he feared and his heart trembled extremely.
   
RF SA1 28:6 Saul consequently enquired of the EVER-LIVING, but the EVER-LIVING did not answer him, neither by dreams, nor by visions, nor by prophets.1
   
RF SA1 28:7 Consequently Saul said to his officers, Seek me a woman who possesses a divining spirit, and I will go and enquire of her." And his officers replied to him, "There is a woman at Endor2 who possesses a spirit."
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1 Reciters or Instructors.—F.F.
2 V. 7. This word in Hebrew has a double meaning In one, it means "The House Well," in another "No result," that is "No good." H. B. and F.F.
   
RF SA1 28:8 Then Saul stripped, and clothed himself in different clothes, and went, he and two officers with him, and came to the woman at night, and said to her, " Will you call to a spirit for me now, and bring to me whoever I tell you?"
   
RF SA1 28:9 But the woman replied to him: "What! when you know what Saul has done?—who has driven the Spirit raisers and the Scientists from the country So why do you seek for my life, to get me killed?"
   
RF SA1 28:10 Then Saul swore to her by the EVER-LIVING, saying, "By the EVER-LIVING LIFE nothing hurtful shall happen to you for the affair."
   
RF SA1 28:11 So the woman asked him, " Whom shall I bring up to you? " And he replied, " Bring up Samuel to me!"
   
RF SA1 28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she shrieked with a loud voice, and said to Saul, " Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!"
   
RF SA1 28:13 But the King answered her, " Fear not for me!—Who?—What have you seen?" And the woman said to Saul, "I saw Divine Messengers ascending out of the earth!"
   
RF SA1 28:14 He then asked her, "What is he like? " She replied, "An old man is now coming up And he is covered with a cloak! ' And Saul recognized that it was Samuel! and fell face forward to the ground, and was terrified.
   
RF SA1 28:15 Then Samuel said to Saul, "For what have you disturbed me to bring me up? " And Saul replied, " I am in great distress! for the Philishtim are at war with me, and GOD has turned from me, and answers me no more, neither by means of Instructors, nor by dreams:—so I called to you to tell me what to do!"
   
RF SA1 28:16 Samuel then asked: "And for what do you enquire of me, when GOD has turned away, and is far from you?
   
RF SA1 28:17 The EVER-LIVING will do to you, as He said through me! For the EVER-LIVING has taken the Commandership from your hand, and will give it to your neighbour,—to David.
   
RF SA1 28:18 Because you did not listen to the voice of the EVER-LIVING, and did not execute His deep wrath upon the Amalekites, therefore the EVER-LIVING has brought this trouble to you today!
   
RF SA1 28:19 The EVER-LIVING also will give Israel, with you, into the hands of the Philishtim. And tomorrow you shall be with me! The EVER-LIVING will also give the camp of Israel into the hand of the Philishtim."
   
RF SA1 28:20 Saul then immediately fell down to the earth, for he could not stand, and was greatly terrified at the words of Samuel; beside there was no strength in him, for he had not eaten food all that day, and all that night.
   
RF SA1 28:21 But the woman came to Saul in great terror and agitation and said to him, "You see your servant has listened to your voice, and I have placed my life in my hand, and have listened to the request you made me,—
   
RF SA1 28:22 therefore listen now yourself to the voice of your servant, and I will put before you a mouthful of food, so eat it, and it will strengthen you that you can go on your way."
   
RF SA1 28:23 But he refused, and said, "I will not eat." His attendants, however, urged him, and the woman also. He therefore listened to their voices, and arose from the ground, and rested upon a couch,
   
RF SA1 28:24 and the woman, having a fat calf in the stable, hastened and killed it, and took flour and kneaded, and baked biscuits,
   
RF SA1 28:25 and approached Saul and his attendants, and they ate, and arose and went away in the night.
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