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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 29:1 (B.C. 1054.) David Volunteers to fight for the Philistines.
The Philishtim had now assembled all their forces at Afak, and Israel had encamped at the Well which is in Jezrael.
   
RF SA1 29:2 And the forces of the Philishtim advanced by battalions and regiments, but David and his men were with Akish in the rear.
   
RF SA1 29:3 The Generals of the Philishtim, however, asked, "Who are these Hebrews? " And Akish answered the Generals of the Philishtim, " Is not this David, the officer of Saul, King of Israel, who has been with me for this year or two, and I have not found in him any fault from the day he deserted until now."
   
RF SA1 29:4 The Generals of the Philishtim, however, collected about him, and the Generals of the Philishtim said to him, " Send the man away, and let him go to his residence, where let him be retained, for he shall not advance with us to the campaign, lest he betray us in the campaign. For how could he reconcile himself to his Prince? Would it not be by the heads of our men?
   
RF SA1 29:5 Is not this David about whom they chorused with dances saying,—
'Saul has slain his thousands
And David his ten thousands'?"
   
RF SA1 29:6 Akish consequently summoned David, and said to him, " By the EVER-LIVING LIFE, in my opinion you have been right and good in your intercourse with me in the camp! Nor have I found anything wrong about you from the day you came up to me until this time; but the opinion of the nobles is not good about you.
   
RF SA1 29:7 Therefore return, and go away quietly, and create no offence in the sight of the Philishtim lords."
   
RF SA1 29:8 David, however, asked Akish, " Why? What have I done? What have you found in your servant, from the day I came to you until this day, that I may not go and fight the enemies of my Lord the King?"
   
RF SA1 29:9 But Akish answered and said to David, " I acknowledge you are as good in my opinion as a messenger of GOD. The generals of the Philishtim, however, say He shall not advance with us to the campaign.'
   
RF SA1 29:10 So now rest till the morning with the servants of your Prince who came with you, but arise at dawn of light with them and depart."
   
RF SA1 29:11 Consequently David and his men rested until they marched at dawn to return to the country of the Philishtim. Then the Philishtim advanced to Jezrael.
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