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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 3:1 (B.C. 1140.) Samuel Divinely called to warn Eli of his Son's Sins.
Meanwhile the young man Samuel served the EVER-LIVING before Eli. But a word from the EVER-LIVING came seldom in those days. There was no frequent vision at that time he was not able to see,—
   
RF SA1 3:2 And when Eli was in bed in his residence, and his eyes were becoming heavy—
   
RF SA1 3:3 and the Lamp of GOD was becoming dim,—and Samuel was in bed in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, where the Ark of GOD was,
   
RF SA1 3:4 then the EVER-LIVING called to Samuel, and he replied, "I am here"
   
RF SA1 3:5 and ran to Eli, and said, "I am here, for you called me." But he answered, "I did not call you! Return to bed." So he went and laid down.
   
RF SA1 3:6 Then the EVER-LIVING called again, "Samuel!" and Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "I am here, for you called me 1 "But he replied, "I did not call, my son! Return to bed."
   
RF SA1 3:7 Samuel, however, was beginning to recognize the EVER-LIVING, and the word of the EVER-LIVING was beginning to be revealed to him,
   
RF SA1 3:8 so the EVER-LIVING again called "Samuel, Samuel!" for the third time, and he arose and went to Eli and said, "I am here, for you did call me." Then Eli perceived that the EVER-LIVING had called to the young man.
   
RF SA1 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go; lie down, and if HE calls to you then, say ' Speak, JEHOVAH, for Your servant listens.'" So he lay down in his chamber.
   
RF SA1 3:10 Then the EVER-LIVING confirmed it and called as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" at which Samuel replied, "Speak, JEHOVAH, for Your servant listens."
   
RF SA1 3:11 Then the EVER-LIVING said to-Samuel, "I will now do a thing in Israel at which both the ears of all hearing it shall tingle!
   
RF SA1 3:12 On that day I will heap upon Eli all that I have said concerning his House,—the strong and the weak,—for I will display Myself to him,
   
RF SA1 3:13 as I Myself will punish his family for ever, on account of the outrages of his sons, whom he did not restrain.
   
RF SA1 3:14 And therefore I have sworn to the House of Eli, that the sin of the House of Eli shall not be expiated by sacrifice or gift for ever!"
   
RF SA1 3:15 But Samuel lay still until dawn, when he opened the doors of the House Of the EVER-LIVING, for Samuel feared to report the vision to Eli.
   
RF SA1 3:16 But Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son!" and he replied "I am here!"
   
RF SA1 3:17 Then He asked, "What was the thing that was told to you? Hide it not from me. Tell me every word which was told to yourself."
   
RF SA1 3:18 Samuel consequently reported to him the whole communication and hid nothing from him, to which he replied, "It was the EVER-LIVING! Let Him do what is good in His sight."
   
RF SA1 3:19 (B.C. 1141.) Samuel Recognized as Teacher and Leader in Israel.
Thus Samuel became great, and the EVER-LIVING was with him, and none of his words fell to the ground;
   
RF SA1 3:20 and all Israel recognized from Dan to Bersheba that Samuel was a true teacher from the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 3:21 The EVER-LIVING also continued to appear in Shiloh, for THE LIFE revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the EVER-LIVING,
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