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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 30:1 (B.C. 1054.) David Returns to Ziklag, and finds it had been captured by the Amalekites. He pursues them.
But when David and his men arrived at Ziklag on the third day, they found that the Amalekites had devastated the south, up to Ziklag, and attacked Ziklag, and burnt it with fire,
   
RF SA1 30:2 and captured the women who were in it, from the least to the greatest. They did not kill a single person, but carried them off and departed.
   
RF SA1 30:3 So when David and his men came to the town they saw it burnt by fire, and their wives, children and daughters carried off.
   
RF SA1 30:4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until there was no more strength in them to weep.
   
RF SA1 30:5 The two wives of David also were captured, Akhinoam the Jezraalitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal, the Karmelite,
   
RF SA1 30:6 and it troubled David greatly, for the people threatened to stone him, for the soul of all the forces was bitter because of their sons and daughters, but David relied upon his EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF SA1 30:7 David consequently said to Abiathar the Priest, son of Akhimalek, " Bring me the ephod." And Abiathar brought the ephod to David,
   
RF SA1 30:8 and David enquired of the EVER-LIVING asking, " Shall I pursue this troop? And can I overtake them? " When He replied to him, "Follow; for you shall overtake, and deliver."
   
RF SA1 30:9 Therefore David and the six hundred men with him marched, and came to the canal at the Wall, where part halted.
   
RF SA1 30:10 But David and four hundred men continued the pursuit, whilst two hundred men, who were exhausted, halted at the passage of the canal of the Wall.
   
RF SA1 30:11 And they found a man, an Egyptian, in the field, and took him to David. They gave him food, and he ate, and they quenched him with water.
   
RF SA1 30:12 They also gave him a slice of fig cake, and two bunches of raisins, and he ate, and his energy returned to him, for he had not eaten food nor drank water for three days and three nights.
   
RF SA1 30:13 David then asked him, " Who are you? or from where? " And he answered, "I am a young Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite, and my master abandoned me three days ago, because I broke down.
   
RF SA1 30:14 We had devastated the pastures of the Khithites as high up as Judah, and the pastures of Kaleb, and we burnt Ziklag with fire."
   
RF SA1 30:15 David next asked him, " Will you guide me to this gang?" And he replied, "Swear to me by GOD that you will not kill me, and not give me up to the hand of my master, and I will lead you to that gang."
   
RF SA1 30:16 So he led them. And they were scattered all over the ground eating and drinking, and feasting upon the great booty they had taken from the country of the Philishtim, and from the land of Judah.
   
RF SA1 30:17 David therefore assailed them with spirit from the evening to the next day, and none of them escaped except four hundred young men who mounted on camels and fled.
   
RF SA1 30:18 Then David rescued all the Amalekites had taken, and David also rescued his two wives,
   
RF SA1 30:19 and they lost no one, small or great, of their sons or daughters. And the plunder, and all that they had taken with them David got back.
   
RF SA1 30:20 But David took all the sheep and cattle they drove out from that camp to himself, and said " This is David's booty."
   
RF SA1 30:21 But when David approached the two hundred men, who had been exhausted by the march after David, and who stayed by the canal of the Wall, they came out to meet David and the force with him, and David came to them and wished them health.
   
RF SA1 30:22 (B.C. 1054.) David Fixes the law of war prizes.
But all the vile and blackguardly fellows among those who marched with David objected and said: "Because they did not go with us, none of the booty that we have captured shall be given to them, except to each one his wife and children. Let them take them and be off"
   
RF SA1 30:23 David, however, said, "You shall not do so, brothers, since the EVER-LIVING has given it to us, and has guarded us, and delivered the gang who fell upon us into our power.
   
RF SA1 30:24 And who will listen to this talk of yours? As for the share of the man who goes into battle, and the share of him who stays with the baggage, both shall be equal.''
   
RF SA1 30:25 So from that day forwards it was fixed as an institution and decree for Israel until this time.
   
RF SA1 30:26 When David arrived at Ziklag he sent part of the booty to, the princes of Judah his neighbors, saying, Here is a present to you from the plunder of the enemies of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF SA1 30:27 To those also in Bethel and those in Ramah-Negeb, as to those in Jathir,
   
RF SA1 30:28 and those in Ashema,
   
RF SA1 30:29 and those in Rakal, and those in the villages of the Irakhmali, and to those in the villages of the Kenites,
   
RF SA1 30:30 and those in Kharmah, and those in Korashon, and to those in Athak,
   
RF SA1 30:31 and to those in Khebron, and to all the places where David had been with his men.
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