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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 31:1 (B. C. 1054.) The Battle of Gilboa. Defeat and Death of Saul and his Sons.
But the Philishtim fought with Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philishtim, and fell routed on the mountains of Gilboa.
   
RF SA1 31:2 Thus the Philishtim defeated Saul and his sons; and the Philishtim killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melkishua, the sons of Saul.
   
RF SA1 31:3 Then the battle rested upon Saul, but the archers advanced upon him with their bows, and he was grievously wounded by the archers.
   
RF SA1 31:4 Saul consequently said to his squire, " Draw your sword and stab me with it, for fear these foul fellows should come and stab me, and outrage over me!" But his squire refused, for, he was in great terror, so Saul took the sword and fell upon it.
   
RF SA1 31:5 And when his squire saw that Saul was dead, then he also fell upon his sword, and died with him.
   
RF SA1 31:6 Thus Saul died with his three sons, and his squire, and all his guards in one day.
   
RF SA1 31:7 But when the Israelites who were beyond the valley, and beyond the Jordan, saw that the army of Israel was routed, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the villages and fled, and the Philishtim came and occupied them.
   
RF SA1 31:8 When it was morning the Philishtim came to strip the slain, and found Saul and his three sons fallen on the mountains of Gilboa,
   
RF SA1 31:9 so they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent around the country of the Philishtim to proclaim the good news in the temples of their idols, and to the people.
   
RF SA1 31:10 Then they placed his arms in the Temples of Ashtaroth, and hung up his body upon the walls of Bethshan.
   
RF SA1 31:11 But the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilad heard about it, and what the Philishtim had done to Saul.
   
RF SA1 31:12 Consequently all the brave men arose, and marched all night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons from the walls of Bethshan, and brought them to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
   
RF SA1 31:13 They afterward took the bones and buried them under the tamarind tree in Jabesh, and mourned seven days.
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