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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 4:1

And the word of Samuel penetrated all Israel.
(B.C. 1140.) Israel rises under him as Teacher to Fight the Philistines.
Afterwards Israel went to meet the Philistines in war, and encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped in Afak.

   
RF SA1 4:2 Then the Philistines disposed themselves to meet Israel, and opened out to the battle, and Israel was routed before the Philistines, and they slew in the open field about four thousand men.
   
RF SA1 4:3 So when the army returned to the Camp, the Judges of Israel asked, "Why has the EVER-LIVING routed us before the Philistines today? Let us take the Ark of the EVER-LIVING with us from Shiloh and go to oppose them, and it will save us from the clutch of our enemies."
   
RF SA1 4:4 (B.C. 1140.) The Army Defeated and sends for the Ark to the Camp.
The army therefore sent to Shiloh, and brought the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD of HOSTS, Who rests between Kerubim, from there. But the two sons of Eli, Khofni and Finehas, went with the Ark of the Covenant of GOD;
   
RF SA1 4:5 and when the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING came to the Camp, and the Children of Israel saw it, they shouted aloud so that the earth shook;
   
RF SA1 4:6 and the Philistines heard the sound of the shouting, and asked, "What is the noise of this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews?"1 and they were informed that the Ark of the EVER-LIVING had come to the camp.
   
RF SA1 4:7 The Philistines fear its Arrival, but Fight and Capture it.
Then the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "GOD has come to their camp," and exclaimed, "Woe to us!
   
RF SA1 4:8 Who can deliver us from the hand of this splendid GOD of theirs? The GOD who defeated the Mitzerites with such a total defeat in the desert?
   
RF SA1 4:9 Let us harden ourselves, and be men, Philistines, for fear they should enslave you as you enslaved them. So be men and warriors!"
   
RF SA1 4:10 Israel again Defeated. Eli's Tragic Death.
The Philistines consequently fought and routed the Israelites, and each man fled to his home, for the defeat was very great. There fell also thirty thousand regular troops of Israel,
   
RF SA1 4:11 and the Ark of GOD was captured, and the two sons of Eli—Khofni and Finehas—were killed.
   
RF SA1 4:12 But a man of Benjamin fled from the battle and came to Shiloh on the same day, with his clothes torn and earth on his head,
   
RF SA1 4:13 and when he arrived Eli was sitting on his chair beside the road to Mitzphah, for his heart was was troubled about the Ark of GOD, and the man came to report to the town, and he called to all the village.
   
RF SA1 4:14 When Eli heard the sound of wailing he asked, "What means this noise in the crowd?" So the man hastened and came and told it to Eli.
   
RF SA1 4:15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were fixed, so that he was not able to see.
   
RF SA1 4:16 So the man said, "I have come from the battlefield. I have fled from the battlefield today." Then He asked, "What was the result, my son?"
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1. V. 6. "Eberim." if translated, means "Colonists"; a fit term to be used by the Philistines of the Israelites, who were really Colonists in Palestine.—F.F.
   
RF SA1 4:17 When the reporter answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines; and there is a great panic on the army; and your two sons are killed,—Khofni and Finehas;—and the Ark of GOD has been captured"
   
RF SA1 4:18 GOD But when the Ark of was mentioned, he fell off the chair backwards towards the side of the gate, and broke his neck, for he was an old man and heavy. He had ruled in Israel forty years.
   
RF SA1 4:19 (B.C. 1140.) Tragic Death of Finehas's Wife
The wife of Finehas was near being delivered of a child when she heard the report of the capture of the Ark of GOD, and of the death of her father-in-law and husband, and she fell down and brought forth, for her grief overwhelmed her.
   
RF SA1 4:20 But at the moment of her death the attendants who stood by her said, "Never mind, for you have borne a son!" She answered not,—for her heart moved not.
   
RF SA1 4:21 They consequently called the lad "Ai-kabod," meaning that the glory has gone from Israel by the capture of the Ark of GOD, and the death of her father-in-law and her husband.
   
RF SA1 4:22 Therefore they wailed;
"Gone is the glory of Israel.
For the Ark of GOD has been captured!"
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