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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 5:1 (B.C. 1140.) The Philistines bring the Ark to the temple of Dagon, Whose Idol is cast down.
When the Philistines had captured the Ark of GOD, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod,
   
RF SA1 5:2 and then the Philistines took it to the Temple of Dagon, and set it beside Dagon;
   
RF SA1 5:3 but when the Ashdodites arose on the morrow they saw Dagon had fallen on his face to the earth before the Ark,
   
RF SA1 5:4 and the head of Dagon, and the two palms of his hands cut off at the wrists, were on the threshold. Only a stump of Dagon was left to himself,
   
RF SA1 5:5 consequently the priest of Dagon, and all who enter the Temple of Dagon, step over the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
   
RF SA1 5:6 Affliction follows the captured Ark.
Then the hand of the EVER-LIVING was heavy upon the Ashdodites, and He desolated them, and afflicted them with tumours in their extremities.
   
RF SA1 5:7 The people of Ashdod consequently were terrified and said, "The Ark of the GOD of Israel shall not remain with us, for His hand is hard upon us, and upon Dagon our god."
   
RF SA1 5:8 They therefore sent and assembled all the lords of the Philistines, and asked, "What shall we do with the Ark of the God of Israel?" They replied "Gath shall hold the Ark of the GOD of Israel, and have the custody of the Ark of the God of Israel."
   
RF SA1 5:9 The Ark taken to Gath.
But after they received it, the hand of the EVER-LIVING brought very great confusion, and afflicted the inhabitants of that city from the least to the greatest, and they broke out in tumours.
   
RF SA1 5:10 The Ark taken to Akron.
Then they sent the Ark of GOD to Akron. But when the Ark of God arrived at Akron, the Akronites cried out, exclaiming, "Why do you send the Ark of the GOD of Israel to us, to kill us and our people?"
   
RF SA1 5:11 So they sent and assembled all the lords of the Philistines, and said, "Send away the Ark of the God of Israel, and return it to its place, and do not kill us and our people; for there has been deadly suffering in all the city;—the hand of that GOD has been very heavy here.
   
RF SA1 5:12 Even the people who are not killed are afflicted with tumours, and the shrieks of the city have ascended to the Heavens!"
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