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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 7:1 (B.C. 1138.) The people of Krith-Jarim take the Custody of the Ark.
The people of Krith-Jarim consequently came, and took the Ark of the EVER-LIVING and brought it to the house of Abinadab, on the hill, and he devoted his son Alazar to take care of the Ark of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 7:2 The Ark of the EVER-LIVING, however, remained in Krith-Jarim for a long period,—twenty years altogether —and the whole House of Israel mourned after the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 7:3 (B.C. 1120.) Samuel exhorts Religious Reform and to a revolt against the Philistines.
Then Samuel spoke to all the House of Israel, saying, "If you turn to the EVER-LIVING with your whole heart, fling out the foreign gods from among you, and fix your heart to the EVER-LIVING, and serve Him alone, and He will redeem you from the hands of the Philishtim."
   
RF SA1 7:4 The Children of Israel consequently expelled the Balim and the Ashteroths, and served the EVER-LIVING alone.
   
RF SA1 7:5 Then Samuel said, "Collect the representatives of Israel to Mitzphah, and pray for yourselves to the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF SA1 7:6 They therefore assembled at Mitzphah, and drew water, and poured it out before the EVER-LIVING, and fasted on the same day, and said, "We have sinned against the EVER-LIVING." After that Samuel judged the Israelites in Mitzphah.
   
RF SA1 7:7 The Philistines advance against Israel.
But the Philishtim heard that the Israelites had assembled in Mitzphah, so the lords of the Philishtim went up to the Children of Israel, and when the Israelites perceived it they were in terror before the Philishtim.
   
RF SA1 7:8 The Children of Israel consequently said to Samuel, "Work for us with a cry to the EVER-LIVING our GOD, that He may save us from the hand of the Philishtim!"
   
RF SA1 7:9 (B.C. 1120.) The Philistines fly in panic in a thunderstorm and are routed.
Samuel, therefore, took a fat young lamb, and offered it as a whole burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING. Samuel also cried to the EVER-LIVING on account of Israel, and the EVER-LIVING answered;
   
RF SA1 7:10 for while Samuel was offering the burnt-offering, and while the Philistim advanced to battle with Israel, the EVER-LIVING thundered with a loud roar on that day over the Philistim, and defeated them, and routed them before Israel.
   
RF SA1 7:11 Then the leaders of Israel advanced from Mitzphah in pursuit of the Philishtim, and defeated them at Mithakhath, and at Beth-kar.
   
RF SA1 7:12 Therefore Israel took a Stone Pillar, and fixed it between Mitzphah and Hashen, and named it "Aben-azer,"1 saying, "So far the EVER-LIVING has relieved us."
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1. Stone-of-relief.—F.F.
   
RF SA1 7:13 Thus the Philishtim were beaten, and did not repeat their advance to the borders of Israel, for the hand of the EVER-LIVING was against the Philishtim during the period of Samuel,
   
RF SA1 7:14 and he recovered to Israel the towns that the Philishtim had taken from Israel, except Akron, and Gath. He also delivered the borders of Israel from the power of the Philishtim, and made peace between Israel and the Amorites.
   
RF SA1 7:15 (B.C. 1119.) Samuel elected as president and High Priest.
Samuel consequently judged in Israel during the whole time of his life.
   
RF SA1 7:16 And he travelled continually year by year in circuit through Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mitzphah, and administered justice in all those districts;
   
RF SA1 7:17 then returned to Ramath, for his home was there, and there he administered justice to Israel, and there he built an altar to the EVER-LIVING.
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