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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 8:1 (B.C. 1100.) Samuel makes his sons judges, but they are corrupt and wicked.
But when Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges in Israel.
   
RF SA1 8:2 And the name of his eldest son was Joal, and the name of the second Abiah: they were judges in Bar-sheba.
   
RF SA1 8:3 His sons, however, did not follow his ways, but extorted taxes, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
   
RF SA1 8:4 (B.C. 1096.) The parliament demands a general to lead them in war.
Consequently all the judges of Israel assembled, and came to Ramath,
   
RF SA1 8:5 and said to him:—"You are old now, and your sons do not walk in your ways, therefore appoint a leader to organize us like all the nations."
   
RF SA1 8:6 (B.C. 1096.) God commands Samuel to appoint a General.
But the proposal was displeasing in the eyes of Samuel, because they said, "Give us a leader to organize us." So Samuel prayed to the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF SA1 8:7 and the EVER-LIVING replied to Samuel; "Listen to the voice of the People, as to all they ask from you, for they have not rejected you, but have rejected Me their leader.
   
RF SA1 8:8 It is like all the doings they have done from the day I brought them up from Mitzeraim to this day! For they rejected Me and served other gods; so they do also to you.
   
RF SA1 8:9 Listen therefore, now, to their voice. You shall also confer solemnly with them, and explain to them the Constitution for the leader who is to govern over them."
   
RF SA1 8:10 (B.C. 1096.) Samuel foretells oppression from a Military leader.
Samuel consequently reported all the commands of the EVER-LIVING the people who demanded a leader from him,
   
RF SA1 8:11 and said, "This will be the constitution by which he will rule over you. He will take your sons for his chariots and horsemen, and to run before his carriage.
   
RF SA1 8:12 He will appoint colonels of regiments for himself and captains of companies; also as mechanics in his workshops; as reapers of his harvest; and to make weapons for his soldiers, and appliances for his chariots.
   
RF SA1 8:13 He will also take your daughters for confectioners, and cooks and bakers,
   
RF SA1 8:14 and he will take the best of your farms, and vineyards, and oliveyards, and give them to his ministers.
   
RF SA1 8:15 And he will tithe your corn and wine, and give it to his officers and ministers.
   
RF SA1 8:16 And your men servants and maids, and your best cattle, and asses, he will take and use them for his messengers.
   
RF SA1 8:17 He will take your sheep, and make you his servants.
   
RF SA1 8:18 And then you will shriek at the sight of your leader whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the EVER-LIVING will not answer you at that day!"
   
RF SA1 8:19 The People, however persist in their Demand.
The People, however, refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and replied, "No! He will only be a leader over us!
   
RF SA1 8:20 And we shall then be like the other nations; and our Leader can organize us; and can lead us out, and fight our battles."
   
RF SA1 8:21 So Samuel listened to all the utterances of the People and reported them in the ears of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 8:22 And the EVER-LIVING replied, "Listen to their voice, and select a leader for them." Samuel, however, said to the judges of Israel, "Go each to his own village."
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