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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 9:1 (B.C. 1095.) History of Saul and his father's lost asses.
Now there was a man of the tribe of Benjamin named Kish, ben Abial, ben Tzeror, ben Bikorath, ben Afrakh, ben Arih, a Benjaminite of great power,
   
RF SA1 9:2 who had a son named Saul, big and handsome, and there was not a man in the nation of Israel handsomer than he was; taller than any man by the shoulders and upwards.
   
RF SA1 9:3 And Kish, Saul's father, had lost some asses, so Kish said to Saul his son, "Take with you one of the servants, and arise, go, and seek those asses."
   
RF SA1 9:4 He therefore went over Mount Ephraim, and searched in the country of Shilshah and did not find them. Then he examined the district of Shalim and they were not there; so he passed to the district of Jamen, and found them not.
   
RF SA1 9:5 Thence they went to the country of Tzuf, when Saul said to his attendant, "Where will this journey take us to? Let us return, or my father will leave grieving for the asses, and fret about us."
   
RF SA1 9:6 But he replied to him, "There is a Man of GOD in this town, and a man to be respected;—all he says happens. Let us go to him now. Perhaps he may tell us the way we should follow."
   
RF SA1 9:7 Saul, however, answered to his lad, "Well! if we should go, how could we make the man to instruct? for our stock of bread is exhausted! So we have no present to bring to the Man of GOD —What have we?"
   
RF SA1 9:8 The youth continued in answer to Saul, "Look! I have found in my pocket a quarter shekel of silver. We will give that to the Man of God, and he will inform us about our journey."
   
RF SA1 9:9 (Formerly in Israel a man said when going to inquire of GOD, "Let us go to the Seer—for the Instructor of today was formerly called a Seer.)
   
RF SA1 9:10 Then Saul replied to the youth, "You have spoken well! Let us go!"
   
RF SA1 9:11 They went accordingly to the top of the town, and met girls coming out to draw water, and asked them, "Is there a Seer in this place?"
   
RF SA1 9:12 And they answered them and said,—"He is now before you on the hill, for he has today come to the town, for he sacrifices for the people on the height;
   
RF SA1 9:13 so if you go into the village you will meet him before he goes to the height to eat. The People will not eat before he comes, for he will bless the sacrifice. After that they will eat the Festival. So now go,—for this is the day to meet him."
   
RF SA1 9:14 They therefore went up the village until they came to the centre of the town; and then Samuel came to meet them, at the ascent of the height,
   
RF SA1 9:15 for the EVER-LIVING had opened the understanding of Samuel that very day, before the coming of Saul, saying,
   
RF SA1 9:16 "At this time tomorrow I shall send to you from the district of Benjamin the man whom you must consecrate as the Leader of My People Israel. He will deliver My People from the power of the Philishtim, and he shall shepherd My People, for its cries have come to Me."
   
RF SA1 9:17 When Samuel saw Saul, the EVER-LIVING said to him, "That is the man of whom I spoke to you. He will organize My People."
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1. "Instructor," in Hebrew, NEBIA, is literally a "Reciter to the Lute,"—that is, an Instructor or Teacher, not a foreseer of events. The latter is an entirely modern meaning, only ascribed to the word Prophet or Prophecy in the eighteenth century. In the seventeenth it meant Preacher.—F.F.
2. "Raah."—F.F.
   
RF SA1 9:18 Samuel And Saul Converse.
Then Saul approached Samuel in the midst of the square, and said, "Can you inform me the way to the house of the Seer?"
   
RF SA1 9:19 And Samuel answered Saul and said, "I am the Seer! Go before me to the Height, and dine with me today, and I will send you off in the morning.—I will inform you about all that is upon your mind.
   
RF SA1 9:20 And as for your lost asses which you have hunted for three days, rest your mind about them, for they have been found,—But now upon whom is the thought of all Israel? Is it not on you, and on all your father's house?"
   
RF SA1 9:21 Saul, however, answered and said, "Am I not a Benjaminite,—of the smallest tribe in Israel? and of a clan less distinguished than any of the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? So why do you speak to me of such an honour?"
   
RF SA1 9:22 (B.C. 1095.) Samuel places Saul at the head of the table and Guests.
Samuel then took Saul and his attendant and brought them to the dining room, and put them at the head of the guests, of whom there were about thirty.
   
RF SA1 9:23 Then Samuel said to the attendant, "Serve up the dish which I entrusted to you. The one I told you to reserve by you."
   
RF SA1 9:24 So the attendant took the leg and lifted up and placed it before Saul. Then he said, "This is the portion that was to be placed before you,—eat, for it has been specially reserved for you. And I told the people I had invited." So Saul dined with Samuel that day.
   
RF SA1 9:25 And when they descended from the height of the village, he talked with Saul on the verandah.
   
RF SA1 9:26 Then they returned to sleep, but when the darkness had gone Samuel invited Saul to go up to the top of the verandah, saying, "Rise up and I will take leave of you."
   
RF SA1 9:27 (B.C. 1095.) Samuel consecrates Saul as General in Israel.
So Saul arose, and both went out, —he and Samuel, into the street. When they had descended to the outskirts of the village, Samuel said to Saul, "Order the lad to go on before us." (So he went forward.) "But you stand awhile, and listen to the command of GOD."
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