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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 SA2 6:1 (B.C. 1042.) David Brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and imprisons his wife Mikal.
David afterwards assembled all the gentry of Israel, thirty thousand.
   
RF SA2 6:2 Then David arose, and marched with all his army from Bali of Judah to bring up from there the Ark of GOD, where the name of the EVER-LIVING POWER, who rests above the Kerubim, is called upon.
   
RF SA2 6:3 And they placed the Ark of GOD upon a waggon, and carried it from the house of Abinadab which was on the Hill. And Uza and Akhio, sons of Abinadab, the priests, were with the new waggon,
   
RF SA2 6:4 and brought it from the house of Abinadab on the Hill, bearing the Ark of the EVER-LIVING GOD. But Akhio walked before the Ark,
   
RF SA2 6:5 with David and all the House of Israel rejoicing before the EVER-LIVING, with boughs of trees, and harps and lutes, and trumpets, and timbrels and cymbals.
   
RF SA2 6:6 When they came to the paved square, and Uzah was driving the Ark of GOD, he seized hold of it, for the bullocks stumbled.
   
RF SA2 6:7 But the EVER-LIVING was angry with Uzah, and GOD struck him there from the seat, and he died on the spot beside the Ark of GOD.
   
RF SA2 6:8 Then David was terrified because the EVER-LIVING had suddenly crushed Uzah. (And that place is called "Uzah's crush" to this day.2)
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2. v8. "Uzah's crush " is an ancient editor's' note.—F.F.
   
RF SA2 6:9 And David was afraid of the EVER-LIVING at the time, and said, "The Ark of the EVER-LIVING shall not come to me!"
   
RF SA2 6:10 So David would not take with him the Ark of the EVER-LIVING to the City of David, but placed it in the house of Abd-Edom the gardener,
   
RF SA2 6:11 and the Ark of the EVER-LIVING remained in the house of Abd-Edom the gardener three months. Then the EVER-LIVING blessed Abd-Edom and all his family.
   
RF SA2 6:12 And it was reported to King David that "The EVER-LIVING had blessed the house of Abd-Edom, and all that belonged to him for receiving the Ark of GOD." So David went and brought up the Ark of GOD from the house of Abd-Edom, with rejoicing, to the City of David.
   
RF SA2 6:13 But when the bearers of the Ark of the EVER-LIVING had advanced six steps, they sacrificed a bullock and fat calf,
   
RF SA2 6:14 and David danced with all his might before the EVER-LIVING; and David was clothed with an ephod.
   
RF SA2 6:15 Thus David and all the House of Israel brought up the Ark of the EVER-LIVING with cheering and sound of trumpets,
   
RF SA2 6:16 but when the Ark of the EVER-LIVING came to the City of David, Mikal the daughter of Saul leaned and looked out of a window and saw King David skipping and dancing before the EVER-LIVING, and she despised him in her heart.
   
RF SA2 6:17 Thus they brought the Ark of the EVER-LIVING, and set it in its place within the Pavilion which David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt-offerings and thank-offerings before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA2 6:18 When David had completed the burnt-offerings and thank-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the EVER-LIVING POWER.
   
RF SA2 6:19 He also distributed to all the people, to all collected from Israel,—both men and women,—a loaf of bread, and a horn of wine, and a cake; then all the people returned each to his house.
   
RF SA2 6:20 When Mikal the daughter of Saul came to meet David, she said; " How dignified the king of Israel was today, when he exhibited himself to the eyes of his servant girls as common fellows exhibit themselves!"
   
RF SA2 6:21 But David replied to Mikal, "It was before the EVER-LIVING, who chose me instead of your father! and instead of all your house, and commanded me to be guardian over all the people of the EVER-LIVING, over Israel,—so I sported before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA2 6:22 And I will degrade myself more than that, and will humble myself in my own eyes, but by the servant-girls whom you mention I shall be honoured!
   
RF SA2 6:23 But for Mikal the daughter of Saul,—there shall be no child for her to the day of her death!"
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