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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.

   
ACF NAH 2:1

O destruidor subiu contra ti. Guarda tu a fortaleza, vigia o caminho, fortalece os lombos, reforça muito o seu poder.

   
ACF NAH 2:2 Porque o SENHOR restaurará a excelência de Jacó como a excelência de Israel; porque os saqueadores os despojaram, e destruíram os seus sarmentos.
   
ACF NAH 2:3 Os escudos dos seus fortes serão vermelhos, os homens valorosos estarão vestidos de escarlate, os carros como tochas flamejantes no dia da sua preparação, e os ciprestes serão terrivelmente abalados.
   
ACF NAH 2:4 Os carros correrão furiosamente nas ruas, colidirão um contra o outro nos largos caminhos; o seu aspecto será como o de tochas, correrão como relâmpagos.
   
ACF NAH 2:5 Ele se lembrará dos seus valentes; eles, porém, tropeçarão na sua marcha; apressar-se-ão para chegar ao seu muro, quando o amparo for preparado.
   
ACF NAH 2:6 As portas dos rios se abrirão, e o palácio será dissolvido.
   
ACF NAH 2:7 É decretado: ela será levada cativa, conduzida para cima; e as suas servas a acompanharão, gemendo como pombas, batendo em seus peitos.
   
ACF NAH 2:8 Nínive desde que existiu tem sido como um tanque de águas, porém elas agora vazam. Parai, parai, clamar-se-á; mas ninguém olhará para trás.
   
ACF NAH 2:9 Saqueai a prata, saqueai o ouro, porque não têm fim as provisões, riquezas há de todo o gênero de bens desejáveis.
   
ACF NAH 2:10 Vazia, esgotada e devastada está; derrete-se o seu coração, e tremem os joelhos, e em todos os lombos há dor, e os rostos de todos eles enegrecem.
   
ACF NAH 2:11 Onde está agora o covil dos leões, e as pastagens dos leõezinhos, onde passeava o leão velho, e o filhote do leão, sem haver ninguém que os espantasse?
   
ACF NAH 2:12 O leão arrebatava o que bastava para os seus filhotes, e estrangulava a presa para as suas leoas, e enchia de presas as suas cavernas, e os seus covis de rapina.
   
ACF NAH 2:13 Eis que eu estou contra ti, diz o SENHOR dos Exércitos, e queimarei na fumaça os teus carros, e a espada devorará os teus leõezinhos, e arrancarei da terra a tua presa, e não se ouvirá mais a voz dos teus mensageiros.
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