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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 JOE 1:1 Palavra do SENHOR, que foi dirigida a Joel, filho de Petuel.
   
ACF JOE 1:2 Ouvi isto, vós anciãos, e escutai, todos os moradores da terra: Porventura isto aconteceu em vossos dias, ou nos dias de vossos pais?
   
ACF JOE 1:3 Fazei sobre isto uma narração a vossos filhos, e vossos filhos a seus filhos, e os filhos destes à outra geração.
   
ACF JOE 1:4 O que ficou da lagarta, o gafanhoto o comeu, e o que ficou do gafanhoto, a locusta o comeu, e o que ficou da locusta, o pulgão o comeu.
   
ACF JOE 1:5 Despertai-vos, bêbados, e chorai; gemei, todos os que bebeis vinho, por causa do mosto, porque tirado é da vossa boca.
   
ACF JOE 1:6 Porque subiu contra a minha terra uma nação poderosa e sem número; os seus dentes são dentes de leão, e têm queixadas de um leão velho.
   
ACF JOE 1:7 Fez da minha vide uma assolação, e tirou a casca da minha figueira; despiu-a toda, e a lançou por terra; os seus sarmentos se embranqueceram.
   
ACF JOE 1:8 Lamenta como a virgem que está cingida de saco, pelo marido da sua mocidade.
   
ACF JOE 1:9 Foi cortada a oferta de alimentos e a libação da casa do SENHOR; os sacerdotes, ministros do SENHOR, estão entristecidos.
   
ACF JOE 1:10 O campo está assolado, e a terra triste; porque o trigo está destruído, o mosto se secou, o azeite acabou.
   
ACF JOE 1:11 Envergonhai-vos, lavradores, gemei, vinhateiros, sobre o trigo e a cevada; porque a colheita do campo pereceu.
   
ACF JOE 1:12 A vide se secou, a figueira se murchou, a romeira também, e a palmeira e a macieira; todas as árvores do campo se secaram, e já não há alegria entre os filhos dos homens.
   
ACF JOE 1:13 Cingi-vos e lamentai-vos, sacerdotes; gemei, ministros do altar; entrai e passai a noite vestidos de saco, ministros do meu Deus; porque a oferta de alimentos, e a libação, foram cortadas da casa de vosso Deus.
   
ACF JOE 1:14 Santificai um jejum, convocai uma assembléia solene, congregai os anciãos, e todos os moradores desta terra, na casa do SENHOR vosso Deus, e clamai ao SENHOR.
   
ACF JOE 1:15 Ai do dia! Porque o dia do SENHOR está perto, e virá como uma assolação do Todo-Poderoso.
   
ACF JOE 1:16 Porventura o mantimento não está cortado de diante de nossos olhos, a alegria e o regozijo da casa de nosso Deus?
   
ACF JOE 1:17 As sementes apodreceram debaixo dos seus torrões, os celeiros foram assolados, os armazéns derrubados, porque se secou o trigo.
   
ACF JOE 1:18 Como geme o animal! As manadas de gados estão confusas, porque não têm pasto; também os rebanhos de ovelhas estão perecendo.
   
ACF JOE 1:19 A ti, ó SENHOR, clamo, porque o fogo consumiu os pastos do deserto, e a chama abrasou todas as árvores do campo.
   
ACF JOE 1:20 Também todos os animais do campo bramam a ti; porque as correntes de água se secaram, e o fogo consumiu os pastos do deserto.
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