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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 JOB 5:1

Call now! Who will answer to you?
And to whom of the saints will you turn?

RF JOB 5:2 For the fool by vexation is slain,
And the silly is killed by his rage.
RF JOB 5:3 I have looked on the vile taking root.
But I marked out his home for a crash!
RF JOB 5:4 His children are far from secure,
They fail in the gate without help.
RF JOB 5:5 Their harvests the famished will eat,
And the parched seize their coolers of snow,
And the hungry will swallow their wealth!
RF JOB 5:6 No, affliction springs not from the dust,
Nor does grief grow up out of the ground;
RF JOB 5:7 But man himself causes his grief,
As the children of flame fly upright!
RF JOB 5:8 For myself I should cry out to God,
To the Almighty present my address,
RF JOB 5:9 Who does great and unsearchable things,
And wonders unnumbered are His!
RF JOB 5:10 Who gives rain to the mouth of the earth,
Sends the brooks on the face of the meads;
RF JOB 5:11 Who raises the lowly on high,
And saves the depressed by His power;
RF JOB 5:12 Who frustrates the plans of the rogues
So their hands cannot work out their wish;
RF JOB 5:13 Who captures the skilled by their craft,
And baffles their villainous schemes,
RF JOB 5:14 So that darkness o'ershadows their day,
And at noontide they grope as at night;
RF JOB 5:15 Thus He rescues the weak from their mouth,
And the wretched from clutch of their hand!
RF JOB 5:16 So therefore the weak have a hope,
And Iniquity closes her mouth!
RF JOB 5:17 But blest is the man God corrects!
So despise not th' Almighty's reproof!
RF JOB 5:18 For He grieves us, and He can console;
He breaks us, but His hand can heal;
RF JOB 5:19 He will save you six times from distress,
And in seven the woe will not touch;
RF JOB 5:20 In famine will free you from death,
And in war from the hand of the sword
RF JOB 5:21 He will hide from the lash of the tongue,—
Yes, unmoved at Destruction's approach,
RF JOB 5:22 You can laugh at Destruction and death,
And fear not the beast of the field.
RF JOB 5:23 With the stones on the plain you make league
While the beasts of the field are your friends,
RF JOB 5:24 And you know that your tent is secure,
And muster your folds, and miss none.
RF JOB 5:25 You will know that your seeds will increase
And grow like the grass from the ground!
RF JOB 5:26 You will go in old age to the tomb,
As the corn-stacks piled at its time.
RF JOB 5:27 These we have proved—they are sure!
Attend! And instruct your own yourself!

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