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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 EXO 37:1

Bezalal himself made the ark of acacia wood. Its length two and a half cubits, and its breadth a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height;

   
RF EXO 37:2 and he plated with pure gold within and without, and made it a wreath of gold around;
   
RF EXO 37:3 and cast four knobs of gold for its four feet; two knobs at the one side, and two knobs at the other side.
   
RF EXO 37:4 He also made staves of acacia wood and plated them with gold,
   
RF EXO 37:5 so that they could put the staves into the ears upon the sides of the ark to carry the ark by.
   
RF EXO 37:6 He also made covers of pure gold, two cubits and a half in length and a cubit and a half in width.
   
RF EXO 37:7 Besides he made two Kerubim of gold. They were made standing at the two ends of the covers;
   
RF EXO 37:8 one kerub at this end, and the other at that.
   
RF EXO 37:9 But the kerubim were extending their wings like a protection from above with their wings over the covers, with the face of each towards the other over covers:—the kerubim faced each other.
   
RF EXO 37:10 He also made the table of acacia wood, two cubits in length and a cubit and a half in breadth, and a cubit and a half in height,
   
RF EXO 37:11 and plated it over with pure gold, and made a coronal round about it of gold.
   
RF EXO 37:12 He also made a ridge of a handbreadth around it, with rays of gold upon the ridge all round;
   
RF EXO 37:13 and cast four tabs of gold, and fixed the tabs upon the four sides where its feet were.
   
RF EXO 37:14 The tabs were fixed near the ridge for the staves to carry the table with.
   
RF EXO 37:15 He made the staves, to carry the table, of acacia wood and plated them with gold;
   
RF EXO 37:16 as well as the instruments that were upon the table,—the dishes and the snuffers, and the cups and the plates which covered them,—of pure gold.
   
RF EXO 37:17 He also made the lamp of turned work, of pure gold; its shank, upright stalk, its branches, its cups, and blossoms were made of it.
   
RF EXO 37:18 And there were six branches going from the sides;—three branches from one side, and three branches from the other side.
   
RF EXO 37:19 There were three almond cones and flowers upon one branch, a cup and a blossom;—and three almond cones and flowers on an alternate branch, a cup and a blossom; thus six branches rose up for the lamps.
   
RF EXO 37:20 And upon the lamp four cones like almonds, a cup, and a blossom.
   
RF EXO 37:21 But there was a ball between two of the branches mutually; and a ball between two of the branches mutually; and a ball between two of the branches mutually; for the six branches that rose up from them.
   
RF EXO 37:22 There were balls and branches for them mutually; all the appliances were of pure gold.
   
RF EXO 37:23 He also made seven reflectors, and holders, and snuffers of pure gold:
   
RF EXO 37:24 a talent weight of pure gold made these, and all the instruments.
   
RF EXO 37:25 Afterwards he made the Altar of Incense of acacia wood. Its length was a cubit, and its breadth a cubit, square, and its height two cubits, with its horns; and he covered the
   
RF EXO 37:26 top of it with pure gold, and around its sides, and its horns, and made a coronal of gold around it.
   
RF EXO 37:27 He also made two tabs of gold for it, between the coronal, upon the two sides, upon its opposite sides, to insert the two staves to carry it by.
   
RF EXO 37:28 He made the staves also of acacia wood, and plated them with gold.
   
RF EXO 37:29 He also made the Holy Consecration Oil, and the incense of pure spices for perfume.
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