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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 KI1 1:1 (B.C. 1015.) David Grows Old and Helpless.
But King David grew old and advanced in years, and they covered him with clothing, but he felt no warmth,
   
RF KI1 1:2 so his officers said to him, "Let us seek for your Majesty a young maiden, and let her attend the king, and be a nurse and lie at your breast, and warm your Majesty."
   
RF KI1 1:3 They therefore sought for the fairest girl in all the bounds of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunamite, and brought her to the king.
   
RF KI1 1:4 The girl was very beautiful, and she was nurse to the king and attended to him, but the king never married her.
   
RF KI1 1:5 (B.C. 1015.) Adoniah Attempts to be Made King.
Then Adoniah, the son of Khagith, raised himself, saying, "I will be king," so he prepared a carriage and horses, and fifty men to run before him,
   
RF KI1 1:6 For his father never restrained him at any time by asking, "What are you doing? " He was very handsome, and was born next after Absalom.
   
RF KI1 1:7 He also made an agreement with J'oab-ben-Zeruiah, and Abiathar the priest, and they helped Adoniah forward.
   
RF KI1 1:8 But Zadok the priest, and Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah, and Nathan the Reciter, and Shemai, and Rai, and the Heroes who were with David, were not with Adoniah.
   
RF KI1 1:9 Adoniah, however, sacrificed sheep and oxen, and fat calves, at Aben-Zakhleth, which is near Ainrogel, and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the nobles of Judah in the king's service.
   
RF KI1 1:10 He did not, however, invite Nathan the Reciter, and Beniah, and the Heroes, or Solomon his brother.
   
RF KI1 1:11 Nathan therefore spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, "Have you heard that Adoniah, the son of Khagith, reigns, and our master David does not know it?
   
RF KI1 1:12 So now go, reflect with yourself and protect your own life, and the life of your son Solomon.
   
RF KI1 1:13 Go, and proceed to King David, and say to him' Did not your Majesty promise to your handmaid that Solomon your son shall reign after me, and sit upon my throne? Then why is Adoniah reigning?'
   
RF KI1 1:14 Then whilst you are speaking thus with the king, I will come after you, and confirm your statement."
   
RF KI1 1:15 Bathsheba consequently went to the king in his chamber. The king, however, was very old, and Abishag the Shunamite was attending on the king,
   
RF KI1 1:16 When Bathsheba approached and bowed to the king, and the king asked, "What is the matter?"
   
RF KI1 1:17 And she replied to him, "Did not my Prince swear to your handmaid by your EVER-LIVING GOD, that' Solomon your son shall reign after me and sit upon my throne?'
   
RF KI1 1:18 But now, see, Adoniah reigns, and your Majesty does not know it.
   
RF KI1 1:19 And he is sacrificing oxen, and fat calves, and sheep, in plenty, and has invited all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the Priest, and Joab the commander of the army,—but he has not invited your servant Solomon.
   
RF KI1 1:20 And now, your Majesty, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, to inform them who shall sit upon the throne of your Majesty after you;
   
RF KI1 1:21 because when your Majesty lies down with your fathers, I, and Solomon your son will be offensive."
   
RF KI1 1:22 And then, whilst she was talking to the king, Nathan the Reciter came,
   
RF KI1 1:23 and they reported to the king, saying, "Nathan the Reciter is here," and he came before the king; and bowed to the king with his face earthwards.
   
RF KI1 1:24 Then Nathan asked, "Has your Majesty commanded, 'Adoniah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne?'
   
RF KI1 1:25 For he has gone down today and is sacrificing oxen, and fat calves, and sheep in plenty, and has invited all the king's sons, and the commanders of the army, and Abiathar, the Priest, and they are eating and drinking before him, and they cry,
   
RF KI1 1:26 'Adoniah is king!' But for me, your servant, and for Zadok the Priest, and for Benaiah-ben-Jhoiadah, and for your servant Solomon, there is no invitation.
   
RF KI1 1:27 But perhaps this affair is from your Majesty, only you have not informed your servants who shall sit on your Majesty's throne after you?"
   
RF KI1 1:28 Then the king answered, "Let them call Bathsheba to me. " So she came to the king's presence,
   
RF KI1 1:29 and stood before the king, when the king swore and said, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING Who delivered me from all my troubles,
   
RF KI1 1:30 exactly as I promised you, by the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, saying that Solomon your son should reign after me, and shall sit on my throne in my place,' I will do it today!"
   
RF KI1 1:31 Bathsheba consequently bent with her face earthward, and bowed to the king, and said, "May my Prince, King David live forever!"
   
RF KI1 1:32 Next King David said, "Fetch to me Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Reciter, and Benaiah-ben-Jhoiadah." And they came to the royal presence;
   
RF KI1 1:33 when the king said to them, "Take with you the officers of your Prince, and let them mount Solomon on my own horse, and go down with him to Ghikhon,
   
RF KI1 1:34 and there let Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Reciter, consecrate him king over Israel, and sound a trumpet and say, 'Long live King Solomon.'
   
RF KI1 1:35 Then proceed with him and bring him and set him on my throne, and he shall be my Deputy vice King, and I will instruct him in his administration over Israel and Judah."
   
RF KI1 1:36 Benaiah-ben-Jhoiadah then answered the king and said, `"Certainly, for the EVER-LIVING GOD of your Majesty says it.
   
RF KI1 1:37 As the EVER-LIVING has been with your Majesty, so may he 'be with Solomon, and extend his throne more than your Majesty David's."
   
RF KI1 1:38 Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Reciter, and Benaiah-ben-Jhoiadah, with the guards and couriers accordingly went down, and mounted Solomon on the horse of King David, and marched with him to Ghikhon,
   
RF KI1 1:39 where Zadok the Priest took a horn of oil from the Hall and consecrated Solomon, and sounded a trumpet, and all the forces cried, "Long live King Solomon."
   
RF KI1 1:40 The whole of the forces also followed after him, playing their bands, and cheering loudly, and shaking the earth with their voices;
   
RF KI1 1:41 and Adoniah and all his guests who were with him heard it, as they were all at dinner. Joab also heard the sound of the trumpet, and asked, "What is that roaring sound?"
   
RF KI1 1:42 Whilst he was still speaking Jhonathan-ben-Abiathar the Priest came, and Adoniah said to him, "Come, for you are a powerful man, and one of good luck."
   
RF KI1 1:43 But Jhonathan replied to Adoniah and said, "I am unlucky to our Prince! King David has made Solomon king!
   
RF KI1 1:44 And the king has sent with him Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Reciter, and Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah, and the Guards and Couriers, and they have mounted him on the king's horse;
   
RF KI1 1:45 And Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Reciter have consecrated him King at Ghikhon, and have gone up from there cheering, and that sudden roar which you have heard is the sound of them!
   
RF KI1 1:46 They have also seated Solomon on the throne of the kingdom!
   
RF KI1 1:47 And the ministers of King David have also come to thank our King David, saying, May it please your GOD to make the name of Solomon more than your name, and may He extend his throne more than He extended yours.' And they have bowed to the king who was on his couch.
   
RF KI1 1:48 When the king answered thus, 'Thank the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, who has granted to set him today on my throne, and my eyes to see it.'"
   
RF KI1 1:49 Then all the guests of Adoniah were terrified and arose, and everyone went to his carriage.
   
RF KI1 1:50 Adoniah also was afraid of the appearance of Solomon, and arose and went, and took hold of the horns of the altar.
   
RF KI1 1:51 But it was reported to Solomon, "See! Adoniah is afraid of King Solomon, so he has seized the horns of the altar, exclaiming, ' Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword."
   
RF KI1 1:52 But Solomon answered, "If the EVER-LIVING acquits him, not a hair of his shall fall to the earth; but if he is found to be criminal, he shall die!"
   
RF KI1 1:53 Then King Solomon arrested, and had him brought down from the altar. So he came and bowed to Solomon the king, and Solomon said to him, "Go to your house."
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