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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 10:1 (B.C. 992-3.) Visit of the Queen of Sheba.
When the Queen of Sheba1 heard the report of Solomon's lordly fame, she came to try him with difficult problems,
RF KI1 10:2 and arrived at Jerusalem with a very great troop bringing perfumes, and a large amount of gold, and precious stones, and went to Solomon and conversed with him about all that was in her heart.
RF KI1 10:3 There was nothing she proposed to the King that he did not explain to her.
RF KI1 10:4 When the Queen of Sheba perceived all the sciences of Solomon, and the House which he had built,
RF KI1 10:5 and his dining-room, and the residences of his ministers, and the attendants serving him, and their uniforms, and the cup-bearers, and the offerings which he offered in the House of the EVER-LIVING, there was no more spirit left in her,
1 The South. Undoubtedly Abyssinia and the East Coast of Africa down to the Cape of Good Hope.—F.F.
RF KI1 10:6 but she exclaimed to the king;—"It was a truth that I heard in my country, about your affairs, and about your wisdom!
RF KI1 10:7 But I did not trust the statements until I came, and my eyes saw it. And indeed I was not told of the half of the extent of your sciences,—for what I have heard is better than was reported to me.
RF KI1 10:8 Your nobles are happy! Your ministers are happy, who always stand before you to listen to your wisdom!
RF KI1 10:9 Your EVER-LIVING GOD should be blessed Who has granted to you to sit upon the throne of Israel! The LORD of Israel should be loved for ever, Who appointed you as king to do justice and right!"
RF KI1 10:10 She then gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, and very many spices, and precious stones. There never again came so great a quantity of spices as the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
RF KI1 10:11 But however the ships of Hiram which brought gold from Aufer brought also from Aufer a very large quantity of almug wood1. and precious stones,
RF KI1 10:12 and the king made from the almug wood brackets for the house of the EVER-LIVING, and lutes for the palace of the king, and harps and guitars for the singers. Such almug trees were never again brought, nor have been seen to this day.
RF KI1 10:13 King Solomon also presented to the Queen of Sheba all she desired, or she asked for, beside what she was given direct from the hand of King Solomon. Then she turned and went to her own country, and passed over to it.
RF KI1 10:14 (B.C. 985.) Solomon's Wealth.
The weight of gold that came to Solomon in each year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,
RF KI1 10:15 beside that produced by taxes on traders, and the import duties, and tribute from all the kingdoms of the west, and the Dependencies of the country.
1 Almug wood is sandal wood, called by the Arabians Kalmak—a product of India and Africa, and used in the East in our own day for the same purposes as Solomon put it to. —F.F.
RF KI1 10:16 Solomon consequently made two hundred shields of beaten gold. (Six hundred of gold went to each shield.)
RF KI1 10:17 And three hundred targets of beaten gold; (each contained three pounds weight of gold;) and the king put them in the Palace of the forest of Lebanon.
RF KI1 10:18 The king also made a great ivory throne, and plated it with refined gold. There were six steps to the throne.
RF KI1 10:19 and a carriage head to the throne from behind it, with arms on both sides of the seat, and two lions standing beside them,
RF KI1 10:20 with twelve stationed on the six steps, one upon each side. There was nothing made like them in all the kingdoms.
RF KI1 10:21 All the drinking cups of King Solomon were of gold, and all the furniture of his palace in Lebanon was of pure gold. None was of silver or brass in the days of Solomon,
RF KI1 10:22 for the king's ships of Tarshish, at sea with the ships of Hiram, returned every three years. These ships of Tarshish brought gold, and silver, ivory, monkeys and peacocks.
RF KI1 10:23 Thus Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom,
RF KI1 10:24 and all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear the learning that GOD had given to his intellect;
RF KI1 10:25 and all of them brought tribute of articles of silver, and gold, and fabrics, and arms, and spices, and horses, and mules, imposed year by year.
RF KI1 10:26 Solomon also accumulated chariots and horses, and possessed one thousand four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand cavalry, which he placed in cavalry barracks, and with the king in Jerusalem,
RF KI1 10:27 So the king made silver in Jerusalem, like stones, and planted many cedars and sycamores in the lowlands.
RF KI1 10:28 The horses that Solomon had were brought from Egypt, and the collecting merchants were paid for them by the king according to contract.
RF KI1 10:29 They brought up and fetched an Egyptian chariot for six hundred shekels of silver and a horse for one hundred and fifty,' and the same from all the Chiefs of the Hitites, and from the Chiefs of Aram, who brought them to hand.

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