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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 11:1 (B.C. 1000 to 970.) Solomon's Faults and Sins.
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women, beside the daughter of Pharoh;—Moabites, Amonites, Aramites, Zidonians, Hitites,—
   
RF KI1 11:2 of those nations whom the EVER-LIVING said to the children of Israel, "You shall not marry with them, and they shall not marry with you, for they will turn your hearts after their gods." Solomon descended to love them,
   
RF KI1 11:3 and had seven hundred princess wives, and three hundred plebeian wives, and when Solomon became old his wives turned his heart after strange gods,
   
RF KI1 11:4 and his heart was not at peace with his EVER-LIVING GOD like the heart of his father David.
   
RF KI1 11:5 Solomon consequently went after Ashteroth, the goddess of the Zidonians; and after the abominable Milkom, of the Amonites.
   
RF KI1 11:6 Thus Solomon did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING and did not walk after the EVER-LIVING like David his father.
   
RF KI1 11:7 Solomon also built towers to the abominable Kemosh of Moab, on the hill opposite to Jerusalem, and to abominable Molek, of the Amonites,
   
RF KI1 11:8 and did the same for all his foreign wives, with censers and altars for their gods.
   
RF KI1 11:9 Therefore the EVER-LIVING was displeased with Solomon, for his heart declined from the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel Who had appeared to him often,
   
RF KI1 11:10 and had instructed him upon this matter, never to follow after other gods;—but he regarded not what the EVER-LIVING had commanded him.
   
RF KI1 11:11 The EVER-LIVING consequently demanded of Solomon, " Say, what has been done to you, that you have not regarded My Covenant, and My Institutions, as I commanded you? I will tear away the kingship from you, and give it to your servant!
   
RF KI1 11:12 However, I will not do this in your days, because of David your father. I will tear it from the hand of your son!
   
RF KI1 11:13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingship. I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David My servant, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen."
   
RF KI1 11:14 (About B.C. 984.) Banditti Appear in Edom.
The EVER-LIVING, however, raised up an enemy to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite, who was of the Royal race of Edom,
   
RF KI1 11:15 and when David invaded Edom at Aloth, Joab, the commander of the army, buried the slain, and executed all the males of the king of Edom,
   
RF KI1 11:16 for Joab occupied six months there with the force of Israel until they destroyed all the male life of (the king' of) Edom.
   
RF KI1 11:17 But Hadad escaped, with some Edomite nobles, officers of his father, and went to the Mitzeraim. But Hadad was a little child.
   
RF KI1 11:18 And they went up from Midian, and came to Paran, and collected men to themselves from Paran, and went to Mitzer, to Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, who gave him a house and maintenance, and said to him, " The land is open to you."
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1 ("The King of Edom") is to be understood, the name of the country representing in Hebrew and Old English the Monarch See Shakespeare.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 11:19 Hadad also found great favour in the sight of Pharoh, and he gave him as a wife the sister of his own wife,
   
RF KI1 11:20 the sister of Thakhfanes of Gabirah; and the sister of Thakhfenes bore him Genubah, his son, whom Thakhfenes reared in the palace of Pharoh, so that Genubah was in the circle of Pharoh's palace, amongst the children of Pharoh.
   
RF KI1 11:21 When Hadad heard in Egypt that David was asleep with his fathers and that Joab the Commander of his army was dead, Hadad said to Pharoh, " Release me, and I will go to my own. country."
   
RF KI1 11:22 But Pharoh' asked, "For what reason? You came to me;—then why should you seek to go to your country? " He, however, replied, "No! Yet releasing, let me go."
   
RF KI1 11:23 (B.C. 980.) Banditti Appear in Aram.
GOD also raised him an enemy in Rezan-ben-Alida who had fled from Hadadazer, king of Tzobah, 1 his prince,
   
RF KI1 11:24 and collected men to himself, and became General of a troop of mercenaries with David. They afterwards went to Damascus and settled there, and he ruled in Damascus.
   
RF KI1 11:25 But he was an enemy to Israel in the time of Solomon beside the mischief of Hadad, —and he was an annoyance to Israel, and reigned in Aram.
   
RF KI1 11:26 (About B.C. 980) History of Jeroboam son of Nabat.
Jeraboam-ben-Nebat, also, an Afrathite, of Tzarad, whose mother's name was Tzeruah, wife of Almanah an officer of Solomon, rose to favour with the king.
   
RF KI1 11:27 And the reason why he rose to favour with King Solomon, was, when he was building the fortress around the extent of the City of David, his father,
   
RF KI1 11:28 the man, Jeraboam was energetic, and so Solomon noticed the youth, for he did the work well, and he appointed him over all the builders of the house of Joseph.
   
RF KI1 11:29 But on one occasion when Jeraboam was going out of Jerusalem, Akhiah the Reciter, the Shilonite, met him in the road, when he was clothed in a new robe, and both were alone in the open country,
   
RF KI1 11:30 where Akhiah seized the new robe which was upon him, and tore it into twelve pieces,
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1 The Delta of the Euphrates.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 11:31 and exclaimed to Jeraboam, "You take ten pieces! for thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, 'I will tear the kingship from the hand of Solomon, and I will give to you ten of the tribes! '
   
RF KI1 11:32 But the one tribe of Judah to him, because of My servant David, and because of Jerusalem the city I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel,—
   
RF KI1 11:33 because he has forsaken Me, and worshipped Ashtaroth, the goddess of Zidon, and Kemosh the god of Moab, and Milkom the god of Beni-Amon, and has not walked in My paths to do right in My sight, according to My Institutions and Decrees, like his father David.
   
RF KI1 11:34 I will not, however, take all the kingship from his hand, he shall remain supreme all the time of his life, because of David My servant, whom I chose, who regarded My commands and My institutions.
   
RF KI1 11:35 Yet I shall take the kingship from the hand of his son, and give you the ten tribes.
   
RF KI1 11:36 But to his son I shall give one tribe, so that there may be a light to David My servant at all times before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen to Myself to fix My Name there.
   
RF KI1 11:37 Thus I will take you, and you shall reign in all that your soul desires, and you shall be king over Israel.
   
RF KI1 11:38 And then if you listen to all I command you, and walk in My way, and do right in My sight, by preserving My Institutions and Commandments, as David My servant did, I will be with you and build you a permanent House, as I have built for David, and I will give Israel to you.
   
RF KI1 11:39 And I depress the race of David because of this—but not for all time! '"
   
RF KI1 11:40 Solomon consequently sought to kill Jeraboam, so Jeraboam arose and fled to Mitzer to Shishak, king of the Mitzeraim, and continued in .Mitzer until the death of Solomon.
   
RF KI1 11:41 (B.C. 975.) Death of Solomon.
As to the rest of the affairs of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the history of the events of Solomon?
   
RF KI1 11:42 But the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over Israel was forty years.
   
RF KI1 11:43 Then Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of his father David, and Rehaboam his son reigned in his place.
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