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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 12:1

Accession of Rehoboam, and his Folly.
But Rehoboam went to Shekem, for the Parliament of Israel came to elect him king.

   
RF KI1 12:2 (B. C. 975.) Jeroboam Called from Egypt.
But Jeraboam-ben-Nebat heard of it while still in Mitzer, where he had fled from before King Solomon, —for Jeraboam had settled in Mitzer,—
   
RF KI1 12:3 so they sent an invitation to Jeraboam from all the Parliament of Israel. They then addressed Rehoboam, saying,
   
RF KI1 12:4 "Your father was heavy upon us, but you can now lighten the load of your father from your subjects, and lift off from us the load that he laid upon us, and we will be your subjects."
   
RF KI1 12:5 But he replied to them, "Go away for three days. Then return to me." So the people went.
   
RF KI1 12:6 King Rehoboam then consulted the advisers who had stood in the presence of his father Solomon during his life, asking, " What answer do you advise me to return to these people?"
   
RF KI1 12:7 And they replied to him, saying, "If you will be a subject of these people today, and answer and speak fair words to them, then they will be your subjects at all times."
   
RF KI1 12:8 However he rejected the advice of the old men, which they had advised, and consulted the lads who had grown up with him, who stood before him,
   
RF KI1 12:9 and asked them; " What answer do you advise that I shall return to these people who have addressed me, saying, Lift from off us what your father laid on'?"
   
RF KI1 12:10 And the lads who had grown up with him advised him saying, "Reply thus to those people, who addressed you saying, Your father loaded us, but you take it off.' Say this to them, ' My little finger is thicker than my father's loins!
   
RF KI1 12:11 So I will put a heavy yoke on you, —for I will add to the yoke my father.—He flogged you with whips!—but I will flog you with scorpions!'"
   
RF KI1 12:12 (B.C. 975.) The Parliament of Israel Revolt and elect Jeroboam King.
But Jeraboam himself came, and all the Parliament with Jeraboam on the third day, as the king had appointed, when he said, "Return to me, on the third day, "
   
RF KI1 12:13 and the king answered the people harshly, and refused the counsels of the old men which they advised,
   
RF KI1 12:14 but addressed them as the lads advised him, and said, "My father put a load on you! but I will add another to it My father flogged you with whips, but I will flog you with scorpions."
   
RF KI1 12:15 Thus the king did not listen to the people, for the EVER-LIVING caused the people to revolt for the purpose of establishing the word that the EVER-LIVING spoke by the means of Akhiah, the Shilonite, to Jeraboam-ben-Nebat.
   
RF KI1 12:16 Then all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, consequently the people returned the king word to say, "What is our share in David? For we have no inheritance from the Son of Jesse! To your tents, Israel! Now look to your own house, David! " And Israel went to its tents.
   
RF KI1 12:17 Some Israelites, however, continued to reside in Judah and Rehoboam reigned over them.
   
RF KI1 12:18 King Rehoboam, however, sent Adoram who was over the conscription, but the Parliament of Israel rose against him and stoned him to death, so King Rehoboam made haste to mount his carriage and to fly to Jerusalem.
   
RF KI1 12:19 Thus Israel revolted from the House of David until this day,
   
RF KI1 12:20 for when all Israel heard that Jeraboam had returned, they sent and invited him to the Parliament, and they elected him king over all Israel; —there were none left afterwards to the House of David except the tribe of Judah alone.
   
RF KI1 12:21 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he convoked the forces of the House of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand soldiers, trained for war, ' to fight with the House of Israel, to regain the kingship to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
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1 V. 21. The army that was thus raised out of two Tribes shows how the population had increased under the security of David and Solomon's reigns, and the commercial prosperity following the creation of a great Empire. Solomon had noted it and mote " When wealth increases the consumers increase." We see it in Britain and America. —F.F.
   
RF KI1 12:22 But the word of GOD came to Shemaiah, a Man of GOD, to say,
   
RF KI1 12:23 " Speak to Rehoboam-ben-Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the House of Judah and Benjamin, and the rest of the People, saying, —
   
RF KI1 12:24 " ' Thus says the LORD! You shall not go up, and shall not war against your brothers, the children of Israel. Let each return to his home, for this event has come from Me! ' " And they listened to the word of the EVER-LIVING, and turned back from the march, as the EVER-LIVING commanded.
   
RF KI1 12:25 Rehoboam consequently built Shikem in Mount Ephraim, and resided there, and advanced from there and built Phanual.
   
RF KI1 12:26 (B.C. 974-3.) Jeraboam revives Idolatry.
Then Jeraboam reflected " Now the kingship will return to the House of David,
   
RF KI1 12:27 if these people go up to offer sacrifices in the House of the EVER-LIVING at Jerusalem; for the heart of these people will turn to their Prince,—to Rehoboam king of Judah."
   
RF KI1 12:28 So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and said to them, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. These are your GODs, Israel I who brought you up out of the land of the Mitzeraim."
   
RF KI1 12:29 He therefore placed the one in Bethel, and the other he placed in Dan.
   
RF KI1 12:30 But this thing was a sin, and the people went before the one to Dan.
   
RF KI1 12:31 He also made the House of Pillars, and made priests from the mass of the people who were not of the descendants of Levi.—
   
RF KI1 12:32 Jeraboam, besides, made a festival in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast that was to the EVER-LIVING, and went up to sacrifice to the calves which he had made, and fixed in Bethel, with the priests of the columns he had made,
   
RF KI1 12:33 and offered upon the altar that he had constructed in Bethel, on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, as his heart had decided to make a festival for the children of Israel, and he offered incense on the altar.
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