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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 13:1 (B.C. 973.) The Consequent Curse Upon Him.
When suddenly a Man of GOD came from Judah with a message from the EVER-LIVING to Bethel whilst Jeraboam stood at the altar with the incense, and the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING approached to the altar, and said;—
   
RF KI1 13:2 "Altar! Altar! Thus says the EVER-LIVING Behold a Son shall be born to the House of David, his name Joshiah, and he will offer upon you the Priests of the Columns who burn incense upon you; and the bones of men upon you! "
   
RF KI1 13:3 He also gave a proof of it at the same time, saying, ' This is the proof that the EVER-LIVING has commanded. Look The altar splits, and scatters the fire that is upon it!"
   
RF KI1 13:4 But when the king heard the Message of the Man of GOD which he proclaimed against the altar at Bethel, —Jeraboam extended his hand from the altar, exclaiming, " Seize him " and his hand remained as he extended it from him, that he was not able to return it to himself.
   
RF KI1 13:5 The altar also split and poured out the coals from the altar, according to the proof which the Man of GOD had given with the message of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 13:6 The king consequently begged, and said to the Man of GOD, "Entreat, now, the presence of your GOD, and pray on my behalf that He would restore my hand to me." So the Man of GOD entreated the presence of the EVER-LIVING, and He restored the king's hand to him, and it became as formerly.
   
RF KI1 13:7 Then the king said to the Man of GOD, " Come with me to the Palace, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a present."
   
RF KI1 13:8 But the Man of GOD replied to the king, " If you would give me the half of your Palace, I would not go with you, and I would not eat food, and I would not drink water in this place;
   
RF KI1 13:9 for the message of the EVER-LIVING commanded me thus, saying, Return not by the road you go."
   
RF KI1 13:10 He accordingly returned by another road, and did not return by the road he came upon to Bethel.
   
RF KI1 13:11 But there was an old Preacher residing at Bethel, whose sons came and related to him the whole of these facts, which the Man of GOD had effected on that day in Bethel;—the messages which he had delivered to the king—they reported them to their father, when their father asked them, "Can you tell what road he went?"
   
RF KI1 13:12 His sons happened to have seen the way the Man of GOD who came from Judah went.
   
RF KI1 13:13 He consequently said to his sons, "Saddle my ass." And they saddled the ass, and he mounted it,
   
RF KI1 13:14 and went after the Man of GOD, and found him sitting under an oak, and said to him, " Are you the Man of GOD who came from Judah? " And he answered " I am."
   
RF KI1 13:15 Then he said to him, " Come with me to my house and eat bread."
   
RF KI1 13:16 But he replied, "I am not able to turn back with you, or to go with you to eat bread; nor can I drink water with you, in this place,
   
RF KI1 13:17 for the Message of the EVER-LIVING commanded me, You shall not eat food, nor drink water, nor even turn back to go by the road on which you came to it.' '
   
RF KI1 13:18 But he replied, "I also am a Preacher like yourself, and a Divine Messenger spoke to me by command of the EVER-LIVING, to say, ' Take him back with you to your house, and let him eat food and drink water.' " But he lied to him.
   
RF KI1 13:19 He consequently returned with him and ate bread in his house, and drank water, —
   
RF KI1 13:20 and they both sat at the table, when the word of the EVER-LIVING came to the Preacher, with whom he had returned,
   
RF KI1 13:21 and he exclaimed to the Man of GOD who came from Judah, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, 'Alas! for your disobeying the direction of the EVER-LIVING! and not regarding the command which your EVER-LIVING commanded you!
   
RF KI1 13:22 GOD For you have eaten food, and drunk water in the place where He commanded you not to eat bread or drink water!—Your body shall never go to the tomb of your fathers.'"
   
RF KI1 13:23 After he had eaten food, and after he had drank, however, he saddled him the ass to go to where he had returned back;—
   
RF KI1 13:24 and he went, —but a lion met him in the road, and killed him! and his body was stretched on the road, and the ass stood by one side, and the lion stood at the other side of the body,
   
RF KI1 13:25 and men happened to come and see the body stretched on the road, and the lion standing at the side of the body, and they came and reported it in the Village in which the old Preacher dwelt.
   
RF KI1 13:26 And the Preacher, who had turned him from the path, heard it, and exclaimed " It is the Matt of GOD who disobeyed the direction of the EVER-LIVING, so the LORD has given him to the lion, who has broken and killed him, according to the word which the EVER-LIVING spoke to him."
   
RF KI1 13:27 Then he addressed his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass, " and they saddled it,
   
RF KI1 13:28 and he went and found the body stretched on the road, with the ass and the lion standing at the side of the body. The lion had not eaten the body, nor injured the ass!
   
RF KI1 13:29 So the Preacher lifted up the body of the Man of GOD, and laid it on the ass, and brought it back, and came to the village of the old Preacher, to mourn and to bury it.
   
RF KI1 13:30 So he laid the corpse in his own tomb, and mourned over it as if it were his brother.
   
RF KI1 13:31 And after he had buried it, he said to his sons, " When I die you must bury me in the tomb where the Man of GOD is buried; at the side of his bones place my bones;
   
RF KI1 13:32 for it was the EVER-LIVING commanded what he proclaimed as a Message of the EVER-LIVING against the altar that is in Bethel, and against all the Temples of Columns which are in the town of Shomeron."
   
RF KI1 13:33 Jeroboam Refuses to Repent.
After this message Jeraboam did not, however, return from his evil way, but went and made priests from the mass of the people for the Columns his hand delighted to make, and they became priests of the Columns.
   
RF KI1 13:34 This matter was the sin of the House of Jeraboam, which destroyed and wasted it from the face of the earth.
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