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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 14:1 (B.C. 956.) Jeraboam's Son Dies.
Some time after Abiah, the son of Jeraboam was sick,
   
RF KI1 14:2 and Jeraboam said to his wife, "Rise up now and disguise yourself, so that they may not know that you are the wife of Jeraboam, and go to Shiloh where Akhiah the Reciter is, —he who announced to me to reign over this people, —
   
RF KI1 14:3 and take with you ten loaves of bread, and plum cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will inform you what will happen to the lad."
   
RF KI1 14:4 Jeraboam's wife accordingly did so, and rose and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Akhiah, Now Akhiah could not see, for his eyes were closed by age.
   
RF KI1 14:5 But the EVER-LIVING said to Akhiah, " The wife of Jeraboam has come to inquire about her son from you, —for he is sick, —answer her so and so, —for when she arrives she will be like a stranger."
   
RF KI1 14:6 So when Akhiah heard the sound of her steps coming to the door he said, "Come in, wife of Jeraboam! Why make yourself thus like a stranger? However, I will explain your difficulty.
   
RF KI1 14:7 Go, and say to Jeraboam, ' Thus asks the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel!—Answer Him.—When I raised you from among the People, and appointed you a leader over My People Israel,
   
RF KI1 14:8 and tore the kingship from the house of David, and gave it to you, —when you were nothing except an officer of David, who kept My Commands, who walked after Me with all his heart, doing what was right in My sight, —
   
RF KI1 14:9 whilst you have done wrong in everything which has come before you; and you have gone and made for yourself other gods, and metal images to insult Me, —but have cast Me behind your back.
   
RF KI1 14:10 Therefore I will bring evil on the House of Jeraboam, and I will cut off from Jeraboam the pisser against the private wall, and he shall be forsaken in Israel, —and I will burn the House of Jeraboam as dung is burnt to destroy it.
   
RF KI1 14:11 The dogs shall eat the dead of Jeraboam in the city, and the birds of the sky shall eat them in the fields,—for the EVER-LIVING has said it.'
   
RF KI1 14:12 But you Arise! Go to your home, —while your feet go to the city the lad shall die.
   
RF KI1 14:13 But all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him. He alone of Jeraboam shall come to the tomb, because there was found in him something good by the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel among those of the house of Jeraboam.
   
RF KI1 14:14 And the EVER-LIVING Will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will destroy the House of Jeraboam from this day. But what? Even now!
   
RF KI1 14:15 Yes! the EVER-LIVING strikes Israel as a reed is shaken by the waters, and will pull Israel up from this beautiful country which He gave to their fathers, and scatter them beyond the River. because they have made Shrine1to insult the EVER-LIVING.
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1 V. 15. These " Shrines " were in reality brothels for prostitutes, erected in heathen temples to the Goddess of Lust, as they are in India to this day. Hence the constant denunciation of them in the Sacred Scriptures as the greatest of sins and depravities. —F.F.
   
RF KI1 14:16 And He will make fugitives of Israel for the sin of Jeraboam that he sinned, and which he induced all Israel to sin!"
   
RF KI1 14:17 Then the wife of Jeraboam arose and departed, and came to Thirtzath, but when she came to the threshold of the house, the youth died.
   
RF KI1 14:18 And they buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the EVER-LIVING commanded when He spoke by the means of Akhiah the Reciter, His servant.
   
RF KI1 14:19 The rest of the doings of Jeraboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, they are written in the records of the events of the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 14:20 But the period that Jeraboam reigned was twenty-two years, when he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son succeeded him.
   
RF KI1 14:21 (B.C. 975.) History of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, however, reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years of age when elected king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the EVER-LIVING has chosen from all the tribes of Israel to place His Name in, and his mother's name was Namah an Amonitess.
   
RF KI1 14:22 But Judah did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and offended him more than all their ancestors with the sins that they sinned;
   
RF KI1 14:23 for they also built for themselves Columns, and Pillars, and Shrines, on every high hill, and under every leafy tree.
   
RF KI1 14:24 And there were Sodomites in the country; and they practiced all the abominations of the heathen whom the EVER-LIVING had driven out before the children of Israel.
   
RF KI1 14:25 Consequently in the fifteenth year of the reign of Rehoboam, Shishak, King of the Mitzeraim, advanced against Jerusalem,
   
RF KI1 14:26 and took the treasures of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the treasures of the King's palace, all that was sizeable, with, all the golden shields that Solomon had made.
   
RF KI1 14:27 But King Rehoboam made shields of brass in their place, and put them into the hands of the generals of the infantry who kept guard at the door of the Palace.
   
RF KI1 14:28 When the king came to the House of the EVER-LIVING the infantry bore them, and afterwards bore them to the arsenal of the infantry.
   
RF KI1 14:29 As to the other affairs of Rehoboam, and all he did, they are recorded in the record of events in the days of the kings of Judah,
   
RF KI1 14:30 for there was war between Rehoboam and Jeraboam all their time.
   
RF KI1 14:31 At last Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. His mother's name was Namah an Amonitess, and King Abijam his son reigned after him.
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