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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 15:1 (B.C. 958.) The Reign of Abijam in Judah.
Thus in the eighteenth year of King Jeraboam-ben-Nebat, Abijam began to reign in Judah.
   
RF KI1 15:2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Makah, the daughter of Abishalom,
   
RF KI1 15:3 and he went into all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not at peace with his EVER-LIVING GOD like his ancestor David.
   
RF KI1 15:4 However, because of David the EVER-LIVING his GOD gave him a light in Jerusalem by raising his sons after him and fixing them in Jerusalem;
   
RF KI1 15:5 since David did right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and did not turn from anything he was commanded all the time of his life, except in the affair of Uriah the Hitite.
   
RF KI1 15:6 There was also war between Abijam 1 and Jeraboam all they, time of his life.
   
RF KI1 15:7 But the rest of the affairs of Abijam, and all that he did, are written in the record of the events of the days of the kings of Judah, for there was war between Abijam and Jeraboam.
   
RF KI1 15:8 At last Abijam slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David, and Asa his brother 2 reigned in his stead.
   
RF KI1 15:9 (B.C. 955.) Asa Reigns over Judah.
In the twenty-second year of Jeraboam King of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah,
   
RF KI1 15:10 and he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Makah, the daughter of Abishalom.
   
RF KI1 15:11 Asa, however, did right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, like David his ancestor,
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1 V. 6. This should clearly be "Abijam." The " Rehaboam " of the Hebrew text is an error of transcription.—F.F.
2 V. 8. The "son" of the Hebrew text should be " brother, " but for a transcriber's error.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 15:12 and expelled the Sodomites from the country, and threw down the idols that his father and his mother Makah had made,
   
RF KI1 15:13 whom he removed from her station, because she had made horrible idols for a shrine; but Asa pulled down the goddesses and burnt them by the brook Kidron.
   
RF KI1 15:14 He did not, however, overturn the Columns; yet the heart of Asa was at peace with the EVER-LIVING all his days.
   
RF KI1 15:15 He also brought the ornaments of his father, and adorned the House of the EVER-LIVING with their silver and gold and furniture.
   
RF KI1 15:16 There was war, however, between Asa and Basha King of Israel all their time,
   
RF KI1 15:17 and Basha king of Israel, advanced into Judah and built. Raamah so as not to allow an inlet or outlet to Asa king of Judah.
   
RF KI1 15:18 (B.C. 951.) Consequently Asa took all the silver and gold that remained in the treasuries of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and in the treasuries of the King's palace, and put them into the hands of his ministers whom King Asa sent to Ben-Hadad, Ben-Tabimon, Ben-Kazioh, King of Aram, who resided in Damascus, to say,
   
RF KI1 15:19 "Let there be a treaty between you and I, as between my father and yours; for I have sent to you a present of silver and gold to go and break your alliance with Basha king of Israel, and to bring you to mine."
   
RF KI1 15:20 Ben-Hadad therefore listened to King Asa, and sent the generals of his forces against the cities of Israel, and captured Aion, and Dan, and Beth-Makah of the meadows, and all Kineroth, with all the country of Nafthali.
   
RF KI1 15:21 And when Basha heard of at it he abandoned Raamah and occupied Thirtzah.
   
RF KI1 15:22 Then King Asa proclaimed it to all Judah, —none were exempt—and they carried away the stones and the timber from Raamah with which Basha was building, and King Asa built with them, Geba of Benjamin, and Mitzfah.
   
RF KI1 15:23 (B.C. 914.) As to the rest of the doings of Asa —his courage, and all that he accomplished, and the towns that he built—they are recorded in the history of the period of the kings of Judah. When he grew old he suffered from gout.
   
RF KI1 15:24 Then Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David, and instead of him Jehoshaphat his son reigned.
   
RF KI1 15:25 (B.C. 954.) Nadab Reigns over Israel.
Nadab, the son of Jeraboam, began to reign over Israel in the seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
   
RF KI1 15:26 He did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, walking in the ways of his father, and sinned, as he caused Israel to sin.
   
RF KI1 15:27 Then Basha-ben-Akhiah of the House of Issakar conspired against him; and Basha murdered him at Gibethon, belonging to Philistia, while Nadab and the army of Israel were besieging Gibethon.
   
RF KI1 15:28 So he killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah; and reigned after him;
   
RF KI1 15:29 and when he was elected he murdered all the House of Jeraboam. He left none breathing to Jeraboam, until he had destroyed him, as the EVER-LIVING said, when He spoke by the means of His servant Akhiah the Shilonite,
   
RF KI1 15:30 because of the sin that he caused Israel to sin, by the provocation with which they provoked the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel.
   
RF KI1 15:31 As for the other affairs of Nadab, and all that he did, they are recorded in the history of events in the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 15:32 There was, however, war between Asa and Basha king of Israel all their time.
   
RF KI1 15:33 (About B.C. 953.) Basha-ben-Akhiah Reigns over Israel.
In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Basha-ben-Akhiah began to reign over all Israel in Thirtzah for fourteen years.
   
RF KI1 15:34 But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, walking in the ways of Jeraboam, and in the sins he caused Israel to sin.
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