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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 16:1 (B.C. 930.) Consequently the word of the EVER-LIVING came to Jehua-ben-Khanain, against Basha, to say:
   
RF KI1 16:2 "Why, since I raised you from the dust, and made you a leader over My People Israel, do you walk in the way of Jeraboam, and make My people Israel sin, to offend Me by their sin?
   
RF KI1 16:3 I am angry with Basha and with his House, and I will make your house like the House of Jeraboam-ben-Nebat.
   
RF KI1 16:4 Whoever of Basha dies in this city, the dogs shall eat; and the birds of the skies shall eat whoever dies of his in the fields 1"
   
RF KI1 16:5 But the other affairs of Basha, and what he did, and his buildings, those are written in the history of events of the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 16:6 Basha, however, slept with his fathers, and was buried in Thirtzah, and Alah his son reigned after him.
   
RF KI1 16:7 But there also came by means of Jehua-ben-Khanain the message from the EVER-LIVING against Basha, and his House, and against all the wrong that he did in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, by insulting him with his manufactured idols;—it denounced him for being like the House of Jeraboam, —and because he assailed it.
   
RF KI1 16:8 (B.C. 930.) Alah-ben-Basha Reigns over Israel.
In the sixteenth year of Asa king of Judah, Alah-ben-Basha began to reign over Israel in Thirtzah for two years.
   
RF KI1 16:9 (B.C. 928.) Zimri Conspires to Murder Alah.
Then his officer Zimri, Commander of the Chariot Barracks, conspired against him, while he was at Thirtzah, at a drinking bout, at the house of Artza, who was superintendent of his palace in Thirtzah.
   
RF KI1 16:10 There Zimri came and assailed, and killed him, in the seventeenth year of Asa, king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.
   
RF KI1 16:11 When he was elected king, and had settled himself on his throne, he killed the whole family of Basha. He did not leave of him a male child, or a relative of his, or a friend.
   
RF KI1 16:12 Thus Zimri destroyed the whole family of Basha, according to the message of the EVER-LIVING that he spoke to Basha, by means of Jehua the Reciter,
   
RF KI1 16:13 because of all the sins of Basha, and the sins of Alah his son, that they sinned, and that they made Israel to sin, to provoke the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel to afflict them.
   
RF KI1 16:14 As to the remainder of the affairs of Alah, and all that he did, they are written in the history of the events of the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 16:15 (B.C. 928.) In the eighteenth year of Asa, king of Judah, Zimri began to reign for seven days in Thirtzah. The army was encamped at the time at Gibethon of Philistia.
   
RF KI1 16:16 The army in the camp heard the report, "Zimri has conspired, and assailed the king, and has made himself king of all Israel, "—the Commander of the army of Israel at the Camp was Gomri;
   
RF KI1 16:17 so Gomri, and the forces of Israel with him, went up from Gibethon and besieged Thirtzah.
   
RF KI1 16:18 But when Zimri saw that the city was stormed, he went to Armon, the palace of the king, and burnt himself with the king's palace, and died,
   
RF KI1 16:19 because of the sins that he sinned in doing wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, by walking in the way of Jeraboam, and the sins he committed which made Israel sin.
   
RF KI1 16:20 For the rest of the acts of Zimri and the conspiracy that he conspired, they are recorded in the history of the events of the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 16:21 (B.C. 928 to 925.) Civil War in Israel.
Then the forces of Israel divided. Half of the forces went after Thibni-ben-Ginath to make him king, and half after Gomri.
   
RF KI1 16:22 But the force that followed Gomri was stronger than the force that followed Thibni-ben-Ginath, so Thibni was killed, and Gomri made himself king.
   
RF KI1 16:23 (B.C. 925.) Gomri Reigns in Israel.
In the twenty-first year of Asa, king of Judah, Gomri began to reign over Israel for twelve years.
   
RF KI1 16:24 He reigned six years in Thirtzah, and then he bought Mount Shomeron from Shomer, for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he had built, after the name of Shomer, the owner of the hill, —Shomeron.1
   
RF KI1 16:25 Gomri, however, did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, —and wrong greater than all who were before him,
   
RF KI1 16:26 and walked completely in the path of Jeraboam, the son of Nebat, and in his sins, that he caused Israel to sin, to provoke the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel to destroy them.
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1 Turned by the Greek translators into " Samaria, " and so called in the Old Versions, made from a Latin translation of the Greek one.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 16:27 For the rest of the affairs of Gomri —what he did, and the great things that he accomplished—they are written in the history of events of the days of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 16:28 Then Gomri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Shomeron, and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
   
RF KI1 16:29 (B.C. 918.) Ahab Reigns in Israel. History of Jezebel.
And Ahab-ben-Gomri began to reign over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and Ahab-ben-Gomri reigned over Israel in Shomeron twenty-two years.
   
RF KI1 16:30 But Ahab-ben-Gomri did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, more than all before him.
   
RF KI1 16:31 For it was little to him to walk in the sins of Jeraboam-ben-Nabat, for he took as a wife Jezebel the daughter of Athbal, king of the Zidonians, and went and served Bal, and worshipped him.
   
RF KI1 16:32 He also raised an Altar to Bal, in the Temple of Bal which he built in Shomeron.
   
RF KI1 16:33 Ahab besides made shrines, and added to the insults to the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Israel, beyond all the kings of Israel that were before him.
   
RF KI1 16:34 In his day Jal built Beth-Jal,—that is Jerikho;—by Abiram his eldest son he laid the foundations, and by Shezib, his youngest, he set up its gates, as the EVER-LIVING announced, when he spoke by the means of Joshuah-ben-Nun.
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