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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 18:1 (B.C. 906.) Elijah ordered to meet Ahab.
When many days had passed, the message of the EVER-LIVING came to Elijah in the third year to say, "Go, see. Ahab; when I will give rain on the face of the ground."
   
RF KI1 18:2 He went therefore to see Ahab. The famine was by now terrible in Shomeron;
   
RF KI1 18:3 Elijah meets Obadiah on the way.
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah who was over his palace, (although Obadiah reverenced the EVER-LIVING greatly,
   
RF KI1 18:4 and when Jezebel cut off the Preachers of the EVER-LIVING, Obadiah took a hundred Preachers and hid them by fifty in a cave and supplied them with bread and water),
   
RF KI1 18:5 and Ahab said to Obadiah, " Go through the country to all the springs of water, and to all the brooks. Perhaps we may find verdure that may keep the horses and mules alive, and so not be deprived of cattle."
   
RF KI1 18:6 They consequently divided the country between them for exploration. Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself;
   
RF KI1 18:7 and while Obadiah was on his road Elijah approached him, when he dismounted and fell on his face, and exclaimed. " Are you here, my lord, Elijah?"
   
RF KI1 18:8 And he replied, "I am! Go, and tell your Prince, ' Elijah is here! '"
   
RF KI1 18:9 But he answered, "How have I offended you,—that you should put your servant into the hand of Ahab to kill me?
   
RF KI1 18:10 By the life of your EVER-LIVING GOD! there is not a tribe or district where my Prince has not sent to seek you. When they said, He is not residing in this district, or this tribe, ' then he asked an oath from the district or tribe that you could not be found there:
   
RF KI1 18:11 and now you say to me, ' Go! Tell your Prince Elijah is here!'
   
RF KI1 18:12 But it may be, whilst I am going from you to my Prince that the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING will carry you to—I know not where! And I having gone to inform Ahab, and he not finding you, will kill me;—yet your servant has reverenced the EVER-LIVING from my youth.
   
RF KI1 18:13 Has it not been related to my Master what I did when Jezebel murdered the Preachers of the EVER-LIVING; how I hid a hundred of the EVER-LIVING'S Preachers by fifties in caves, and provided them with bread and water?
   
RF KI1 18:14 Yet now you say to me Go! Tell your Prince Elijah is here '—when he will kill me."
   
RF KI1 18:15 Elijah, however, answered him, " By the life of the EVER-LIVING POWER, before whose face I stand, I will see him now!"
   
RF KI1 18:16 Then Obadiah went to find Ahab and inform him, and Ahab came to find Elijah,
   
RF KI1 18:17 and when Ahab met Elijah, Ahab said to him, " Is this the troubler of Israel?"
   
RF KI1 18:18 But he replied, "I do not trouble Israel I but yourself and your father's house, by forsaking the commands of the EVER-LIVING, and walking after Balim.—
   
RF KI1 18:19 Now, however, collect to me all Israel at Mount Karmel, with four hundred and fifty Preachers of Bal, and the four hundred of the Preachers of the Shrines who dine at the table of Jezebel."
   
RF KI1 18:20 (B.C. 906.) The Priests of Baal and Mount Carmel.
Ahab in consequence sent to all Israel and collected the Preachers upon Mount Karmel,
   
RF KI1 18:21 where Elijah came to the people and asked, "For how long will you swing between two parties? If the EVER-LIVING is GOD, —follow Him. But if Bal, follow him." But the people did not answer a word.
   
RF KI1 18:22 Elijah consequently said to the People; " Separate the Preachers of the EVER-LIVING from the four hundred and fifty Preachers of Bal,
   
RF KI1 18:23 and give us two bullocks, and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it up, and place it upon wood, but put no fire to it; and I will offer the other bullock and lay it upon wood, but put no, fire to it.
   
RF KI1 18:24 Then I will call upon the name of the EVER-LIVING;—and HE is the GOD Who answers by fire;—HE is the GOD." And all the people replied, "It is a good idea."
   
RF KI1 18:25 Elijah then said to the Preachers of Bal, "Choose one of the bullocks for yourselves, and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your GOD, but put no fire to it."
   
RF KI1 18:26 So they took the bullock given to them, and prepared it, and called on the name of Bal from daybreak until noon, saying, "Bal, answer us!" But no voice came, or answered. Then they leaped upon the altar which they had made.
   
RF KI1 18:27 When noon came, Elijah ridiculed them, and said, "Call with a louder voice, —for he is a GOD! Perhaps he is talking:? or perhaps he is hunting? or perhaps alone on a journey? or it may be he is asleep?—and he must be awakened!"
   
RF KI1 18:28 They therefore called with a louder voice, and gashed themselves with knives and hooks, as they are accustomed to do, until their blood poured from them.
   
RF KI1 18:29 But when noon had passed, and they approached to the offering of the present, —there was neither a sound, nor an answer, nor any attention.
   
RF KI1 18:30 (B.C. 906.) Elijah calls the people to him.
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near me." And all the people came to him, and he raised an altar to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 18:31 Next Elijah took twelve stones, for the number of the Tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom came the message of the EVER-LIVING, saying, "Your name shall be Israel,"
   
RF KI1 18:32 and built with those stones an altar to the name of the EVER-LIVING, and made a trench round the altar, of the capacity of two saths 1 of grain,
   
RF KI1 18:33 and spread the wood, and divided the bullock, and laid it upon the wood. Then he said, "Fill four casks with water, and pour them over the offering and the wood."
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1 Probably capable of holding two hogsheads.
   
RF KI1 18:34 Then he said, "Repeat them! " and they repeated them. But he added "Triple it."
   
RF KI1 18:35 So they tripled it; and the water ran round the altar, and also filled the trench with water, and the trench overflowed to the Altar.
   
RF KI1 18:36 Elijah's Prayer.
Then Elijah the Preacher approached, and said: "EVER-LIVING GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that You are GOD in Israel; that I am Your servant, and that I have done by Your command all these things.—
   
RF KI1 18:37 Answer, EVER-LIVING! Answer! When these people will know that You are the EVER-LIVING GOD, and that You would turn their hearts after You.'
   
RF KI1 18:38 And the fire from the EVER-LIVING fell upon and devoured the Offering and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench!
   
RF KI1 18:39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and exclaimed " The EVER-LIVING, He is the GOD! The EVER-LIVING, He is the GOD!"
   
RF KI1 18:40 But Elijah answered them, "Seize the Preachers of Baal, every one: let not one of them escape! " So they seized them;—and Elijah led them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there!
   
RF KI1 18:41 Elijah then said to Ahab, " Go on, —eat and drink, for there is a murmuring sound of rain."
   
RF KI1 18:42 Ahab consequently went up and ate and drank, while Elijah went to the top of Karmel and bowed himself earthward, and put his face between his knees,
   
RF KI1 18:43 and said to his attendant, " Go up now, and look out towards the sea." So he went up and looked out, and reported, " There is nothing whatever! " But he replied, "Return seven times! "
   
RF KI1 18:44 And at the seventh he reported, " I see a little cloud like a man's hand coming up from the sea." Then he said, "Go, and tell Ahab, ' Turn and descend, —or the rain will prevent you.'"
   
RF KI1 18:45 And between this and that the skies became dark with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain, and Ahab mounted and went to Jezral, —
   
RF KI1 18:46 but the hand of the EVER-LIVING was upon Elijah, and he girt up his loins and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezral.
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