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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 19:1

Ahab Consults with Jezebel.
But Ahab informed Jezebel of all that Elijah had done, and how he had slain all her Preachers by the sword;

   
RF KI1 19:2 therefore Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods do so to me, and add to it, —if your life shall not be like the life of one of them by tomorrow at this time!"
   
RF KI1 19:3 Then he was afraid, and rose, and went for his life, and arrived at Bersheba, belonging to Judah, and left his attendant there;
   
RF KI1 19:4 he, however, went a day's journey into the desert, and sat under a broom-tree, and asked for his life to die, and said, "It is enough now, EVER-LIVING; take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."
   
RF KI1 19:5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom-tree, and saw there a messenger touching him, and saying to him, " Arise and eat!"
   
RF KI1 19:6 When he looked, he saw at his head baked cakes and a cruse of water, and he ate and drank, and rested, and slept.
   
RF KI1 19:7 The Messenger of the EVER-LIVING, however, returned a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, and eat! for the journey is too much for you."
   
RF KI1 19:8 So he arose and ate and drank, and travelled upon that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF KI1 19:9 and went into a cave there, and lodged in it, when the message of the EVER-LIVING came to him and asked, "What do you here, Elijah?"
   
RF KI1 19:10 And he replied, " I have been very zealous for the EVER-LIVING GOD of MIGHT; for the Children of Israel have forsaken Your Covenant, —. thrown down Your Altars, —and have slain Your preachers with the sword, —and I alone am left, —and they seek my life to take it!"
   
RF KI1 19:11 But it was answered, "Go out, and station yourself upon the Hill in the presence of the EVER-LIVING, and see the EVER-LIVING pass."
Then a great and mighty wind tore the hills, and shivered the crags before the EVER-LIVING.
The EVER-LIVING was not in the Wind! And after the Wind, —an Earthquake.
The EVER-LIVING was not in the Earthquake.
   
RF KI1 19:12 And after the Earthquake a Fire. The EVER-LIVING was not in the Fire. And after the Fire a STILL SMALL VOICE.
   
RF KI1 19:13 And when Elijah heard that he covered his face with his mantle, and went and stationed himself at the opening of the cave, and the VOICE addressed him and asked " What do you here, Elijah?"
   
RF KI1 19:14 When he answered, " I have been very zealous for the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of MIGHT; for the Children of Israel have forsaken Your Covenant, —thrown down Your Altars; and have slain Your preachers with the sword; and I alone am left, —and they seek my life to take it!"
   
RF KI1 19:15 The EVER-LIVING, however, replied to him, "Turn your journey to the Desert of Damascus, and go and consecrate Hazal king over Aram;
   
RF KI1 19:16 and Jehu king over Israel; and Elisha-ben-Shafat of Abal-makholah, consecrate as preacher after you;
   
RF KI1 19:17 and then whoever escapes from the sword of Hazal, Jehu will kill, and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will, kill.—
   
RF KI1 19:18 However, there are left to Me in Israel seven thousand, all of whose knees have not bent to Bal, and all of whose lips have not kissed him."
   
RF KI1 19:19 (B.C. 906.) Consecration of Elisha.
He consequently went from there and found Elisha-ben-Shafat, who was ploughing with twelve sets of oxen in his presence, but he was with the twelfth set, and Elijah went over to him and threw his own mantle upon him.
   
RF KI1 19:20 So he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said " I will bid good-bye to my father and mother, —then I will follow you." But he replied to him, "Go back—what have I done to you?"
   
RF KI1 19:21 So he turned from following, and took the set of oxen and sacrificed them, and boiled the flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they feasted. Then he arose and went after Elijah and attended him.
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