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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 20:1 (B. C. 901.) Ben-Hadad invades Israel and insults Ahab.
At this time Ben-hadad, king of Aram, collected all his forces, and thirty-two Chiefs with him, with horse and chariots, and went up and besieged Shomeron, and attacked it,
   
RF KI1 20:2 and sent Messengers to Ahab, king of Israel, to the city, to say to him, " Ben-hadad says this, —
   
RF KI1 20:3 ' Your silver and your gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.'"
   
RF KI1 20:4 But the king of Israel answered him, and said, "As your Majesty says, I and all that I have are yours."
   
RF KI1 20:5 Then he sent back the Messengers, and they said;—"Ben-hadad says this, —' Why I ordered to send to you was, to say your silver and gold, and wives and children must be given to me.
   
RF KI1 20:6 And if not by to-morrow at this time, —I will send my officers to you and they will take possession of your palace, and the houses of your ministers, and they shall lay their hands on all that is delightful in your eyes, and take it.'"
   
RF KI1 20:7 The king of Israel consequently summoned the nobles of the country, and said, "You know and perceive what injury he seeks, for he has sent to me for my wives, my children, and my silver and gold, and I did not refuse him them."
   
RF KI1 20:8 All the nobles, and all the people said to him, however, " Do not listen to him, and do not consent."
   
RF KI1 20:9 So he replied to the Messenger of Ben-hadad, " Say to his Majesty, ' All that I promised to your officers before, I will do, but I am not able to effect this last command.' " The messengers consequently went, and reported the business.
   
RF KI1 20:10 Then Ben-hadad again sent to him, and said, "May the GODs do this to me, and add to this, if the dust of Shomeron shall be enough for the soles of the army that is at my feet."
   
RF KI1 20:11 But the king of Israel replied and said, "Thy say, Let not the man putting on armour boast like him stripping it off! '"
   
RF KI1 20:12 And when he heard that word he was drinking with his Generals in the tents, so he exclaimed to his officers, " Assail the city!"
   
RF KI1 20:13 A preacher advises to resist Ben-Hadad
A Preacher, however, approached to Ahab, king of Israel, and said, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, ' Look upon all this great crowd. I will give it into your power today, —that you may know that I am the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF KI1 20:14 But Ahab asked " How? "
When he answered, " Thus says the EVER-LIVING, By the Guards of the Provincial Governors! "
Then he asked " Who must command in the battle? "
And he replied, "Yourself."
   
RF KI1 20:15 He consequently arranged the Guards of the Provincial Governors, who were two hundred and thirty-two, and behind them he arranged the whole of the forces of all the Children of Israel, seven thousand.
   
RF KI1 20:16 And they went out at noon. Ben-hadad meantime had drunk himself drunk in the tents with the thirty-two Chiefs who helped him.
   
RF KI1 20:17 But the soldiers of the Provincial Governors advanced to the front, so Ben-hadad sent to inquire, and they informed him, saying, "Some men are coming out of Shomeron."
   
RF KI1 20:18 When he answered, " If they come peaceably, —seize them at once; and if they come for a fight, seize them at once!"
   
RF KI1 20:19 But they were the Guards of the Provincial Governors who came from the City with the force which followed them,
   
RF KI1 20:20 and they assailed each his man, and Aram fled, and Israel pursued, but Ben-hadad escaped on a horse with his cavalry.
   
RF KI1 20:21 Then the king of Israel advanced and assailed the horse and chariots, and defeated Aram with a crushing defeat.
   
RF KI1 20:22 Then a Preacher approached the king of Israel and said to him:—' Go and strengthen yourself, for you should know and foresee what you have to do, because the king of Aram will come back upon you at the spring of next year."
   
RF KI1 20:23 (B.C. 900.) Ben-Hadad's ministers advise him to Reform his Army and Fight again.
The officers of the king of Aram, however, said to him, " Their GOD is a GOD of the hills, therefore they were stronger than us. But if we fight them in the plain He will not be able to help them.
   
RF KI1 20:24 But this event has made the Chiefs return each to his own home; therefore appoint Generals in their place,
   
RF KI1 20:25 and collect for yourself an army like the army that was beaten, and with similar cavalry, and similar chariots, and fight them in the plain where they will not be strong." He listened to their advice, and did so.
   
RF KI1 20:26 And when the year had turned, Ben-hadad organized Aram, and advanced to Afak to fight with Israel.
   
RF KI1 20:27 Consequently the Children of Israel organized themselves, and provisioned themselves, and marched to meet them. But the Israelites compared to them were like two flocks of sheep and goats, while Aram covered the country.
   
RF KI1 20:28 But a man of GOD came and spoke to the king of Israel and said, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, ' Was not this what Aram said? "The EVER-LIVING is a GOD of the hills, and not a GOD of the plains? " ' Therefore I will give all this great army to your hand, and you shall know that I am the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF KI1 20:29 Aram again defeated, and Ben-hadad captured.
But those encamped, and these encamped for seven days. On the seventh they joined in battle, and Israel slew of Aram, on that single day, a hundred thousand of infantry,
   
RF KI1 20:30 and the remainder fled to Afak, to the citadel, but the wall fell upon a crowd of twenty-seven men. The rest, with Ben-hadad, fled and reached the inner fortress of the city.
   
RF KI1 20:31 His ministers then said to him, " See now, listen to us, for the kings of the House of Israel are merciful kings. Let us put sacks upon our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go to the king of Israel. Perhaps he will spare your life."
   
RF KI1 20:32 They accordingly bound sacks upon their waists, and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, "Your servant, Ben-hadad, asks, Will you let me live?' " When he answered, " He shall live; —he is my brother." But the men watched, and made haste, and confirmed it from themselves, and said, "Your brother, Ben-hadad!"
   
RF KI1 20:33 Then he said, "Go, fetch and bring him." So they went and brought Ben-hadad to him, and he made him mount into his own chariot,
   
RF KI1 20:34 when he said:—"The cities that my father took from your father I will restore; and also return to Shomeron the suburbs at Damascus, as your father held them ' I will cede them to you." So he made a compact with him that he should hand them to him.
   
RF KI1 20:35 (B.C. 900.) A Preacher denounces Ahab for his Weakness and Folly.
A man, however, belonging to the profession of the Preachers said to his companion, " I wish you would assault me! " but he hesitated to wound him,
   
RF KI1 20:36 so he said to him, " Say why have you not listened to the voice of the EVER-LIVING? In consequence, when you leave me, a lioness will assail you! " And when he went from his side, he met a lioness and she assailed him.
   
RF KI1 20:37 Then he met another man and said, "I wish you would assault me! So that man assaulted, and wounded him.
   
RF KI1 20:38 Then the Preacher went and stationed himself awaiting the king on the road; but he had rolled in the dust up to his eyes,
   
RF KI1 20:39 and when the king passed he shrieked out to the king, and said, "Your servant was in the heart of the battle, and an officer brought to me a man and said, ' Guard this man, —if he escapes, your life shall be for his life, —or you shall pay a talent of silver.'
   
RF KI1 20:40 But whilst your servant was walking here and there, he vanished! " The king of Israel, however, answered, " Consequently you are convicted by your own statement."
   
RF KI1 20:41 Then he at once swept the dust from his face; when the king of Israel recognized him as belonging to the Preachers!
   
RF KI1 20:42 for he exclaimed, " Thus says the EVER-LIVING! ' Why have you freed this cursed fellow from your power? Therefore your life shall be for his life;—and your people for his people! "
   
RF KI1 20:43 So the king of Israel went to his palace sad and gloomy, and came to Shomeron.
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