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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 22:1 (B.C. 899.) Now for a space of three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.
   
RF KI1 22:2 (B.C. 897.) Ahab declares war with Aram, and asks Jehoshaphat of Judah to help him to take Ramoth Gilad.
But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah came to see the king of Israel,
   
RF KI1 22:3 when the king of Israel said to his ministers, "You know that Ramoth Gilad is ours, yet we delay in taking it from the hand of the king of Aram."
   
RF KI1 22:4 He also said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilad?" And Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, "You are the same as myself, —my people and your people are the same, —my cavalry are your cavalry.
   
RF KI1 22:5 But, " said Jehoshaphat to the king of Israel, " I wish you to inquire at the same time for the command of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF KI1 22:6 The king of Israel consequently invited four hundred men of the Preachers, and asked them, "Shall we go up to Ramoth Gilad to attack it? or let it alone? " And they answered, "Go up! and Adoni will give it into the power of the king."
   
RF KI1 22:7 Jehoshaphat, however, asked "Is there not here also a Preacher of the EVER-LIVING who could be asked about it?"
   
RF KI1 22:8 (B.C. 897.) The Prophecy of Mikaiha.
When the king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, " There is only one man to ask JEHOVAH about it, —but I hate him, —for he never preaches good about me, but bad;—Mikaiha-ben-Imlah." Jehoshaphat, however, answered, "Do not say so, king."
   
RF KI1 22:9 Therefore the king of Israel called to one of his officers and said, "Fetch Mikaiha-ben-Imlah."
   
RF KI1 22:10 But the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, sat each on his throne clothed in their royal robes in the market place near the gate of Shomeron, and all the Preachers preached before them,
   
RF KI1 22:11 and Zedekiah, the son of Kenanah, had made iron horns, and exclaimed, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING! ' With these you shall push Aram to destruction!"
   
RF KI1 22:12 And all the Preachers preached the same, saying, "Go up to Ramoth Gilad and prosper, for the LORD will give it to the power of the king!"
   
RF KI1 22:13 The messenger also who had gone to invite Mikaiha, addressed him saying, "Look, now, the messages of the Preachers are unanimously good to the king. Come, now, talk in accordance with them, and speak good."
   
RF KI1 22:14 But Mikaiha replied, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING that which the EVER-LIVING commands me I shall speak!"
   
RF KI1 22:15 So they came to the king and the king asked him, "Mikaiha, shall we go to Ramoth Gilad to attack it? or shall we let it alone?" When he replied to him, "Go up, —and prosper! for the EVER-LIVING will give it into the power of the king!"
   
RF KI1 22:16 But the king exclaimed, "How many times must I swear you that you will not speak to me, except truly, in the name of the EVER-LIVING?"
   
RF KI1 22:17 Then he answered;—"I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills like sheep who have no shepherd, and the EVER-LIVING asked, ' Have these no leader who can lead them back to their homes in safety?'"
   
RF KI1 22:18 Then the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he never preached good to me, but bad?"—
   
RF KI1 22:19 He consequently continued, "Therefore hear the message of the EVER-LIVING. I saw the EVER-LIVING sitting on His Throne, and all the army of the heavens stationed near him, on the right hand and on the left;
   
RF KI1 22:20 when the EVER-LIVING asked, 'Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth Gilad?' And one suggested this way, and another suggested that.
   
RF KI1 22:21 Then a spirit came and stood before the EVER-LIVING and said, 'I will entice him.' But the EVER-LIVING asked him, How?'
   
RF KI1 22:22 " And he replied, ' I will go, and become a Spirit of Deception in the mouths of all his Preachers.'
"When He answered, ' You shall entice him, and also succeed.—Go and do so! '
   
RF KI1 22:23 "Therefore you see the EVER-LIVING has put a Deceiving Spirit in the mouths of all these Preachers of yours;—but the EVER-LIVING has decided evil against you."
   
RF KI1 22:24 Then Zedekiah-ben-Kananah advanced and struck Mikaiha on his cheek, and demanded, "How did the Spirit from the EVER-LIVING pass over from me to speak to you?"
   
RF KI1 22:25 When Mikaiha answered, —"You will see on the day when you go to an inner chamber to hide yourself."
   
RF KI1 22:26 The king of Israel, however, ex-claimed, " Seize Mikaiha, and conduct him to the castle of the Governor of the city, and Joash the king's son,
   
RF KI1 22:27 and say, The king orders thus: Put this fellow into solitary confinement, and feed him with bread of affliction, and water of affliction, —until I return in safety."'
   
RF KI1 22:28 But Mikaiha answered, " If you return in safety, the EVER-LIVING has not spoken by me!" Then he added, " Listen all you people."
   
RF KI1 22:29 (B.C. 897.) Ahab and Jehoshaphat assail Ramoth Gilad.
The king of Israel, and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, consequently advanced against Ramoth Gilad;
   
RF KI1 22:30 when the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, " I will disguise myself and go into the battle, —but you—dress yourself in your robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went to battle.
   
RF KI1 22:31 The king of Aram, however, had ordered his thirty-two Officers of the charioteers, saying, "You need not fight with little or great, —but only with the king of Israel."
   
RF KI1 22:32 (B.C. 897.) Ahab killed by a random arrow.
Consequently when the commanders of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, " This is the king of Israel, " and they wheeled against him to fight. But Jehoshaphat cried out;—
   
RF KI1 22:33 so when the commanders of the chariots discovered that he was not the king of Israel they turned away from him.
   
RF KI1 22:34 A man, however, drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armour, when he said to his charioteer, " Turn your hand, and carry me from the fight, for I am wounded."
   
RF KI1 22:35 So he left the battle at once, yet the king was supported in the chariot facing Aram, but died in the afternoon, and his blood from his wound poured into the bottom of the chariot.
   
RF KI1 22:36 When sunset came, the word was passed to the camp to order " each to his village, and each to his country,"
   
RF KI1 22:37 and they brought the dead king to Shomeron, where they buried the king.
   
RF KI1 22:38 When the chariot was washed at the pool in Shomeron, the dogs licked his blood, where the harlots washed themselves, —according to the word of the EVER-LIVING which He had spoken.
   
RF KI1 22:39 But the rest of the affairs of Ahab, and all he did, and the White Marble Palace he built, and all the towns he erected, —they are written of in the history of the events of the times of the kings of Israel.
   
RF KI1 22:40 When he slept with his fathers, Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
   
RF KI1 22:41 (B.C. 914.) Jehoshaphat begins to reign over Judah singly.1
Jehoshaphat-ben-Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
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1. Jehoshaphat had previously ruled only as Viceroy, or Regent, for his sick father, Asa. —F.F.
   
RF KI1 22:42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old at his coronation, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Azubah, daughter of Shibak.
   
RF KI1 22:43 He walked in the path of Asa his father. He did not turn from doing right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING: except that he did not throw down the Columns. The people still sacrificed and offered incense at the Columns.
   
RF KI1 22:44 Jehoshaphat also was at peace with the king of Israel.
   
RF KI1 22:45 For the rest of the affairs of Jehoshaphat, and the great things he achieved, and how he fought, —they are recorded in the history of events in the days of the kings of Judah.
   
RF KI1 22:46 However, the remainder of the Sodomites, who escaped in the days of his father Asa, he expelled from the country.
   
RF KI1 22:47 There was no king in Edom; he appointed a king.
   
RF KI1 22:48 Jehoshaphat built ships for Tharshish, to go to Aufer for gold, but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Atzion-gabar.
   
RF KI1 22:49 Then Ahaziah son of Ahab proposed to Jehoshaphat, "Let my servants and your servants go with the ships," but Jehoshaphat was not willing.
   
RF KI1 22:50 When Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David, and Jehoram his son reigned after him.
   
RF KI1 22:51 (B.C. 897.) Ahaziah begins to reign over Israel.
Ahaziah-ben-Ahab began to reign over Israel in Shomeron in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
   
RF KI1 22:52 But he did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, and walked in the way of his father, and the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeraboam-ben-Nebat, who made Israel sin.
   
RF KI1 22:53 For he served Bal, and worshipped him, and provoked the EVER-LIVING, the God of Israel, in all that his ancestors did.
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