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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 3:1

Solomon Marries Pharoh's Daughter.
Solomon afterwards contracted a treaty of marriage with Pharoh king of the Mitzeraim, and married Pharoh's daughter, and brought her to the City of David, until he completed the building of his palace, and the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the walls around Jerusalem;

   
RF KI1 3:2 For the people had altars on the hills, because a House had not been built to the name of the EVER-LIVING until these times.
   
RF KI1 3:3 And Solomon loved the EVER-LIVING, walking in all the Institutions of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burnt incense on the hills.
   
RF KI1 3:4 So the king went to Gibaon, where there was a Great Peak, to sacrifice a thousand burnt-offerings. Solomon offered them on that Peak.
   
RF KI1 3:5 (B.C. 1014.) Solomon's Wish.
At Gibaon the EVER-LIVING appeared to Solomon in a dream at night, when GOD said, "Ask what I shall give you!"
   
RF KI1 3:6 And Solomon replied, "You showed kindness to my father David, Your servant, because he walked before You in sincerity and rectitude, and right heartedness, and You kept this great kindness for him, by granting to him that his son should sit upon his throne, he does today.
   
RF KI1 3:7 Now also, my EVER-LIVING GOD, You have made Your servant reign in place of David my father, but I am very young, I may not know how to conduct myself,
   
RF KI1 3:8 and Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a numerous people who cannot be numbered or counted for extent.
   
RF KI1 3:9 Then give Your servant a heart to listen justly to Your People, and to distinguish between right or wrong. For who is able to administer justice to this splendid People of Yours?"
   
RF KI1 3:10 And it was acceptable in the sight of the EVER-LIVING that Solomon asked such a thing.
   
RF KI1 3:11 GOD therefore said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and not asked for yourself length of days, and have not asked wealth for yourself, and have not asked the lives of your enemies, but have asked intelligence for yourself to listen to justice,
   
RF KI1 3:12 I will do for you as you request, I will give you a wise heart, and understanding, such as there has not been before you, and such as will not arise after you.
   
RF KI1 3:13 And also, I will give you what you have not asked, that is wealth and splendor such as no man of the kings of all your time possesses.
   
RF KI1 3:14 And if you walk in My paths, to guard My Institutions, and commands, as your father David walked, I will lengthen your days."
   
RF KI1 3:15 Then Solomon awoke, and it was a dream; so he went to Jerusalem And stood before the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, and offered sacrifices and thank-offerings and drink-offerings with all his ministers.
   
RF KI1 3:16 The Judgment of Solomon.
Once there came two women, harlots, to the king, and appealed to him.
   
RF KI1 3:17 And the first woman said; "Your Majesty, myself and this woman lived in a single house, and I bore a child there in the house;
   
RF KI1 3:18 But three days after I had borne it, this woman also bore a child, and we were alone; there was no outsider with us in the house; none except us two in the house.
   
RF KI1 3:19 But the son of this woman died at night, as she overlaid it.
   
RF KI1 3:20 Then she arose in the middle of the night, and took my son from my side, while your servant slept, and laid it to her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast.
   
RF KI1 3:21 When I arose in the morning to suckle my child, then I saw a corpse, and having examined it in the morning, I saw that it was not my child, which I had borne."
   
RF KI1 3:22 Then the other woman said, "No! For my child is the living, but yours is the dead!" But the first replied, "Nay! For your child is the dead, and my child is the living, and you shall answer for it before the king!"
   
RF KI1 3:23 The king consequently said, "One asserts 'My child is the living, and yours is the dead,' and the other asserts, ' No! For your child is the dead, and my child is the living!'"
   
RF KI1 3:24 The king therefore continued, "Fetch me a sword!" And they brought a sword to the king.
   
RF KI1 3:25 When the king said, "Split the living child into two, and give half to the one, and half to the other!
   
RF KI1 3:26 The woman, however, whose the living child was, replied to the king,—for her affection quivered over her child, and exclaimed, "My lord I give the living child to her, instead of the dead! Do not kill it! And thus you will preserve it for me, and for her! It shall not be split"
   
RF KI1 3:27 Upon which the king replied, "Give her the living child, and kill it not, she is its mother."
   
RF KI1 3:28 And all Israel heard of this judgment that the king had delivered, and they paid him respect, for they saw that divine wisdom was in his breast to do justice.
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