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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 5:1 (B.C. 1014) The King of Tyre supplies to Solomon Timber for the Temple.
Hiram1 King of Tzur2 also sent his ministers to Solomon, when he heard that he had been consecrated king as his father's viceroy, for Hiram and David were friends all their time.
RF KI1 5:2 Solomon accordingly sent to Hiram to say:
RF KI1 5:3 "You know David was not able to build a House to the name of the EVER-LIVING GOD,
RF KI1 5:4 because the EVER-LIVING said to David my father,
RF KI1 5:5 'Your son, whom I will place as your viceroy on your throne, shall build a house to My name.'
RF KI1 5:6 So now therefore order them to cut for me Cedars from Lebanon, and my workmen shall be with your workmen, and I will pay your workmen. I will pay you whatever you agree, for you know there are not among us men who understand the cutting of timber as the Zidonians do."
RF KI1 5:7 And when Hiram heard the demands of Solomon he was greatly pleased, and said, "Thank the EVER-LIVING today who has given David a wise son over, this great people."
RF KI1 5:8 So Hiram sent to Solomon to say, "I have heard what you have communicated to me. I will do all that you wish in Cedar and Fir timber.
RF KI1 5:9 My workmen shall bring it from Lebanon to the sea, and I 'will direct in rafts on the sea to whatever place you instruct me, and deliver it there, and you accept it, and make payment to me by providing food for my people."
RF KI1 5:10 Consequently Hiram supplied Solomon with Cedar and Pine timber as much as he desired,
1 Hiram.—F.F.
2 Tzur, Tyre. —F.F.
RF KI1 5:11 and Solomon paid to Hiram twenty thousand kors of wheat, to provide for his city, and twenty kors of olive oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year.
RF KI1 5:12 (B.C. 1018) Solomon orders a Conscription of Workmen.
Thus the EVER-LIVING gave Solomon wisdom, as He promised him, and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they both made a treaty together.
RF KI1 5:13 King Solomon then levied a conscription from all Israel; and the conscription was thirty thousand men, whom he sent to Lebanon, by ten thousand a month, by monthly shifts.
RF KI1 5:14 They were a month in Lebanon; two months at home. And Adoniram was over this conscription.
RF KI1 5:15 He had also twenty thousand carriers of loads; and eighty thousand stone-cutters in the hills, besides Solomon's thirty thousand masons,
RF KI1 5:16 Who were at the works in the plains, and three hundred superintendents of the people labouring at the buildings.
RF KI1 5:17 For the king ordered, and they made large stones; heavy stones for the foundations of the Temple; polished stones.
RF KI1 5:18 Thus the people of Solomon, and the people of Hiram carved, and planned, and shaped the timber and the stones to build the Temple.

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