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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 6:1 (B.C. 1012) Date of Beginning the Temple.
And it was in the four hundred and eightieth year from the coming up of the children of Israel from the land of the Mitzeraim, in his fourth year, in the month of Ziu, the same month of the year as that in which Solomon began to reign over Israel,—he began to build the Temple for the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 6:2 Description of the Temple.
The Temple that King Solomon built for the EVER-LIVING was sixty cubits long,1 and twenty wide,2 and thirty cubits high,3
   
RF KI1 6:3 With a colonnade in front of the body of the Temple of twenty cubits wide 4 following the form of the building, and rising ten cubits up the face of the structure.
   
RF KI1 6:4 And he made bowed windows for the building above its circuit.
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1 Sacred cubit 25 in Eng. = 125 ft.
2 = 41 ft. 8 in. Eng.
3 = 61 ft. 8 in. Eng.
4 = 41 ft. 8 in. Eng.
   
RF KI1 6:5 He built also around the wall encircling the whole of the Temple, lodges joined to the wall in regular order, and also made a verandah around.
   
RF KI1 6:6 The lower lodges were five cubits wide, on a platform six cubits wide,5 with a third seven cubits wide 6; for a verandah was formed along the enclosure around the Court, but so as not to disfigure the walls of the Temple.
   
RF KI1 6:7 The Temple was itself built of stone finished at the quarry; the stones cut, carved, and polished. No iron tool was heard in the construction whilst it was being built.
   
RF KI1 6:8 Folding gates with a platform were at the right side of the building, with stairs going up to that platform, and from this platform to a third.
   
RF KI1 6:9 Thus the structure was built, and they completed it by wainscoting the building with planks of cedar.
   
RF KI1 6:10 Lastly he built a story over all the building five cubits in height7 and covered in the structure with beams and planks of cedar.
   
RF KI1 6:11 Then the word of the EVER-LIVING afterwards came to Solomon saying,
   
RF KI1 6:12 " About the House which you have built for Me, if you walk according to my Institutions, and practice my Decrees, and regard all my Commandments, to guide yourself by them, then I will confirm the promise I gave you, which I promised to David your father;
   
RF KI1 6:13 and I will rest in the midst of the Children of Israel, and will not abandon My People of Israel."
   
RF KI1 6:14 Thus Solomon built the Temple and finished it.
   
RF KI1 6:15 He also built walls around the Temple, with a sheltering verandah of cedar; while the ceiling of the House, as well as its walls, he paneled with that wood; but he laid the floor of the building, and the verandahs, with fir-wood.
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5 = 10 ft. 5 in. and 12 ft. 6 in. respectively Eng.
6 = 10 ft. 5 in. Eng.
7 = 14 ft. 7 in.
These platforms seem to have been what we now call "Landings," or broad steps leading up to the verandah, and the old translators, not being accustomed to such, sadly confused their versions.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 6:16 He also built twenty cubits broad at the back of the House as a verandah, of cedar, from the floor to the height of the walls. He built it for himself, as a Lecture Hall to discuss Philosophy with Philosophers.
   
RF KI1 6:17 And this building was forty cubits from the Temple.
   
RF KI1 6:18 The inside of the building was of cedar, covered with running foliage and open flowers. The whole was of cedar; no stone was used.
   
RF KI1 6:19 And in the interior of the Temple he constructed a Recess in which to place the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 6:20 And the surface of the Recess was twenty cubits long, and twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits broad, and was surmounted by a railing of cedar plated with gold?
   
RF KI1 6:21 Solomon also protected the House and its top with a golden railing, and formed golden chains before the Recess, and covered them with gold.
   
RF KI1 6:22 He also covered the whole of the Temple with gold to the top. All the House and all the Altar, that was opposite the Recess, were plated with gold.
   
RF KI1 6:23 And he made for the Recess two Kerubs of olive-wood, ten cubits high,
   
RF KI1 6:24 with wings of five cubits for the one Kerub, and wings of five cubits for the other Kerub, Ten cubits from the dip of one's wings to the dip of the other's wings.
   
RF KI1 6:25 And the second Kerub was ten cubits from the first. The shape of both was the same.
   
RF KI1 6:26 The height of each Kerub was ten cubits, both Kerubs were the same.
   
RF KI1 6:27 He placed the Kerubs inside the building, and the Kerubs' wings were extended. The wings of the one extended from the wall, and the wings of the other Kerub extended from the other wall; so one's wings touched the other's wings at the middle of the hall, wing touching wing.
   
RF KI1 6:28 The Kerubs were also covered with gold
   
RF KI1 6:29 and all round the walls of the hall were carved sculptures, with statues of Kerubs and palm-trees, and open flowers, for windows and doors.
   
RF KI1 6:30 The floor of the hall was also plated with gold, with the windows and doors.
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1 Vv. 16-23. My translation of this very difficult passage is totally different in purport to that usually given, but I believe it to be the correct one, as it is self-consistent and does not contradict other portions of the record, as the current versions do.—F. F
   
RF KI1 6:31 The door of the Recess was made of two leaves of olive-wood with four strong posts;
   
RF KI1 6:32 The two leaves were of olive wood, with Kerubs, and palm trees, and roses carved upon them; with gilding spread over the Kerubs, and palm trees, and roses.
   
RF KI1 6:33 The door posts of the Temple were made of olive-wood squared, with two leaves of pine-wood.
   
RF KI1 6:34 The leaves of the first were double, on two rollers, and the second door was double on two rollers,
   
RF KI1 6:35 With carvings of Kerubs, and palm-trees, and roses, and plates of gold, with skilful portraitures.
   
RF KI1 6:36 He also built an Outer Court opposite the south triangle, with colonnades of cut stone, and colonnades of carved cedar.
   
RF KI1 6:37 He began the structure in his fourth year, in the month Ziu, and finished the House
   
RF KI1 6:38 in his eleventh year, in the month Bul (that is the eighth month), with all its appliances and arrangements. Thus it was seven years in building.
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