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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.

   
AMP KI1 6:1

AND 480 years after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the second month, Ziv, he began to build the Lord's house.

   
AMP KI1 6:2 The length of the house Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits, its breadth twenty, and its height thirty cubits.
   
AMP KI1 6:3 The length of the vestibule in front of the temple was twenty cubits, equal to the width of the house, and its depth in front of the house was ten cubits.
   
AMP KI1 6:4 For the house he made narrow [latticed] windows.
   
AMP KI1 6:5 Against the wall of the house he built chambers running round the walls of the house both of the Holy Place and of the Holy of Holies; and he made side chambers all around.
   
AMP KI1 6:6 The first story's side chambers were five cubits wide, those of the middle story six cubits wide, and of the third story seven cubits wide; for around the outside of the wall of the house he made offsets in order that the supporting beams should not be thrust into the walls of the house.
   
AMP KI1 6:7 When the house was being built, its stone was made ready at the quarry, and no hammer, ax, or tool of iron was heard in the house while it was in building.
   
AMP KI1 6:8 The entrance to the lowest side chamber was on the right [or south] side of the house; and one went up winding stairs into the middle chamber and from the middle into the third.
   
AMP KI1 6:9 So Solomon built the temple building and finished it, and roofed the house with beams and boards of cedar.
   
AMP KI1 6:10 Then he built the stories of chambers [the lean-to] against all the house, each [story] five cubits high; and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.
   
AMP KI1 6:11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying,
   
AMP KI1 6:12 Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes, execute My precepts, and keep all My commandments to walk in them, then I will fulfill to you My promises which I made to David your father.
   
AMP KI1 6:13 And I will dwell among the Israelites and will not forsake My people Israel.
   
AMP KI1 6:14 So Solomon built the house and finished it.
   
AMP KI1 6:15 He built the walls of the house (the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies) within with boards of cedar, from the floor of the house to the rafters of the ceiling. He covered the inside with wood, and the floor of the house with boards of cypress.
   
AMP KI1 6:16 He built twenty cubits of the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the rafters; he built it within for the sanctuary, the Holy of Holies.
   
AMP KI1 6:17 The [rest of the] house, that is, the temple in front of the Holy of Holies, was forty cubits long.
   
AMP KI1 6:18 The cedar on the house within was carved with gourds and open flowers. All was cedar; no stone was visible.
   
AMP KI1 6:19 And he prepared the Holy of Holies in the inner room in which to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
   
AMP KI1 6:20 The Holy of Holies was twenty cubits in length, in breadth, and in height. He overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid the cedar altar.
   
AMP KI1 6:21 Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across in front of the Holy of Holies and overlaid it with gold.
   
AMP KI1 6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole [incense] altar that [stood outside the door but] belonged to the Holy of Holies he overlaid with gold.
   
AMP KI1 6:23 Within the Holy of Holies he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
   
AMP KI1 6:24 Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub and five cubits its other wing; from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other was ten cubits.
   
AMP KI1 6:25 The wings of the other cherub were also ten cubits. Both cherubim were the same,
   
AMP KI1 6:26 The height of one cherub ten cubits, as was the other.
   
AMP KI1 6:27 He put the cherubim within the inner sanctuary. Their wings were stretched out, so that the wing of one touched one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall, and their inner wings touched in the midst of the room.
   
AMP KI1 6:28 Solomon overlaid the cherubim with gold.
   
AMP KI1 6:29 He carved all the walls of the house (these two holy rooms) round about with figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, within and without.
   
AMP KI1 6:30 The floor of the house he overlaid with gold, inside and out.
   
AMP KI1 6:31 For the Holy of Holies he made [folding] doors of olive wood; their entire width was one-fifth that of the wall.
   
AMP KI1 6:32 On the two doors of olive wood he carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; he overlaid them with gold, and spread gold on the cherubim and palm trees.
   
AMP KI1 6:33 Also he made for the door of the Holy Place four-sided posts of olive wood.
   
AMP KI1 6:34 The two doors were of cypress wood; the two leaves of each door were folding.
   
AMP KI1 6:35 He carved on them cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, covered with gold evenly applied on the carved work.
   
AMP KI1 6:36 He built the inner court with three rows of hewn stone and a row of cedar beams.
   
AMP KI1 6:37 In the fourth year the foundation of the Lord's house was laid, in the [second] month, Ziv.
   
AMP KI1 6:38 In the eleventh year, in Bul, the eighth month, the house was finished throughout according to all its specifications. So he was seven years in building it.
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