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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 7:1 (B.C. 1005.) Solomon Builds Numerous Palaces.
But Solomon was thirteen years building his own Palace, and completing all his palaces,
   
RF KI1 7:2 And building the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was a hundred cubits long, and fifty cubits wide, and with towers of thirty cubits at the corners; with colonnades of cedar, and cedar beams upon the pillars,
   
RF KI1 7:3 with a cedar ceiling over the verandahs, which were supported upon forty-five pillars, fifteen in a row,
   
RF KI1 7:4 with three rows of copings, and window above window for three stories;
   
RF KI1 7:5 and all the doors and door-posts had squared copings; and in the front, window above window for three stories.
   
RF KI1 7:6 He also made a colonnade of fifty cubits long, and thirty cubits wide, with a hall before it, with columns and an awning before them.
   
RF KI1 7:7 Beside the Throne-room, where he appointed a hail to deliver judgments, which was celled with cedar, plank to plank.
   
RF KI1 7:8 Beside this palace, where he resided, a court was behind the Palatial hall where experiments were made. A house was also built for the daughter of Pharoh, whom Solomon had married, similar to the Hall of Experiment
   
RF KI1 7:9 All these buildings were beautifully adorned, carved with sculptures, with passages on passages, with towers, and with walks. They were magnificent within and without, from foundation to the coping stones.
   
RF KI1 7:10 Even the foundations were great cut stones, ten cubit blocks, and eight cubit blocks.
   
RF KI1 7:11 The pillars were also beautifully sculptured stones, and cedar.
   
RF KI1 7:12 And round the Great Court were three rows of sculptures and a row of carved cedar, like the Court of the House of the EVER-LIVING, enclosing both the Hall and the Palace.
   
RF KI1 7:13 (B.C. 1005.) Works of Hiram, the Engineer.
For King Solomon had sent and fetched Hiram from Tzur,
   
RF KI1 7:14 he was the son of a widow woman of the tribe of Naphtali, but his father was a native of Tzur, who was a fabricator in metals, and skilful in engineering, and in building, and the knowledge of all construction. He came to King Solomon,
   
RF KI1 7:15 And designed all his works. He also made the two pillars of brass, each of eighteen cubits high, with a cord of twelve cubits surrounding the two columns, and the two crowns of cast bronze made to place on the tops of the columns,
   
RF KI1 7:16 the height of the one crown being five cubits, and the height of the other crown five cubits, made like network.
   
RF KI1 7:17 He made great woven chains for the crowns that were upon the heads of the columns. Seven for the first crown, and seven for the other crown.
   
RF KI1 7:18 Thus he made the columns with two stories of network, enclosing pomegranates, for the one, to cover the tiara which was on the top; and made the same for the tiara of the second.
   
RF KI1 7:19 And the tiaras which were on the tops of the columns were made of lilies, of a height of four cubits;
   
RF KI1 7:20 and the tiara on each column also rose from reticulated capitals. There were also two hundred pomegranates in rows over the crowns of the two.
   
RF KI1 7:21 Then he set the columns in the Court of the Temple, and placed one column on the right side, And named it Firmness 1, next he raised the other column on the left hand and named it Speed.2
   
RF KI1 7:22 Last over the top of the columns he placed the lilies, and completed his work on the columns.
   
RF KI1 7:23 Description of the Brazen Sea.
He also cast an artificial sea, ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and five cubits high, with a beading of thirty cubits circling round it,
   
RF KI1 7:24 with mushrooms under the brim circling round it, ten to the cubit around the lake, ten mushrooms set in two rows; cast in the same casting.
   
RF KI1 7:25 It was supported upon twelve bullocks. Three facing to the North; and three facing to the West; and three facing to the South; and three facing to the East; and the tank was above them, and all their tails were inwards.
   
RF KI1 7:26 The thickness of it was a span3, and its tip like the form of a lily flower. It held two thousand baths.
   
RF KI1 7:27 Hiram makes Pedestals for the Ten Lavers.
He also made ten pedestals of four cubits long, each pedestal; and four cubits wide and three cubits high;
   
RF KI1 7:28 and made these pediments with dove tails on them, and dovetailed them at the joinings.
   
RF KI1 7:29 And on the dovetails that were between the joinings staples and bolts as fasteners, and over the joinings he placed projections, and below the staples and the bolts he made garlands hanging down.
   
RF KI1 7:30 There were four wheels of bronze to each pediment, and axles of bronze, and four centered axle-boxes to fit the axles into.
   
RF KI1 7:31 He cast each with a wreath and an opening from the inner side of the naves which projected for a cubit, and he made the circumference of the mouth a cubit and a half, and also coverings over the mouth with square indents, not round ones.
   
RF KI1 7:32 And the four wheels were beneath the indents, with clutches on the wheels with cogs, and the lever for each wheel was a cubit and a half long.
   
RF KI1 7:33 And he made the wheels in the form of a chariot wheel, with spokes, and bosses, and poles, and naves, the whole cast,
   
RF KI1 7:34 With four jambs on the four shoulders of the bearings, one from each base of a shoulder.
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1 Yakin.—F.F.
2 Baz.—F.F.
3 4 inches.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 7:35 And at the top of the bearing, a round ring half a cubit high; and above the bearing levers, and cog-wheels with counter-cogs,
   
RF KI1 7:36 The levers projecting from lock holes, and above as a finish, Kerubs, and lions, and palms, and surrounding wreaths.
   
RF KI1 7:37 Thus he made the bases of the same form and shape, and the wheels of one form.
   
RF KI1 7:38 He also made ten lavers of brass, of forty baths capacity each laver. Each laver was four cubits; each laver was upon a single base of the ten bases.
   
RF KI1 7:39 The bases were placed five on the right side of the house, and five on its left. But the tank-sea was placed at the right side of the house towards the east, fronting south.
   
RF KI1 7:40 Hiram also made the sprinklers, and the shovels, and the basons. Hiram thus completed all the furniture which King Solomon provided for the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 7:41 The two columns and the wreathed crowns on the tops of the columns, and the two networks to cover the two wreaths of the crowns which were on the tops of the columns,
   
RF KI1 7:42 With the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each net, to cover the two wreaths of the crowns which were on the tops of the columns.
   
RF KI1 7:43 And the ten bases, and the ten lavers upon the bases.
   
RF KI1 7:44 And the one tank, and the twelve bullocks under the tank.
   
RF KI1 7:45 And the boilers, and the forks, and the basons. The whole of the instruments of the Hall, that Hiram made for King Solomon for the House of the EVER-LIVING were of polished brass,
   
RF KI1 7:46 And cast in the neighborhood of the Jordan for the king, in the clay land between Sukoth and Tzarthan.
   
RF KI1 7:47 Solomon also made a very large amount of furniture, not calculating the value of the weight of the brass.
   
RF KI1 7:48 Solomon besides made all the instruments of the House of the EVER-LIVING, the altar of gold, and the table of gold upon which was the Showbread.
   
RF KI1 7:49 And the five lamps on the right and the five on the left hand opposite the Recess were pure gold, with their plates and reflectors, and snuffers of pure gold.
   
RF KI1 7:50 And the fans, and psalteries, and pans; and the spoons, and tongs of refined gold. And the hinges of the doors of the House, over the entrance of the Holy of Holies, with the doors of the House of the temple, of gold.
   
RF KI1 7:51 Thus was completed all the furniture that King Solomon made for the House of the EVER-LIVING, and Solomon brought the consecrated silver and gold of his father David, and the furniture he gave, to the House of the EVER-LIVING.
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