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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 8:1 (B.C. 1004.) Consecration of the Temple.
Solomon then assembled the Judges of Israel, and all the Heads of the Tribes, with the Chiefs of the families of the children of Israel, to meet King Solomon in Jerusalem, to carry up the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING from the City of David, that is Mount Zion.
   
RF KI1 8:2 When King Solomon addressed all the Chiefs of Israel, in the month of Aithanim, at the festival of the seventh month.
   
RF KI1 8:3 All the Judges of Israel consequently came, and the priests took up the Ark,
   
RF KI1 8:4 and carried the Ark of the EVER-LIVING to the Hall of Assembly, with all the sacred furniture that was for the Hall, going up with the Priests and Levites,
   
RF KI1 8:5 and King Solomon, and all the assembled Parliament of Israel with them, before the Ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen without number, for they did not count how many.
   
RF KI1 8:6 Then the Priests brought the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING to its place in the Recess of the House, to the Holy of Holies, under the canopy of the Kerubim,
   
RF KI1 8:7 for the Kerubs spread their wings over the surface of the Ark, and the Kerubs covered the Ark above.
   
RF KI1 8:8 But they drew the staves out, so that they could see the heads of the staves in the Sanctuary from the Commandary Recess, but could not see them from the Court. And they are there until today.'1
   
RF KI1 8:9 There was nothing in the Ark except the two tables of stone that Moses placed there in Horeb, when the EVER-LIVING contracted with the Children of Israel, when he brought them up from the land of the Egyptians
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1 V. 8. This comment shows the composition of this history to have preceded the Babylonian captivity, and corroborates my conviction of Isaiah being its author, for which see Second Chronicles, Ch. 32, v. 32, which confirms my conclusion made from internal evidence.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 8:10 When the Priest came out from the Sanctuary, a cloud filled the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF KI1 8:11 so that the Priests were not able to stand to serve because of the cloud;—for the splendor of the EVER-LIVING filled the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 8:12 (B.C. 1004) Solomon's Dedicatory Psalms.
Then Solomon exclaimed, "The LORD said He would dwell in darkness;—
   
RF KI1 8:13 Building, I have built you a House, Founded a rest for you forever!"
   
RF KI1 8:14 Then the King turned his face and blessed all the Assembly of Israel, whilst all the Assembly of Israel stood up,
   
RF KI1 8:15 and he said," Bless the LIVING GOD of Israel, Who spoke directly with my father David, And by His hand accomplishes His word,—
   
RF KI1 8:16 ' From when I brought My People Israel out of Egypt I chose in Israel's Tribes no City, To build a House to fix my Name, Till for My People Israel I chose David.'
   
RF KI1 8:17 So it was in my father, David's heart, To build the Name of Israel's LIVING GOD a House,
   
RF KI1 8:18 But the LORD enquired of my father, David,' Longs your heart to build My Name a Home?—It was not good that came into your mind!—
   
RF KI1 8:19 Be gone! you shall not build that house! But your son, who from your loins springs, Shall build My Name that Home.'
   
RF KI1 8:20 And the LORD His word has done, For I after my father rise, And sit on Israel's throne, As the LORD from Himself declared, And have built this House to the NAME Of Israel's still-living GOD,
   
RF KI1 8:21 And place there a home for the Ark Where THE LIFE'S Treaty is kept, That He, Himself, made with our Fathers, Whom He brought from the land of Mitzeraim."
   
RF KI1 8:22 (B.C. 1004.) Solomon then stood before the altar of the EVER-LIVING opposite all the Assembly of Israel, and spread his hands to the heavens,
   
RF KI1 8:23 Solomon's Dedicatory Prayer.
and said, "LIVING GOD of Israel! There is no GOD like You in heaven above, or upon earth beneath, keeping covenant and promise to Your servants, who walk before You with all their heart.
   
RF KI1 8:24 Who kept Your promise to David, my father, as You promised to him, for today You fulfil Your promise, by Your mouth, and by Your hand.
   
RF KI1 8:25 "So now, EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, keep to Your servant, my father David, what You promised to him, saying, ' There shall not be wanting to you a man before Me to sit upon the throne of Israel, if only your sons regard My path to walk before Me, as you have walked before Me.'
   
RF KI1 8:26 And now, GOD of Israel, establish, I pray, the promise You promised to Your servant David my father.
   
RF KI1 8:27 "But will GOD really dwell upon the earth, while the heaven, and the heaven of heavens are not able to contain Him, then how can this House which I have built?
   
RF KI1 8:28 "Therefore turn to the prayer of Your servant, LIVING GOD, to listen to his cry, and the prayer which Your servant prays before You today,
   
RF KI1 8:29 and listen with favour to Your servant, and Your. People Israel when they pray at this place, and also listen from the place of Your rest in the Heavens, listen and pardon.
   
RF KI1 8:30 "When a man has sinned by doing wrong, and there is offered up for him prayer, and he comes to invoke before Your altar in this House,
   
RF KI1 8:31 then hear from the Heavens, and examine and judge Your servant,
   
RF KI1 8:32 and punish, and lay on the head of the wicked his wicked course; and give to the righteous according to his goodness.
   
RF KI1 8:33 "When Your People Israel are routed before their enemies when it has offended You, if it returns to You, and implores. Your NAME, and prays, and entreats You in this House,
   
RF KI1 8:34 then hear from the Heavens and pardon the sin of Your People Israel, and restore to them the land which You gave to their fathers.
   
RF KI1 8:35 " If the skies are restrained, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, if they pray at this place, and implore Your Name, and turn from their sins, answer them;
   
RF KI1 8:36 and hear from the Heavens, and pardon the sin of Your People Israel—for You can turn them from the path of sin which they are walking in,—and give rain to Your country which You have allowed Your People to possess.
   
RF KI1 8:37 " When there may be famine in the country; when there may be blight, mildew, flights of locusts; when it may be there is an enemy ravaging in the bounds of its country; any contagion; any disease; or failure; any plague that there may be, on any land, on any of Your People Israel,
   
RF KI1 8:38 by which any man can be struck to the heart,—when he spreads his hand towards this House,
   
RF KI1 8:39 then listen from the Heavens,—from Your firm seat,—and pardon, and examine, and grant to each according to his need, as You know his heart,—for You know,—Yourself alone, the heart of every son of Adam,
   
RF KI1 8:40 because You see the life that they live on the face of the earth, that You gave to their fathers.
   
RF KI1 8:41 "And also the foreigners who are not of Your People Israel, who come from far countries because of You NAME,
   
RF KI1 8:42 for they will hear of Your great NAME, and Your strong hand, and Your directing arm, and come to worship at this House,
   
RF KI1 8:43 therefore listen from the Heavens,—from Your firm rest,—and effect all that the foreigners ask of You; so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your NAME, and recognize Your might, like Your People Israel; and may know that Your NAME can be called upon in this House which I have built You.
   
RF KI1 8:44 " When Your People go out to war with their enemies, in the way that You send them, and pray to the EVER-LIVING toward the City that You have chosen, and the House which I have built to Your NAME;
   
RF KI1 8:45 then hear from the Heavens their prayer and supplication, and grant them their right.
   
RF KI1 8:46 " When they sin against You,—for there is no man who does not sin,—and You are angry with them, and deliver them to the face of their enemies, and drive them to the country of their enemies, afar off or near;
   
RF KI1 8:47 when they turn their hearts in the land of their enemies, where they dwell, and repent, and supplicate You in the land of their dwelling, saying, ' We have sinned, and been passionate, and done wrong; '
   
RF KI1 8:48 and they turn to You with all their heart, and all their soul, in the country of their enemies, where they dwell, and pray to You towards the land that You gave to their fathers,—the city which You have chosen,—and this House which I have built to Your NAME;
   
RF KI1 8:49 then listen from the Heavens,—Your fixed rest—their prayer and supplication, and grant them justice,
   
RF KI1 8:50 and pardon Your People who have sinned against You for all their wickedness by which they have depraved themselves before You, and grant them the mercy to be converted and obtain mercy.
   
RF KI1 8:51 "For Your people, and Your inheritance that You brought out from the Mitzeraim,1 from among the iron-furnaces;
   
RF KI1 8:52 when Your eyes were open fountains of mercy to Your servants, and of mercies to Your People Israel, listening to them whenever they cried to You;
   
RF KI1 8:53 for You selected them to be an inheritance for Yourself from all the peoples of the earth, as You said by the means of Moses, Your servant, when You brought our fathers out from among the Mitzeraim, EVER-LIVING POWER!"
   
RF KI1 8:54 When Solomon had finished his prayer to the EVER-LIVING,——this perfect prayer and supplication,—he rose from before the altar of the EVER-LIVING, from kneeling on his knees, and Spread his hands to the Heavens,
   
RF KI1 8:55 and stood up and blessed the whole. Assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
   
RF KI1 8:56 (B.C. 1004.) Solomon's Psalm of Blessing.
"Bless the EVER-LIVING,
Who has given consolation to His People Israel,
According to all He promised;—
For not one word has failed,
Of all His good word which He spoke
By the means of his servant Moses!
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1 v 51 Egypt.—F.F.
   
RF KI1 8:57 Our LIVING GOD has been with us,
As He was with our fathers;
He has not forsaken or cast off:—
   
RF KI1 8:58 So let our hearts be glad of Him,
And walk in all His paths,
And keep to His Commands,
His Institutions, and Decrees,
That He ordered to our fathers.
   
RF KI1 8:59 Let these words I pray to the LORD
Be near our LIVING GOD by day and night,
To make His servant righteous,
And administer justly the affairs,
Of His People Israel daily,—
   
RF KI1 8:60 That all the Nations of the earth may know,
That the LORD alone is enduring,
   
RF KI1 8:61 And let our hearts be at peace with the LORD,
To walk by His Institutions,
And to keep His Commands from now."
   
RF KI1 8:62 (B.C. 1004). The Dedicatory Sacrifice.
Then the king, and all the people with him, sacrificed sacrifices to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 8:63 But Solomon sacrificed as the thank-offering, which was sacrificed to the EVER-LIVING, twenty-two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep, by which the king and all the Assembly of Israel dedicated the House to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 8:64 On the same day the king consecrated the open court which is before the House of the EVER-LIVING, for he offered there the burnt-offering and the bread-offering, and the fats of the thank-offering, for the brass altar which is before the EVER-LIVING was too small for the consumption of the burnt-offerings and the bread-offerings, and the fat of the thank-offerings.
   
RF KI1 8:65 At the same period Solomon also made a festival and all Israel with him,—at a great Assembly from the Pass of Khamath, to the River of Egypt, before our EVER-LIVING GOD, for seven days, and seven days;— fourteen days.
   
RF KI1 8:66 Upon the eighth day the king blessed and dismissed the people, and they went to their homes rejoicing, and glad-hearted, over all the benefits which the EVER-LIVING had given to David His servant, and to Israel His People.
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