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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 9:1 (About B.C. 902.) Second Revelation to Solomon.
And when Solomon had finished building the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the King's Palace, and all the columns Solomon delighted to make,
RF KI1 9:2 then the EVER-LIVING, appeared to Solomon as He appeared to him in Gibaon,
RF KI1 9:3 and the EVER-LIVING said to him " I have heard your prayer and the supplication that you supplicated before Me when you consecrated this House, which you have built, to place My NAME in for ever, and for My eyes and heart to be there at all times;
RF KI1 9:4 so now if you walk before Me, as David your father walked, with straight heart, and endeavoring to do right, according to all that I have commanded you, preserving My Institutions and Decrees,
RF KI1 9:5 then I will confirm the throne of your kingship over Israel for ever, as I promised your father David, saying, ' There shall not be wanting a man for you upon the throne of Israel.'
RF KI1 9:6 But if you, or your children, turn from following Me, and do not keep My Commandments and My Institutions, which I placed before them, but go and serve other gods, and worship them;—
RF KI1 9:7 I will cut Israel from off the face of the ground which I gave to them, and the house which you have consecrated for My NAME. And I will them send from My presence, and Israel shall become a proverb and a scorn to all nations.
RF KI1 9:8 And this House, that is high above all beside it, shall be thrown down and broken. And when men ask, ' Why has the EVER-LIVING done so to this country, and this House?'
RF KI1 9:9 they will reply, ' Because they forsook their EVER-LIVING GOD Who brought their fathers out from the land of the Mitzeraim, and have addicted themselves to other gods, and worshipped them, and have served them; therefore the EVER: LIVING brought upon them all this suffering! '"
RF KI1 9:10 (B.C. 992). Solomon and Hiram of Tyre Settle up Accounts.
After about twenty years during which Solomon had built the two houses—the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the house of the king,—
RF KI1 9:11 Hiram, the king of Tzur, having supplied Solomon with cedar wood, and pine wood, and gold, and all that he wished, King Solomon sold to Hiram twelve towns in Galilee,
RF KI1 9:12 and Hiram came from Tzur to see the towns that Solomon had sold to him; but they did not please him,
RF KI1 9:13 so he exclaimed, " What towns these are that my brother has sold to me!" So they are called the "Land of Kabul"1 to this day.
RF KI1 9:14 (B.C. 992.) But Hiram paid to the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold,
RF KI1 9:15 for that was the amount of the tax which he contributed to King Solomon towards building the House of the EVER-LIVING, and his own Palace, and, the Fortress and Wall of Jerusalem, and the Court and Barracks, and Gazar.
RF KI1 9:16 For Pharoh King of the Mitzeraim had come up and captured Gazar, and burnt it with fire, and slaughtered the Canaanites who occupied the town, and gave it as a present to his daughter, Solomon's wife.
RF KI1 9:17 But Solomon rebuilt Gazar and Beth-Khoran the lower,
RF KI1 9:18 and Balath, and Thadmor in the Midland Desert,
RF KI1 9:19 and all the cities for the collection of taxes that Solomon had, and the Chariot Barracks, and the Cavalry Barracks, and the Columns of Solomon,—which Columns he built in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in every country where he governed.
RF KI1 9:20 Solomon placed a tax, which continues to this day,2 upon all the people who remained of the Amorites, and the Hitites, and the Perizites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
RF KI1 9:21 the descendants of whom remained in the country, whom the children of Israel were not able to destroy.
RF KI1 9:22 But upon the children of Israel Solomon did not lay it, for they were soldiers, and his ministers, and his Generals, and Colonels, and Commanders of the Chariots, and his Cavalry.
1 " Kabul," knots or twists.—F.F.
2 V. 20. The remark that the tax laid by Solomon upon the Aborigines in the country existed at the date this history was written, proves it to have been composed BEFORE the date of the Assyrian and Babylonian Captivities, for these events abolished all his legislation. This is another proof of Isaiah's authorship of the whole of these histories inclusive from Joshua to the death of Hezekiah in 2 Kings.—F.F.
RF KI1 9:23 These were the Commanders of the Engineers, who were over the works of Solomon; Fifty-five Superintendents of the people who did the works; which were,—
RF KI1 9:24 The Palace for Pharoh's daughter at the top of the City of David; which Palace he built for her, when he had built the fortress.
RF KI1 9:25 Solomon also offered three times a year burnt-offerings and thank-offerings upon the Altar that he built to the EVER-LIVING, and perfumes with them before the EVER-LIVING, after he had finished the House.
RF KI1 9:26 (About B.C. 1006.) Trade with Aufer Began.
King Solomon also built ships at Atzion-Gabar, which is at Ailoth on the Red Sea, in the country of Edom;
RF KI1 9:27 and Hiram sent his officers, men skilful in navigation, to sea with the officers of Solomon,
RF KI1 9:28 who went to Alder and collected from there four hundred and twenty talents of gold and brought it to King Solomon.

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