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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 KI2 12:1

In the seventh year of Jehu, Jhoash began to reign, and reigned forty years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Tzibah of Bersheba.

   
RF KI2 12:2 Jhoash did right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, as Jhoida the Priest taught him,
   
RF KI2 12:3 except that he did not overturn the Columns—the people still sacrificed and offered incense at the Columns.
   
RF KI2 12:4 (B.C. 876.) Jhoash orders a repairing of the temple.
Jhoash also ordered the Priests, " All the statutory money that is collected for the House of the EVER-LIVING; the money from the personal tax, money assessed for lives, or which is offered by any one freely, who comes to the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,—
   
RF KI2 12:5 let the Priests take of it themselves, each for his salary, but let them repair the dilapidations of the Temple, wherever they find it dilapidated."
   
RF KI2 12:6 (B.C. 856.) The Priests neglect their duty to repair it.
However, in the thirteenth year of King Jhoash it was found the Priests had not repaired the dilapidations of the Temple.
   
RF KI2 12:7 Consequently King Jhoash summoned Jhoiada the High Priest, with the Priests, and asked them, "Why have you not repaired the dilapidations of the Temple? Cease further to appropriate the money as wages for yourselves, but pay for the dilapidations of the Temple."
   
RF KI2 12:8 Therefore he prohibited the Priests from collecting money from the people, because they did not repair the dilapidations of the Temple.
   
RF KI2 12:9 (B.C. 856.) The temple repair under a royal commission.
Consequently Jhoiada the Priest prepared a box and cut a hole in its lid, and placed it at the side of the Altar, at the right-hand entrance to the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF KI2 12:10 and the Priests on guard at the threshold put into it all the money brought to the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF KI2 12:11 for the builders,
   
RF KI2 12:12 the stone masons, and workers in wood, and carved stones, to repair the dilapidations of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and for all that was brought to the Temple to repair it.
   
RF KI2 12:13 But there were not made for the Temple of the EVER-LIVING silver dishes for the sacrifices, tongs, forks—any instruments of gold or instruments of silver—from the money that was brought to the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF KI2 12:14 but it was paid to those doing the work, and they repaired the House of the EVER-LIVING with it.
   
RF KI2 12:15 The men also to whom was entrusted the money to pay for doing the work were not dishonest, for they did it faithfully.
   
RF KI2 12:16 The money from offerings, and the money from fines for offences, was not brought into the Temple of the EVER-LIVING; it belonged to the Priests.
   
RF KI2 12:17 (B.C. 850.) Hazahal captures Gath and threatens Jerusalem.
At this time Hazahal King of Aram advanced against Gath to attack it, and captured it. Then Hazahal set his face to advance against Jerusalem,
   
RF KI2 12:18 but Jhoash King of Judah took all the consecrations that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram, and Ahaziah his ancestors, Kings of Judah, had consecrated, and his own consecrations, and the gold found in the treasury of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and the Royal Palace, and sent it to Hazahal, King of Aram, so he retreated from Jerusalem.
   
RF KI2 12:19 The Murder of Jhoash.
The rest of the affairs of Jhoash, and all he did, are written in the history of the events during the period of the kings of Judah.
   
RF KI2 12:20 His ministers, however, arose and conspired and assailed Jhoash at Bethmila in the vale of Sila,
   
RF KI2 12:21 where Jozakar-ben-Shamath and Jhozaber-ben-Shamer, his ministers, assaulted him, and he was killed, and they buried him with his fathers, in the City of David, and Amatziah his son reigned in his stead.
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