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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 CH1 18:1 (About 1040 B.C.) David Subdues Philistia.
It was subsequently to this that David defeated the Philishtim, and subdued them, and captured Gath and its villages from the hands of the Philishtim.
   
RF CH1 18:2 He then defeated Moab; and the Moabites became subjects of David, paying a tribute.
   
RF CH1 18:3 (About 1039 B.C.) David afterwards defeated Hadadezer, King of Zobah,1 as he marched to establish his power beyond the River Frath,2
   
RF CH1 18:4 when David captured from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand infantry. But David destroyed all the chariots, only reserving a hundred chariots from them.
   
RF CH1 18:5 But the Arami of Damask came to assist Hadadezer, King of Zobah, when David slew twenty-two thousand in Aram.
   
RF CH1 18:6 David afterwards settled Damascan Aram, and Aram became subject to David, paying a tribute. Thus the LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
   
RF CH1 18:7 David, however, took the shields of gold which the guards of Hadedezer carried and brought them to Jerusalem.
   
RF CH1 18:8 And from Tibkhath, and Kan, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very great quantity of brass, of which Solomon made the Brazen Sea, and the Columns and Instruments of brass.
   
RF CH1 18:9 When Thaw the King of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the forces of Hadadezer, King of Zobah,3
   
RF CH1 18:10 He sent Hadoram his son, to King David, to wish him health, and to congratulate him about how he had conquered Hadadezer, and defeated all his men. Thaw had been at war with Hadadezer; and he sent vessels of gold, silver, and brass.
   
RF CH1 18:11 These also King David dedicated to ur the LORD, with the silver and gold which was paid by all the Nations. By Edom, and Moab, and the Beni-Amon, and from the Philishtim, and from the AMalachites.
   
RF CH1 18:12 Abishi-ben-Zeruiah also defeated eighteen thousand of Edom in the Salt-vale.
   
RF CH1 18:13 He then put garrisons in Edom, and all Edom became subject to David, and the LORD gave David victory wherever he went,
   
RF CH1 18:14 so David reigned over all Israel, and brought Justice and Right to all the People.
   
RF CH1 18:15 Joab-ben-Zeruiah commanded the Army; and Jhoshafat-ben-Akhilud was Secretary of State;
   
RF CH1 18:16 and Zadok,-ben-Ahitub, and Abimalek-ben-Abiathar were Priests; and Shansha, Secretary;
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