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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 19:1 (1037 B.C.) The Beni-Amon insult David's Ambassadors.
It was after this that Naksh, King of the Beni-Amon, died, and his son reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 19:2 So David said, "I will show friendship to Hanun the son of Naksh, for his father showed friendship to me." David consequently sent Ambassadors to console him about his father. David's Officers accordingly went to the country of the Beni-Amon to Hanun to console him.
   
RF CH1 19:3 But the Princes of the Beni-Amon said to Hanun, " Does David honour your father in your sight that he sends you presents? Have not his Officers come to you with the object of examining, and inspecting, and surveying the country?"
   
RF CH1 19:4 Consequently Hanun seized David's Officers and shaved them, and cut off their robes half way up their buttocks, and sent them away!
   
RF CH1 19:5 So they sent and informed David about those persons, and he sent to meet them, for they had been grievously outraged. Therefore the king commanded, " Stay at Jeriko until your beards are grown."
   
RF CH1 19:6 When the Beni-Amon, however, saw that they had insulted David, Hanun sent a thousand talents of silver to hire for himself chariots and cavalry from Aram-tween-rivers, and from Aram of the Plain, and from the Zobah,1
   
RF CH1 19:7 and hired with them thirty-two thousand Charioteers and the King of the Plain and his Forces, and advanced and encamped before Medeba, where the Beni-Amon were collected from their towns. From there they advanced to the war.
   
RF CH1 19:8 Joab ordered to resist the Beni-Amon and allies.
But David heard it, and sent Joab and the Generals of the Army.
   
RF CH1 19:9 The Beni-Amon then drew out for battle opposite the City; with the kings, who had come to help them, to separately in the open field.
   
RF CH1 19:10 Joab consequently perceived that a Double Battle was before him;—on his front and rear. He therefore selected all the Israelite soldiers and disposed them to meet Aram;
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1 The Delta of the Euphrates.
   
RF CH1 19:11 and put the rest of the forces into the hands of his brother Abishai, whom he ordered to meet the Beni-Amon;
   
RF CH1 19:12 and said; " If the Aramites are too strong for me, come and help me to defeat them. But if the Beni-Amon are too strong for you, I will rescue you.
   
RF CH1 19:13 Be bold and resolute for our People, and for the City of our GOD;—and let the LORD do what is best in His sight.'
   
RF CH1 19:14 Then Joab, and the force that was with him advanced to the front of the Ararnites to fight, and they fled before him.
   
RF CH1 19:15 And when the Beni-Amon saw that Aram fled, they also ran from the face of Abishai, his brother, and entered the City. Joab afterwards returned to Jerusalem.
   
RF CH1 19:16 The Aramians ally with the Mesopotamians.
But Aram, seeing that they had been defeated by Israel, sent Ambassadors who went to Aram-over-the-River,1 and hired the General of Hadadezer to help them.
   
RF CH1 19:17 But this was reported to David, so he collected the Forces of Israel and passed over the Jordan, and advanced against them, when they arrayed against him, and David disposed his army to meet Aram in battle, and they fought with him.
   
RF CH1 19:18 But Aram fled before Israel, and David slew seven thousand Charioteers and forty thousand Infantry, and killed Shofek the Commander of their army.
   
RF CH1 19:19 But when the officers of Hadadezer saw that they were worsted by Israel, they made peace with David, and were subject to him; and the Aramites were unwilling to assist the Beni-Amon again.
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NOTE: Ch. 19, v. 16. Mesopotamia, and Babylonia, so afterwards called by the Greeks.—F.F.
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