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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 22:1

Consequently David exclaimed: "This shall be a House for the EVER-LIVING! And this shall be an Altar of Burnt-offering for Israel!"

   
RF CH1 22:2 Therefore David commanded to conscript the aborigines who were in Israel and made them stone-cutters to cut squared stones to build a Temple to GOD.
   
RF CH1 22:3 David also prepared a quantity of iron for the nails of the doors of the Gates and the joinings; and bronze without weight;
   
RF CH1 22:4 Beside cedar timber beyond count, for the Zidonians and Tzurians brought cedar wood in large quantity to David.
   
RF CH1 22:5 For, David said, "Solomon my son is young and weak, and the Temple that is to be built to the EVER-LIVING must be great, high, and renowned, and the wonder of the lands. I will prepare now for him." Therefore David prepared before his death.
   
RF CH1 22:6 He also conversed with his son Solomon and instructed him in the plan to build the Temple to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel.
   
RF CH1 22:7 David also said to his son Solomon, " I had it in my heart to build a Temple to the name of the EVER-LIVING GOD myself,
   
RF CH1 22:8 but there came to me a message from the EVER-LIVING to say, ' You have shed much blood upon the earth, and have made great wars. You shall not build a Temple to My Name,—for you have shed much blood upon the earth before Me.—
   
RF CH1 22:9 However, there is your child,—he will be a Man of Peace and I will make quiet for him from all his enemies around. Therefore his name shall be Solomon,1 and I will make Peace and Security over Israel in his days. —
   
RF CH1 22:10 He shall build a Temple to My Name; and he shall be a son to Me,—and I will be a father to him, and I will fix the Throne of his Kingship over Israel for ever.'
   
RF CH1 22:11 "Now my son, may GOD be with you for ever, and make you prosper; that you may build the Temple of your EVER-LIVING GOD, as He promised about you.
   
RF CH1 22:12 Yes! May the EVER-LIVING give you intelligence, and understanding, and instruct you about Israel. Guard also, the Laws of your EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF CH1 22:13 You will then prosper, if you guard the Institutions and Decrees that the EVER-LIVING communicated to Moses for Israel. Be bold, and brave; fear not; and be not depressed;
   
RF CH1 22:14 for see how in my difficulties I have prepared for the House of the EVER-LIVING, a hundred thousand talents of Gold, a million talents of Silver, I have no weights however of the Brass and Iron, but they are plentiful. I have also provided cedar timber and stones, and you can add to them.
   
RF CH1 22:15 And you have with you plenty of workmen for the work. Masons and mechanics in stone and wood, and they are all skilful at every work.
   
RF CH1 22:16 And for the gold, and silver, and brass, and iron—it is boundless! —Rise and act! and may the EVER-LIVING be with you."
   
RF CH1 22:17 David also ordered all the Nobles of Israel to assist his son Solomon.
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1 Peace.
   
RF CH1 22:18 "Is not your EVER-LIVING GOD with you? And He will cause rest all round you, for He has given the populations of the land to my hand, and the land is subdued before the EVER-LIVING and before His People!
   
RF CH1 22:19 Therefore give your hearts and minds to seek your EVER-LIVING GOD; and rise and build the Sanctuary of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and bring the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, and the Sacred Vessels of GOD to the Temple that will be built to the Name of the EVER-LIVING."
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