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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 23:1 (1015 B.C.) David Crowns Solomon as Viceroy.
But David grew old and satiated with days, so he crowned Solomon his son over Israel,
   
RF CH1 23:2 when all the Princes of Israel assembled, with the Priests and Levites.
   
RF CH1 23:3 A Census of the Levites Taken.
Then the Levites were numbered, from thirty years old and upwards; and the number of men on their Registers was thirty-eight thousand.
   
RF CH1 23:4 Twenty-four thousand of these were appointed over the works of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and six thousand as Superintendents and Overseers.
   
RF CH1 23:5 With four thousand as Guards; and four thousand praised the EVER-LIVING with instruments that were made for praise.
   
RF CH1 23:6 Brigading the Levite Horses.
But David divided them into Divisions, Of the Beni Levi; the Beni Ghershom; Kahth; and Merari.
   
RF CH1 23:7 Of the Ghershomites,—Zallon and Shimi;
   
RF CH1 23:8 Of the Beni Ladan, the Head was Jakhial, with Zitham and Joal as Officers;
   
RF CH1 23:9 Of the Beni Shemi, Shelomoth, and Khazial, and Kharan as Officers. Those were the Heads of the Ancestral Houses of Shemi.
   
RF CH1 23:10 There were also of the Beni Shemi, Jakhath, Zinah, Jaush, and Beriah. These four were of the Beni Shemi.
   
RF CH1 23:11 But Jakhath was the Head, and rs Zinah the Second, and Jaush, and Beriah, had not many sons, so they were as an Ancestral House Registered on one.
   
RF CH1 23:12 The Beni Kaihth; Amram, Itzahr, Khabron, Azial,—four.
   
RF CH1 23:13 The Beni Amram; Aaron, and Moses. —But Aaron was separated to Sanctification. He and his sons were strictly Consecrated for ever to offer incense before the EVER-LIVING, and to serve Him, and to bless in His Name for ever.
   
RF CH1 23:14 The Sons of Moses the MAN of GOD, however, were enumerated with the Tribe of Levi.
   
RF CH1 23:15 The sons of Moses, were, Ghershom and Aliazer;
   
RF CH1 23:16 Of the sons of Ghershom; Shebual, was the Chief.
   
RF CH1 23:17 And the sons of Aliazer were Rekhabiah, the Chief, and Aliazer had no other sons. But the sons of Rekhabiah, were too many to recount;
   
RF CH1 23:18 Of the sons of Itzahr Shelomith was the Chief;
   
RF CH1 23:19 Of the sons of Khabron Jerihu was the Chief; Amariah the Second; Jakhazial the Third; and Jakmas the Fourth;—
   
RF CH1 23:20 Of the sons of Azial, Mikah was the Chief; and Ishiah, the Second;
   
RF CH1 23:21 Of the sons of Merari were Makhli and Mushi; The sons of Makhli were Alazar; and Kish.
   
RF CH1 23:22 But Alazar died and had no sons,—only daughters,—and their cousins the sons of Kish married them.
   
RF CH1 23:23 The sons of Mushi were three, Makhli, and Adar and Jermoth;
   
RF CH1 23:24 These were the Ancestral Houses of the Beth Levi, according to the entries in the record of the names on their Registers. They administered the affairs of the services of the House of the EVER-LIVING, on arriving at twenty years old and upwards.
   
RF CH1 23:25 "For" David said," the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel will bring comfort to His People of Israel, and they will dwell in Jerusalem for ever;
   
RF CH1 23:26 so the Levites will not be needed to carry the Tabernacles, and all the instruments of His Services."
   
RF CH1 23:27 Therefore by the last commands of David, the Beni Levi from twenty years old and upwards were registered.
   
RF CH1 23:28 Their Station was to assist the Beni Aaron in the Services of the House of the EVER-LIVING in the Courts and in the Chambers, and in the Purificatories for all the Sacred things;
   
RF CH1 23:29 and to do the work of the House of GOD; and about the Show-bread, and fine flour for the Food-offering both of the Unfermented Biscuits and Food-offering; and about the confections, and all the liquids, and the vestments.
   
RF CH1 23:30 And also to stand from Morning to Morning to thank and praise the EVER-LIVING and the same at Dusk.
   
RF CH1 23:31 And in all the Burnt Offerings burnt to the EVER-LIVING on the Days of Rest; and the New-moons; and to record the Festivals according to the Decree laid upon them,—to be continually in the presence of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 23:32 They also formed the Guards of the Hall of Assembly; and the Guards of the Sanctuary; and the Guards of the Beni Aaron, their relatives, when serving in the House of the EVER-LIVING.
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