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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 24:1

The Duties of the Family of Aaron.
Now for the arrangements for theBeni Aaron. The sons of Aaron were, Nadab, and Abhiva, Aliazar, and Aithamar.

   
RF CH1 24:2 But Nadab and Abihua died before their father, and had no sons, therefore Aliazar and Aithamar were Priests.
   
RF CH1 24:3 But David arranged, that, from the Beni Aliazar, Zadok,—and from the Beni Aithamar, Akimalek, should be appointed for the Services.
   
RF CH1 24:4 But more of the Beni Aliazar were advanced to be men of power, than from the Beni Aithamar. Consequently there were assigned to the Beni Aliazar, as Heads of Houses, sixteen; and to the Beth Aithaniar, as Heads of Houses, eight.
   
RF CH1 24:5 They were, however, assigned by lots, one with another; so that there were Princes of the SANCTUARY, and Princes of GOD, both from the Beni Aliazar, and the Beni Aithamar.
   
RF CH1 24:6 And Shemiah-ben-Nathanal the Secretary recorded them from among the Levites in the presence of the King and his Officers, and of Zadok the Priest and Akimalek-ben-Abiathar. And for the Ancestral Princes of the Priests and Levites, one Ancestral House was taken from Aliazar, and one taken from Aithamar,
   
RF CH1 24:7 when the first lot came out to Jhoiarib; the second to Jedaiah '
   
RF CH1 24:8 the third to Kharim; the fourth to Sarim,
   
RF CH1 24:9 the fifth to Malachiah; the sixth to Shishi;
   
RF CH1 24:10 the seventh to Akotz; the eighth to Abiah;
   
RF CH1 24:11 the ninth to Jeshua; the tenth to Shikaniah;
   
RF CH1 24:12 the eleventh to Aliashib; the twelfth to Jakim;
   
RF CH1 24:13 the thirteenth to Khufah; the fourteenth to Jeshebab;
   
RF CH1 24:14 the fifteenth to Bilgah; the sixteenth to Shishah;
   
RF CH1 24:15 the seventeenth to Khezir; the eighteenth to Hafitzitz;
   
RF CH1 24:16 the nineteenth to Fethiah; the twentieth to Ikhzekel;
   
RF CH1 24:17 the twenty-first to Jakim; the twenty-second to Gamul;
   
RF CH1 24:18 the twenty-third to Deliah; the twenty-fourth to Maziah.
   
RF CH1 24:19 Attendants appointed for the temple.
These were appointed to be their duties:—To enter the House of the LORD, as instructed by the hand of their ancestor Aaron, as he was instructed by the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel.
   
RF CH1 24:20 But to the others of the Beni Levi; —from the Beni Amram, Shubal; from the Beni Shubal, Jakhdiah;
   
RF CH1 24:21 From Rekhabiah,—from the Beni Rekhabiah,—the Chief Ishiah.
   
RF CH1 24:22 From the Itzarites,—Shelomith; from the Beni Shilomith,—Jakhath.
   
RF CH1 24:23 Of the Beni Jeriah, Amariah was second; Jakhzial the third; Jekamam, the fourth.
   
RF CH1 24:24 From the Beni Azial, Mikah; from the Beni Mikah, Shamor;
   
RF CH1 24:25 with the brother of Mikah, Ishiah; from the sons of Ishiah,—Zekeriah.
   
RF CH1 24:26 From the Beni Merari, Makhli and Mushi, from the sons of Jaziah, his son.
   
RF CH1 24:27 From the Beni Merari, also were Jaziah; Beno; and Sham; and Zakur; and Abri.
   
RF CH1 24:28 From the Mahlites,—Alazath; who had no sons.
   
RF CH1 24:29 From Kish,—of the Beni Kish,—Irakhmal;
   
RF CH1 24:30 From the Beni Mushi,—Maklhi; and Adar; and Jeromoth. These were from the Beni Levi, by Ancestral Houses,
   
RF CH1 24:31 who also threw their dice along with their relatives of the Beni Aaron, before King David, and Zadok, and Akimalek, and the Ancestral Chiefs, for the Priests; and with the Ancestral Chiefs for the Levites, along with their lower relatives.
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