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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 25:1 (1015 B.C.) David and the Generals nominate the singers.
David and the Generals of the Army selected also some of the sons of Asaph, and Heyman, and Jeduthun, the reciters with harps, lutes, and cymbals, and a certain number of men to perform regularly
   
RF CH1 25:2 From the sons of Asaph,—Zakur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharalah, sons of Asaph, who were under the hand of Asaph, the Reciter, in the presence of the King;
   
RF CH1 25:3 From the sons of Jeduthun; Jeduthun, Geddiah, and Tzari, and Ishihu; Khashabihu, and Natithiah, —six under the hand of their father Jeduthun, to recite thanks and praise to the EVER-LIVING with the lute;
   
RF CH1 25:4 From the sons of Heyman;—Heyman, Bukihu, Mathaniah, Azial, Shebual, and Jeremoth; Khananiah, Khanani, Aliathah, Gidalthi, and Romamthi; Azar, Jashbakshah, Malathi, Hothir, Makazioth;
   
RF CH1 25:5 who were all sons of Heyman, the King's Seer, in discourse with GOD. (They played the horn), for GOD had given Heyman fourteen sons and three daughters.
   
RF CH1 25:6 All of them were under the hand of their father, to sing in the House of the EVER-LIVING with Cymbals, Lutes, and Harps, for the Service of the House of GOD.
   
RF CH1 25:7 Asaph, and Jeduthun and Heyman were under the control of the King. The whole number of the Trained Singers to the EVER-LIVING with their associates, was two hundred and eighty-eight.
   
RF CH1 25:8 They also threw lots for their mutual Offices, whether small or great,—both the teachers and the scholars.
   
RF CH1 25:9 But the First lot came out for Asaph and Joseph; the second for Gedaliah,—for him and his companions,—for his sons were twelve;
   
RF CH1 25:10 The third for Zikur, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:11 The fourth for Itzri, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:12 The fifth for Nathanihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:13 The sixth to Bukihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:14 The seventh to Isaralah, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:15 The eighth to Jeshihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:16 The ninth to Nathanihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:17 The tenth to Asiri, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:18 The eleventh to Azaral, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:19 The twelfth to Khashabiah, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:20 The thirteenth to Shubal, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:21 The fourteenth to Matithihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:22 The fifteenth to Iremoth, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:23 The sixteenth to Khananihu, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:24 The seventeenth to Jashbekashah, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:25 The eighteenth to Khanani, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:26 The nineteenth to Malothi, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:27 The twentieth to Aliathah, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:28 The twenty-first to Hothir, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:29 The twenty-second to Gedaliah, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:30 The twenty-third to Makhazioth, and his twelve sons and companions;
   
RF CH1 25:31 And the twenty-fourth to Azer, and his twelve sons and companions.
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