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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 26:1

The Divisions of the Doorkeepers.
The Choristers were under Mesha-lamihu-ben-Kora, from the Beni-Asaph;

   
RF CH1 26:2 and of the sons of Meshala-mihu, Zekeriahu was the elder, Idial the second, Zebadihu, the third, and Ithnial the fourth.
   
RF CH1 26:3 Ailam, the fifth, Jhokhanan the sixth, Aliraini the seventh.
   
RF CH1 26:4 Abd-adom had sons;—Shemiah the eldest, Jozabad, the second, Joakh the third, and Zakar the fourth, and Nethanal the fifth,
   
RF CH1 26:5 Amial the sixth, Issakar the seventh, Falthi the eighth;—for GOD blessed him.
   
RF CH1 26:6 Sons were also born to Shemiah his son, who ranked as with the Ancestral Houses, for they were great and powerful.
   
RF CH1 26:7 The Beni Shemiah. Athni and Refal; and Aubed; and Abzabad, his brothers were brave men, Alihu, and Smakihu.
   
RF CH1 26:8 All these were from the Beni Abd-adorn.
   
RF CH1 26:9 And from Meshalamihu;—sons and relatives,—there were eighteen powerful men.
   
RF CH1 26:10 And from Hosah, of the Beni Merari, there were sons;—Shimri, the Chief,—for although he was not the firstborn yet his father put him as first.
   
RF CH1 26:11 Khilkihu, the second, Tebalihu, the third, Zakarihu, the fourth, all sons or brothers of Hosah, were thirteen.
   
RF CH1 26:12 With these were the Officers of the Gates, as Superintendents of the strong assistants to help their associates who served in the Houseof the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 26:13 And lots were thrown for the lowest to the highest positions in their Ancestral Houses, for each of the Gates.
   
RF CH1 26:14 And the lot for the East fell to Shalamihu, and Zakerihu; Then they threw the dice for his son Zekerihu, a wise statesman, and his die came out for the North;
   
RF CH1 26:15 For the South, Abd-adom; and the Treasuries for his sons.
   
RF CH1 26:16 For the West-gate, where is the descent from the Cliff by the stairs, was for the Shutim, and Hosah to keep in alternation;
   
RF CH1 26:17 On the Eastward were six Levites; on the North four, daily; on the South four daily; and for the Treasuries by two and two.
   
RF CH1 26:18 For the Precincts.
Toward the West, four; and two at the pathway to the Precinct.
   
RF CH1 26:19 These were the Appointments for the Doorkeepers, from the Beni Korakh and the Beni Merari.
   
RF CH1 26:20 But their relatives of the Levites were over the Treasuries of the House of GOD, and the Sacred Treasures.
   
RF CH1 26:21 From the Beni Ladan—Beni Ghershom; From the Ancestral Chiefs of the Ladan-Gershoms, Jekhali.
   
RF CH1 26:22 The sons of Jekhali were Zitham, and Joal, his brother, appointed over the Treasuries of the House of the LORD.
   
RF CH1 26:23 From the Amram Itzahri, Khal-rani; and Aziali;
   
RF CH1 26:24 And Shobal the descendant of Ghershom-ben-Moses, was Chief Treasurer.
   
RF CH1 26:25 But his relatives, the descendants of Aliazar (by Rekhabihu his son, and Ishaihu, his son, and Joram, his son, and Zikri, his son, and Shelomoth, their descendants.)
   
RF CH1 26:26 Shelomoth and his brother were over the Consecrated Treasures, which were Consecrated by King David, and the Ancestral Chiefs, which the Generals and Officers of the Army had consecrated,
   
RF CH1 26:27 out of the prize-money, and out of their plunder to help towards the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 26:29 From the Itzahri; Khananihu, and his sons were appointed for the exterior affairs over Israel, in the Magistracy, and in Judicial matters.
   
RF CH1 26:30 From the Khalroni; Khashabiah, and for his assistants one thousand seven hundred skilful men were appointed in Israel, from beyond Jordan to the west, for all the affairs of the EVER-LIVING, and the affairs of the King.
   
RF CH1 26:31 Jeriah was the Chief of the Khabronites, according to the Ancestral Genealogies, which were examined in the fortieth Year of King David's reign, who discovered them to be powerful people at Jazir in Gilad.
   
RF CH1 26:32 His relatives, also were powerful people;—a thousand seven hundred heads of families, so King David appointed them over the Reubenites, Gadites, and the Half-tribe of Manasseh, for all the affairs of GOD, and affairs of the King.
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