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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 27:1

But the number of the Children of Israel who attended to the King, with their Ancestral Chiefs, as Officers of Regiments and Companies, to control them,—the whole arranged in Divisions that came and went month by month, for each month of the year, each single Division was twenty-four thousand.

   
RF CH1 27:2 Jashaban,-ben-Zabdial commanded the First Division for the First Month, and his Division was twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:3 The Chief of all the Officers of the Soldiers of the First Month came from the Beni Pherez.
   
RF CH1 27:4 Dodi, the Akhokhite Commanded the Division for the Second Month with his Division, and Princely Staff. And there were twenty-four thousand in his Division.
   
RF CH1 27:5 The Commander of the Third Army for the Third Month was Benihu-ben-Jhoiada the Chief Priest, with twenty-four thousand in his Division.
   
RF CH1 27:6 Benihu was of the Thirty Heroes, and Commanded the Thirty. Amizabad his son was also in his Division.
   
RF CH1 27:7 The Fourth, for the Fourth Month, was Ashahel, the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son succeeded him. His Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:8 The Fifth for the Fifth Month, was Shamuth, Irshrakli, and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:9 The Sixth for the Sixth Month, was Aira,-ben-Akash the Thekoite; and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:10 The Seventh for the Seventh Month, to Khilaty, of the Guides of the Beni Ephraim; and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:11 The Eighth for the Eighth Month was Sibki, the Kushathi from the East, and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:12 The Ninth for the Ninth Month was, Abiazer, the Anathothi, from the Benjamins, and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:13 The Tenth for the Tenth Month was, Mahri, the Netofathi, from the East; and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:14 The Eleventh for the Eleventh Month was, Beniah, the Pirathoni, of the Beni Ephraim; and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:15 And the Twelfth, for the Twelfth Month, was Kheldi; son of Othnial, the Netofathi; and his Division comprised Twenty-four thousand.
   
RF CH1 27:16 The Commanders of the Tribes of Israel.
The Prince of the Reubenites was, Aliazar,-ben-Kikri; of the Simeonites, Shefatihn,-ben-Makah;
   
RF CH1 27:17 Of the Levites, Khashabiah,-ben-Ramual; with Zadok for the Aronites;
   
RF CH1 27:18 Of Judah, Olihu, from the brothers of David; Of Issakar, Amri,-ben-Mikal;
   
RF CH1 27:19 Of Zebulon, Ishamihu,-ben-Aba-dihu; Of Maphthali, Jeremoth,-ben-Azrial;
   
RF CH1 27:20 Of the Ephraim, Hosha,-ben-Azazihu; Of the Half-Tribe of Menaseh, Joel,-ben-Pedihu;
   
RF CH1 27:21 Of the Half-Tribe of Menasseh in Gilad, Ido,-ben-Zekarihu; Of Benjamin, Jashial,-ben-Abner;
   
RF CH1 27:22 Of Dan, Azaral,-ben-Jerokham; Those were the Princes of the Tribes of Israel.
   
RF CH1 27:23 For David did not raise by the conscription from twenty years of age and upwards for the troops, although the EVER-LIVING had promised to increase Israel like the stars of the skies.
   
RF CH1 27:24 Joab,-ben-Zeruiah did begin to conscript, but did not finish. But because of that there was anger against Israel; therefore the conscription was never recorded among the events of times of King David.
   
RF CH1 27:25 David's Cabinet Ministers.
Azmuth,-ben-Adial was Superintendent of the Royal Treasuries. Jhonathan,-ben-Azihu, was Superintendent of the Stores in the country, in the towns, in the villages, and fortresses.
   
RF CH1 27:26 And Azri,-ben-Kelub was Superintendent over the works in the country and cultivators of the ground.
   
RF CH1 27:27 Shimi the Rahmathi was Superintendent of the vineyards, and olive-yards, with Zabdi the Shifami for the wine stores.
   
RF CH1 27:28 Bal-Khanan the Gaderi was Superintendent of the Oliveyards, and the Sycamore Groves that were on the slopes, with Joash over the Oil Stores.
   
RF CH1 27:29 Shitri, the Sharoni was Superintendent of the flocks pastured in Sharon: with Shafut,-ben-Adali over the herds in the plain.
   
RF CH1 27:30 Aubil, the Ishmaelite, was Superintendent of the Camels, with Jedihu, the Meronothi over the Asses.
   
RF CH1 27:31 Jaziz, the Hagari, was Superintendent of the flocks. All these were Controllers of the property that David possessed.
   
RF CH1 27:32 Jhonathan, the Uncle of David, was Prime Minister. He was a man of understanding and a scholar. And Ikhial,-ben-Hakmoni was Tutor of the King's Sons.
   
RF CH1 27:33 But Akhithofel was the King's Privy Councillor, and Hushi, the Arkite, was the King's friend.
   
RF CH1 27:34 And after Akhithofel were Jhoiada,-ben-Benhihu, and Abiathah, while Joab was Commander of the Army.
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