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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 28:1 (1015 B.C.) David Assembles the Nobles and Army to Confirm Solomon's election.
David assembled all the Officers of Israel; the Chiefs of Tribes; and the Generals of the Divisions in the King's service; with the Colonels of Regiments, and Captains of Companies; and the Officers of all the King's cattle; and his own sons with their attendants; and Staff-officers; and all the powerful men, to Jerusalem;—
   
RF CH1 28:2 Then King David stood up on his feet and said:—"Listen to me, My Friends, and My People!—I had in my heart to build a House of Rest for the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING; and as a stool for the feet of our GOD And I had prepared to build it;—
   
RF CH1 28:3 "But GOD said to me, ' You shall not build a House to My Name! For you have been a man of War,—and have shed blood.'
   
RF CH1 28:4 "Yet the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel chose me from all my father's family to be King over Israel for ever!—For He chose Judah to lead, —and in the House of Judah He chose the House of my father,—and from the sons of my father He was pleased to cause me to be crowned over all Israel
   
RF CH1 28:5 "And of all my sons, (for the EVER-LIVING has given me many sons,) He has chosen Solomon, my son, to sit upon the throne of the Kingship from the EVER-LIVING over Israel;
   
RF CH1 28:6 and said to me, 'Your son Solomon shall build My House and My Courts, for I have chosen him for Myself as a son, and I will be a father to him.
   
RF CH1 28:7 "'I will also found his Kingship for ever:—If he is firm to guard My Instructions, and Decrees, as he does at present.'
   
RF CH1 28:8 So now, in the sight of all Israel,—the Congregation of the EVER-LIVING,—and in the hearing of our GOD,—preserve and examine all the Commands Of your EVER-LIVING GOD, so that you may possess this beautiful country, and transmit it to your children after you for ever.
   
RF CH1 28:9 "And, you, Solomon my son, recognize the GOD of your father, and serve Him with a willing heart and delighted mind; for the EVER-LIVING examines all hearts, and all the ideas devised by the mind;—If you seek Him,—you will find Him; but if you abandon Him, He will fling you off for ever
   
RF CH1 28:10 "Therefore reflect; for the EVER-LIVING has chosen you to build a House and Sanctuary.—Be brave and do it!"
   
RF CH1 28:11 (1015 B.C.) David hands Solomon plans for the Temple in Public View.
Then David gave to Solomon his son the plans for the Portico with its buildings, and stores and staircases, and the private chambers; and the House of the Mercy-seat;
   
RF CH1 28:12 with the drawings of all that was in his mind for the Courts of the House of the EVER-LIVING; with all the lodges around; and the Treasuries of the House of GOD, and the Treasuries for the Sacred things,
   
RF CH1 28:13 With the Courses for the Priests and Levites, and all who conduct the Services of the House of the EVER-LIVING; as well as for all the furniture of the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 28:14 With Gold by weight, for all the golden vessels of the Service; and Silver by weight for all vessels of the Services, for every kind of Service;
   
RF CH1 28:15 And a weight of Gold for the Lampstand, and golden reflectors. Weighed for lamp by lamp and reflector by reflector. With a weight of Silver for each lamp and its reflector, to be used lamp by lamp.
   
RF CH1 28:16 With a weight of Gold for the Tables of Show-bread, table by table, and Silver for the tables of silver;
   
RF CH1 28:17 And for the hooks and basins of pure gold; and for the Golden Expiatories, by weight, Expiatory by Expiatory, and for Silver Expiatories, by weight Expiatory by Expiatory.
   
RF CH1 28:18 And for the Altar of Incense, refined Gold by weight; with gold for the construction of the carriage of the overshadowing Kerubim, who protected the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 28:19 "The whole are described; "I have described them from having the hand of the EVER-LIVING upon me, causing me to understand all the results of these plans."
   
RF CH1 28:20 Then David said to Solomon his son; " Be brave and bold! and fear not, nor be depressed, for the EVER-LIVING GOD, my GOD will be with you; He will not leave nor abandon you, until the completion of all the works and labours for the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH1 28:21 "And here are the Courses for the Priests and Levites, and for all the Services of the House of GOD. Besides you have with you for every work, every kind of skilled intelligence and all kinds of operatives, and the Nobles of the People will support you in everything."
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