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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 29:1

King David also said to all the Meeting; " The ONE GOD has chosen Solomon my son for Himself; but he is a youth and tender, and the business is great,—for the effort is not for Man, but for the LIVING GOD.

   
RF CH1 29:2 "However, I have prepared with all my power for the House of GOD, Gold, for the Golden; and Silver, for the Silver; and Brass, for the Brazen; Iron, for the Iron; and Timber for the Wooden; Onyx-stones for setting; and variegated Marble; and all kinds of precious stones, and plenty of White-marble.
   
RF CH1 29:3 "And since I have delighted in the House of my GOD, I have by me a private store of Gold and Silver,—which I give to the House of my GOD, in addition to all I have provided, for the Holy House!
   
RF CH1 29:4 "Three thousand talents of Gold; of the refined Gold of Aufer; and seven thousand talents of pure refined Silver, to overlay the walls of the buildings.
   
RF CH1 29:5 "The Gold, for gilding; and the Silver for silvering; and for any wages paid to the workmen.—And whoever has a will for the business, let him hand himself to the EVER-LIVING today"
   
RF CH1 29:6 A Public Subscription to the Temple.
Then the Ancestral Chiefs, and the Chiefs of the Tribes of Israel; and the Colonels and Captains of Companies, and Chiefs of the Royal Affairs,
   
RF CH1 29:7 gave to the works for the House of the EVER-LIVING, five thousand talents of Gold, and ten thousand dariks,1 and ten thousand talents of Silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.
   
RF CH1 29:8 While those who possessed jewels gave them to the Treasury of the House of the EVER-LIVING, into the custody of Jakhial the Ghershni.
   
RF CH1 29:9 So the People were glad, on account of their contributions, for they contributed with a willing heart to the EVER-LIVING, and King David also rejoiced with great delight.
   
RF CH1 29:10 Then David blessed the EVER-LIVING in the sight of all the Meeting, and David exclaimed;—
STANZA 1.
"Blessed be You, the EVER-LIVING,—
The GOD of our Father Israel,—
From Eternity to Eternity!
   
RF CH1 29:11 With You LORD, is Greatness, and Power,
And beauty, and splendour, and glory!
   
RF CH1 29:12 For all the Heavens and the Earth are Yours, LORD
The Government, and Exaltation,
And Headship of all!
   
RF CH1 29:13 STANZA 2.
"Therefore, our GOD, we all thank You,
And praise Your Majestic Name.
   
RF CH1 29:14 For who am I, and who are my People,
That we are able freely to give like this?
For all comes from You,—
STANZA 3.
"To You we only give Your own!
   
RF CH1 29:15 For we are only travelers before You,
And lodgers, as all our fathers were!
Our days are like a shadow on the Earth,
And are without hope!
   
RF CH1 29:16 STANZA 4.
"LORD our GOD all this wealth that is given.
To build a House to Your Name,
As Your Sanctuary, was from Your hand,
And is all Yours.
   
RF CH1 29:17 STANZA 5.
"As I know my GOD,
That You refine the heart,
And delight in uprightness,
I, in trueness of heart,
Have given all this;
And now I have seen Your People,
Here give gladly to You,
   
RF CH1 29:18 LORD, the GOD of our fathers,
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.
Oh! keep them for ever,
And fix in the People's minds
Their thoughts upon You!
   
RF CH1 29:19 And give to my son Solomon,
A heart to regard Your Commands,
Your Proofs and Decrees,
To work and build this Temple,
As I have prepared."
   
RF CH1 29:20 Then David said to all the Assembly;—
Bless now your EVER-LIVING GOD."
And all the Meeting blessed the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers, and lowered their heads, and reverenced to the EVER-LIVING, and the King.
   
RF CH1 29:21 They then afterwards sacrificed sacrifices to the EVER-LIVING; and burned Burnt-offerings to the EVER-LIVING, with Food-offerings on that day; a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, a thousand lambs, with their Drink-offerings, with numerous sacrifices from all Israel.
   
RF CH1 29:22 And ate and drank before the EVER-LIVING, on that day, with great delight.
(1015 B.C.) Solomon's Election confirmed by Parliament.
They also again elected Solomon the son of David, King for the second time, and consecrated him to the EVER-LIVING as LEADER, and Zadok as Priest.
   
RF CH1 29:23 Solomon, consequently sat on the Throne of the LORD as King, in place of his father David, and the Parliament of Israel obeyed him,
   
RF CH1 29:24 with all the Nobles, and Generals; and the sons of David placed their hands under Solomon as King.
   
RF CH1 29:25 The EVER-LIVING afterwards greatly exalted Solomon in the eyes of all Israel, and gave him honour and Majesty, such as had not been upon any King before him in Israel.
   
RF CH1 29:26 Thus David,-ben-Jesse reigned over all Israel.
   
RF CH1 29:27 He was King over all Israel for a period of forty years; Reigning in Hebron for seven years, and reigning in Jerusalem thirty-three years.
   
RF CH1 29:28 Then he died with good grey hairs, and satiated with days, wealth and honour; and Solomon his son reigned after him.
   
RF CH1 29:29 The achievements of King David from first to last can be seen recorded in the History of Samuel, the Seer, and in the History of Nathan, the Reciter, and in the History of Gad, the Preacher,
   
RF CH1 29:30 as well as all his Kingship, and Heroism, and Vicissitudes that passed over him, and over Israel, and over all the Kingdoms of the Countries.
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NOTE.—Ch. 29.7 The mention of "Dariks," a Persian coin, fixes the date of the writing of the "Chronicles," named in Hebrew "The Events, of Time," as being after the return from the Captivity; and lends a support to my view given in a former Note, that in the values of moneys the historian brought them into scale with the purchasing values of his own day, and does not give them as in the period of David. This fact accounts for the Hebrew editors of the Second Temple putting Chronicles as the last book of the Books in the Bible.—F.F.
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