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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 3:1

These however, are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron;—The firstborn Amon by Ahinoam the Izraalite; the second Daniel,2 by Abigail, the Karmelith;

   
RF CH1 3:2 the third Absalom, the son of Makah, the daughter of Talmon King of Gheshur; the fourth Adoniah, the son of Hagith,
   
RF CH1 3:3 the fifth Shefatiah, by Abital; the sixth Ithram, by Aglah his wife.
   
RF CH1 3:4 Six were born to him at Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months, but in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.
   
RF CH1 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem; Shamna, and Shobad, and Nathan, and Solomon,—four by Bathshua, the daughther of Bathanial;
   
RF CH1 3:6 and Ibkhar, and Alishama, and Alifalat;
   
RF CH1 3:7 and Nogah, and Nefeg, Jafia,
   
RF CH1 3:8 and Ali-shama, and Alida, and Alifalat,—nine.
   
RF CH1 3:9 All these sons of David were born in Jerusalem; sons of Secondary wives, a well as Thamer their sister.
   
RF CH1 3:10 But the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; his son Abiah, his son Asa; his son, Jhoshafat;
   
RF CH1 3:11 his son Joram; his son Ahaziah; his son Joash;
   
RF CH1 3:12 his son Amaziah; his son, Azariah, his son Jotham,
   
RF CH1 3:13 his son, Ahaz; his son, Hezekiah; his son, Manasheh;
   
RF CH1 3:14 his son, Amon; his son Joshia;
   
RF CH1 3:15 And the sons of Joshia, the eldest Jokhanom; the second, Jhoiakim; the third, Zedekiah, the fourth Shalom.
   
RF CH1 3:16 And the sons Jhoiakim,—Jekoniah; his son Zedekiah;
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2 NOTE: Ch. 3, v. 1. This Daniel, I suggest, was the Daniel referred to by Ezekiel in the often-quoted passage, "If Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it," for owing to the periods of time in which Ezekiel and the Prophet Daniel lived, it was impossible for Ezekiel to have referred to Daniel the Prophet, who was probably not born until after Ezekiel's death. I note this because some skeptical writers have made that reference to a "Daniel" as a wise and good man, a ground of assault upon the book of Ezekiel.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 3:17 and the son of Jekoniah, Aser; and his son, Shalthial;
   
RF CH1 3:18 and Malkiram; and Pediah; and Shenazer; Jekeniah; Hoshama; and Nedabiah.
   
RF CH1 3:19 And the sons of Pediah, were Zerubabel, and Shemar, and the sons of Zerubabel, Meshulam, and Hananiah, Shelamith, was their sister;
   
RF CH1 3:20 with Khashubah, and Ahel, Berakiah, Khasadiah, Joshab, Khasad—five.
   
RF CH1 3:21 And the sons of Hananiah, Flatiah, and Ishiah; the sons of Rephiah were Arkan, Obadiah, Shekaniah.1
   
RF CH1 3:22 And the sons2 of Shekaniah, Shemiah; and the sons of Shemiah, Khatosh, and Igal, and Beriakh, and Nariah, and Shafat,—six.
   
RF CH1 3:23 And the sons of Shafat, Nariah, Alzwaim; and Hezekiah, and Azrikam,—three.
   
RF CH1 3:24 And the sons of Alzwaim, Hodaiah, and Alishab, and Faliah, and Akub, and Jonathan, and Deliah, and Aani, —seven.—K
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1 NOTE: Ch. 3, v. 21. "Beni" "sons" is repeated in the Hebrew text before each name of Rephiah's children clearly by the error of some ancient copyist; I therefore omit it.—F.F.
2 "Son"
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