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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 5:1

Now for the Beni Reuben, the firstborn of Israel. For he was the Firstborn; but because he defiled the bed of his father, his birthright was given to the Beni Joseph-ben-Israel,

RF CH1 5:2 and he was not recorded as the eldest, but Judah dominated his brothers, and became our Leader, although the Birthright belonged to Joseph.
RF CH1 5:3 The Beni Reuben, the Firstborn of Israel. Hanok, and Falwa, Hazron, and Karmi.
RF CH1 5:4 The Beni Joal; his son Shemaiah, his son Gog, his son Shimei,
RF CH1 5:5 his son Mikah, his son Raiah, his son Bal;
RF CH1 5:6 his son Bariah, whom Thilgath Pilneser, King of Ashur, transported, when he was Prince of the Reubenites.
RF CH1 5:7 Now for his brothers, by their clans, genealogies, and birth Chiefs;—Jaial, and Zakariah
RF CH1 5:8 and Bela-ben-Azazben-Shema-ben-Joal;—He occupied Aroar, and Nebo, and Bal-amon;
RF CH1 5:9 and eastward he occupied as far as the Pass of the Desert from the river Frath,1 for they had many herds in the land of Gilad,
RF CH1 5:10 and in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell beneath their power; so they resided in their tents over all the extent of the east from Gilad.
RF CH1 5:11 Now for the Beni Gad, next to them;—They occupied the country of Bashan, as far as Salkah '.—
RF CH1 5:12 Joal was the Chief, and Shafam his Lieutenant, who managed and governed in Bashan.
RF CH1 5:13 And their relatives, by their Ancestral Houses, were, Mikal, and Mesholam, and Sheba, and Joni, and Jakan, and Zia, and Aber;—seven.
RF CH1 5:14 These are the Beni Abikhil-ben-Hori-ben-Jarokh,-ben-Gilad-ben Mikal-ben-Jeshishi,
RF CH1 5:15 -ben-Jakhdo,-ben-Zaz-ben-Akhi,-ben-Abdial,-ben-Guni, Chiefs of their Ancestral Houses.
RF CH1 5:16 And they resided in Gilad, in Bashan, and its villages; and in all the pastures of Sharon, as far as they extended.
RF CH1 5:17 All of them had birth Registers in the days of Jotham, King of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, King of Israel.
RF CH1 5:18 The Beni Reuben and Gad, and the Half-tribe of Manasseh;—Of brave men who bore shield and sword, and drew the bow, and were disciplined for war, there were forty-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty, who could go out to fight;
1 Euphrates.
RF CH1 5:19 and they made war with the Hagarites, and Itur, and Nafish, and Nodab,
RF CH1 5:20 and overpowered them, and the Hagarites were delivered to their hand, with all their forces, for they cried to GOD in the battle, and He was helpful to them, because they trusted on Him;
RF CH1 5:21 So they captured from their herds fifty thousand camels; and two hundred and fifty thousand sheep; and of human beings a hundred thousand;
RF CH1 5:22 for many fell wounded; for the battle was from GOD; and they resided in their place; until the Transportation.
RF CH1 5:23 The sons of the Half-tribe of Manasseh also settled in Bashan at Balhermon and Senir and Mount Hermon—They were numerous.
RF CH1 5:24 And these are the chiefs of their Ancestral Houses;—That is—Afer, and Ishi, and Alial, and Azrial, and Irmiah, and Hodaviah; and Jakhdial; —Great Princes;—Powerful Men; named Chiefs of Ancestral Houses.—
RF CH1 5:25 But they revolted from the GOD of their fathers; and wandered after the GODs of the people of the Country, whom GOD had destroyed before them.
RF CH1 5:26 The GOD of Israel consequently stirred up the temper of Pul, King of Ashur, and of Thilgath-Pilneser, King of Ashur, who transported the Reubenites, and Gadites, and the Half-tribe of Manasseh, and carried them to Khalakh, and Khabor, and Hara, and to the river of Gozan; —to this day.1
1 NOTE.—Ch. 5, v. 26. These districts are now provinces of Armenia and Baku in the Russian Empire and Azerbijan in Northern Persia, on the shores of the Caspian Sea.—F.F.

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