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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 7:1 But about the Beni Issakar: Tholah, and Phuah, Jashub, and Shimron: four.
   
RF CH1 7:2 And the Beni Tholah;—Azi, Rafiah, and Irial, and Jakmi, and Ibsam, and Shamual, Chiefs of Ancestral Houses of Tholah. They were Great men in their generations. They numbered in the days of David twenty-two thousand and six hundred.
   
RF CH1 7:3 And the Beni Azi; Izrakhiah; and the Beni Izrakhiah, Mikal, and Obadiah, and Joal, Ishiah, Khirnishah, All of them Chiefs,
   
RF CH1 7:4 who could go up by their genealogies to Ancestral Houses. Their disciplined army for war was thirty-six thousand, for they had many wives and children.
   
RF CH1 7:5 Their relatives of all the Clans of Issakar, the disciplined men, were eighty-seven thousand,—all enrolled.
   
RF CH1 7:6 Benjamin; Bela, and Beker, Jadiaal;—three.
   
RF CH1 7:7 And the Beni Bela;—Azbon, and Azi, and Azial, and Irimoth, and Airi;—five,—Chiefs of Ancestral Houses, powerful men, and their registered forces were twenty two thousand and thirty-four.
   
RF CH1 7:8 And the Beni Beker; Zemirah, and Joash, and Aliazar, and Aliwaini, and Amri, and Irimoth, and Abiah, Anathoth, and Alameth; all these were Beni Beker,
   
RF CH1 7:9 and registered by their generations, Chiefs of Ancestral Houses,—with disciplined men,—twenty thousand two hundred.
   
RF CH1 7:10 And the Beni Jediaal;—Bilahn, and Bani ' Bilhon, Jaish, and Benjamin, and Aliod, and Kananah, and Zithom, and Tharshish, Akhishakhar.
   
RF CH1 7:11 All these of the Beni Jediaal were Ancestral Chiefs,—with disciplined men, seventeen thousand and two hundred, able to march with the army to battle.
   
RF CH1 7:12 Beside the Shupites and Khupites, the followers of Air, and the Knights who followed Akher.
   
RF CH1 7:13 The Beni Nafthali. Jekhzial, and Guni, and Jatzer, and Shalum, sons of Bilah.
   
RF CH1 7:14 The Beni Menasseh. Asrial, whom his secondary wife bore;—The Aramith bore Makir, the founder of Gilad.
   
RF CH1 7:15 And Makir married women from the Khupites, and the Shupites; and the name of his wife was Makah. And the name of his second son was Zelofkad; and Zelofkad had beautiful daughters.
   
RF CH1 7:16 But Makah, the wife of Makir bore a son, and called his name Feresh, and his brother's name was Sheresh, and his sons Aulam, and Rakem.
   
RF CH1 7:17 And the sons of Aulam were Bedan.—These were the sons of Gilad-ben-Makir-ben-Menasseh.
   
RF CH1 7:18 And his sister Hamoleketh bore Aishohr, and Abiazer, and Makhlah.
   
RF CH1 7:19 And the sons of Shamida were, Akhian, and Shekem, and Likki, and Abiam.
   
RF CH1 7:20 Now the Beni Ephraim. Shothlakh, and his son Bered, and his son, Thakhath, and his son Aladah, and his son Thakhath, and his son
   
RF CH1 7:21 Zabad, and his sons Shothelak, and Azar, and Alad. But the men of Gath, natives of the country killed them, when they went down to steal their cattle.
   
RF CH1 7:22 And Ephraim, their father, mourned for them many days, but his friends came to him to comfort him.
   
RF CH1 7:23 Then he went to his wife and she bore a son, and he called his name Beriah,2 because suffering had come to his house.
   
RF CH1 7:24 And he had a daughter Sharah who founded Bethhoron the Lower, and the Higher, and Azan-sharah
   
RF CH1 7:25 Refakh was his son, and Reshef, and his son Thelakh, and his son Thakhan,
   
RF CH1 7:26 with his son Adan, and his son Amihud, his son Alishama,
   
RF CH1 7:27 his son Kan, his son Jhoshua;
   
RF CH1 7:28 and they possessed and settled Beth-el, and its Hamlets, and to the east Naran and Marab, Gezer, and its Hamlets, and Shekum, and its Hamlets, to Azah, and its Hamlets.
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2 Suffering.
   
RF CH1 7:29 And at the side of the Beni Menasseh, Bethshan, and its Hamlets; and Anak, and its Hamlets; Megido, and its Hamlets; Dod, and its Hamlets; The Beni Joseph-ben-Israel resided in these.
   
RF CH1 7:30 The Beni Ashur. Imnah; and Ishvah; and Ishvi; and Beriah; and Serah, their sister.
   
RF CH1 7:31 And the Beni Beriah:—Heber, and Malkiah ' he was the founder of Birzavith.
   
RF CH1 7:32 And Heber begot Jafiet, and Shamer, and Khotham, and Shuaa, their sister.
   
RF CH1 7:33 And the sons of Jafiat; Fasak, and Bimalel, and Ashua. Those were the children of Jaflat.
   
RF CH1 7:34 And the sons of Shamar; Akhi, Ruhgah, Ikhubah, and Aram;
   
RF CH1 7:35 and of the Ben-helem his brother, Zofakh—and Imna, and Shelsh, and Amal.
   
RF CH1 7:36 The sons of Zofakh, Sukh, Kharnafer, and Shual, and Beni, and Imrah;
   
RF CH1 7:37 Betzer, and Hud, and Shama, and Shilshak, and Ithran, and Bara;
   
RF CH1 7:38 And the sons of Ither Jefimeh, and Fisfah, and Ara.
   
RF CH1 7:39 And the sons of Ala, Arakh, and Khanial, and Bitzia.—
   
RF CH1 7:40 All these were of the Beni Ashur, Chiefs of Ancestral Houses. Illustrious, Great Men. Princely Chiefs, with pedigrees, with a number of twenty-six thousand men for war and battle.
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