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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 9:1

For all Israel were registered, and the books can be consulted amongst the records of the Kings of Israel1
Judah, however, was transported to Babel for its transgressions

   
RF CH1 9:2 Pedigree of Judean Nobles.
But the former settlers who possessed those Cities of Israel were the Priests, the Levites, and their attendants.
   
RF CH1 9:3 But in Jerusalem some of the Beni Judah settled and some of the Beni Benjamin, and some of the Tribe of Ephraim and Manasseh.
   
RF CH1 9:4 Authi-ben-Amihud-ben-Amri-ben-Imri-ben-Benjamin-ben-Perez-ben-Judah.
   
RF CH1 9:5 And of the Shilanites, Ashiah, the firstborn, and his sons.
   
RF CH1 9:6 And from the Beni Zerakh, Javal, and his companions, six hundred and ninety.
   
RF CH1 9:7 And from the Beni Benjamin Sal na-ben-Meshulam,-ben-Hodaviah-ben-Asuah;
   
RF CH1 9:8 and Ibniah-ben-Jerokham, and Alah-ben-Azi-ben-Makri; and Meshulam-ben-Shefatiahben-Ranal-ben-lbniah;
   
RF CH1 9:9 and of their genealogical relatives, nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were Chiefs of Ancestral Houses, from their fathers.
   
RF CH1 9:10 And from the Priests Jedaiah, Jhoiadah, and Jakin,
   
RF CH1 9:11 and Azariah-ben-Hilkiah-ben-Shalum-ben-Zadok-ben-Merioth-ben-Ahitub—near the House of GOD.
   
RF CH1 9:12 And Adiah-ben-Jerokham-ben-Shafhur-ben-Malkiah; and Shami-ben-Adial-ben-Jakhzariah-ben-Shalum-ben-Meshilmath-ben-Amer;
   
RF CH1 9:13 and of their companions, Chiefs of Ancestral Houses one thousand seven hundred and sixty men able to conduct the services of the House of GOD.
   
RF CH1 9:14 And from the Levites,—Shemiah-ben-Khashub-ben-Azrikam-ben-Khashabiah, of the Beni Merari;
   
RF CH1 9:15 and Bakbakar, Kherish, and Galal, and Mathaniah-ben-Mika-ben-Zikri, ben-Asaf;
   
RF CH1 9:16 and Obadiah-ben-Shemiah, ben-Galal-ben-Jaduthem;—and Berakiah, ben-Asa, ben-Alkanah, who settled in the villages of the Netofathi;
   
RF CH1 9:17 with the Doorkeepers, Shalum, Akub, and Talmon, and Akhiman, and their companions.
   
RF CH1 9:18 Shalum was their Chief; and they were settled at the east of the King's Gate. They were the Guards for the camps of the Levites.
   
RF CH1 9:19 And Shalum-ben-Kora-ben-Abisaf-ben-Korakh and his companions of his Ancestral House of the Koreites, were to superintend the execution of the Service. They guarded the Thresholds of the Hall, for their ancestors had been over the Camp of the LORD as Guards of the entry.
   
RF CH1 9:20 And Phinehas-ben-Eliezer was Prince over them, before the LORD.
   
RF CH1 9:21 Zekariah-ben-Meshelemiah, was Door-opener at the Hall of Assembly.
   
RF CH1 9:22 All of them were chosen as Gate-keepers to the number of two hundred and twelve in their family villages.They were appointed by David and Samuel to attend to their duties;
   
RF CH1 9:23 and they and their descendants; are attendants at the Door of the House of the LORD, as they were at the House of the Tent, as Guards;
   
RF CH1 9:24 they were at the Gates on the four sides;1 —the East, the West, the North and the South.
   
RF CH1 9:25 And their relatives came from their villages for periods of seven days, in their turns along with them.
   
RF CH1 9:26 But the Levites who were the Four Chiefs, of the Gates officially superintended the Lodgings, and the Treasury of the House of GOD,
   
RF CH1 9:27 and lodged all who came up for duty; and they were at the Opening Services from morning to morning.
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1 NOTE.—Heb. "Four Winds," the idiom of that language for quarters of the compass. —F.F.
   
RF CH1 9:28 They also had to attend to the vessels; for they brought them in by number, and returned back by number.
   
RF CH1 9:29 And others of them were Officers over the furniture; and over the Sacred Vessels; and over the flour; and wine, and oil, and incense, and spices.
   
RF CH1 9:30 But some from the descendants of the Priests prepared the confection of spices.
   
RF CH1 9:31 And Mathethiah, of the Levites, who was the firstborn to Korakh was appointed over the bakers.
   
RF CH1 9:32 But others from the descendants of Kahth, with their relatives superintended to the Shew-bread, to arrange it Sabbath by Sabbath.
   
RF CH1 9:33 And these are the Ancestral Chiefs of the Levite Singers, exempt from duty in the sanctuaries,—for they were at work day and night.
   
RF CH1 9:34 They are the Ancestral Chiefs, Chiefs according to their pedigrees.—who resided in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH1 9:35 And in Gibaon resided the Beni Gibaon, Janal, and the name of his wife was Makah,
   
RF CH1 9:36 and his firstborn son was Abdon, and Tzur, and Ner, and Nadab,—
   
RF CH1 9:37 and Gedor, and Akhio, and Zekeriah, and Mikloth.
   
RF CH1 9:38 And Mikloth begot Shimam, and they settled in Jerusalem near their relatives.
   
RF CH1 9:39 And Ner begot Kish; and Kish begot Shaul; and Shaul begot Jhonathan; and Milkishua; and Abinadab; and Ashbal.
   
RF CH1 9:40 And the sons of Jhonathan were Merib-Bal, and Meribal begot Mikah.
   
RF CH1 9:41 And the sons of Mikah were Pithen, and Melek, and Thakhra,
   
RF CH1 9:42 and Akhaz, who begot Jarab; and Jarab begot Alemath, and Azmavath, and Zimri, and Zimri begot Motza;
   
RF CH1 9:43 and Motza begot Binaa, Rifiah, his son, Alasah his son, Atzal his son,
   
RF CH1 9:44 and Atzal had six sons, and these are their names;—Azrikaim, his firstborn, and Ishmaal, and Shariah, and Obadiah, and Khami,—These are the sons of Atzal.
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