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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 CH2 1:1 (1015 B.C.) Solomon as King.
Solomon, the son of David, was fixed in his Kingship, and the EVER-LIVING his GOD was with him, and exalted him greatly.
   
RF CH2 1:2 Solomon consequently convoked all Israel, with the Officers of the Army, and Magistracy, and all the Princes, and all the Chiefs of Ancestral Houses.
   
RF CH2 1:3 Who went with Solomon and the Parliament of his People, to the Mound that was in Gibaon, where the Hall of Assembly of GOD was, which Moses the Servant of the EVER-LIVING had made in the Desert.
   
RF CH2 1:4 David, however, had brought the Ark of GOD from Krith-Yarim to David's structure for it;—for he had pitched a Tent for it at Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 1:5 The Brazen Altar however, which Bazalal-ben-Auri-ben-Hur, had made, was there before the Tabernacle of the EVER-LIVING, so Solomon and the Parliament went down to it.
   
RF CH2 1:6 And Solomon offered Sacrifice before the EVER-LIVING upon the Brazen Altar, which was in the Hall of Assembly, and offered as his sacrifice a thousand Burnt-offerings.
   
RF CH2 1:7 God's promise to Solomon.
In that night GOD appeared to Solomon, and said, "Ask what I shall give you."
   
RF CH2 1:8 And Solomon replied to GOD, "You showed great kindness to my father David, and have made me King after him;
   
RF CH2 1:9 therefore EVER-LIVING GOD, confirm Your promise to my father David, for You have made my Empire over People as numerous as the dust of the earth,—
   
RF CH2 1:10 so give me wisdom To and Knowledge, to conduct myself before these People. For who can Govern this Great People of Yours?"
   
RF CH2 1:11 When GOD answered Solomon, " Because this has been in your heart, and you have not asked wealth, treasures, and honour, nor the life of your enemies, nor have asked great length of days,but have asked wisdom and Knowledge, by which you may Govern My People, over whom I have given you the Empire,—
   
RF CH2 1:12 Wisdom and Knowledge shall be given to you, and I will also give wealth, and treasures, and honour, such as have not been with the Kings who were before you, and there shall not be such after you."
   
RF CH2 1:13 Solomon then returned from the Mound of Gibaon to Jerusalem, from the Hall of Assembly, and reigned over Israel.
   
RF CH2 1:14 Solomon Re-Organizes the Army.
Solomon then collected Chariots and Horsemen, and possessed one thousand four hundred Chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in Chariot Barracks, and with the king in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 1:15 The King also made silver and gold in Jerusalem to be like stones; and planted Cedars like Sycamores that are on the slopes for number.
   
RF CH2 1:16 But the horses that Solomon possessed were brought out of Mitzeraim.
   
RF CH2 1:17 The drovers of the King collected them in droves, at fairs, and collected and brought out from Mitzeraim a Chariot for six hundred Silvers, and a horse for one hundred and fifty; and the same from all the Chiefs of the Hitites, and the Chiefs of Edom; they were brought by their means.
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