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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 10:1 (975 B.C.) Rehaboams's Folly.
Then Rehaboam went to Shekem; —for the Parliament of Israel had come to Shekem to make him King;
   
RF CH2 10:2 and it occurred that Jeraboam,-ben-Nebat heard of it. He was in Mitzeraim, where he had fled from King Solomon, and Jeraboam resided amongst the Mitzeraim.
   
RF CH2 10:3 But they sent and invited him,—and Jeraboam came to the Parliament of Israel, and they addressed Rehaboam and said;
   
RF CH2 10:4 "Your father was hard upon us,—so will you lighten the slavery of your father's oppression? and lift up the load which he placed on us?—Then we will serve you!"
   
RF CH2 10:5 When he replied to them; " Wait for three days,—and return to me." So the Parliament went away.
   
RF CH2 10:6 Then King Rehaboam consulted the Old Men, who had stood before his father Solomon, while he was alive, and asked, "What do you advise me to return as an answer to these people?"
   
RF CH2 10:7 And they said to him; " If you make yourself pleasant to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will then be your subjects for all time."
   
RF CH2 10:8 But he rejected the advice of the Old Men, which they had advised him, and asked advice of the lads who had grown up with him, and stood in his presence,
   
RF CH2 10:9 and said to them:—" What do you advise that I should return as answer to these people? who ask me, saying, ' Ease off what your father put on us!'"
   
RF CH2 10:10 So the lads who had grown up with him, said; " Reply thus to the people who addressed you saying, ' Your father loaded upon us,—but you lighten off from us! ' Say this to them,—' My little finger is thicker than my father's loins!—
   
RF CH2 10:11 So as my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke;—My father scourged you with whips,—but I with scorpions!'"
   
RF CH2 10:12 Jeraboam and all the Parliament with him returned to Rehaboam on the third day, as the King had said to them, "Come to me on the third day,"
   
RF CH2 10:13 when the King answered them harshly; for King Rehaboam forsook the advice of the Old Men,
   
RF CH2 10:14 and answered them in accordance upon the advice of the lads, and said;—"My father was heavy upon you, but I will add myself to him! My father chastised you with whips,—but I with scorpions! "
   
RF CH2 10:15 Thus the King did not listen to the people. But it came round from GOD, so that he might confirm the Message of the LORD, which was delivered by means of Akhihu, the Shilonite to Jeraboam,-ben-Nebat.
   
RF CH2 10:16 When the Parliament of Israel saw that the King would not listen to them, then the people replied to the King and exclaimed; " What advantage have we in David?—There is no benefit in the son of Jesse! Every one to your Tents, Israel! Now lookto your own House David!"
   
RF CH2 10:17 Rehaboam Provokes a Revolt by his Folly.
And the Army of Israel went to their Tents. (But Rehaboam reigned over the Children of Israel who resided in the Cities of Judah.)
   
RF CH2 10:18 King Rehaboam, however, sent to them Hadoram who was Superintendent of the Conscription; but the Children of Israel overwhelmed him with stones, and killed him, so King Rehaboam got in a hurry into his carriage and fled to Jerusalem.—
   
RF CH2 10:19 Thus Israel rebelled from the House of David to this day.
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