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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 11:1

Rehaboam tries to subdue the revolt.
When Rehaboam arrived at Jerusalem, he summoned from the Houses of Judah and Benjamin a hundred and eighty thousand soldiers, trained for War, to fight with Israel, and to recover the Kingship to Rehaboam,

   
RF CH2 11:2 but a Message from the LORD came to Shemaihu, a MAN of GOD. to say;
   
RF CH2 11:3 "Speak to Rehaboam,-ben-Solomon, King of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah, and Benjamin, and say;
   
RF CH2 11:4 Thus says the EVER-LIVING,—You shall not advance against, nor fight with your brothers!—Return every man to your houses, for this event has come from Me.' " So they listened to the commands of the EVER-LIVING, and refused to march against Jeraboam.
   
RF CH2 11:5 Consequently Rehaboam returned to Jerusalem; but he built Fortified Cities in Judah.
   
RF CH2 11:6 (974 B. C.) He also built Bethlehem, and Aitam, and Thiqua;
   
RF CH2 11:7 And Beth-tzar, and Shoko, and Adlam;
   
RF CH2 11:8 And Gath, and Marshah, and Zif;
   
RF CH2 11:9 And Adorim, and Lakish; and Azkah;
   
RF CH2 11:10 Tzarah, and Ailon; and Hebron, which are fortified Cities in Judah and Benjamin,
   
RF CH2 11:11 of which he strengthened the defenses, and appointed Commanders over them, with stores of food, and oil and wine,
   
RF CH2 11:12 and shields and arms, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin remained his.
   
RF CH2 11:13 The Priests in Israel Collect to Rehaboam.
The Priests and Levites, who were in Israel collected to him from all quarters;
   
RF CH2 11:14 for the Levites abandoned their pasture-lands, and possessions, and emigrated to Judah, and Jerusalem, because Jeraboam expelled them, and their sons from the Priesthood of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 11:15 and appointed Priests for himself at the Mounds, for the Satyrs, and Calves that he made.
   
RF CH2 11:16 Those also who gave their hearts to seek the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel followed them, and came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the GOD of their fathers.
   
RF CH2 11:17 Thus they strengthened the Kingdom of Judah, and invigorated Rehaboam, the son of Solomon, for three years,—and he followed the path of David and Solomon for three years.
   
RF CH2 11:18 Rehaboam took as his wife, Makhalath,-ben-Jerimoth,-ben-David; and Abikhil, the daughter Aliab,-ben-Jesse,
   
RF CH2 11:19 and she bore sons to him, Jaush, and Sheberiah, and Zahm.
   
RF CH2 11:20 And after her he married Makah, the daughter of Aurial of Gibaah,1 and she bore him Abiah, Athi, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
   
RF CH2 11:21 And Rehaboam loved Makah, the daughter of Auriall more than all his wives, and secondary wives, although he married eighteen wives, and sixty secondary-wives, and begot twenty-eight sons, and sixty daughters.
   
RF CH2 11:22 So Rehaboam appointed Abiah the son of Makah as the Chief, to rule amongst his brothers, and to make him King.
   
RF CH2 11:23 Consequently he acted prudently, and distributed all his sons over the country of Judah and Benjamin, in various fortified Cities, and gave them liberal allowances, and selected a number of wives for them.
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1 Note—Ch. 11, v. 20. By the error of some old transcriber the current Hebrew text has " Makah," the daughter of Absalom, which is impossible, owing to the length of time that elapsed between the period of Absalom —upwards of half a century—and the date of Rehaboam's marriage. The name and parentage are given correctly in Ch. 13, v. 2, as I give them above in my version. —F.F.
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