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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 12:1 (B.C. 972) Shishak of Egypt invades Judah.
But when Rehaboam was fixed in the Kingship, and had strengthened himself, he abandoned the Laws of the EVER-LIVING, and all Israel followed him.
   
RF CH2 12:2 Then in the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign, Shishak, the King of the Mitzeraim, came up against Jerusalem, because they had risen against the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 12:3 with twelve hundred Chariots, and sixty thousand Cavalry, and an innumerable army with him, from the Mitzeraim, Lubim, Sukiim, and Kushim,
   
RF CH2 12:4 and they captured the Fortified Cities in Judah, and arrived at Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 12:5 Then Shemiah the Reciter came to Rehaboam and the Princes of Judah, who had collected at Jerusalem in flight from Shishak, and said to them;—"Thus says the EVER-LIVING, ' You abandoned Me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.' "
   
RF CH2 12:6 The Princes of Israel, and the King then humbled themselves, and replied, " The EVER-LIVING is right."
   
RF CH2 12:7 So when the LORD saw that they were penitent, a Message from the EVER-LIVING came to Shemiah, to say, "They have repented; I will not desolate them; but will give them in a little while an escape; and My anger shall not be passed on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak
   
RF CH2 12:8 but they shall be his subjects and learn the difference of subjection to Me, and subjection to the Kings of the countries."
   
RF CH2 12:9 But Shishak the King of the Mitzeraim advanced against Jerusalem, and took the treasures of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and all the treasures of the King's Palace, and seized the Golden Shields that Solomon had made.
   
RF CH2 12:10 King Rehaboam consequently made Shields of brass instead of them, and entrusted them to the care of the General of the Infantry who kept guard before the Royal Palace,
   
RF CH2 12:11 and when the King went to the House of the EVER-LIVING the Infantry came and carried them, then returned them to the Infantry store.
   
RF CH2 12:12 But when they were humiliated the anger of the LORD turned from them, and they were not completely desolated; and comforting messages also came to Judah,
   
RF CH2 12:13 so King Rehaboam settled himself in Jerusalem, and reigned. Rehaboam was forty-one years old at his Coronation, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the City that the EVER-LIVING had chosen from all the Tribes of Israel to fix His NAME there. His mother's name was Namah the Amonith.
   
RF CH2 12:14 But he did wrong, for he did not fix his heart to seek the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 12:15 However, the doings of Rehaboam, the first and the last, are they not recorded in the Histories of Shemiah the Reciter, and also the Prophet, with his Genealogy, and the Wars of Rehaboam, and Jeraboam all the time?
   
RF CH2 12:16 At last Rehaboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David, and Abiah his son reigned in his stead.
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