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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 13:1 (958 B.C.) Abijah begins to Reign.
In the eighteenth year of King Jeraboam, Abijah began to reign over Judah.
   
RF CH2 13:2 He was King for three years in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother was Makah, the daughter of Aurial of Gibaah. When war began between Abijah and Jeraboam,
   
RF CH2 13:3 Abijah arranged the battle with a force of disciplined soldiers of four hundred thousand men, and Jeraboam arrayed against him for battle with a force of eight hundred thousand men, trained troops.
   
RF CH2 13:4 And Abijah occupied the top of the Zimarim hills, which are in Mount Ephraim, and proclaimed:—"Listen Jeraboam, and the army of Israel;—
   
RF CH2 13:5 Is it not known to you that the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel gave the Kingship over Israel to David for ever?—To him, and to his sons, by a Covenant of Salt?
   
RF CH2 13:6 But Jeraboam,-ben-Nebat, an Officer of Solomon,-ben-David rebelled against his Master,
   
RF CH2 13:7 and idle fellows, men of Belial, collected to him, and encouraged him against Rehaboam,-ben-Solomon, when Rehaboam was young and lighthearted, and could not resist them.
   
RF CH2 13:8 So now you think to resist the Kingship of the LORD, in the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great mob, and the Golden Calves that Jeraboam made for your GODs are with you!
   
RF CH2 13:9 "Have you not expelled the Priests of the EVER-LIVING, the Beni Aaron, and the Levites, and made yourselves Priests like the peoples of the countries, so that every one who goes to fill his hands with a bullock and seven rams, can become a Priest to the Not-GODs?
   
RF CH2 13:10 "But for us,—the EVER-LIVING is our GOD, and we will not forsake him! And our Priests, who serve the EVER-LIVING, are descendants of Aaron, and the Levites are assistants,
   
RF CH2 13:11 who consume to the EVER-LIVING, morning by morning, Burnt-offerings; and evening by evening; and present perfumes, and arrange bread on the pure table, with the Golden Lamps, and their Reflectors, to burn from dusk to dusk. For we regard the Trusts of the EVER-LIVING, our GOD, —but you have abandoned them.
   
RF CH2 13:12 So look out for GOD is at our head, and His Priests with trumpets to sound an alarm against you.—Sons of Israel, fight not against the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of your fathers, for you will not prosper!"
   
RF CH2 13:13 But Jeraboam directed an ambush to go to their rear.—Thus he was at the front of Judah, and the ambuscade at their rear,
   
RF CH2 13:14 and when Judah turned, they saw there was a battle for them before and behind; so they cried to the EVER-LIVING, and the Priests sounded with the trumpets;
   
RF CH2 13:15 and the men of Judah cheered; and when the men of Judah cheered, GOD defeated Jeraboam, and the Israelite forces before Abijah and Judah.
   
RF CH2 13:16 Thus the Children of Israel were routed before Judah, and GOD gave them into their hand;
   
RF CH2 13:17 and Abijah and his army defeated them, with a crushing defeat, and five hundred thousand brave men of Israel fell wounded.
   
RF CH2 13:18 The Children of Israel were consequently weakened from that time, and the Children of Judah encouraged, because they relied on the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers.
   
RF CH2 13:19 (957 B.C.) Abijah Defeats Jeraboam.
Abijah then followed after Jeraboam, and captured from him the Cities of Bethel, and its villages; and Jeshanah, and its villages and Afren, and its villages,
   
RF CH2 13:20 and Jeraboam never recovered his strength in the times of Abijah; for the EVER-LIVING struck and defeated him,
   
RF CH2 13:21 but Abijah was strengthened, and married fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons, and sixteen daughters.
   
RF CH2 13:22 The remainder of the deeds of Abijah, and his proceedings, and his affairs, are recorded in the Commentaries of the Reciter Ado.
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