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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 14:1 (955 B.C.) Asa's Reign.
Then Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David, and Asa his son reigned instead of him. In his time the Country was at peace for ten years.
   
RF CH2 14:2 Asa also did what was good and right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 14:3 and removed the foreign altars, and the Mounds, and broke the Columns, and felled the Groves,
   
RF CH2 14:4 and commanded Judah to seek the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers, and to practice his Laws and Instructions.
   
RF CH2 14:5 He also removed the Mounds from the towns of Judah and the Images of the Sun. So his reign was in peace before him.
   
RF CH2 14:6 Asa Fortifies Judah.
He also built fortresses in Judah, for the country was at rest, and he had no war in those years;—for the EVER-LIVING was kind to him,
   
RF CH2 14:7 therefore he said to Judah; " Let us be building these Cities, and surround them with walls and forts, doors and bars, whilst the country is quiet, now we have sought our EVER-LIVING GOD, and He has given us rest around." So they built, and prospered.
   
RF CH2 14:8 Asa's Large Army.
Yet Asa had an army who bore shield and spear, of three hundred thousand men of Judah. And two hundred and eighty thousand from Benjamin, who carried shields, or drew the bow. All these were disciplined soldiers.
   
RF CH2 14:9 Zerakh, King of Kush, assails Asa.
Afterwards Zerakh, the Kushite,1 advanced against them with an Army of a million, and three hundred Chariots, and arrived at Mareshah,
   
RF CH2 14:10 and Asa went out to meet him, and prepared to fight in the plain of Zefathah near Mareshah,
   
RF CH2 14:11 where Asa cried to his EVER-LIVING GOD, and said:—"LORD! there is no difference with You, when helping, between the weak and the strong! Help us, our EVER-LIVING GOD, for we rely upon You, and in Your Name we come against this host. You are our EVER-LIVING GOD,—let not man prevail against You! "
   
RF CH2 14:12 And the EVER-LIVING routed I the Kushites before Asa, and before Judah,—so the Kushites fled.
   
RF CH2 14:13 But Asa pursued them, with the force that was with him, to Gherar, where he overwhelmed the Kushites, and gave no quarter, for they were broken before the EVER-LIVING, and before His army, and very great plunder was collected.
   
RF CH2 14:14 He next assailed all the towns around Gherar,—for a terror from the LORD came upon them,—and sacked all the Cities, for there was much property in them.
   
RF CH2 14:15 They also attacked the cattle folds, and captured many sheep, and camels, and afterwards returned to Jerusalem.
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1 NoTE.—Ch. 14, v. 8. "Zerakh, the Kushite." The Kush of the Hebrew Histories was a state extending from the Persian Gulf across Northern Arabia to the Gulf of Akabah in the Red Sea. It was not, as the Greeks imagined, Ethiopia in Central Africa, and as all our modern commentators, following their blunder, make it seem to be.—F.F.
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