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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 15:1 (941 B.C.) Azariah's Address to Asa and his Army.
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Azariah-ben-Audad,
   
RF CH2 15:2 and he went out to meet Asa, and said to him; " Listen to me, Asa! and the Army of Judah, and Benjamin! The EVER-LIVING is with you, so you be with Him;—for if you seek Him, He will be found by you;—and if you abandon Him, He will abandon you.
   
RF CH2 15:3 For a long time Israel had had no TRUE GOD, or Teaching Priest, and no Law,
   
RF CH2 15:4 yet when in its distress it turned to the GOD of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them,
   
RF CH2 15:5 and in those past times there was no safety in going out or in coming in, and revolutions came upon all the population of the country.
   
RF CH2 15:6 Tribe assailed Tribe, and City, City,—for GOD let them be tormented with every distress;
   
RF CH2 15:7 but you, be bold, and do not drop your hands, for your work will be rewarded."
   
RF CH2 15:8 (941 B.C.) Asa Attempts a Moral Restoration.
And when Asa heard these words, and the Sermon of Audud the Preacher, he was encouraged, and expelled the abominations from all the land of Judah, and Benjamin, and from the towns he had captured in Mount Ephraim, and restored the Altar of the EVER-LIVING that was before the Porch of the LORD,
   
RF CH2 15:9 and collected the Representatives of Judah, and Benjamin, and the settlers amongst them, from Ephraim and Manasseh and Simeon, —for many from Israel had deserted to him, when they saw that his EVER-LIVING GOD was with him.
   
RF CH2 15:10 These assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the Kingship of Asa,
   
RF CH2 15:11 and sacrificed to the EVER-LIVING some of the prizes. They brought seven hundred bullocks, and seven thousand sheep,
   
RF CH2 15:12 and came to a Resolution to seek the EVER-LIVING GOD of their forefathers with all their heart, and all their mind;
   
RF CH2 15:13 and that all who would not seek the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel should be put to death, from the least to the greatest, whether man or woman;
   
RF CH2 15:14 and swore it to the EVER-LIVING with a loud voice, and with cheering, and with trumpets and horns.
   
RF CH2 15:15 And the Representatives of Judah swore gladly, for they swore with complete heart, and sought Him with full delight, and found Him, for the EVER-LIVING gave them rest all round.
   
RF CH2 15:16 Asa Deposes his mother from her Queendom for Idolatry.
King Asa also dismissed Makah, his mother, from her station, because she had made a filthy image to LUST. Asa also cut up the foul image, and crushed it, and flung it into the Kedron brook.
   
RF CH2 15:17 He did not, however, remove the Mounds from Israel,—yet the heart of Asa was sound all his days,
   
RF CH2 15:18 and he brought all the Consecrations of silver and gold of his father, and the Consecrations of himself, into the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 15:19 There was no more war afterwards, until the thirty-fifth year of the Kingship of Asa.
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