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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 16:1 (940 B.C.) Basha of Israel Assails Judah. Asa allies with Ben-hadad.
In the thirty-sixth year of the Kingship of Asa, Basha King of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, so as not to allow a passage to Asa King of Judah.
   
RF CH2 16:2 Asa consequently took silver and gold out of the Treasures of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Royal Palace, and sent to Ben-Hadad, King of Aram, who was Resident in Damask, and said;
   
RF CH2 16:3 "There is a Treaty between myself and you, as there was between my father and your father, therefore I have sent silver and gold to you to break the treaty with Basha, King of Israel, that he may retreat from me."
   
RF CH2 16:4 (940 B.C.) And Ben-hadad listened to King Asa, and sent the Generals of his forces against the Cities of Israel, and they assailed Aion, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the prosperous Towns of Naphtali;
   
RF CH2 16:5 and when Basha heard it he ceased from the building of Ramah, and left his works,
   
RF CH2 16:6 and King Asa took the forces of Judah, and carried off the stones and timber, with which Basha was building, from Ramah, and built Gheba and Mitzfah with them.
   
RF CH2 16:7 The Preacher Hanani denounces the Treaty with Ben-hadad.
But at that time Hanani, the Preacher, came to Asa King of Judah, and said to him ' " Because you have trusted yourself to the King of Aram, and have not trusted upon your EVER-LIVING GOD, the Army of the King of Aram will slip from your hand!
   
RF CH2 16:8 Were not the Kushim and the Lubim, with their great Army of Chariots and horsemen, very numerous?—But because you relied upon the EVER-LIVING, they were given to your hand.
   
RF CH2 16:9 For the eyes of the EVER-LIVING dart to all the earth, to strengthen, if the heart is sound to him!—You have done foolishly about this,—therefore from now there will be wars for you!"
   
RF CH2 16:10 Consequently Asa was furious at the seer, and put him into the Prison of the Stocks, for he was enraged with him about it. Asa also oppressed the people at the same time.
   
RF CH2 16:11 But you must seek the beginning and end of the affairs of Asa as they are recorded in the records of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
   
RF CH2 16:12 Asa Suffers from Gout in his Old Age.
In the thirty-ninth year of his Kingship, Asa became lame in his feet,—His suffering was very great.—However, in his suffering he did not consult the EVER-LIVING,—but Physicians,
   
RF CH2 16:13 so Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the forty-first year of his reign.
   
RF CH2 16:14 (914 B.C.) But they buried him in his own tomb which he had formed for himself in the City of David, and laid him on a bed that was filled with perfumes, and spices, and preservatives, prepared by chemists. They also burnt a very great burning for him.
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