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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 17:1

Jehoshaphat begins to Reign.
And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel,

   
RF CH2 17:2 and put a force in every Fortified City of Judah, and appointed commanders in the country of Judah, and in the Cities of Ephraim, that Asa his father had captured,
   
RF CH2 17:3 for the EVER-LIVING was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the paths of David his ancestral father, and did not seek Baals,
   
RF CH2 17:4 but the GOD of his fathers: and followed his instructions, and not as Israel did.
   
RF CH2 17:5 Consequently the EVER-LIVING fixed the government in his hand, and all Judah paid tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he possessed wealth and much honour,
   
RF CH2 17:6 and he exalted his heart in the paths of the EVER-LIVING, and be expelled the Mounds and Shrines from Judah.
   
RF CH2 17:7 (912 B.C.) In the third year of his reign, also he sent his Officers Ben-khail, and Abdiah, Zakeriah, and Nathanal, and Mikhihu, to teach in the Cities of Judah;
   
RF CH2 17:8 and with them the Levites, Shemhiu, and Nathanihu, and Zakarhiu, and Asahal, and Shemiramoth, and Jhonathan, and Aduihu, and Tobihu,and Tob-adoniah, the Levites, and Alishama,and Jhoram the Priests,
   
RF CH2 17:9 who taught in Judah. They had a book of the Laws of the EVER-LIVING with them, and they went round in all the towns of Judah, and taught the people,
   
RF CH2 17:10 so that a reverence for the EVER-LIVING came upon all the Kings of the neighboring countries around Judah, and they did not fight with Jehoshaphat.
   
RF CH2 17:11 The Philishtim also brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and a money tax; while the Arabians brought him of sheep seven thousand seven hundred rams; and seven thousand seven hundred he-goats.
   
RF CH2 17:12 Thus Jehoshaphat advanced and increased continually, and built Palaces in Judea and residential towns.
   
RF CH2 17:13 He had many well disciplined soldiers in the Cities of Judah, and a large army of brave men in Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 17:14 Whose Commanders, of their Ancestral Houses, were the following:—As Generals in Judah were Aduah, the Commander-in-Chief, and three hundred thousand soIdiers under him.
   
RF CH2 17:15 And his Lieutenant was General Jhehanan, and with him were two hundred and eighty thousand.
   
RF CH2 17:16 And under him Amasiah,-ben-Zikri, the Volunteer, and with him two hundred thousand trained men.
   
RF CH2 17:17 Aliada was the Commander of the disciplined troops from Benjamin, and had with him of Archers and Shield-men, two hundred thousand,
   
RF CH2 17:18 His Lieutenant was Jhozabad, who contracted for a hundred and eighty thousand armed for war.
   
RF CH2 17:19 These served the King, besides those the King placed in the Fortified Cities of Judah.
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