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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 19:1 But Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, returned to his home at Jerusalem in safety.
   
RF CH2 19:2 Jehua the Preacher Denounces Jehoshaphat.
However, Jehua,-ben-Khanani, the Prophet, went out to meet him, and said to the King Jehoshaphat;—
"Why did you help the wicked?
And love the haters of JEHOVAH?
For that, the wrath of the LORD is on you!
   
RF CH2 19:3 However good things are found in you:
For you expelled Ashroth from the land,
And settled your heart to seek your GOD."
   
RF CH2 19:4 Thus Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem, and rested.
(896 B.C.) Jehoshaphat Reforms the Church and Law Courts.
He afterwards travelled amongst the people from Bar-sheba to Mount Ephraim, and turned them to the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers.
   
RF CH2 19:5 He also established Judges in the country, in every Fortified Town of Judea, from City to City;
   
RF CH2 19:6 and said to the Judges, " Be careful in what you do, for you do not Decide for man, but for the EVER-LIVING, who is with you when you are pronouncing Judgment.
   
RF CH2 19:7 Therefore let the fear of the EVER-LIVING be upon you. Be careful when deciding; for there is no corruption with our EVER-LIVING GOD; or making pretenses; or taking of bribes."
   
RF CH2 19:8 In the same way Jehoshaphat appointed Judges in Jerusalem from the Levites and Priests, and from the Ancestral Chiefs of Israel, for the Decrees of the EVER-LIVING, and for Appeals. Those resided in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 19:9 And he commanded them, "You shall do thus, and examine for the EVER-LIVING, in faithfulness and purity of heart.
   
RF CH2 19:10 And in every Appeal that comes to you from your Associates who reside in the towns, between blood and blood, between law and command, or institution, or Decrees, you shall advise them not to offend against the EVER-LIVING; or there will be anger against you, and your Associates. Do that, and you will do no wrong.
   
RF CH2 19:11 "And you see Amarihu, the Chief it. of the Priests, is your Superintendent in all matters about the EVER-LIVING; with Zebadihu-ben-Ishmaal, the Prince of the House of Judah, for any affairs of the King; and the Levites will be present with you as Recorders. Be earnest, and act; and may the EVER-LIVING be with you in good."
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