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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 2:1 (1015 B.C.) Solomon prepares to Build the Temple.
Solomon also commanded to build the House of the EVER-LIVING, and a Palace for His Empire.
   
RF CH2 2:2 Consequently Solomon enrolled seventy thousand men as labourers, and eighty thousand men, as woodsmen in the hills, with three thousand six hundred as foremen over them.
   
RF CH2 2:3 Solomon Proposes to hire Tzurian Workmen of Huram to help Building the Temple.
Solomon also sent to Huram King of Tzur to say:—" As you assisted my father David, in sending Cedars to him, when building himself a House to reside in; do with me
   
RF CH2 2:4 in building a Temple to the Name of my EVER-LIVING GOD, as a Sanctuary for him,and to burn to him sweet-spiced incense, with a continuous ritual; and for the Morning and Evening Sacrifice; and for the Sabbaths; and Months and for the Festivals of our EVER-LIVING GOD. For this to be for ever in Israel.
   
RF CH2 2:5 "And the Temple that I shall build will be large; for our GOD is greater than all GODs.
   
RF CH2 2:6 Yet who has ability to build Him a House? for the Heavens, and the Heavens of the Heavens are not enough for Him! So who am I who would build Him a House? except to worship before Him?
   
RF CH2 2:7 "Therefore now send me skilful men able to work in Gold, and Silver, and Brass, and Iron; and in purple, and crimson and blue; and skilled in the carving of engravings, to work along with the mechanics who are with me in Judea and Jerusalem, whom my father David provided.
   
RF CH2 2:8 "Send me also Cedar, fir, and Algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your subjects understand how to cut Timber in Lebanon, and my subjects shall help yours.
   
RF CH2 2:9 And prepare me plenty of timber, for the Temple I am about to build will be large and wonderful.
   
RF CH2 2:10 "In return I will pay for the wood-cutters who fell the timber, who are your subjects, twenty thousand Kors of ground wheat, and twenty thousand Kors of barley, with twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil."1
   
RF CH2 2:11 The King of Tzur's Reply.
Huram, King of Tzur replied by letter, and sent it to Solomon. " Because the EVER-LIVING loves His people He has made you King over them."
   
RF CH2 2:12 And Huram continued, " I bless the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, who made the Heavens and the Earth, because He has given a wise son to King David, educated in intellect and understanding, who will build a Temple for the EVER-LIVING, and a House for His Empire.
   
RF CH2 2:13 "I have therefore sent a man of genius, who was educated in construction by Huram my father.
   
RF CH2 2:14 He is the son of a woman, from the Tribe of Dan, but his father was a native of Tzur. He understands to work in Gold, Silver, Brass, Iron, Stone and Timber;—in purple, in blue, in flax, and crimson; and to carve engravings, and to contrive all kinds of enginery that may be required along with your mechanics, and the mechanics of your father David.
   
RF CH2 2:15 So now let my Master send to his Vassal the wheat, barley, oil, and wine that he says,
   
RF CH2 2:16 then we will cut the timber in Lebanon for all your requirements, and bring it to you in floats by sea to Jaffa, and you can take it up from there to Jerusalem."
   
RF CH2 2:17 Solomon Conscripts Laborers.
Solomon consequently collected all the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, according to the census which his father David conscribed, and found them to be a hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred.
   
RF CH2 2:18 He made seventy thousand of them labourers, and eighty thousand woodcutters in the hills, with three thousand six hundred overseers of the works of those people.
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1 Note—Ch. 2 v. 10. Equivalent to 160,000 bushels of wheat, 160,000 bushels of ground barley, 150,000 gallons of wine, and 150,000 gallons of oil. See Dr. Angus's " Bible Hand-Book."
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