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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 20:1 (896 B.C.) The Moabites and Allies assail Judea.
It occurred after this that the Beni-Moab, and Beni-Amon, with some of the Mennim, came to war against Jehoshaphat.
   
RF CH2 20:2 And messengers came and reported it to Jehoshaphat, saying; " A great multitude from Aram-beyond-the-Lake is advancing, and are at Hazeron-Thamar, that is Engedi."
   
RF CH2 20:3 Jehoshaphat consequently was afraid and turned himself to enquire of the EVER-LIVING, and proclaimed a fast to all Judea.
   
RF CH2 20:4 Judea therefore collected, to entreat from the EVER-LIVING, and came from all the cities of Judea to entreat the LORD.
   
RF CH2 20:5 When Jehoshaphat stood up in the Parliament of Judea and Jerusalem, in the House of the EVER-LIVING, in front of the New Court,
   
RF CH2 20:6 He Addresses the Parliament.
and said:—"EVER-LIVING GOD of our fathers, are You not GOD in the Heavens? and You rule in all the Kingdoms of the Heathen, and power and might are in Your hands, and none can resist You.
   
RF CH2 20:7 Are not You our GOD, who drove out the inhabitants of this country before Your people of Israel, and gave it to the race of Abraham, Your friend for ever?
   
RF CH2 20:8 And they have dwelt in it, and have built a Sanctuary to Your Name in it, reflecting,
   
RF CH2 20:9 ' If trouble comes upon us, the punishing sword or plague, or famine, we can stand before this Temple, and before You, for Your NAME is in this Temple,—and cry to You in our distresses, You will listen and hear.'
   
RF CH2 20:10 So now see, the Beni-Amon, and Moab, and Mount Sair that it was not granted to Israel to assail, when they came from the land of the Mitzeraim, so they turned from them and did not ravage them;—
   
RF CH2 20:11 Yet look at them! how they reward us, by coming to expel us from Your inheritance, which You allowed us to possess!
   
RF CH2 20:12 "Our GOD! Is there no punishment for them? For we have no power before this great host that is coming against us; so we know not what to do; but our eyes are on You!"
   
RF CH2 20:13 Zekerihu addresses Parliament.
And the Representatives of Judea stood before the LORD with their infants, and wives, and sons;
   
RF CH2 20:14 And Ikhazial,-ben-Zekerihu,-ben-Baniah,-ben-Jazal,-ben-Mathaniah, the Levite, of the Beni Asaph, had the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING come upon him in the middle of the Assembly,
   
RF CH2 20:15 and exclaimed:—'" Listen Representatives of Judea, and Inhabitants of Jerusalem, with King Jehoshaphat,—Thus says the EVER-LIVING to you: "Fear not for yourselves, nor be dejected in the presence of this great host! for the battle is not with you, but with GOD!
   
RF CH2 20:16 Descend against them tomorrow. You will see them ascending by the ascent of Ziz; and you will find them at the end of the stream opposite the pastures of Jerual.—
   
RF CH2 20:17 You need not fight with them. Station yourselves! Stand! and see the victory of the EVER-LIVING for you!—Fear not, and be not depressed, Judah and Jerusalem!—Go out tomorrow to meet them, and the EVER-LIVING will be with you!"
   
RF CH2 20:18 Then Jehoshaphat bent his face earth-ward, and the Representatives of Judea, and the Inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the EVER-LIVING, and bowed to the LORD.
   
RF CH2 20:19 But the Levites, of the Beni Kahth and the Beni Korakh, arose, and praised the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel with a loud and high voice.
   
RF CH2 20:20 Jehoshaphat Marches to Battle.
Early in the morning, they aroused and marched out to the pastures of Thekoa, but before their march Jehoshaphat stood up and said;
"Listen to me, Judah, and the inhabitants. of Jerusalem! Trust upon your EVER-LIVING God and trust yourselves;—trust on His Preachers, and you will succeed!"
   
RF CH2 20:21 And having arranged the army, he appointed Singers to the EVER-LIVING, and they went with sacred splendour, marching before the troops, and exclaiming, " Praise the LORD, for His Mercy endures for ever!"
   
RF CH2 20:22 And at the moment they began to cheer, and praise, the EVER-LIVING acted unexpectedly against the Beni Amon, Moab, and Mount Sair, who were advancing against Judah, and routed them;
   
RF CH2 20:23 for the Beni Amon, and Moab, assailed the people of Mount Sair with slaughter and destruction, and when they had destroyed the People of Mount Sair, each helped to ruin the other!
   
RF CH2 20:24 So when Judah came to the Watchtower in the Pastures, and advanced towards the host, they saw their carcasses fallen on the earth, without fugitives.
   
RF CH2 20:25 Then Jehoshaphat, and his army went to seize the plunder, and found amongst it property, and clothing, and beautiful jewels, which they stripped for themselves, more than they could carry; and they were three days collecting the spoil, for it was great.
   
RF CH2 20:26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Vale of Thanks, where they thanked the EVER-LIVING. Therefore they called the name of the place" The Vale Thanks " to this day.
   
RF CH2 20:27 Then all the men of Judah, and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, and came to Jerusalem with delight, for the EVER-LIVING had delighted them upon their enemies.
   
RF CH2 20:28 So they came to Jerusalem, with lutes and harps and trumpets, and to the Temple of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 20:29 A terror of the EVER-LIVING afterwards came upon all the Kingdoms of the Heathen, when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
   
RF CH2 20:30 Consequently the Empire of Jehoshaphat had rest, and the EVER-LIVING gave him comfort all around.
   
RF CH2 20:31 Character of Jehoshaphat.
Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judea. He was thirty-five years old at his coronation, and was King in Jerusalem for twenty-five years. His mother's name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilkhi.
   
RF CH2 20:32 He walked in the path of his father Asa, and never turned from it, but did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 20:33 However, he did not overthrow the Mounds; and the people did not yet fix their hearts on the GOD of their ancestors.
   
RF CH2 20:34 But the remainder of the affairs of Jehoshaphat,—the first and the last,—can be seen recorded in the history of Jellua,-ben-Khanani; who was Superintendent of the Records of the Kings of Israel.'
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1 NOTE.—This 34th verse has apparently been misplaced by some ancient transcriber, for by the sense it should be read after the 37th verse of this chapter, of which as placed in the common texts, it breaks the sense.—F.F.
   
RF CH2 20:35 Jehoshaphat tries to restore Trade with Tharshish and South Africa.
After this Jehoshaphat King of Judea united himself with Ahaziah, King of Israel, (which was a wrong act).
   
RF CH2 20:36 He, however, united with him to build ships to go to Tharshish. They also built ships at Ezion-gaber.
   
RF CH2 20:37 Consequently Aliazar,-ben-Dodavhu, of Maresheth, preached against Jehoshaphat, and said, "Because you have united with Ahaziah, the EVER-LIVING will break your efforts, and the ships will be wrecked, and not be able to go to Tharshish."
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