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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 23:1 (878 B.C.) Jehoiada the High Priest decides to Restore the Line of David to the Throne in Azariah.
But in the seventh year Jehoiada emboldened himself, and took Azariah,-ben-Jerokharn, and Ishmael,-ben-Jokhanan, and Azarihu,-ben-Aubed, and Masihu,-ben-Adihu, and Alishafat,-ben-Zikri, Captains in the Army, into his confidence,
   
RF CH2 23:2 and they travelled about Judea, and invited the Levites from all the towns of Judea, and the Ancestral Chiefs of Israel, to come to Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 23:3 when all those assembled made an agreement in the House of GOD with the King. Then he said to them, "You know that a Prince should reign, as the EVER-LIVING promised to the sons of David.
   
RF CH2 23:4 What you must do therefore is this;—A third part of you must come on the Sabbath to the Priests and Levites who guard the
   
RF CH2 23:5 Thresholds of the Gates; and a third go to the Royal Palace and a third go to the Gate of Consultation, when all the People are in the Courts of the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 23:6 But let none enter the Loin's House, except the Priests, who minister, with the Levites.—They may enter, for they are sacred,—and let all your forces guard the Ministrations of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 23:7 Then let the Levites close round the King, each with his vessels in his hands. But kill all else who wish to enter the Temple; but you must accompany the King when he enters and when he departs."
   
RF CH2 23:8 So the Levites, and the Representatives of Judea, did everything as Jehoiada the Priest ordered, and each took his men on the arrival of the Sabbath,—the Sabbath on which they were to act, when Jehoiada the Priest did not dismiss the courses.
   
RF CH2 23:9 Jehoiada the Priest then gave the Captains the spears and shields, and bucklers which had been King David's, and were in the Temple of GOD.
   
RF CH2 23:10 He next stationed all the force, each with his weapon in his hand, from the right shoulder of the Temple, to the left shoulder of the Temple; and from the Altar to surround the Royal apartment.
   
RF CH2 23:11 Afterwards he brought out the Prince, and they paid homage to him, and administered the Oath, and crowned him. Jehoiada and his sons consecrated him, and exclaimed,—"May the King live!"
   
RF CH2 23:12 Athaliah, however, heard the noise of the people running and cheering the King, so she came to the Parliament in the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 23:13 and when she looked, and saw the King standing on a platform at the entrance, with the Nobles and Trumpeters around the King, and all the people in the place in delight and the trumpeters and singers sounding with their instruments of music as a choir of thanksgiving,—then Athaliah tore her robes, and exclaimed, " Treason! Treason!"
   
RF CH2 23:14 But Jehoiada the Priest ordered out the Captains he had appointed over the force, and said to them,—"Take her out from among the troops! and whoever follows her, let him die by the sword! " For the Priest said, "Do not kill her in the House of the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF CH2 23:15 So they laid their hand on her, and brought her to the entrance of the Horse Gate, of the Royal Palace, and killed her there.
   
RF CH2 23:16 Jehoiada afterwards wrote a treaty between himself, and the Representatives of the people, and the King, that they would be the people of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 23:17 All the people afterwards went to the Temple of Bal and threw down his Altar, and shattered his Image, and killed Mathan the Priest of Bal before his Altar.
   
RF CH2 23:18 (878 B.C.) Jehoiada Re-organizes the Service of the Temple.
Jehoiada subsequently appointed Officers for the House of the EVER-LIVING, beside the Priests and Levites, whom David had arranged for the LORD'S Temple, to offer Presentations to the EVER-LIVING, as they are directed in the Laws of Moses, and to rejoice and sing as arranged by David.
   
RF CH2 23:19 And he appointed Doorkeepers at the Gates of the EVER-LIVING'S Temple, so that anything unclean might not enter.
   
RF CH2 23:20 (877 B.C.) A National Parliament Convoked.
After that he assembled the Military Officers, and the Nobles, and the Governors of the People, and the Representatives of the People of the country, and brought the King down from the House of the EVER-LIVING, and proceeded through the High date to the Royal Palace, and placed the King on the Throne of Government.
   
RF CH2 23:21 And all the Representatives of the People of the Country rejoiced that they had killed Athaliah with the sword.
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