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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 24:1 (878 B.C.) Jhoash Begins to Reign.
Jhoash was seven years old at his coronation, and reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zebiah of Bar-Sheba.
   
RF CH2 24:2 And Jhoash did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, all the days of Jehoiada the Priest.
   
RF CH2 24:3 Jehoiada chose two wives for him, and he begot sons and daughters.
   
RF CH2 24:4 It ultimately came into the mind of Jhoash to repair the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 24:5 So he assembled the Priests, and Levites, and said to them, "Go out to the towns of Judea and collect money from all Israel, to restore the House of your GOD, from year to year, and be energetic in the matter." But the Levites were not energetic.
   
RF CH2 24:6 The King consequently summoned Jehoiada their Chief, and asked him, " Why have you not ordered the Levites to bring in from Judea and Jerusalem the Tax of Moses the Minister of the EVER-LIVING, and of the Parliament of Israel, for the Hall of Witnesses?
   
RF CH2 24:7 Although the infamous Athaliah and her sons dilapidated the House of GOD, and also used the sacred thing of the LORD'S Temple for their Baals!"
   
RF CH2 24:8 A Collection Box Ordered for the Temple.
The King then ordered, and they made a chest, and placed it at the outer-gate of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 24:9 He also made a proclamation to Judea and Jerusalem to bring to the EVER-LIVING the Taxes which Moses, the Servant of the LORD laid upon Israel in the Desert.—
   
RF CH2 24:10 This pleased all the Nobles and People, and they brought them, and poured into the chest until it was full;
   
RF CH2 24:11 and when the chest was brought to the King's accountants by the Levites, and they saw that there was much money, the clerks of the King came with an Officer of the High Priest, and emptied the chest, then returned it to its place again. They did this from time to time, and collected a quantity of money,
   
RF CH2 24:12 which the King and Jehoiada gave to carry out the works about the House of the EVER-LIVING, and to pay the wages of the masons and carpenters who repaired the Temple of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 24:13 And the workmen did the work, and it proceeded regularly under their hands. They thus built up the House of GOD in its proportions and restored it.
   
RF CH2 24:14 When they had completed it, they brought the rest of the money to the King and Jehoiada the Priest, who made vessels for the House of the EVER-LIVING; vessels for the Services, and Offerings, and Cups; and furniture of Gold and Silver, which were for use in the Offerings at the EVER-LIVING'S Temple continually all the time of Jehoiada.
   
RF CH2 24:15 (850 B.C.) But Jehoiada grew old, and satiated with days, and died,—a hundred and thirty years old at his death.
   
RF CH2 24:16 And they buried him in the City of David, with the Kings,—because he had benefited Israel, both towards GOD and His House.
   
RF CH2 24:17 The Nobles persuade the King to restore Idolatry.
But after the death of Jehoiada, the Nobles of Judea came and flattered the King, and the King listened to them,
   
RF CH2 24:18 and they forsook the House of the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers, and served the Idols of Lust, and other Idols; so anger came upon Judea and Jerusalem, because of their sins.
   
RF CH2 24:19 However he sent Preachers to turn them back to the EVER-LIVING and to warn them, but they would not listen.
   
RF CH2 24:20 Zechariah's Warning against Idolatry, and his Murder by the King and Mob of Courtiers.
Consequently, the Spirit of GOD clothed itself in Zechariah,-ben-Jhoiada the Priest, and he stood up before the Parliament and said to them;—"GOD asks this! Why do you transgress the Instructions of the EVER-LIVING? You do not prosper! —Because you have abandoned the LORD,—He will abandon you!"
   
RF CH2 24:21 They however conspired against him, and murdered him by stoning, by command of the King, in the Court of the House of the EVER-LIVING!—
   
RF CH2 24:22 for Jhoash the King did not remember the kindness that Jhoiada his father had shown to him, but murdered his son, who as he died exclaimed, "The EVER-LIVING sees, and will enquire for it!"
   
RF CH2 24:23 (840 B.C.) And indeed on the revolution of a year, the Army of Aram came up against him, and entered Judea and Jerusalem, and ruined the great Nobles of the People, with the Parliament, and sent all the booty to the King of Damask,
   
RF CH2 24:24 although the Aramite army came with a small number of men, yet, the EVER-LIVING gave a very large force into its power, because they had abandoned their EVER-LIVING GOD.—Thus Justice was executed upon Jhoash.
   
RF CH2 24:25 And when they retired, leaving him in many troubles, his Ministers conspired against him, on account of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the Priest, and murdered him on his bed. Thus he died, and they buried him in the City of David; but he was not buried in the Tombs of the Kings.
   
RF CH2 24:26 The following were the conspirators against him Zabad,-ben-Shimath, the Amonite; and Jozabad,-ben-Shimerith, the Moabite.
   
RF CH2 24:27 But about his sons, and the great load upon him, and his repairing of the House of GOD, can be seen related in the record books of the Kings.
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