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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 28:1 (748 B.C.) Ahaz begins to reign. He reverts to Idolatry.
Ahaz was twenty years old at his coronation, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and did not do right in the eyes of the LORD, like David his Ancestor,
   
RF CH2 28:2 but followed the courses of the Kings of Israel, and also made temples to Balim.
   
RF CH2 28:3 Beside he burnt incense, in the Valley of Ben-hinotn, and burnt his children in the fire, like the abominable heathen, whom the EVER-LIVING drove out before the Children of Israel.
   
RF CH2 28:4 And he sacrificed and offered incense on the Mounds, and on the Hills, and under every shady tree;
   
RF CH2 28:5 consequently the EVER-LIVING GOD delivered him to the hand of the King of Aram, who defeated him, and captured a great many from us, as prisoners, and brought them to Damask. He also gave him to the power of the King of Israel, who defeated him with a great slaughter,
   
RF CH2 28:6 when Pekah-ben-Remaliah killed on one day in Judea a hundred and twenty thousand, all disciplined soldiers, because he had abandoned the EVER-LIVING GOD of his fathers.
   
RF CH2 28:7 And Zikri, a General of Ephraim killed the King's son, Masiah; and Azrikam, the Superintendent of his Palace; and Alkanah the King's Prime Minister.
   
RF CH2 28:8 After that they captured of the Children of Israel, two hundred thousand men and women, and plundered much property from them, and carried the plunder to Shomeron.
   
RF CH2 28:9 A Preacher of the EVER-LIVING was there, however, named Adad, and he went out to meet the army, as it advanced to Shomeron, and said to it; " Look!—Because the EVER-LIVING GOD of our ancestors was angry against Judea, He gave it into your hands; —but you have slaughtered amongst them in a fury that has reached the Heavens!
   
RF CH2 28:10 "And now you purpose to degrade into bondmen and women for yourselves, the sons of Judah and Jerusalem! But have you, yourselves, no sins against your EVER-LIVING GOD?
   
RF CH2 28:11 Therefore listen to me now:—send back the captives whom you have dragged after you, or the indignation of the EVER-LIVING will be upon you!"
   
RF CH2 28:12 (741 B.C.) The Israelite Generals order a release of Prisoners.
Then some men of the Chiefs of the children of Ephraim stood up; Azarihu-ben-Jhohanan, Berekiah-ben-Meshilmoth, and Jkhiziah-benShalum, and Amasa-ben-Khadi, against those who came from the army,
   
RF CH2 28:13 and said to them:—"You shall not bring the captives here! For the indignation of the EVER-LIVING would come upon us. Do you intend to add to our sins? and to our offences? Our sins are quite enough for us! and the burning anger of the EVER-LIVING is upon Israel!"
   
RF CH2 28:14 The Soldiers Obey, and the Officers Clothe the Prisoners.
The soldiers consequently resigned the captives and their property to the Generals, and all the Senate,
   
RF CH2 28:15 and the Princes, who have been specified by name, arose and comforted the captives, and clothed all the naked amongst them from the spoil, and shod them, and fed them, and gave them drink, and anointed them, and mounted all the feeble of them upon asses, and took them to Jerikho, the City of Palms, to the shelter of their countrymen, and then returned to Shomeron.
   
RF CH2 28:16 (740 B.C.) Ahaz applies to Aram for help.
At this time King Ahaz, sent to the King of Aram, to help him,
   
RF CH2 28:17 for the Edomites had come and attacked Judea and carried off captives.
   
RF CH2 28:18 The Philishtim also in the Cities on the slope and the south, revolted from Judah, and captured Beth-Shemsh, and Ailon, and Ghederon, and Soko, and its villages, and Thimnah, and its villages, and Ghimzo, and its villages and stayed there.
   
RF CH2 28:19 For Judea had provoked the EVER-LIVING by means of Ahaz King of Judea,' who had become lawless in Judea and sinned grievously against the LORD.
   
RF CH2 28:20 Thilgath-Pilneser betrays him.
So Thilgath-Pilneser, King of Ashur came, and consulted with him but did not strengthen him;
   
RF CH2 28:21 although Ahaz contributed from the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Royal Palace, and from the Nobles, and paid the King of Ashur,—he was no help to him.
   
RF CH2 28:22 (740 B.C.) Ahaz adopts the Syrian Idolatry as the Court Faith.
Yet King Ahaz sinned still more against the EVER-LIVING in the period of his distress,
   
RF CH2 28:23 for he sacrificed to the GODs of Damask who defeated him, and said, "Because the GODs of the King of Damask help 'him, I will sacrifice to them so that they may help me! " But they were to him and all Israel a cause of ruin.
   
RF CH2 28:24 So Ahaz collected the vessels of the House of GOD, and cut up the vessels of GOD's House, and closed the Doors of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and made Altars for himself in all the squares of Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 28:25 In every City of Judah he also made Mounds to offer incense to seducing GODs, and provoked the EVER-LIVING GOD of his fathers.
   
RF CH2 28:26 But his other doings, and all his courses, the first and the last, can be seen written in the records of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 28, v. 19. The ordinary Hebrew text reads "Israel,"—but as Ahaz was King of Judea, I rectify the Copyist's error. —F.F.
   
RF CH2 28:27 At last Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of Jerusalem, for they would not bring him to the Tombs of the Kings of Israel. Then his son Hezekiah reigned instead of him.
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