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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 29:1 (726 B.C.) Hezekiah begins his Noble Reign.
King Hezekiah was twenty-five years old; and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abiah, the daughter of Zekerihu.
   
RF CH2 29:2 He Restored the National Worship of God.
He did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, as David his Ancestor had done.
   
RF CH2 29:3 He, in the first month of the first year of his coronation, opened the Doors of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and repaired it.
   
RF CH2 29:4 Then he brought the Priests and Levites, and assembled them in the East Square,
   
RF CH2 29:5 Hezekiah's speech to the Priests.
and said to them;—"Listen now to me, you Levites; Consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the House of the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Sanctuary,
   
RF CH2 29:6 for our fathers sinned, and did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING GOD, and abandoned and turned away their faces from the dwelling of the EVER-LIVING, and turned their backs.
   
RF CH2 29:7 They even closed the doors of His Hall, and put out the Lamps, and burnt no incense, and burnt no offerings in the Sanctuary to the GOD of Israel!
   
RF CH2 29:8 Consequently the anger of the EVER-LIVING came upon Judea and Jerusalem, so He delivered them to agitation, and terror, and perplexity, as we can see with our eyes.
   
RF CH2 29:9 For, look! our fathers fell by the sword, and our sons and our daughters, and our wives were captured on account of it.
   
RF CH2 29:10 However it is in my to heart to make a Covenant with the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, that He may turn from us His indignant anger.
   
RF CH2 29:11 "My sons! Be not idle! For the EVER-LIVING chose you to stand before Him, and to Minister to Him, and to be Ministers and to offer Incense."
   
RF CH2 29:12 The Levites Reconsecrate the temple.
Then the Levites arose;—Makhath,-ben-Amasi, and Joal-ben-Azarihu, of the Beni Kahth; and of the Beni Merari, Kish-ben-Abdi, and Azarihu-ben-Jkhalelal; and from the Ghersoni, Joakh-ben-Zimah, and Aden-ben-Joakh;
   
RF CH2 29:13 and from the Beni Alizafan, Shimri and Javal; and from the Beni Asaph, Zekerihu, and Mathanihu.
   
RF CH2 29:14 And from the Beni Heyman, Jekhoal, and Shimai; and from the Beni Jeduthun, Shemiah, and Azial;—
   
RF CH2 29:15 who collected their relatives, and consecrated themselves, and went, as the King ordered, to the business of the EVER-LIVING,—to purify the House of the LORD.
   
RF CH2 29:16 But the Priests preceded them to the House of the EVER-LIVING, to purify it, and they flung out all the defilement that they found in the Sanctuary of the EVER-LIVING, and the Court of the LORD'S House, and the Levites carried it out to the brook of Kidron.
   
RF CH2 29:17 They began on the first day of the first month to cleanse, and on the eighth day of the month they reached the Porch of the EVER-LIVING, and consecrated the House of the EVER-LIVING for eight days, and finished on the sixteenth day of the first month.
   
RF CH2 29:18 (726 B.C.) They Report the purification to the king and he reconsecrates the temple.
They then went to the presence of King Hezekiah, and said:—"We have cleansed all the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Altar of Burnt-offerings, and all its instruments, and the Table of the Showbread, with all its appliances,
   
RF CH2 29:19 and all the instruments which King Ahaz defiled in his reign, by his crimes,—we have repaired and consecrated, and you can see them before the Altar of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF CH2 29:20 King Hezekiah consequently made ready, and assembled the nobles of the City, and they went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 29:21 and brought seven bullocks and Seven rams, with seven lambs, and seven perfect goats, for sin offerings, for the Kingdom, and for the Sanctuary, and for Judea, and commanded to the Descendants of Aaron,—the Priests and Levites,—to offer them on the Altar of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 29:22 So they slaughtered the bullocks, and the Priests took the blood and sprinkled it upon the Altar.
   
RF CH2 29:23 Then they brought the Goats for the Sin-offerings before the King, and the Parliament, and they laid their hands upon them.
   
RF CH2 29:24 The Priests afterwards slew them, and made with their blood Sin-offerings on the Altar, to expiate for all Israel; " Because," said the King, "let the Sin-offerings, be offered for all Israel."
   
RF CH2 29:25 He also appointed the Levites in the House of the EVER-LIVING, with cymbals, and lutes, and harps, as David, and Gad, the King's Seer, with Nathan the Preacher, had ordained;—He ordained the same from the hand of the EVER-LIVING, by the medium of his Preachers.
   
RF CH2 29:26 So the Levites stood with the Davidian instruments, and the Priests with trumpets,
   
RF CH2 29:27 when Hezekiah commanded to offer the Burnt-offering on the Altar, and as the Offering began, they sang of the EVER-LIVING with trumpets, and by hand on the Davidian instruments of the King of Israel.
   
RF CH2 29:28 Then all the Senate bowed, and the Singers sang, and the trumpets sounded, until the whole of the Offerings were completed.
   
RF CH2 29:29 And, when the Offering was completed, the King knelt, and his guests bowed with him,
   
RF CH2 29:30 and Hezekiah the King, and his Nobles requested the Levites to praise the EVER-LIVING in the words of David, and Asaph the Seer. So they praised him gladly, and bowed themselves and worshipped.
   
RF CH2 29:31 Then Hezekiah spoke and said: "Now you have filled your hand for the EVER-LIVING, approach and bring Sacrifices and Thank-offerings to the House of the LORD."—So the Assembly brought offerings, and all of a willing heart, offered up.
   
RF CH2 29:32 Consequently the number of the Offerings that the Parliament brought were seventy bullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs, as a Burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING for all of them.
   
RF CH2 29:33 The Levites called to help in the Consecration.
But the Consecration was six hundred bullocks, and three thousand sheep,
   
RF CH2 29:34 so that the Priests were too few, and were not able to strip the whole of the Burnt-offerings, therefore their relatives, the Levites had to help them, until the completion of the work, and until the Priests should consecrate themselves, for the Levites were more right-hearted to the consecration of themselves than the Priests.
   
RF CH2 29:35 And they also burnt the most of the fat of the Thank-offerings, and the drink-offerings with the Burnt-offerings, and arranged the Services of the EVER-LIVING'S House.
   
RF CH2 29:36 So Hezekiah, and all the People were pleased at what GOD had provided for the People, for the affair was unexpected.
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