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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 3:1 (1012 B.C.) Date of Beginning the Temple.
Thus Solomon began to build the House of the EVER-LIVING in Jerusalem, on the Hill of the APPEARANCE, of what appeared to his father David, which place was that of the granary of Arnon the Jebusi, which David bought.
   
RF CH2 3:2 He began to build it in the second month of the fourth year of his Empire.
   
RF CH2 3:3 And this was the foundation made by Solomon for the building of the House of GOD.—The length in cubit measure was sixty cubits on the floor line, and the breadth twenty.
   
RF CH2 3:4 And the Porch which was opposite the front at the entrance of the Square Court of the House, was twenty cubits square, and its height was one hundred and twenty, and the outside was plated with pure Gold.
   
RF CH2 3:5 And he also lined the Great Temple with cypress wood, and plated it with fine Gold, and depicted on it Palm-trees and Creepers.
   
RF CH2 3:6 He also adorned the house with handsome costly stones to beautify it, and the Gold was Parvim Gold.
   
RF CH2 3:7 Beside which he plated the Temple, the approaches of the thresholds, and the walls, and doors with gold, and carved Kerubim on the walls.
   
RF CH2 3:8 He also made the Temple of the Holy of Holies. Its length was that of the breadth of the Temple,—twenty cubits and it was plated with six hundred talents of fine gold,
   
RF CH2 3:9 with fifty shekels weight of gold for the nails. He also plated the steps with gold.
   
RF CH2 3:10 He also had two Kerubim made by sculptors in the Temple of the Holy of Holies, and covered them with gold.
   
RF CH2 3:11 The wings of the Kerubim extended for twenty cubits;—one wing for five cubits from the side of the wall of the Mouse, and the other wing five cubits from the tip of the wing of the first Kerub;
   
RF CH2 3:12 and the wing of the first Kerub of five cubits long, touched the other wall of the House; and the wing of the second Kerub of five cubits, touched the wing of the first Kerub.
   
RF CH2 3:13 The wings of these Kerubim spread twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet, but their faces were from the Temple.
   
RF CH2 3:14 He also made the veils of blue, and purple, and crimson, and linen and depicted Kerubim upon them.
   
RF CH2 3:15 He also made two Columns before the Temple of thirty-five cubits high, with crowns on the top of them of five cubits.
   
RF CH2 3:16 Then he made wreathing chains, and fixed them on the top of the columns, and prepared a hundred pomegranates which were attached to the chains.
   
RF CH2 3:17 He afterwards raised the Columns in front of the Temple one on the right and the other on the left, and called the name of the Right-hand one Firmness (Jakin), and of the other Activity (Boaz).
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