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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 30:1

Hezekiah invites all Israel to a Racial Festival to God.
Hezekiah next sent to all Israel and Judea, and wrote a letter to Ephraim and Manasseh, to invite them to the House of the EVER-LIVING at Jerusalem, to make a Passover to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel.

   
RF CH2 30:2 For the King, and his Nobles, and all the Parliament at Jerusalem had decided to make a Passover in the Second Month,
   
RF CH2 30:3 because they were not able to make it at its proper period, for the Priests were not consecrated in sufficient numbers, and the People had not collected to Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 30:4 So the thing was right in the opinion of the King, and in the opinion of all the Parliament.
   
RF CH2 30:5 Consequently they fixed by a Decree to send abroad a proclamation to all Israel from Barsheba to Dan, for them to come to make a Passover to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel at Jerusalem,—for not many made it according to the Scriptures.
   
RF CH2 30:6 Runners were therefore sent with letters from the hand of the King and the nobles of all Israel and Judea, as the King had commanded, to say to the Children of Israel:—"Return to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, and He will return to the fugitive remnant of you from the hand of the Kings of Ashur;—
   
RF CH2 30:7 and be not like your ancestors, and your countrymen who have risen against the EVER-LIVING GOD of your fathers, Who delivered them from the wasting you now see.
   
RF CH2 30:8 Do not now stiffen yourselves, like your fathers! Give your hand to GOD! Come and make yourselves holy, as He is Holy for Ever, and serve your EVER-LIVING GOD, when He will turn His indignant anger from you.
   
RF CH2 30:9 For when you turn to the EVER-LIVING, your brothers and children will find compassion before those who captured them, and will be returned to this land; for your EVER-LIVING GOD iS gentle and merciful, and will not turn away from you,—if you return to Him."
   
RF CH2 30:10 Hezekiah's Appeal Ridiculed.
So the Runners went from City to City in the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulon, but they were a subject of scorn and laughter for them.
   
RF CH2 30:11 Except that some persons from Manasseh and Zebulon obeyed, and came to Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 30:12 In Judea, however, the hand of the EVER-LIVING was given to them, with one heart to act upon the order of the King and nobles in the affair of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 30:13 Consequently a great many people collected at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unfermented Bread in the Second Month. A very great crowd,
   
RF CH2 30:14 who rose up and overturned the pagan Altars which were in Jerusalem, and overthrew all the Incense-Altars and flung them into the Kidron brook,
   
RF CH2 30:15 and slew the Passover on the fourteenth of the Second Month. Then the Priests and the Levites became ashamed, and consecrated themselves, and brought Burnt-offerings to the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH2 30:16 and stood at their duty as Decreed in the Laws of Moses the MAN of GOD,—the Priests sprinkling the blood from the hand of the Levites.
   
RF CH2 30:17 For there were many in the Parliament who had not consecrated themselves, therefore the Levites conducted the Killing of the Passovers, for all who were clean for the Sanctuary of the LORD;—
   
RF CH2 30:18 Because of the crowds of people; the crowds from Ephraim, and Manasseh, and Issakar, and Zebulon, who had purified themselves.—Thus they ate the Passover, but not according to the Records. But Hezekiah prayed for them, and said, "O EVER-LIVING, be kind, and expiate for it to every one
   
RF CH2 30:19 whose heart is settled to seek for GOD,—the EVER-LIVING GOD of our ancestors, —although not according to the cleansings of the Sanctuary."
   
RF CH2 30:20 And the EVER-LIVING listened to Hezekiah, and accepted the people.
   
RF CH2 30:21 The Feast of Unleavened Bread Restored.
So the Children of Israel who were found in Jerusalem, made the Feast of Unfermented Bread for seven days with great gladness, the Levites and Priests giving thanks to the EVER-LIVING day by day with powerful instruments,
   
RF CH2 30:22 unto the LORD. While Hezekiah spoke to the heart of every skilful Letrite who showed good will for the EVER-LIVING. And the Assembly ate for seven days of the Sacrifices of the Altar, and Thank-offerings, and confessed to the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers.
   
RF CH2 30:23 A Second Feast.
Then all the Parliament decided to celebrate for seven days after. So they made a Festival of seven days,
   
RF CH2 30:24 when Hezekiah King of Judah gave up to the Assembly a thousand bullocks, and seven thousand sheep; and the nobles gave to the Assembly a thousand bullocks, and ten thousand sheep, and many Priests consecrated themselves.
   
RF CH2 30:25 Then all the Parliament of Judah with Priests and Levites rejoiced, with all the crowd who came from Israel, and the foreigners who came from the country of Israel, and the residents in Judea.
   
RF CH2 30:26 So there was great Festivity in Jerusalem;—for from the days of Solomon-ben-David, King of Israel, there had never been like that in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 30:27 .....
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