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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 31:1 (726 B.C.) A National Destruction of Idols.
And when they had finished all this, all the Israelites who had been there, went out to the towns of Judea and smashed the Columns, and cut up the Lust-Booths and overturned the Mounds, and the Altars in all Judea, and Benjamin, and Ephraim, and Manasseh totally. Then all the Children of Israel returned each to his own home, and village.
   
RF CH2 31:2 Hezekiah restores National worship.
After that Hezekiah restored the Courses of the Priests and Levites, with the regulations for the work of each band of the Priests and Levites. For the Burnt-offerings, and for the Thank-offerings, for Ministrations, and for Thanks-givings, and for Praise at the Gates of the Lord's Camp.
   
RF CH2 31:3 And the King gave from his own property the Burnt-offerings for the Morning Sacrifice, and the Evening Sacrifice; for the Sabbaths; and for the Months; and for the Assemblies; as they were prescribed for in the Laws of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 31:4 He also commanded the residents in Jerusalem; "Give gifts to the Priests and Levites, because they instruct you in the Laws of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF CH2 31:5 And when the order was promulgated, the Children of Israel heaped up the first-fruits of corn, and wine, and oil, and honey, and all the produce of the land. Many also brought the tythes.
   
RF CH2 31:6 The Children of Israel, and Judah, with the residents in the villages of Judea, also tythed the cattle and sheep, and dedicated the tythes to the Sanctuary of their EVER-LIVING GOD, and brought and heaped them in heaps.
   
RF CH2 31:7 They began in the third Month the collection, and completed it in the seventh month,
   
RF CH2 31:8 when Hezekiah and the nobles went and examined the stacks, and thanked the EVER-LIVING, and the People of Israel.
   
RF CH2 31:9 Hezekiah then enquired of the Priests and Levites about the stacks,
   
RF CH2 31:10 when Azarihu the Priest, the Head of the House of Zadok, answered him and 'said; " From when the Offerings began to come to the House of the EVER-LIVING, we have had enough food and plenty to spare; for the EVER-LIVING has blessed His people, and this great mass remains"
   
RF CH2 31:11 Hezekiah re-organizes the Endowments of the National church.
Consequently Hezekiah ordered to store it in the chambers of the House of the EVER-LIVING. So they stored it.
   
RF CH2 31:12 And brought in the offerings, and tythes, and gifts, honestly, and appointed over them Konenihu, the Levite; and Shimai his brother as his assistant;
   
RF CH2 31:13 with Jekhial, and Azarihu, and Asahal, and Jerimoth, and Josabad, and Alial, and Ismakihu, and Ma thath, and Ben-Hihu,officers under the hand of Konenihu, and Shimai his brother, whom Hezekiah the King appointed, and Azeriah, the Governor of the House of GOD.
   
RF CH2 31:14 But Koraben-Imnah, the Levite, the Doorkeeper on the East, was Superintendent of the Vows made to GOD, to distribute the offerings made to the EVER-LIVING, and the consecrated gifts,
   
RF CH2 31:15 with Adan under his hand, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemihu, Anarihu, and Shekanihu, in the Cities of the Priests, as Trustees to distribute to their associates their shares, whether great or small;
   
RF CH2 31:16 along with those on the Genealogical records, from the age of three years and upwards, with all who entered the House of the EVER-LIVING, to serve from day to day in their Services, and Ministrations, in their Courses.
   
RF CH2 31:17 With the Genealogized Priests, by their ancestral Houses; and the Levites, from the age of three years and upwards, in their Trusts by their Courses.
   
RF CH2 31:18 And for the registration of all infants, wives, and sons, and daughters, belonging to the whole aggregate, for it was entrusted to them as a Sacred duty.
   
RF CH2 31:19 And for the Descendants of Aaron in the pasture lands of their Cities, in all, city by city, men were appointed by name to pay to every male; and the salaries to the Priests, and to all the Registered Levites.
   
RF CH2 31:20 Hezekiah did this in all Judea, and acted well, and rightly, and truly before his EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF CH2 31:21 For in every work that he began,—in the Services of the House of GOD, —or in the Law,—or in the Ordinances,—he sought his God with all his heart, in the work,—and he prospered.
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