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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 34:1 (641-634 B.C.) Joshiah begins to Reign. His Good Life and Conduct.
Joshiah was eight years old at his coronation, and reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 34:2 and did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, and walked in the ways of his Ancestor David, and turned not to the right or the left,
   
RF CH2 34:3 but in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a youth, he began to seek the GOD of his Ancestor David; and in the twelfth year began to cleanse Judea and Jerusalem from the Mounds and Lust-booths, and Images, and Castings.
   
RF CH2 34:4 He had the Altars to the Balim smashed in his own presence; and cut down the Images of the Sun that were elevated over them, and ground to powder the Lusts, and Idols, and Castings, and scattered the dust on the surface of the graves of the sacrificers to them.
   
RF CH2 34:5 He also burnt the bones of the Priests on their Altars.—Thus he cleansed Judea and Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 34:6 with the Cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphthali ' he destroyed them all round,
   
RF CH2 34:7 when he broke the Altars, and the Lusts, and Images, and reduced them to powder, and cut down all the Images of the Sun, in the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 34:8 (630 B.C.) Joshiah Repairs the Temple.
Thus in, the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had cleansed the country, and the Temple, he ordered Shaphan-ben-Azalihu, and Shamihu, Governor of the City, and Joakh-ben-Joakhaz, the Recorder, to repair the Temple of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 34:9 So they went to Hilkihu, the High Priest, and delivered the money to repair the House of GOD, which the Levites who guarded the Threshold had collected from the hands of Manasseh and Ephraim, and from all the Remnant of Israel, and from all Judea, and Benjamin, and which they had brought to Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 34:10 and he paid it into the hands of the Superintendents who did the work at the House of the EVER-LIVING, and they paid it to the workmen who worked in the LORD'S House to mend and repair the Temple.
   
RF CH2 34:11 They also paid it to the carpenters and masons, and bought stone from the cutters, and timber for girders, and rafters, for the houses that the Kings of Judah had destroyed.
   
RF CH2 34:12 And the men did their work faithfully, and the Directors over them were, Jakhath, and Abdihu;—Levites from the Beni Merari; and Zechariah, and Meshulam, from the Beni Kahth; to Superintend, and Levites who all understood carpentry work.
   
RF CH2 34:13 They superintended the labourers, and directed all the work done, in one sort or the other. But the accountants, and architects, and valuers were from the Levites.
   
RF CH2 34:14 (624 B.C.) The Autograph copy of the Law engraved by Moses on Tablets, discovered.
Once when they were drawing money from the Treasury of the House of the EVER-LIVING, Hilkihu the Priest found the Book of the EVER-LIVING's Laws, in the hand writing of Moses.'
   
RF CH2 34:15 So Hilkihu the Priest spoke to Shaphan the Secretary and said; " I have found the Book of the Law in the House of the EVER-LIVING "; and Hilkihu handed the Book to Shaphan.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 34, v. 14. It must not be inferred by the reader that no other copies of the Law by Moses were previously in existence in the hands of the Public of ancient Israel, until this copy was found in the Temple library, for such copies are frequently alluded to in the two books of Chronicles, to say nothing of similar allusions in Samuel and Kings, works of several centuries earlier date than the Chronicles. What is said by the Sacred Historian is, that the ACTUAL ORIGINAL COPY IN THE HAND-WRITING OF Moses was now discovered amongst the other Public Records of the Nation, and it is to us a most important statement, in the face of the skepticism of our day. Hence I specially note this passage. The actual Hebrew is, "the actual engraving of the LAW OF THE EVER-LIVING in the hand of Moses."
   
RF CH2 34:16 (630 B.C.) Thus Shaphan took the Book to the King, and reported to the King saying;—"All that you committed to the hands of your servants has been done.
   
RF CH2 34:17 For they have removed the money found in the House of the EVER-LIVING, and given it to the custody of the Superintendents, and to the hands of those working in the business."
   
RF CH2 34:18 Shaphan the Secretary further informed the King saying, "Hilkihu the Priest has given me a Book." Then Shaphan read from it to the King.
   
RF CH2 34:19 But when the King heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes.—
   
RF CH2 34:20 Then the King commanded Hilkihu, and Akikam-ben-Shaphan, and Abdon-ben-Mikah, and Shaphan the Secretary, and Asiah, the King's servant, to;"
   
RF CH2 34:21 Go and enquire of the EVER-LIVING, about me, and about the remnant in Israel, and in Judea, regarding the Book that has been found. For a great anger of the LORD may be poured on us, because our ancestors have not regarded the Commands of the EVER-LIVING, to practice all that is written in this Book."
   
RF CH2 34:22 Huldah's Reply.
So Hilkihu and the King's Messengers went to Huldah the Preacheress, the wife of Shalum-ben-Thokahth-ben-Khasrah, Keeper of the Wardrobe, who resided in Jerusalem, in the Seminary, and asked her about it;
   
RF CH2 34:23 when she replied to them:—Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel! Say to the man who sent you to me,—
   
RF CH2 34:24 thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will bring evil on this place, and on its inhabitants.—The whole of the curses written in the Book that you read before the King of Judah;
   
RF CH2 34:25 because you forsook Me, and burnt incense to Seducing GODs, by which they provoked Me in every act of their hand. Therefore I will pour My indignation on this place, and it will not be extinguished!
   
RF CH2 34:26 But to the King of Judah who sent you to enquire of the EVER-LIVING,—Say thus to him; ' Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel about the things you have heard.
   
RF CH2 34:27 " ' Because your heart is impressionable, and you were humble before GOD, when you heard His words against this place, and against its inhabitants, and humbled yourself before Me, and tore your robes, and wept before Me, I also have listened, says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF CH2 34:28 Therefore I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be added to your Tomb in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the misery that I will bring on this place, and on its inhabitants! ' " So they related this Message to the King.
   
RF CH2 34:29 The King assembles the Parliament on the matter.
The King consequently sent and collected all the Magistracy of Judea to Jerusalem,
   
RF CH2 34:30 when the King ascended to the House of the EVER-LIVING, and all the Parliament of Judea with him, and the People of Jerusalem, with the Priests and Levites, and all the Public, from the greatest to the least, and read in their hearing all the contents of the Book of Laws which had been found in the LORD'S House.
   
RF CH2 34:31 After that the King stood up on his platform, and made an Agreement before the EVER-LIVING to walk after the Lord, and to keep His Commands, and Evidences, and Institutions with all his heart, and all his mind, and to practice the realities of the Covenant written in that Book.
   
RF CH2 34:32 He then stationed all who were present in Jerusalem, and in Benjamin; and they with the inhabitants of Jerusalem made the same Promise to GOD, the GOD of their fathers.
   
RF CH2 34:33 So Joshiah expelled all the abominations from the whole country that belonged to the Children of Israel, and compelled all resident in Israel to serve, Yes, to serve the EVER-LIVING GOD.—They did not turn from the following the LIVING GOD of their fathers all his days.
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