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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 4:1 He also made an Altar of Brass, twenty cubits long and twenty cubits broad, and ten cubits high.'
   
RF CH2 4:2 He also made the Sea by a casting, of ten cubits from lip to lip, circular in form, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits encircled it,
   
RF CH2 4:3 with the likeness of bosses under it, circling all round. There were ten in a cubit all round the Sea. The bosses were in two rows, cast when it was cast.
   
RF CH2 4:4 It stood upon twelve bullocks; Three facing the North; and Three facing the West; and Three facing the South; and Three facing the East: and the Sea was upon them, and all their buttocks were inwards.
   
RF CH2 4:5 It was a palm thick, and its lip was worked like the lip of a cup, as a lily flower. Its capacity was three thousand Baths complete.
   
RF CH2 4:6 He also made ten lavers, and placed five on the right, and five on the left, in which to wash what was prepared for the Sacrifices, by dipping them.—But the Priests washed in the Sea itself.
   
RF CH2 4:7 He made also the Golden Lamps, as they were Decreed, and placed them in the Temple; five on the right, and five on the left.
   
RF CH2 4:8 He also made ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five on the right, and five on the left. And made a hundred basons of gold.
   
RF CH2 4:9 He also constructed the Priests' Court; and the Great Enclosure; and the doors to the Enclosure; and plated the doors with bronze.
   
RF CH2 4:10 Then he placed the Sea at the right corner, towards the South-east.
   
RF CH2 4:11 Huram also made the boilers, and shovels, and basons. Thus Huram completed the whole of the work which he had to do for King Solomon, at the House of GOD.
   
RF CH2 4:12 The two Columns; and the Vases, and the Diadems on the top of the two Columns; and the the two net-works covering the two vases of the Diadems which were on the top of the Columns.
   
RF CH2 4:13 And the four hundred pomegranates, interwoven row by row separately to cover the two Vases which were on the heads of the Columns;
   
RF CH2 4:14 And the bases, and the lavers upon the bases;
   
RF CH2 4:15 The Single Sea, and the twelve bullocks under it;
   
RF CH2 4:16 With the boilers, and the shovels, and flesh-hooks; Huram, along with his father, made all these appliances of bright brass for the House of the EVER-LIVING, for King Solomon.
   
RF CH2 4:17 And he modelled them for the King in the stiff clay district of the Jordan, in the ground between Sukoth, and Zeredah.
   
RF CH2 4:18 And Solomon made all these things in very great quantities, for he did not weigh out his brass.
   
RF CH2 4:19 Solomon also made all the furniture of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Golden Altar, and the Tables, upon which the Show-bread was;
   
RF CH2 4:20 with the Lamps to be burnt as Decreed before the Pulpit of pure Gold.
   
RF CH2 4:21 With the cups, and lamps, and tongs, of gold, it was perfect Gold;
   
RF CH2 4:22 and the snuffers, and basons, and spoons, and fire-pans of pure Gold; and the doors of the House, with their Eaves at the inner doors of the Holy of Holies;—and the doors of the structure of the Temple of Gold.
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