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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 8:1 (992 B. C. ) Solomon's Army conquers Hanuth in the Delta.
It occurred at the end of the twenty years in which Solomon built the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and his own Palace
   
RF CH2 8:2 and the towns that Huram had sold to Solomon, where Solomon built and settled the Children of Israel, that
   
RF CH2 8:3 Solomon advanced against Hamuth in the Zobahl and captured it.
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1 NOTE.—Ch. 8, v. 3. That is the Delta of the Euphrates and Tigris on the Persian Gulf, "Zobah" in Hebrew meaning "Marshy " or "Fenlands."—F.F.
   
RF CH2 8:4 He also built Thadmor-in-the-Desert,1 and several Colonial Cities that he built about Hamuth.
   
RF CH2 8:5 He built as well Beth-horon-the-Lower; —all fortified Cities with walls, gates, and bars.
   
RF CH2 8:6 And Balath, and all the Colonia Cities that Solomon possessed, and all the Barracks, for Chariots and Cavalry, with all that Solomon devised to build for his amusement in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in the whole of the country he governed.
   
RF CH2 8:7 (1015 B.C.) Solomon Conscribes the Aborigines.
Solomon raised a conscription, which lasts to this day, from all the mass of the population who were not descended from Israel, the Hitites, the Amorites, the Perizites, the Hivites, the Jebusites,
   
RF CH2 8:8 the descendants of those who remained in the country, whom the Children of Israel had not destroyed.
   
RF CH2 8:9 Solomon, however, did not make slaves of the Children of Israel for his works, but they were soldiers, and officers, and Commanders of his charioteers, and horsemen.
   
RF CH2 8:10 King Solomon's General Officers were two hundred and fifty, who commanded the forces,
   
RF CH2 8:11 Solomon removes his Wife, Pharaoh's Daughter, from Zion.
Solomon, however, took the daughter of Pharoh from the City of David, to a house he had built for her; for he said, "My wife shall not reside in the Palace of David, King of Israel, for that, where the Ark of the EVER-LIVING was brought, is sacred."
   
RF CH2 8:12 Solomon was accustomed to offer Burnt-offerings to the EVER-LIVING on an Altar to the LORD, which he had built before the Porch,
   
RF CH2 8:13 regularly, day by day, with the Burnt-offerings as commanded by Moses; and on the Sabbaths, and Holy-days, and at the Assemblies three times in the year; at the Feast of the Unfermented Bread, and at the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
   
RF CH2 8:14 And, as his father David had Decreed, he set up the Courses for the Services of the Priests, and the Levites and their Officers, to give praise and sing in association with the Priests regularly day by day; with the Doorkeepers in courses from Gate to Gate, as David the MAN of GOD had commanded.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 8, v. 4. Called by the Greeks "Palmyra," that is " Paluatown," a simple translation of the Hebrew name.—F.F.
   
RF CH2 8:15 He did not depart from the arrangements of that King about the Priests and Levites in anything, or about the Treasuries.
   
RF CH2 8:16 Thus all the works of Solomon were finished about the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, from the day of its foundation to the entire completion of the House of the LORD.
   
RF CH2 8:17 Solomon Trades with Ophir.
Solomon also went to Azion-gabar, and Ailoth, on the shore of the Sea of the Land of Edom;
   
RF CH2 8:18 and Huram united with him by supplying the crews with his Officers, ships, and sailors, who understood the Sea, who proceeded with the sailors of Solomon to Aufer, and brought from there four hundred and fifty talents of Gold' and delivered them to Solomon.
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