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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 9:1 (992 B.C.) The Queen of Sheba hears of Solomon from the sea captains.
So the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, and came to Jerusalem, to test him by problems, with a very great retinue, and Camels loaded with spices, and a quantity of Gold, and precious stones, which she brought to Solomon, and spoke with him about all she had in her mind;
   
RF CH2 9:2 and Solomon informed her about all her enquiries, and she stated no difficulty, that Solomon could not explain to her.
   
RF CH2 9:3 But when the Queen of Sheba perceived the wisdom of Solomon; and the Palaces he had built;
   
RF CH2 9:4 and the provision of his table; and the discipline of his servants; and the appointments of his Ministers, and their Uniforms; his Cup-bearers, and their dresses; and the stairs by which he went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING, there was no more spirit in her,
   
RF CH2 9:5 and she exclaimed to the King:—
"It was a true report that I heard in my country, about your achievements and wisdom!
   
RF CH2 9:6 But I did not trust to their words, until I came, and my eyes saw it! And indeed they did not tell me half the extent of your acquirements! You surpass reports that I heard!"
   
RF CH2 9:7 These Princes and your Ministers are happy who always stand before you and hear your wisdom.
   
RF CH2 9:8 Let your EVER-LIVING GOD be thanked, Who has been pleased to place you on His Throne, to govern for your EVER-LIVING GOD. Your GOD must have loved Israel, and would fix it to Himself for ever, when He made you King over it, to execute Justice and Right!"
   
RF CH2 9:9 The queen of Sheba's presents to Solomon.
Then she gave the King a hundred and twenty talents of Gold, and a quantity of spices, and precious stones. There were never such spices as those which the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon!
   
RF CH2 9:10 The servants of Huram also, and the servants of Solomon, who brought Gold from Aufer, brought Algum wood, and precious stones.
   
RF CH2 9:11 From the Algum1 wood the King made brackets in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and the King's Palace, and Harps, and Lutes for the singers, for nothing of that kind had been seen before in the land of Judah.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 9, v. 11. " Algum-wood, ' preferably "Almug" = Sandal-wood. See Prof. Lees' Hebrew Lexicon on the word. In Arabic this perfumed wood is named "Kalmag."—F.F.
   
RF CH2 9:12 Solomon gives presents to the queen of Sheba.
But King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, except what she had brought to the King. Then she departed, and she and her attendants returned to her own country.
   
RF CH2 9:13 Solomon's Wealth.
The weight of Gold that came to Solomon each year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of Gold;
   
RF CH2 9:14 beside what the Merchants, and Commercial duties brought in, and the Gold and Silver that the Kings of Arabia, and the Governors of Provinces contributed to Solomon.
   
RF CH2 9:15 King Solomon, consequently, made three hundred targets of wrought Gold. Six hundred of wrought Gold went to one target.
   
RF CH2 9:16 And three hundred shields of wrought Gold. Three hundred of Gold went to one shield, and he put them in the Palace of Lebanon.
   
RF CH2 9:17 The King also made a great Throne of Ivory, and plated it with pure Gold;
   
RF CH2 9:18 and six steps to the Throne, with a foot-stool of Gold fastened to the throne, and arms on each side at the seat, with two lions standing at the side of the arms.
   
RF CH2 9:19 Twelve lions also stood, there on the six steps, one on each side. None such were ever made in any Kingdoms.
   
RF CH2 9:20 And all King Solomon's drinking cups were of Gold, and all the furniture of the Forest-Palace of Lebanon were of fine Gold. Silver and brass were thought nothing of in the days of Solomon!—
   
RF CH2 9:21 for the ships of the King went to Tharshish, at the same time as the servants of Huram, for a three years' voyage. These ships brought from Tharshish cargoes of Gold, and Silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
   
RF CH2 9:22 Thus Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth, in wealth, and science.
   
RF CH2 9:23 And all the kings of the land sought the presence of Solomon to hear the sciences, that GOD had placed in his mind,
   
RF CH2 9:24 and each brought as his tribute, articles of silver, and articles of gold, or fabrics, or armour, or spices, with horses and mules, every year, yearly.
   
RF CH2 9:25 For Solomon had four thousand stables for horses and Chariots, and twelve thousand Cavalry, whom he lodged in the Chariot Barracks, or with the King in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH2 9:26 And he was Emperor over all the kings from the River,1 to the country of the Philishtim, and as far as the border of the Mitzeraim.
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1. NOTE —Ch. 9, v. 26. The Euphrates.—F.F.
   
RF CH2 9:27 This king made silver in Jerusalem like stones, and he planted Cedars like sycamores on the plain for number;
   
RF CH2 9:28 and they brought horses to Solomon from Mitzeraim and from all other countries.
   
RF CH2 9:29 (975 B.C.) Solomon Dies.
The rest of the acts of Solomon, the first and the last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the Reciter? and in the Recitals of Ahijah the Shilonite? and in the Visions of Iddo the Seer, against Jeraboam,-ben-Nebat?
   
RF CH2 9:30 Solomon, however, reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.
   
RF CH2 9:31 Then. Solomon slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David his father, and Rehaboam his son succeeded him.
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