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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 EZR 2:1

Descendants of David who returned.
And these are the sons of the Royal Family who returned from the captives of the transportation, whom Nebukadnezzar, King of Babel, transported to Babel, who returned to Jerusalem and Judea, each to his own village,—

   
RF EZR 2:2 who came with Zerubabel; Joshua, Nehemiah, Saraiah, Raliah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Banah.
   
RF EZR 2:3 From the Records of the Men of Israel.
Of the Beni Parosh,—Two thousand, one hundred and seventy-two; 2,172
   
RF EZR 2:4 Of the Beni Shaphatiah; Three hundred and seventy-two; 372
   
RF EZR 2:5 Of the Beni Arah; seven hundred and seventy-five; 775
   
RF EZR 2:6 Of the Beni Pathath—of the Beni jeshua and Joab; Two thousand, eight hundred and twelve; 2,812
   
RF EZR 2:7 Of the Beni Elam; One thousand, two hundred and fifty-four; 1254
   
RF EZR 2:8 Of the Beni Zathi; nine hundred and forty-five; 945
   
RF EZR 2:9 Of the Beni Zakkai; seven hundred and sixty; 760
   
RF EZR 2:10 Of the Beni Bani; Six hundred and forty-two; 642
   
RF EZR 2:11 Of the Beni Babai; Six hundred and twenty-three; 623
   
RF EZR 2:12 Of the Beni Azgad; One thousand two hundred and twenty-two; 1222
   
RF EZR 2:13 Of the Beni Adonikam; Six hundred and sixty-six; 666
   
RF EZR 2:14 Of the Beni Bigvai; Two thousand and fifty-six; 2,056
   
RF EZR 2:15 Of the Beni Adin, Two hundred and fifty-four; 254
   
RF EZR 2:16 Of the Beni Atar of Hezekiah; ninety-eight; 98
   
RF EZR 2:17 Of the Beni Bezai; Three hundred and twenty-three; 323
   
RF EZR 2:18 Of the Beni Jorah; One hundred and twelve; 112
   
RF EZR 2:19 Of the Beni Hasham; Two hundred and twenty-three; 223
   
RF EZR 2:20 Of the Beni Gibar; ninety-five; 95
   
RF EZR 2:21 Of the Beni Bethlehem; a hundred and twenty-three; 123
   
RF EZR 2:22 Of the men of Netopah; Fifty-six; 56
   
RF EZR 2:23 Of the men of Anathoth: One hundred and twenty-eight; 128
   
RF EZR 2:24 Of the Beni Azmaveth; Forty-two; 42
   
RF EZR 2:25 Of the Beni Kiriath-arim, Kephirah, and Beroth; seven hundred and forty-three; 743
   
RF EZR 2:26 Of the Beni Raamah and Geba; Six hundred and twenty-seven; 627
   
RF EZR 2:27 Of the men of Mikas; One hundred and twenty-two; 122
   
RF EZR 2:28 Of the men of Bethel, and Ai, Two hundred and twenty-three; 223
   
RF EZR 2:29 Of the Beni Nebo; fifty-three; 53
   
RF EZR 2:30 Of the Beni Magbish; one hundred and fifty-six; 156
   
RF EZR 2:31 Of the Beni Elam; One thousand two hundred and fifty-four; 1254
   
RF EZR 2:32 Of the Beni Harim; Three hundred and twenty; 320
   
RF EZR 2:33 Of the Beni Lod, Haded, and Ono; seven hundred and twenty-five; 725
   
RF EZR 2:34 Of the Beni Jeriko; Three hundred and forty-five; 345
   
RF EZR 2:35 Of the Beni Senah; Three thousand six hundred and thirty; 3,630
   
RF EZR 2:36 The Priests:
Of the Beni Jedaiah of the House of Joshua; Nine hundred and seventy-three; 973
   
RF EZR 2:37 Of the Beni Immer; One thousand and fifty-two; 1,052
   
RF EZR 2:38 Of the Beni Pashur; One thousand two hundred and forty-seven; 1247
   
RF EZR 2:39 Of the Beni Harim; One thousand and seventeen; 1017
   
RF EZR 2:40 The Levites.
Of the Beni Jeshua and Kadmiel; of the Beni Hodairah; Seventy-five; 75
   
RF EZR 2:41 The Singers.
Of the Beni Asaph; One hundred and twenty-eight; 128
   
RF EZR 2:42 The Sons of the Porters.
Of the Beni Shallum; the Beni Atar; the Beni Talman; the Beni Akub; the Beni Hatita; the Beni Shobal; in all one hundred and thirty-nine; 139
   
RF EZR 2:43 The Attendants.
Of the Beni Zikha; the Beni Hasupha; the Beni Paboath;
   
RF EZR 2:44 the Beni Keros; the Beni Siha; the Beni Padan;
   
RF EZR 2:45 the Beni Libanah; the Beni Hagabah; the Beni Akkub;
   
RF EZR 2:46 the Beni Hagab; the Beni Shamlai; the Beni Hanan;
   
RF EZR 2:47 the Beni Gidel; the Beni Gahar; the Beni Raiha;
   
RF EZR 2:48 the Beni Rezin; the Beni Nikoda; the Beni Gazam;
   
RF EZR 2:49 the Beni Aza; the Beni Paskh; the Beni Besai;
   
RF EZR 2:50 the Beni Asnah; the Beni Meonim; the Beni Nephisim;
   
RF EZR 2:51 the Beni Bakuk; the Beni Hakupha; the Beni Harkhur;
   
RF EZR 2:52 the Beni Bazluth; the Beni Mikhida; the Beni Harsha;
   
RF EZR 2:53 the Beni Barkos; the Beni Sisera; the Beni Tema;
   
RF EZR 2:54 the Beni Nezikh; the Beni Hatipha.
   
RF EZR 2:55 The Sons of Solomons Servants.
The Beni Sotia; the Beni Sophe-ritfi; the Beni Peruda;
   
RF EZR 2:56 the Beni Jalah; the Beni Darkan; the Beni Gidel;
   
RF EZR 2:57 the Shiphatiah; the Beni Hattil; the Beni Pokereth-Nazebaim; the Beni Ami;
   
RF EZR 2:58 All the Attendants, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred and ninety two. 392
   
RF EZR 2:59 The following also went up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Adan, and Immer. But they could not show their ancestral houses or their race, whether they were of Israel.
   
RF EZR 2:60 Of the Beni Delaiah; the Beni Tobiah; the Beni Nekoda; six hundred and fifty-two; 652
   
RF EZR 2:61 And of the children of the Priests; the Beni Habiah; the Beni Barzellai who took as a wife one of the daughters of Barzillai the Giladite, and so was called by his name;—
   
RF EZR 2:62 These sought their Register with those enumerated by their genealogy, but were unable to find it. They were therefore degraded from the Priesthood,
   
RF EZR 2:63 and the Governor commanded them not to eat of the most holy offerings until a Priest arose with Urim and Thumim.
   
RF EZR 2:64 The whole caravan inclusive was, Forty thousand, three hundred and sixty, 40360
   
RF EZR 2:65 beside their men and women servants, who were Seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven, 7337
with two hundred singing men and women. 200
   
RF EZR 2:66 Seven hundred and sixty horsemen; 760
Two hundred and forty-five mules; 245
   
RF EZR 2:67 four hundred and thirty-five camels; Six thousand and seven hundred and twenty asses. 48,657 Total.
   
RF EZR 2:68 And some of the heads of Ancestries on their arrival at the House of the EVER-LIVING in Jerusalem, offered gifts to the Temple of God to erect it upon its foundations.
   
RF EZR 2:69 They gave according to their power, to the treasury of the Works, Sixty thousand Darics of Gold; and five thousand pounds weight of silver; and a hundred priests' robes.1
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1 Note.—Ch. 2, v. 69. Taking the value of the Bullion at weight alone, the Gold equals 300,000 sterling English, and the Silver, 20,000. But at the period of Ezra the purchasing power would be many times more. This shows the commercial position attained by the Jews, for a part alone of them returned, and few, if any, of the Ten Tribes, as the record shows The position these Captives had also attained under the Babylonian Despotism, or Medo-Persian Commonwealth, is a witness to the high intellectual capacity and civilization of the Hebrew race, compared to all the nations around them, even under the disadvantages of being a conquered and enslaved people, and to our day they retain the same mental vigour.—F.F.
   
RF EZR 2:70 A New Alter Built.
Thus the Priests and the Levites, and some of the People, and the Singers, and the Gate-keepers, and the Attendants, returned, with many of Israel to their villages,
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