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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 EST 1:1

The Feast of Khushrush.
It was in the period of Khushrush. The Khushrush who was Emperor from Houd1 to Cush,2—a hundred and twenty-seven provinces.
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1. NOTE. Ch. 1:1. "India," "Houd," as spelt in the Hebrew, was the ancient name of Indostan, and is now the Province of "Oudh," in Central India, East of the Punjaub, and seems to have been the Eastern Boundary of the Persian Empire.—F.F.
2. North Arabia.

   
RF EST 1:2 In those days whilst this king reigned Khushrush fixed the throne of his Empire in the Palace of Shushan.
   
RF EST 1:3 In the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his Princes and Ministers, and the powerful Officers of the Medes and Persians, and the Governors of the Provinces who were present with him,
   
RF EST 1:4 when he displayed the splendid wealth of his Empire, and the most beautiful treasures of his dominions for a number of days, —a hundred and eighty days.
   
RF EST 1:5 And when that period was run out, the King made one to all the people who were found at the palace of Shushan; —a feast for seven days to the small and great, in the Garden-court of the King's residence.
   
RF EST 1:6 Curtains of muslin and purple hung on white cords, with fringes, on rings of silver from columns of marble. The sofas were of gold and silver, on a pavement of porphyry, and marble, and alabaster, and greenstone.
   
RF EST 1:7 And they drank out of golden cups of various patterns, plentifully of the royal wine, at the cost of the King.—
   
RF EST 1:8 And this was the rule of the feast,—there was no control,—for so the King had ordered to the Steward of his Palace, that every one should do as he wished.
   
RF EST 1:9 The Queen Sent for. Vashti's Refusal to Obey.
Vashti, the Queen, also made a feast for women in the Royal Palace of King Khushrush.
   
RF EST 1:10 On its seventh day, when the King was elated by wine, he ordered Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven Chief Eunuchs, who attended King Khush-rush,
   
RF EST 1:11 to bring the Queen Vashti to the royal presence, with her Queenly crown, to show the people and nobles her beauty,—for she was charming to look at.
   
RF EST 1:12 But the Queen Vashti refused to come at the order of the King by the hand of the Eunuchs. The King was consequently very furious, and his rage fired him.
   
RF EST 1:13 The King therefore asked for the Judges who understood the customs,—
   
RF EST 1:14 as the King was accustomed to do towards all who understood affairs, and law, —and Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, Memucan, seven Princes of Persia, and Media approached him. They were the privy counselors of the King, and Presidents of the Empire.
   
RF EST 1:15 "What should be done to Queen Vashti according to Law, because she has not obeyed the order of the King Khushrush, given through the Chamberlains?" he asked.
   
RF EST 1:16 And Memucan replied before King Khushrush and the Princes, "Vashti the Queen has not only insulted the King, but all the Princes, and all the People who are in all the Dominions of King Khushrush,
   
RF EST 1:17 for the action of the Queen will excite all the women to despise their masters in their sight, when they are told that King Khushrush commanded Vashti the Queen to be brought to him,—and she would not come!
   
RF EST 1:18 And today it will be told to the ladies of Persia and Media. And when all the King's nobles hear of the action of Queen Vashti, there will be contempt and anger!
   
RF EST 1:19 Therefore, if it is pleasing to the King, let this be recorded in the laws of the Persians and Medes, —so that it may not be passed by,—that Vashti shall no more come into the presence of Khushrush, and that her Queendom be given by the King to the least amongst her companions.
   
RF EST 1:20 Thus when the Decree that the King has made is published in all his Kingdoms,—for they are many,—then all the wives will respect their husbands from the greatest to the least."
   
RF EST 1:21 This advice was satisfactory in the opinion of the King and the nobles. So the King acted on the advice of Memucan,
   
RF EST 1:22 and sent out letters to all the royal provinces. To province and province according to its writing; and to People and People, according to its language, that every man should be master in his own house. He also published it in the language of his own People.
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