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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 2:1

Khushrush Grieves after Dismissing Vashti.
After these events the fury of King Khushrush having subsided, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what had been decreed against her.

   
RF EST 2:2 So the personal attendants of the King advised the King to seek young girls of charming beauty for the King.
   
RF EST 2:3 The King consequently appointed officers in all the provinces of his Empire, who collected all the charmingly beautiful maiden girls to the Palace of Shushan, to the women's apartments, under the control of Hegai, the eunuch of the King, the Guardian of the wives, to give them baths;
   
RF EST 2:4 and the girl who might be pleasing to the eyes of the King was to reign instead of Vashti. This suggestion was good in the opinion of the King, and it was adopted.
   
RF EST 2:5 History of Esther.
There was a man, a Jew, an attendant in the Palace of Shushan, whose name was Mordecai-ben-Jair-ben- Shimei-ben-Kish, a man of Benjamin,
   
RF EST 2:6 who had been carried from Jerusalem with the transports, when Jeconiah, the King of Judah, was transported by King Nebuchadnezzar to Babel, and he had brought up Hadassah,—who is Esther,—his niece,
   
RF EST 2:7 for she had neither father nor mother, and the girl was exceedingly beautiful, and attractive to look at, and on the death of her father and mother Mordecai took her to his own home.
   
RF EST 2:8 And when the command and decree of the King was published, and many girls were collected at the Palace of Shushan under the care of Hegai, Esther was also taken to the Palace of the King, the care of Hegai, the Guardian of the wives;
   
RF EST 2:9 and the girl was attractive in his opinion, and she acquired kindness from him, and he hastened her preparations, and the appointments to be given to her, and selected seven girls to be given to her from the royal household. He also removed her and her maids to the house of the handsome women.
   
RF EST 2:10 Esther, however, did not inform her people or her relatives, for Mordecai had ordered her not to inform them.
   
RF EST 2:11 But every day Mordecai walked before the Court of the women's house, to enquire about the health of Esther, and what was done with her.
   
RF EST 2:12 The Royal Marriage Custom in Ancient Persia.
When a girl's turn came, and that girl went to King Khushrush, at the end of her preparations according to the usage of the women, during twelve months,—for then the period of the baths were accomplished,—six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes, and female baths.
   
RF EST 2:13 The girl went to the King in this way;—all that she asked for was given to her to accompany her from the women's apartments to the apartment of the King.
   
RF EST 2:14 She went in the evening, and returned in the morning to the apartment of the secondary wives, to the care of Shashgaz, the Royal Eunuch, Guardian of the favorites. She never again went to the King, except the King was pleased with her, and might invite her by name.
   
RF EST 2:15 Esther Made Queen.
But when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai, who had adopted her as a daughter, arrived to go to the King, she did not request anything, except what Hegai, the Royal Eunuch, the Guardian of women suggested. Yet Esther found admiration from the eyes of all who saw her.
   
RF EST 2:16 Thus Esther was taken to the apartment of King Khushrush in the tenth month,—which is the month Tebeth,—in the seventh year of his reign.
   
RF EST 2:17 And the King loved Esther more than all the women, and she acquired favour and consideration with the King more than all the girls, so he placed the Queenly crown on her head, and she Queened instead of Vashti.
   
RF EST 2:18 Mordecai Promoted to the Royal Court.
The King also made a great feast on the occasion to all his Nobles and Ministers,—the feast of Esther,—and made a remission to his provinces, and distributed presents from the King's hand.
   
RF EST 2:19 And when the girls were assembled again, then Mordecai was promoted to the Royal Court.
   
RF EST 2:20 Esther, however, had not disclosed this to her relatives, or her people, as Mordecai had instructed her;—for Esther did as Mordecai commanded her, the same as when she was brought up by him.
   
RF EST 2:21 Mordecai Discovers a Conspiracy.
During the period when Mordecai sat in the Royal Court, two of the Royal Chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of the Guardians of the Gate, were insulted, so they conspired to assail King Khushrush.
   
RF EST 2:22 But Mordecai was informed of the affair, and reported it to the Queen Esther, and Esther told it to the King, in the name of Mordecai.
   
RF EST 2:23 So he enquired into the matter and discovered it, and hung both of them on a tree, and had it recorded in the record of the daily events before the King.
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