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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 3:1

Haman Made Prime Minister.
His Record. After these events King Khushrush promoted Haman-ben-Hammedatha, the Agagite, and ennobled him, and set his chair above all the Princes he had.

   
RF EST 3:2 So all the ministers of the King who were in the Royal Gate knelt and bowed to Haman, for the King commanded it. But Mordecai would not kneel or bow.
   
RF EST 3:3 Consequently the ministers of the King, who were at the Royal Gate, said to Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the King's order?"
   
RF EST 3:4 And they repeated this to him day by day, but he would not listen to them. So they informed Haman to ascertain if Mordecai could retain his position, for he had informed them he was a Jew.
   
RF EST 3:5 When Haman learned that Mordecai did not kneel or bow to him, Haman was filled with fury.
   
RF EST 3:6 But it was despicable in his eyes to lay hand on Mordecai alone,—for they had informed him of the race of Mordecai,—so Haman plotted to destroy the whole race of the Jews who were in the whole empire of Khushrush, along with Mordecai.
   
RF EST 3:7 Haman Conspires to Exterminate the Jews.
In the first month,—which is the month of Nisan,—in the twelfth year of King Khushrush, they threw the arrows (which are their lots,)—before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, until the twelfth, which is the month of Adar.—
   
RF EST 3:8 Then Haman said to King Khushrush, "There exists a single people dispersed and scattered amongst all the provinces of your Empire, with different customs from all the people, and they do not obey the Edicts of the King. Consequently it is no advantage to the King to protect them.
   
RF EST 3:9 If, therefore, the King approves of an edict to destroy them, I will pay ten thousand talents of silver for the hands of those who execute the business, and bring it to the King's treasury."
   
RF EST 3:10 So the King took his seal from off his finger and gave it to Haman-ben-Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
   
RF EST 3:11 The King also said to Haman, "I will give the money to you. But as for that People,—do what you like with them!"
   
RF EST 3:12 A Proclamation to Destroy the Jews.
Then the Royal Trumpet was blown on the thirteenth day of the first month, and it was written, exactly as Haman ordered, to the Viceroys, and the Governors who were over Province and Province; and to the Generals of the Forces, and the Peoples in their own languages, it was written in the name of King Khushrush, and sealed with the Royal seal.
   
RF EST 3:13 Letters were also sent by means of the post to all the provinces of the King, "To destroy, to kill, and exterminate, the whole of the Jews, from youths to old men, with the infants and women in a single day,—in the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,"—which is the month of Adar, —"and to plunder their property.
   
RF EST 3:14 A copy of this letter to be published as a Decree in every Province, and the Provincial Authorities to distribute it to all the Peoples, for them to be prepared for that day."
   
RF EST 3:15 The Mails were sent out urgently as if by command of the King, and the Decree was published at the Palace of Shushan, while the King and Haman sat drinking. But the City of Shushan was thrown into confusion.
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