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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 5:1

Esther intercedes with the King for her People.
And when the third day arrived Esther the Queen dressed herself and appeared in the Inner Court of the Royal Palace, opposite the King's apartments; and the King sat on the royal throne in the Palace, under the verandah of the Palace.

   
RF EST 5:2 And when the King saw Queen Esther, she raised admiration in his eyes,—and the King extended the Golden Sceptre to Esther. So Esther approached to the end of the sceptre,
   
RF EST 5:3 when the King asked, "What is it Queen Esther? And what do you ask?—It shall be given to you, even if half of my Empire!"
   
RF EST 5:4 When Esther answered, "if it pleases the King that the King and Haman would come to a dinner which I have made for them?" Then the King said, "Order Haman to be quick, and accomplish the request of Esther."
   
RF EST 5:5 The King and Haman Dine With Esther.
The King and Haman consequently went to the dinner that Esther had prepared,
   
RF EST 5:6 and the King asked Esther while drinking his wine, "Whatever you ask shall be given to you; even if you ask half of my Empire,—it shall be done."
   
RF EST 5:7 And Esther replied and said,
   
RF EST 5:8 "If I have found favour in the sight of the King,—and if it pleases the King to grant my request, and to do what I ask,—let the King and Haman come to a dinner that I will make for them, and tomorrow I will make a request to the King."
   
RF EST 5:9 Haman Determines to Hang Mordecai.
Haman consequently went out that day glad and delighted at heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai at the Gate of the King, and that he did not rise or tremble before him, Haman was filled with fury against Mordecai.
   
RF EST 5:10 However, Haman restrained himself, and went to his home, where he sent and collected his friends and his wife Zeresh,
   
RF EST 5:11 and Haman related to them his great wealth, and his numerous children, and how the King had advanced him, and how he had raised him above all the Princes and Ministers of the King.
   
RF EST 5:12 "And," Haman continued, "Esther the Queen also did not admit with the King any one to the Dinner that she made, except myself! And also tomorrow I am invited by her, together with the King!
   
RF EST 5:13 But all this is nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sit in the Court of the King!"
   
RF EST 5:14 So Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let them make a Gallows fifty cubits high, and in the morning speak to the King, and he will hang Mordecai upon it. Then go to the dinner with the King, happy and glad hearted " This advice was good in the opinion of Haman.
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