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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 6:1

Khushrush cannot Sleep.
On that night sleep wandered rom the King, so he ordered the records of the current events of his days to be brought, and they were read before the King;

   
RF EST 6:2 and the record of the information given by Mordecai about Bigthan and Tharash the Royal Chamberlains who guarded the threshold, who conspired to lay hands on King Khush rush, was lit upon.
   
RF EST 6:3 When the King asked, "What has been done in value and advancement to Mordecai for that " And the young men who attended on the King replied, "Nothing has been done for him."
   
RF EST 6:4 So the King asked, "Who is in the Court?" Just then Haman had come to the Outer Court of the Royal Palace to ask the King to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had prepared for him;
   
RF EST 6:5 so the pages of the King said to him, "We see Haman standing in the Court; " and the King replied, "Let him enter!"
   
RF EST 6:6 The Man the King Delights to Honor.
Haman consequently entered, and the King asked him, "What should be done to the man whom the King delights to honour?"But Haman said to his heart, "Whom would the King delight to honour, except myself! '
   
RF EST 6:7 Therefore Haman replied to the King, "For the man whom the King may delight to honour,
   
RF EST 6:8 let them bring Royal Robes, such as the King himself has worn, and a horse that the King has ridden upon, and which has the Royal Plume on its head;
   
RF EST 6:9 and let them give the robes and the horse into the hand of a man among the most distinguished of the King's Nobles, and let them be put upon the man whom the King delights to honour with distinction, and let him ride on the horse through the streets of the City, and proclaim before him; ' It is done thus to the man whom the King delights to honour! '"
   
RF EST 6:10 Haman ordered to Honor Mordecai.
The King then said to Haman, go " Make haste! Take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to MORDECAI the JEW, who sits in the Royal Gate! Do not omit anything from all that you have suggested."
   
RF EST 6:11 Haman therefore took the robes and the horse and clothed Mordecai, and he rode through the Squares of the City, and it was proclaimed before him, 'IT IS DONE THUS TO THE MAN WHOM THE KING DELIGHTS TO HONOUR!'
   
RF EST 6:12 Then Mordecai returned to the Royal Court, but Haman went to his home depressed and with an aching head.
   
RF EST 6:13 And Haman related to Zeresh his wife, and to all his friends, all that had happened, when his advisers and his wife said to him; " If this Mordecai is of the Jewish race, before whom you have begun to fall, you cannot resist him,—but will fall before him."
   
RF EST 6:14 Esther's Second Dinner.
While they were talking with him the King's Chamberlains approached and commanded Haman to come to the dinner that Esther had prepared.
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