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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 8:1

Haman's House Given to Esther.
On the same day King Khushrush gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the Jew-hater, and Mordecai was brought before the King, for Esther had informed him what he was to her,

   
RF EST 8:2 and the King took off his ring,—that which he had recovered from Haman,—and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
   
RF EST 8:3 Esther Begs the Life of Her People.
Then Esther again spoke to the King, and fell at his feet, and wept, and besought him to redress the wickedness of Haman, the Agagite, and the conspiracy he had contrived against the Jews.
   
RF EST 8:4 And the King extended the Golden Sceptre. So Esther arose and stood before the King,
   
RF EST 8:5 and said, "If it is good to the King, and if I have found favour before him, and it is acceptable before the King, and I am pleasing in his eyes,—let it be written to reverse the letters that Haman-ben-Hammadatha the Agagite contrived, when he wrote to exterminate the Jews, who are in all the Provinces of the King.
   
RF EST 8:6 For how can I bear to see the misery that will find my People? And how can I endure to look on the destruction of my relatives?"
   
RF EST 8:7 King Khushrush, however, replied to Esther the Queen, and to Mordecai the Jew, "You see I have given the Palace of Haman to Esther, and they have hung him upon the Gallows, because he stretched out his hand against the Jews.—
   
RF EST 8:8 But you must write to the Jews, as seems best in your opinion, in the name of the King, and you can seal with the Royal Seal, —for a letter that has been written in the Royal Name, and sealed with the Royal Seal, is not able to be re versed!"
   
RF EST 8:9 The Imperial Order to the Jews to Defend Themselves.
They consequently summoned the Royal Secretaries for the purpose in haste, on the twenty-third day of the month Sivan,—the third month,—who wrote as they were instructed by Mordecai the Jew, to the Viceroys, and Governors, and Generals of the Provinces, which were from Houd to Cush, a hundred and twenty-seven Provinces, Province by Province, according to the writing of the People, and according to the language of the People, and to the Jews in their Alphabet and Language.
   
RF EST 8:10 They wrote in the name of the King Khushrush, and sealed it with the Royal Seal, and sent the letters by the Posts on horseback, on Race horses, bred in the royal stud,
   
RF EST 8:11 by which the King granted to the Jews who were in every town to collect and stand for their lives, and to destroy, to kill, and exterminate all forces of the people or province who assailed them, to infant, and wife, and to plunder their property,
   
RF EST 8:12 on the same day in all the Provinces of King Khushrush, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month,—which is the month of Adar.
   
RF EST 8:13 A copy of this letter was also published as a decree in every Province and Government, openly, to all the Peoples, that the Jews might be ready against that day to defend themselves from their enemies.
   
RF EST 8:14 The Posts therefore went out mounted on race-horses from the studs, hurried and impelled by command of the King. The Decree was also published at the Palace of Shushan.
   
RF EST 8:15 Mordecai made Prime Minister of Persia.
Then Mordecai left the presence if the King completely clothed in Royal Robes of blue and white, and a great wreath of gold, and a shawl of muslin and purple; and the City of Shushan shouted and rejoiced.
   
RF EST 8:16 And the Jews had light and delight, and joy, and honour.
   
RF EST 8:17 And all over, Province by Province, and in every City, and Village where the Royal Message and Decree arrived, the Jews were glad and rejoiced, with festivity, and a good day, and many from among the population of the country became Jews, for a terror of the Jews fell upon them.
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