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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 9:1

The Jews Destroy the Assailants.
So in the twelfth month,—that is the month of Adar,—on the twelfth day of it, when it approached to put the Royal Command and Decree into practice;—on the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to dominate them;—it then turned about that the Jews dominated those who hated them!

   
RF EST 9:2 And the Jews collected in the towns, and in all the Provinces of King Khushrush, and assailed all who sought to injure them, and no man could resist them, for a terror had fallen on all the Peoples.
   
RF EST 9:3 And all the Generals of the Provinces, and the Viceroys, and Governors, and Executive Officers of the Royal affairs, assisted the Jews, for the terror of Mordecai had fallen upon them.
   
RF EST 9:4 For Mordecai was great in the Palace of the King, and his fame travelled to all the Provinces, for the man Mordecai advanced and was great.
   
RF EST 9:5 The Jews therefore struck with the edge of the sword all their enemies, and slew, and destroyed, and did to their enemies as they pleased.
   
RF EST 9:6 And in the Palace of Shushan the Jews killed five hundred persons,
   
RF EST 9:7 and Parshomdatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
   
RF EST 9:8 and Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, and
   
RF EST 9:9 Parmashta, and Arisal, and Aridal, and Vaizatha,
   
RF EST 9:10 the ten sons of Haman-ben-Hamma- to datha, the Jews' enemy, they killed, but did not lay hands on their property.
   
RF EST 9:11 On the same day the number of the slain at the Palace of Shushan was brought before the King, when
   
RF EST 9:12 the King said to Esther the Queen, "In the Palace of Shushan the Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred persons, and the ten sons of Haman;—What have they done in the rest of the Royal Provinces? Now what is your request?—and it shall be given to you!—And what is your petition further?—and it shall be done!"
   
RF EST 9:13 And Esther replied, "If it is the King's pleasure, grant that the Jews may do tomorrow what they have done today in Shushan, —and let them hang the ten sons of Haman on the Gallows!"
   
RF EST 9:14 And the King replied, "It shall be done." So a Decree was issued in Shushan, and the ten sons of Haman were hung up.
   
RF EST 9:15 The Jews also who were at Shushan collected on that day, and slew in Shushan three hundred persons, but laid not their hands upon their property.
   
RF EST 9:16 And the rest of the Jews who were in the Royal Provinces collected and stood for their lives, and for peace from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their haters, but did not seize their property,
   
RF EST 9:17 on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, but rested on the fourteenth, and made it a day of festivity and rejoicing.
   
RF EST 9:18 The Jews in Shushan, however, collected on the thirteenth and fourteenth of it, but rested on the fifteenth, and made that a day of festivity and pleasure.
   
RF EST 9:19 Consequently he scattered Jews who resided in the scattered villages make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a delight and festivity, and a good day, and send presents to their neighbors.
   
RF EST 9:20 The Feast of Purim Appointed to the Jews.
Mordecai afterwards recorded these events, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in the whole of the Dominions of King Khushrush, near or far,
   
RF EST 9:21 to ordain to them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, and the fifteenth day of it, from year to year,
   
RF EST 9:22 as days upon which safety came to the Jews from their enemies, and as the month which was turned from agony to delight for them, and from despair to be a pleasant day, and to make them days of festivity and delight, and for sending presents everyone to his neighbour, and gifts to the poor.
   
RF EST 9:23 The Jews consequently undertook to continue it, as they had begun to do, and as Mordecai had written to them,
   
RF EST 9:24 for Haman-ben-Hammadatha, the Agagite, the oppressor of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to exterminate them, and he had thrown the arrow, (that was his lot), to defeat and exterminate them.
   
RF EST 9:25 However, when it came to be discovered, the King commanded by letters to turn the wicked plot, that he had contrived against the Jews, upon his own head, and they hung him and his sons on a Gallows.
   
RF EST 9:26 They consequently name those days, "Purim," 1 from the word for an Arrow. Therefore on the receipt of these letters, and an account of what they had experienced, and what had occurred to them,
   
RF EST 9:27 the Jews decreed and imposed upon themselves and on their descendants and all who joined them, that they would not emit to do year by year on these two days as the letters directed.
   
RF EST 9:28 And that those days should be remembered and practiced from generation to generation, in every family, province, and town, and that these days of Purim should not be omitted amongst the Jews, nor the memory of them cease from their race.
   
RF EST 9:29 Esther confirms the Feast of Purim.
Esther, the Queen, also, wrote with full authority to confirm the second Decree of Purim;
   
RF EST 9:30 and sent letters to all the Jews of the hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Empire of Khushrush, as messages of peace and security.
   
RF EST 9:31 And confirmed the fixed days of Purim as Mordecai and Queen Esther had appointed to them; and which they had taken upon the souls of themselves and their race, with acts of fasting and crying, —
   
RF EST 9:32 So the Command of Esther confirmed the affairs of the Purim, and it was recorded in this book.
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