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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 JER 41:1

But in the seventh month, Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah-ben-Alishama, of the Royal Family, and a royal noble came, and ten men with him, to Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam, at Mitzfah, and dined with him in Mitzfah.

   
RF JER 41:2 Then Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah and the ten men who were with him arose and assailed Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam-ben-Shafan with the sword and killed him, whom the king of Babel had appointed over the country,
   
RF JER 41:3 and the whole of the Jews who were with Ghedaliah in Mitzfah, along with the Kasdim found there, the soldiers of Ishmael killed.
   
RF JER 41:4 But two days after the murder of Ghedaliah, while no one knew,
   
RF JER 41:5 it happened that eighty men came from Shekem, from Shiloh, and from Shomeron, each with his beard shaven, and clothes torn, and with gashes, and with bread offerings and incense in their hands to go to the House of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF JER 41:6 and Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah went out from Mitzfah to meet them, advancing and weeping, and when he reached them he said, "Come to Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam."
   
RF JER 41:7 But when they had come to the inner court of the citadel, Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah and the men who were with him, assassinated them at the deep well.
   
RF JER 41:8 Ten of the men, however, who had met him, exclaimed to Ishmael, "Do not kill us! for we have wheat, and barley, and oil, and honey stored at our farms." So he refrained, and did not kill them with their friends.
   
RF JER 41:9 The well where Ishmael threw all the bodies of the men he murdered, besides Ghedaliah, was that which King Asa made when opposing Basha king of Israel,—Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah filled it with his victims.
   
RF JER 41:10 Then Ishmael captured all the remainder of the people who were at Mitzfah, the king's daughter and all the people whom Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, had entrusted to Ghedaliahben-Akhikam,—Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah seized them and went off to Beni-Amon.
   
RF JER 41:11 But Jokhanan-ben-Korakh and all the generals of the forces who were with him heard of all the wickedness that Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah had done,
   
RF JER 41:12 so they took their men and went to attack Ishmael ben Nathaniah, and found him at the Great Lake of Gibeon.
   
RF JER 41:13 And when the people who were with Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah saw Jokhananben-Korakh, and the officers of the army, they were glad;
   
RF JER 41:14 and the whole mass whom Ishmael had captured at Mitzfah revolted, and deserted, and went to Jokhanan-ben-Korakh.
   
RF JER 41:15 At which Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah fled with eight men before Jokhanan, and went to the Beni-Amon.
   
RF JER 41:16 So Jokhanan-ben-Korakh and all the army officers with him took the remainder of the people whom Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah had captured at Mitzfah, after he murdered Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam, the capable soldiers, and the women and children, and their attendants, whom he had captured at Gibeon,
   
RF JER 41:17 and went and retreated to the Caravanserai of Kimoham, near Bethlehem, with the object of marching to Mitzer,
   
RF JER 41:18 from the presence of the Kasdim. For they were afraid of them, because Ishmael-ben-Nethaniah had assassinated Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam, whom the king of Babel had appointed over the country.
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