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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 DAN 5:1

(538 BC) The Pride, Wickedness, and Fall of Bel-Shazzar.
The King Bel-Shazzar made a great supper for a thousand of his Nobles, and drank wine with the thousand Lords.

   
RF DAN 5:2 Bel-Shazzar while excited by wine, commanded to bring the cups of gold and silver which Nebuchadnezzar his ancestor had brought from the Temple at Jerusalem, that the King, his Nobles, his wives, and concubines might drink from them
   
RF DAN 5:3 So they brought the cups of gold which had been carried from the Temple of the House of GOD, at Jerusalem, and the King and his Nobles, with his wives and concubines drank from them.
   
RF DAN 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the Gods of gold, and silver, brass, iron, wood and stone.
   
RF DAN 5:5 The Writing on the Wall.
In the same hour the fingers of a man's hand appeared, and wrote opposite the lamp on the wall of the Palace of the King,—and the King watched the portion of a hand as it wrote.
   
RF DAN 5:6 Then the brightness of the King changed, and his thoughts troubled him, and the joints of his loins were relaxed, and his knees struck one against the other.
   
RF DAN 5:7 The King therefore cried loudly to bring the Mathematicians, Astronomers, and Lawyers, whom the King addressed, and said to the Scientists of Babel;— "Whatever man can read that writing, and explain its meaning, shall be clothed in purple, and have a chain of gold put on his neck, and shall be one of the three Governors of the Empire!
   
RF DAN 5:8 Then all the King's Scientists entered, but they were not able to read the writing, or to explain the meaning of it to the King.
   
RF DAN 5:9 King BelShazzar was consequently greatly troubled and the brightness of his expression was changed, and his Advisers were perplexed.
   
RF DAN 5:10 Because of the consternation of the King and his Counsellors, the Queen Dowager came into the banqueting house, and addressed the King and said, "May you live for ever, King! Let not your thoughts trouble you, or your expression change.—
   
RF DAN 5:11 There is a man in your Empire in whom is the spirit of the HOLY GODS; and in the times of your ancestors, light and intelligence and science, like the science of the Gods, was found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar your ancestor appointed him chief of the Engineers, Enchanters, Astronomers, and Mathematicians,
   
RF DAN 5:12 because a spirit of light, and knowledge, and understanding in the explanation of Dreams, the solution of problems, and loosening of difficulties was found in him,—in Daniel,—by the king, who appointed him as Prince of Bel. So let Daniel be called, and he will explain the problem."
   
RF DAN 5:13 Bel-Shazzar's Offer to Daniel if he Reads the Writing on the Wall.
Daniel was therefore brought before the King; when the King addressed him and said to Daniel, "Are you the Daniel of the sons of the Captives who were brought by my Ancestor from Judea?
   
RF DAN 5:14 For I have heard that the spirit of the Gods is in you, and light, and intelligence, and that supreme science is found in you.
   
RF DAN 5:15 Now the Scientists, and Enchanters, have been brought to me to read that Inscription and explain its meaning, but they are not able to explain the meaning of the phenomenon.
   
RF DAN 5:16 But I have heard about you, that you could explain it clearly, and solve its difficulties. Therefore if you are able to read the writing, and explain its meaning, you shall be clothed in purple, and a chain of gold be put on your neck, and be of the three who govern the Empire
   
RF DAN 5:17 Daniel Refuses the Reward but Reads the Writing.
Daniel, however, answered and said to the king;— " Keep your gifts to yourself And your plunder for others!—However I will read the Inscription for the King; and explain its meaning.—
   
RF DAN 5:18 As regards yourself, King, the HIGHEST GOD gave your ancestor Nebuchadnezzar this Empire, and Greatness, and Power, and Majesty;—
   
RF DAN 5:19 And at the Grandeur given to him, all the Peoples, Nations, and Languages were trembling and fearing before him.—Whoever he decided, was murdered; and whoever he decided should live, they did live; and he promoted whoever he chose, and threw down whoever he determined.
   
RF DAN 5:20 But when his heart became exalted, and his mind overbearingly insolent, he was driven from the throne of his Empire, and they took his glory from him,
   
RF DAN 5:21 and he was driven from mankind, and lived with the beasts, and dwelt among the wild asses, eating grass like oxen, and was wet with thedropping rain of the skies, until that he learnt that the HIGHEST GOD rules over the Kingdoms of Men, and places whoever He decides over them.—
   
RF DAN 5:22 Yet you, Bel-Shazzar, his descendant, although you knew all this, have not humbled your heart,
   
RF DAN 5:23 but have exalted yourself against the LORD of the HEAVENS and have brought the cups of His House out to yourself,—and you, your Nobles, your wives, and concubines, have drank wine from them, and honoured the Gods of silver and gold; brass, iron, wood, and stone,—who neither see, nor hear nor know;—but you have not thanked the GOD in Whose hand your breath is, and Who knows all your ways;
   
RF DAN 5:24 from Whom, also, was sent the part of a hand that affixed this inscription.
   
RF DAN 5:25 And this is the Inscription that is affixed:—"
' MENA, MENA, THEKEL; OH! FARSIN! '1
   
RF DAN 5:26 "This is the explanation of the Mandate. " MENA. Decided-(GOD has decided about your kingdom, and destroyed it).
   
RF DAN 5:27 "THEKEL. Weighed—(You have been weighed in the scales and found insufficient).
   
RF DAN 5:28 "O! FARS! (Your empire is Persianized, and given to the Medes and Persians!)"
   
RF DAN 5:29 Bel-Shazzar commanded, and they clothed Daniel in scarlet, and put a chain of gold upon his neck, and proclaimed him as one of the three Rulers of the Empire!
   
RF DAN 5:30 Bel-Shazzar King of the Kasdim was slain on that night,
   
RF DAN 5:31 and Dariush the Mede seized the Empire, being then sixty-two years of age.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 5 v. 29 The exact meaning is, "Decided! Decided! Weighed —Ahoy! Persians! "—F.F.
2 NOTE: Ch. 6 v. 1, of A. V. is v. 31 of ch 5 , in the original Chaldee.—F.F.
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