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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 HAG 2:1

On the seventeenth, of the first month the command of the EVER-LIVING came by means of Haggai the Preacher, to say;—

   
RF HAG 2:2 Speak now to Zerubabel-ben-Shalathiel, Governor of Judah, and Joshua-ben-Jhozadak the High Priest, and the fragments of the People, and ask;—
   
RF HAG 2:3 "Who remains amongst you who saw this house in its former splendour? —And how does it look now? Is it not as nothing in your sight?—
   
RF HAG 2:4 So now support Zerubabel," says the EVER-LIVING, "and support Joshua-ben-Jhozadak the High Priest, and support all the people of the country," says the EVER-LIVING, "and work, for I am with you," says the LORD OF HOSTS
   
RF HAG 2:5 "with the promise I made to you on bringing you out from the Mitzeraim. My Spirit also stands amongst you. Fear not!"—
   
RF HAG 2:6 For thus says the LORD OF HOSTS
Song of the Restoration.
"Once again, in a little while I will shake the Heavens,
And the Earth, and Sea, and the Desert,
   
RF HAG 2:7 And when I shake all the Nations,
The Desired of All Nations will come,
And I will fill this House with splendour,"
Declares the LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF HAG 2:8 "The silver is Mine, and the Gold is Mine,"
Declares the LORD OF HOSTS,
   
RF HAG 2:9 "And the splendour of the House be more,
Of this, the last, than was the first!"
Declares the LORD OF HOSTS,
"And from this Place I will give Peace,"
Declares the LORD OF HOSTS!
   
RF HAG 2:10 A Question of Right and Wrong.
On the fourteenth, of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the command of the EVER-LIVING came by the means of Haggai the Preacher to say;—
   
RF HAG 2:11 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS," Ask the Priests about the Law, and say,
   
RF HAG 2:12 If a man carries consecrated food in the skirts of his robe, and his robe touches, either pottage or wine, or oil, or any kind of provisions,—will they become consecrated?' "
And the Priests answered and said "No!"
   
RF HAG 2:13 Then Haggai asked, "If a defiled person touches any of those will they become defiled?"
The Priests replied, "They would be defiled."
   
RF HAG 2:14 Then Haggai answered and exclaimed,
"So is this Nation, and so is this People, before Me," says the EVER-LIVING, "and so is all the work of their hands; and what they present is defiled!—
   
RF HAG 2:15 Therefore now reflect in your hearts from this day and forwards;—Before the time when a stone was turned upon a stone to rebuild the House of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,—
   
RF HAG 2:16 When you used to go to a heap for twenty, there were only ten; going to the cellar for fifty drafts, there were only twenty!—
   
RF HAG 2:17 Because I struck you with blight, and mildew, and hail, on all the work of your hands,—yet you came not to Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF HAG 2:18 "Reflect in your hearts, —from this day and forwards—from the twenty-fourth day of the month;—from the day when you laid the foundation of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING; reflect in your hearts.—
   
RF HAG 2:19 The grain is not at present in the granary, or at present the vine, and fig, and pomegranate, and olive trees have not borne;—from this day I will bless you!"
   
RF HAG 2:20 A Message to Zerubabel.
The command of the LORD came a second time to Haggai, on the twenty-fourth of the month to say;—
   
RF HAG 2:21 "Speak to Zerubabel the governor of Judah and say;—' I will shake the Heavens and the Earth,
   
RF HAG 2:22 and will overthrow the Throne of Kingdoms, and destroy the strength of the Kingdoms, of the Heathen; and overturn the Charioteer and his chariot, and throw down the horsemen and charioteers every one by the sword of his messmate! '
   
RF HAG 2:23 "In that day," says the LORD OF HOSTS, "I will take Zerubabel-ben-Shalathiel, My servant," the EVER-LIVING declares," and make you like a seal-ring, for I have chosen you," says the EVER-LIVING.
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The period of Haggai's Prophetic Ministry was about 520 B.C.
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