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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 ZEC 14:1

The Coming Day of the Lord.
"Then the day of the LORD will come, and your spoil will be divided in your midst.

   
RF ZEC 14:2 For I shall collect all the Heathen against Jerusalem to war, and they will capture the City, and plunder the houses, and ravish the women; and half the city shall go out to captivity, but the rest of the People shall not be cut off from the City."
   
RF ZEC 14:3 Then the EVER-LIVING will go out to fight with those Heathen, as in a time of war,
   
RF ZEC 14:4 and fix His feet at that time on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem, on the East, and the Mount of Olives shall split in its centre from East to West,—a very great valley,—and half of the Mount will remove to the North, and half to the South,
   
RF ZEC 14:5 and you will fly by the vale of My Hill,—for the vale of the Hill's dale will reach to Azal,—and you will fly as you fled before the earthquake in the days of- Uzziah, king of Judah, when the EVER-LIVING GOD comes with all His Saints.
   
RF ZEC 14:6 And when that time arrives there will not be the cold light of stars,
   
RF ZEC 14:7 but there will be continuous day, appointed by the EVER-LIVING,—neither day nor night, —and when the period of darkness comes there will be light
   
RF ZEC 14:8 And in that period living waters will extend from Jerusalem,—half to the Eastern sea, and half to the Western sea, both in summer and winter,
   
RF ZEC 14:9 and the EVER-LIVING will be King over all the earth in that period. —There will be ONE LORD, and His NAME ONE!
   
RF ZEC 14:10 All the country south of Jerusalem so will be changed like the plain from Geba to Rimmon, and be valuable and inhabited below it, from the Gate of Benjamin to the point of the Fore-gate, up to the Towers, and the Fort of Hananel, to the Royal Cellars.
   
RF ZEC 14:11 It will be inhabited, and there will be no more destruction,—but Jerusalem shall be inhabited in security.
   
RF ZEC 14:12 And this will be the disease with which the EVER-LIVING will afflict all the Peoples who have warred against Jerusalem; their flesh will waste away whilst they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall waste away in their sockets, and their tongue waste away in their mouth,
   
RF ZEC 14:13 and then a great disturbance from the EVER-LIVING will come upon them, and each will seize the hand of his neighbour, and rise up hand to hand to injure him;
   
RF ZEC 14:14 and Judah also will fight against Jerusalem. Then all the Heathen will collect their armies around, with gold, and silver, and with very many accoutrements.—
   
RF ZEC 14:15 But then a plague will come upon the horses, and mules; and camels and asses, and all the cattle that are in their camps, like the above disease.
   
RF ZEC 14:16 Conversion of all Nations Foretold.
Afterwards, all the remainder of the Nations, who came against Jerusalem, will regularly go up, year by year, to honour the King,—the LORD OF HOSTS,—and will keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
   
RF ZEC 14:17 And whoever will not go up to Jerusalem from their land to worship the King, the LORD OF HOSTS, no rain shall fall upon them,
   
RF ZEC 14:18 And if the families of the Mitzeraim do not arise and come,—it will not fall on them. The EVER-LIVING will afflict with a plague those of the Nations who do not ascend to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
   
RF ZEC 14:19 This will be the punishment of the Mitzeraim, and the punishment of every Nation which does not ascend to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
   
RF ZEC 14:20 At that time they will put on the bells of the horses, "Sacred to the LORD; " and the cauldrons in the LORD'S House will be like the bowls before the Altar;
   
RF ZEC 14:21 for every pot in Jerusalem will be consecrated to the LORD OF HOSTS, and all the sacrificers can take them and boil in them, and in that period there will be no more trading in the House of the EVER-LIVING.
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The period of Zakariah's Prophetic Office was about 520 to 517 B.C.
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