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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.

   
AKJV CH1 25:1

Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

   
AKJV CH1 25:2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.
   
AKJV CH1 25:3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.
   
AKJV CH1 25:4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:
   
AKJV CH1 25:5 All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
   
AKJV CH1 25:6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.
   
AKJV CH1 25:7 So the number of them, with their brothers that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.
   
AKJV CH1 25:8 And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.
   
AKJV CH1 25:9 Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah, who with his brothers and sons were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:10 The third to Zaccur, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:11 The fourth to Izri, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:12 The fifth to Nethaniah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:13 The sixth to Bukkiah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:14 The seventh to Jesharelah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:15 The eighth to Jeshaiah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:16 The ninth to Mattaniah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:17 The tenth to Shimei, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:18 The eleventh to Azareel, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:19 The twelfth to Hashabiah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:20 The thirteenth to Shubael, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:21 The fourteenth to Mattithiah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:22 The fifteenth to Jeremoth, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:23 The sixteenth to Hananiah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:24 The seventeenth to Joshbekashah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:25 The eighteenth to Hanani, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:26 The nineteenth to Mallothi, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:27 The twentieth to Eliathah, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:28 The one and twentieth to Hothir, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:29 The two and twentieth to Giddalti, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:30 The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve:
   
AKJV CH1 25:31 The four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, he, his sons, and his brothers, were twelve.
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