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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 NEH 8:1

How Ezra Read the law and Restored it.
"All the People afterwards collected as one man, to the Square opposite the WaterGate, and requested Ezra the Scholar to produce the Book of the Laws of Moses, which the LORD communicated to Israel.

   
RF NEH 8:2 "Ezra the Priest consequently brought the Law to the Meeting both of the men and the women, for all intelligently to hear it, on the first day of the seventh month,
   
RF NEH 8:3 and read it in the Square which is opposite the Water Gate from dawn until mid-day, before the men and women, and the intelligent, and the whole of the people listened to the Book of the Law.
   
RF NEH 8:4 Ezra, however, stood to read the book, on a platform of wood that had been made for him and Mathiah for the purpose, and Shema, and Aniah, and Auriah, and Hilfiah, and Masiah stood beside him, on his right, and on his left Pediah, and Mishal, and Malkiah, and Hasham, and Hashbadanah, Zekeriah, and Mesh-alum.
   
RF NEH 8:5 Then Ezra opened the Book in the sight of all the People,—for he was above all the people,—and when he opened it, all the People stood up.
   
RF NEH 8:6 Ezra first blessed the GREAT EVER-LIVING GOD:—" And all the People responded ' Amen! Amen! with a lifting up of their right hands, and bowed and did reverence to the EVER-LIVING with their face earthwards.
   
RF NEH 8:7 Then Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherabiah, Jamin, Akub, Shabthi, Hodiah, Masiah, Kalita, Azriah, Jozabad, Hanan, Piliah, and the Levites, translated the Law to the People, while the people stood up.
   
RF NEH 8:8 "And they read from the Book of the LAW of GOD with an Interpreter, who translated the meaning, so that they might understand what was read.
   
RF NEH 8:9 "Thus Nehemiah, who was the Governor, and Ezra the Priest, read, and the Levites who translated to the People, said to all the People, " ' This day is holy to your EVER-LIVING GOD!—Do not be depressed, and do not weep,'—for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the Law,—
   
RF NEH 8:10 'but,' he said to them, 'go, eat the best and drink the sweetest, and send some thing to those who have nothing ready, for the day is sacred to our MASTER; so do not grieve, for to rejoice in the EVER-LIVING will strengthen you.'
   
RF NEH 8:11 "The Levites also comforted all the people by saying ' Go! for today is sacred to the EVER-LIVING, so do not be in grief.
   
RF NEH 8:12 "So all the People went to eat and drink, and to send presents, and to make plenty of pleasure, because they understood what had been said to them.
   
RF NEH 8:13 "But, the day after the Heads of Houses of all the People with the Priests and the Levites collected to Ezra the Scholar, to examine the records of the Law,
   
RF NEH 8:14 and found written in the Law which the EVER-LIVING communicated by means of Moses, that the Children of Israel should reside in tents in the seventh month.
   
RF NEH 8:15 They consequently proclaimed, and passed the proclamation to all the villages, and to Jerusalem to order; " ' Go out to the hills and bring branches of Olive, and branches of good trees, and branches of Myrtle, and branches of Palms, and branches of brushwood, to make tents as it is written.'
   
RF NEH 8:16 "The people consequently went out, and made themselves tents, each for his family, in their courts, and in the courts of the House of GOD, and in the Square of the Water Gate, and in the Square of the Ephraim Gate.
   
RF NEH 8:17 All the company of those who had returned from the Captivity also made tents and resided in the tents, although the Children of Israel had not done so since the times of Joshua the son of Nun, till that day, and they enjoyed themselves very greatly.
   
RF NEH 8:18 "They also read in the Book of the Law of GOD day by day, from the first day, to the last day, for they kept the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day they closed it, according to the decree.
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