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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.

   
KJV CH1 8:1 "Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,"
   
KJV CH1 8:2 "Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth."
   
KJV CH1 8:3 "And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud,"
   
KJV CH1 8:4 "And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah,"
   
KJV CH1 8:5 "And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram."
   
KJV CH1 8:6 "And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath:"
   
KJV CH1 8:7 "And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud."
   
KJV CH1 8:8 "And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives."
   
KJV CH1 8:9 "And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham,"
   
KJV CH1 8:10 "And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers."
   
KJV CH1 8:11 "And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal."
   
KJV CH1 8:12 "The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof:"
   
KJV CH1 8:13 "Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath:"
   
KJV CH1 8:14 "And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth,"
   
KJV CH1 8:15 "And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader,"
   
KJV CH1 8:16 "And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah;"
   
KJV CH1 8:17 "And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber,"
   
KJV CH1 8:18 "Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal;"
   
KJV CH1 8:19 "And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi,"
   
KJV CH1 8:20 "And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel,"
   
KJV CH1 8:21 "And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi;"
   
KJV CH1 8:22 "And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel,"
   
KJV CH1 8:23 "And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,"
   
KJV CH1 8:24 "And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah,"
   
KJV CH1 8:25 "And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak;"
   
KJV CH1 8:26 "And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah,"
   
KJV CH1 8:27 "And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham."
   
KJV CH1 8:28 "These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem."
   
KJV CH1 8:29 And at Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon; whose wife's name was Maachah:
   
KJV CH1 8:30 "And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,"
   
KJV CH1 8:31 "And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher."
   
KJV CH1 8:32 "And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against them."
   
KJV CH1 8:33 "And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal."
   
KJV CH1 8:34 And the son of Jonathan was Meribbaal; and Meribbaal begat Micah.
   
KJV CH1 8:35 "And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz."
   
KJV CH1 8:36 "And Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza,"
   
KJV CH1 8:37 "And Moza begat Binea: Rapha was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son:"
   
KJV CH1 8:38 "And Azel had six sons, whose names are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel."
   
KJV CH1 8:39 "And the sons of Eshek his brother were, Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and Eliphelet the third."
   
KJV CH1 8:40 "And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin."
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