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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 7:1

Nehemiah Appoints his Brothers Governors of the Garrison.
When the Wall was built, and I had fixed the doors, and appointed the Door-keepers, and the Singers and Levites,

   
RF NEH 7:2 I then installed my brothers Hanani, and Hananiah Governors over the Castle of Jerusalem, for they were faithful men, and feared GOD more than many.
   
RF NEH 7:3 And I commanded them not to open the Gates of Jerusalem until the sun was hot. And, until the Guards were set to keep the Doors shut, and fastened. And appointed Police for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each to his district, and every man to his own house.
   
RF NEH 7:4 But the City was wide and large, while the people few for the space of it, and there were no houses built.
   
RF NEH 7:5 So my GOD put it into my mind, and I collected the nobles, and gentry, and the People by the register, for I had discovered the Former Registry Records of Genealogy and found written in them.'
   
RF NEH 7:6 (536 B.C.) Copy of the Muster Roll of the Restoration under Zerubbabel.
"These are the descendants of the nobles who went up from the captives of the Transportation that King Nebukadnezzar transported to Babel, and returned to Jerusalem and Judea each to his own village,
   
RF NEH 7:7 returning with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Ramiah, Nehmani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvi, Nehum, Batah;—"From the Record of Men of the People of Israel;
   
RF NEH 7:8 Of the Beni Parosh; Two thousand one hundred and seventy-two. 2,172
   
RF NEH 7:9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two. 372
   
RF NEH 7:10 Of the Beni Arah; Six hundred and fifty-two. 65
   
RF NEH 7:11 Of the Beni Pakhath-moab;—of the Beni Jeshua and Joab;—Two thousand and eight hundred and eighteen;2,818
   
RF NEH 7:12 Of the Beni Ailam; One thousand two hundred and fifty-four; 1254
   
RF NEH 7:13 Of the Beni Zatu; Eight hundred and forty-three. 843
   
RF NEH 7:14 Of the Beni Zaki; Seven hundred and sixty. 760
   
RF NEH 7:15 Of the Beni Bunui; Six hundred and forty-eight. 648
   
RF NEH 7:16 Of the Beth Bahl; Six hundred and twenty-eight. 628
   
RF NEH 7:17 Of the Beni Azgad; Two thousand three hundred and twenty-two. 2322
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1 NOTE.—Ch. 7, v5. The Register referred to is that of the Transportation who returned with Zerubbabel about ninety-one years before Nehemiah, and only varies in the spelling of a few names. See Ezra, Ch. 2. That it had been preserved through the troubles of that century of anarchy, which had again destroyed the City Zerubbabel had restored, shows how carefully the Jews guarded public records, and is a strong voucher for the authenticity and accuracy of the Hebrew Histories in the Bible.—F.F.
   
RF NEH 7:18 Of the Beni Adonikam; Six hundred and sixty-seven. 667
   
RF NEH 7:19 Of the Beni Bigvi; Two thousand and sixty-seven. 2,067
   
RF NEH 7:20 Of the Beni Adin; Six hundred and fifty-five. 655
   
RF NEH 7:21 Of the Beni Atar of Hezekiah; Ninety-eight. 98
   
RF NEH 7:22 Of the Beni Hashani; Three hundred and twenty-eight. 328
   
RF NEH 7:23 Of the Beni Bezi; Three hundred and twenty-four. 324
   
RF NEH 7:24 Of the Beni Harif; One hun-dred and twelve. 112
   
RF NEH 7:25 Of the Beni Gibean; Ninety-five. 95
   
RF NEH 7:26 Of the men of Bethlehem and Netofah; One hundred and eighty-eight. 188
   
RF NEH 7:27 Of the men of Anathoth; One hundred and twenty-eight. 128
   
RF NEH 7:28 Of the Men of Beth-armaveth; Forty-two. 42
   
RF NEH 7:29 Of the men Kiriath-yarim, Kefirah, and Beeroth; Seven hundred and forty-three. 743
   
RF NEH 7:30 Of the Men of Ramah and Gaba; Six hundred and twenty-one. 621
   
RF NEH 7:31 Of the Men of Mikmas; One hundred and twenty-two. 122
   
RF NEH 7:32 Of the Men of Bethel and Ai; One hundred and twenty-three. 123
   
RF NEH 7:33 Of the Men of Lower Nebo; fifty-two. 52
   
RF NEH 7:34 Of the Beni Akud-Elam; One thousand two hundred and fifty-four. 1254
   
RF NEH 7:35 Of the Beni Harim; Three hundred and twenty. 320
   
RF NEH 7:36 Of the Beni Jeriko; Three hundred and forty-five. 345
   
RF NEH 7:37 Of the Beni Lodhadid. and Ono; Seven hundred and twenty-one. 721
   
RF NEH 7:38 Of the Beni Senab; Three thousand nine hundred and thirty. 3,930
   
RF NEH 7:39 Of the Priests.
"Of the Beni Jediah, of the House of Jeshua; Nine hundred and seventy-three.
   
RF NEH 7:40 Of the Beni Amer; One thousand and fifty-two. 1,052
   
RF NEH 7:41 Of the Beni Pashur, One thousand two hundred and forty-seven. 1247
   
RF NEH 7:42 Of the Beni Harim; One thousand and seventeen.
   
RF NEH 7:43 Of the Levites.
"Of the Beni jeshua of Kadmiel, of the Beni Hodeiah; Seventy-four. 74
   
RF NEH 7:44 Of the Singers.
"Of the Beni Asaph; One hundred and forty-eight. 148
   
RF NEH 7:45 Of the door keepers.
"Of the Beni Shalum; of the Beni Atai; of the Beni Talmon; of the Beni Akub; of the Beni Hatita; of the Beni Shobi; One hundred and thirty-eight. 138
   
RF NEH 7:46 Of the Attendants.
"Of the Beni Zika; of the Beni Hasufa; of the Beni Tabaoth;
   
RF NEH 7:47 of the Beni Kiros; of the Beni Sia; of the Beni Padon;
   
RF NEH 7:48 of the Beni Lebana; of the Beni Hagaba; of the Beni Salmi;
   
RF NEH 7:49 of the Beni Hanan; of the Beni Gidel; of the Beni Gahar;
   
RF NEH 7:50 of the Beni Raiha; of the Beth Rezin; of the Beni Nekoda;
   
RF NEH 7:51 of the Beni Gazam; of the Beni Auza; of the Beni Pasah;
   
RF NEH 7:52 of the Beni Besi; of the Beni Maunim; of the Beni Nefishesim;
   
RF NEH 7:53 of the Beni Bakbuk; of the Beni Hakufa; of the Beni Harkur;
   
RF NEH 7:54 of the Beni Bazlith; of the Beni Mekida; of the Beni Harsha;
   
RF NEH 7:55 of the Beni Barkos; of the Beni Sisera; of the Beni Temah;
   
RF NEH 7:56 of the Beth Neziah; of the Beth Hatifa.
   
RF NEH 7:57 Of the Descendants of Solomon's Servants.
"Of the Beni Soti; of the Beni Shefeteth; of the Beni Perida;
   
RF NEH 7:58 of the Beth Jala; of the Beni Darken; of the Beni Gidel; of the Beni Shefatiah; of the Beni Hatil;
   
RF NEH 7:59 of the Beni Pokereth-Nazambaim; of the Beni Amon,
   
RF NEH 7:60 all the Attendants, and the descendants of Solomon's Servants were, Three hundred and ninety-two. 392
   
RF NEH 7:61 And the following were those who went up from Tel-melab, and Tel-harsha; Kerub, Adon, and Amer; but they could not show their Ancestral Houses, nor their Race, whether they were of Israel.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 7, v. 56. There would appear to be a break in the MSS. here, as no number 1,017 is added to the list. F.F.
   
RF NEH 7:62 Of the Beni Delaiah; of the Beni Tobiah; of the Beni Nekoda; Six hundred and forty-two. 642
   
RF NEH 7:63 And of the Priests.
"Of the Beni Hobiah; of the Beni Hakoz; of the Beni Barzilai; who took a wife from the daughters of Barzilai the Giladite, so were called by his name;
   
RF NEH 7:64 these sought for their Register with those who had a genealogy, but could not find it, so were excluded from the Priesthood,
   
RF NEH 7:65 and the Governor ordered them not to eat of the most sacred things until a Priest was appointed with Urim and Thumim.
   
RF NEH 7:66 "The whole Collection was altogether,—Forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
   
RF NEH 7:67 besides their men and women servants, of whom there were Seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and two hundred and forty-five men and women singers. Total 49,942
   
RF NEH 7:68 "They had seven hundred and thirty-six horses; two hundred and forty-five mules,
   
RF NEH 7:69 six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.
   
RF NEH 7:70 "And the whole of the Heads of Houses subscribed to the work;—"The Governor gave to the Treasury, a thousand Darics in gold; fifty basons; five hundred and thirty Priests' robes.
   
RF NEH 7:71 "And the Heads of Houses gave to the Treasury of the work;—Twenty thousand Darics of gold; and two thousand two hundred pounds weight of silver;
   
RF NEH 7:72 and what the rest of the People gave was twenty thousand Darics of gold; and two thousand pounds of silver; and sixty-seven Priests' robes.
   
RF NEH 7:73 "Thus the Priests and Levites, and Singers, and some of the Attendants, and of all the People, settled in their villages, by the arrival of the seventh month, along with the Children of Israel in those villages.
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