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."
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 CH2 5:1|| (1005 B.C.) Dedication of the Temple.
When all the work of Solomon at the House of the EVER-LIVING was finished, Solomon brought in the Consecrations of his father David, both the Silver and Gold, and all the furniture he gave to the Treasury of the House of GOD.
|RF CH2 5:2||And Solomon convoked for this purpose, the Magistrates of Israel, and all the Chiefs of the Tribes, and the Ancestral Princes of the Children of Israel, to Jerusalem, to carry up the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING from the City of David,—which is Zion.|
|RF CH2 5:3||The King also invited every person in Israel to the Festival that occurs in the seventh month.—|
|RF CH2 5:4||All the Magistracy of Israel consequently came,—but the Levites carried the Ark.|
|RF CH2 5:5||The Levites also brought up the Tent of Assembly, and all the sacred furniture that was in the Tent, the Levitical Priests carrying them.|
|RF CH2 5:6||Then King Solomon, and all the Representatives of Israel, who were assembled with him before the Ark, sacrificed sheep, and oxen without number, and not estimated for quantity.|
|RF CH2 5:7||The Priests then brought the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, to its place at the Pulpit of the House, to the Holy of Holies, under the Canopy of the Kerubim;—|
|RF CH2 5:8||for the Kerubim spread their wings over the place for the Ark, so that Kerubim covered the Ark, and its Staves, from above.|
|RF CH2 5:9||But the Staves projected, and the ends of the Staves were seen from the Ark, at the front of the Pulpit,—but not seen beyond;—(and they were there permanently;)—|
|RF CH2 5:10||there was nothing in the Ark except the two slabs which Moses deposited at Horeb, when the EVER-LIVING made a Covenant with the People of Israel on bringing them out from the Mitzeraim.|
|RF CH2 5:11||When this was done, and all the Priests came out from the Sanctuary, —for all the Priests had been brought to the Sanctuary,—they were not separated,—|
|RF CH2 5:12||and the singing Levites, —and Asaph, and Heyman, and Jeduthun, and their sons, and companions, clothed in linen, with Cymbals, and lutes, and harps, stood by the Altar, with a hundred and twenty Priests sounding their trumpets,—|
|RF CH2 5:13||with the trumpeters and singers in unison,—proclaimed with one voice, praise and thanks to the EVER-LIVING. And when the sound of the trumpets, and Cymbals, and all the instruments of song arose, with the,—"Praise the LORD for His Goodness, For His mercy endures for ever," the House was filled by a Cloud, the House of the EVER-LIVING|
|RF CH2 5:14||so that the Priests were not able to stand to serve, on account of the Cloud, for the glory of the EVER-LIVING filled the House of GOD.|