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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 EZR 8:1

List of Jews Accompanying Ezra to Jerusalem.
And these are the heads of families and the genealogies of those who went up with me from Babel, in the reign of Arthakshasta the king.

RF EZR 8:2 From the Beni Phinehas, Gershom; of the Beni Ithamar, Daniel; of the Beni David, Hatush;
RF EZR 8:3 of the Beni Shekaniah with the Beni Tarash, Zakeriah, and with them of the lineage of their ancestors, —a hundred and fifty. 150
RF EZR 8:4 Of the Beni Phakath-moab, Aliwaini-ben-Zarkhiah, and with him two hundred men. 200
RF EZR 8:5 Of the Beni Shekaniah-ben Jakhzial, and with him three hundred men. 300'
RF EZR 8:6 And from the Beni Adinabed-ben-Jonathan, and with him five hundred of the gentry. 500
RF EZR 8:7 And from the Beni Ailam, Joshiah-ben-Athaliah, and with him seventy men. 70
RF EZR 8:8 And from the Beni Sheftiah, Zebadiah-ben-Mikal, and with him eighty men. 80
RF EZR 8:9 From the Beni Joab Abadiah-ben-Jahkial, and with him two hundred and eighteen men. 218
RF EZR 8:10 And from the Beni Shelomith-ben-Josephiah, and with him a hundred and sixty men. 160
RF EZR 8:11 And from the Beni Babi, Zakeriah-ben-Babi, and with him twenty-eight men. 28
RF EZR 8:12 And from the Beni Azgad, Jokhanan-ben-Habatnan, and with him one hundred and ten men. no
RF EZR 8:13 And from the Beni Adoni-kam, the Dawdler, the names are Aliflat, Javal, and Shemiah, and with them sixty men. 60
RF EZR 8:14 And from the Beni Bigvi, Authi, and Zabud, and with them seventy men. 70
Total 1,946
RF EZR 8:15 Ezra Collects His Camp.
I collected them at the River that goes by Ahava; and encamped there three days, where I reviewed the People and the Priests, and discovered there were none from the Beni Levi there.
RF EZR 8:16 I consequently sent to Aliezar and Arial and Shemiah, and Ainathan, and Jarib, and to Alnathan and to Nathan, and Zakeriah, and to Meshulam, their Chiefs, and to Joirib, and to Alnathan, the Teachers,
RF EZR 8:17 and despatched them to Ado the Chief in the district of Kasiphia, and put a message in their mouths to transmit to Ado, and the Attendants their relatives in the District of Kasiphia, to send to us Guardians of the House of our God.
RF EZR 8:18 And they sent to us, by the good hand of our God being with us, intelligent men from the Beni Makhli-ben-Levi-ben-Israel; and Sharbiah and eighteen of his sons
RF EZR 8:19 and brothers; with Hashabiah, and Jeshaiah, from the Beni Merari, with twenty of his brothers and sons.
RF EZR 8:20 And from the Attendants who were appointed by David, and his Officers to serve the Levites, as Attendants two hundred and twenty, all of them properly catalogued.
RF EZR 8:21 A fast to pray for a safe Journey.
I then proclaimed a Fast at the River by Ahava to humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey, for ourselves, our children, and all our baggage,
RF EZR 8:22 for I was ashamed to ask the king for an army and cavalry to guard us from enemies on the road, because we had said to the king the power of our GOD was with all who seek Him to benefit them, but His power and anger upon all who forsake Him.
RF EZR 8:23 We consequently fasted and entreated from our God about this and He was ready with us.
RF EZR 8:24 The Subscriptions to the Temple.
I next selected twelve from the Chief Priests—that is Sherbiah and Hashabiah, and ten of their companions with them,
RF EZR 8:25 and weighed the silver and gold to them, as well as the vessels presented to the House of God, the presents of the King and! his Counsellors, and his Generals, and the subscriptions of all Israel.
RF EZR 8:26 I there weighed into their custody six hundred talents of silver, and a hundred and fifty talents of silver vessels and a hundred talents of gold.1
1. Note.—Ch. 8 v 26. The Bullion, by mere weight was of Silver, 182, 250 and of Gold, 547, 500 sterling, but in purchasing value probably, ten or fifteen times the present power in our day (1903). If we take ten times as the equivalent, it represents 7,188, 150 sterling. If fifteen times, it reaches 10,592, 300 sterling, and even that is probably below the then commercial power of this magnificent subscription.—F.F.
RF EZR 8:27 Beside twenty bowls of gold of a thousand Darics, and two vessels of best bronze gold, as valuable as gold.
RF EZR 8:28 I then said to them, "You are consecrated to the Lord, and the sacred vessels, and the silver and gold are presented to the EVER-LIVING God of your fathers,
RF EZR 8:29 so guard and preserve them, until you weigh them to the chief Priests and Levites, and the Chiefs of the Families of Israel at Jerusalem, who will bring them to the House of our God."
RF EZR 8:30 The Priests and Levites then accepted the silver and gold, and the vessels, to carry to Jerusalem to the House of our God.
RF EZR 8:31 The March begun from the Ahava.
We afterwards marched from the River by Ahava, on the twelfth of the first month, and the hand of God was with us, and protected us from the hand of any enemy, or robber on the journey.
RF EZR 8:32 Thus we arrived at Jerusalem and rested for three days,
RF EZR 8:33 and on the fourth day the silver, gold and vessels for the House of our God were weighed by the hand of Meremoth-ben-Adriah the Priest, and with him were Aliezar-ben-Phinehas, and with them Jozabad-ben-Ishua and Noadiah-ben-Bigvi, the Levite,
RF EZR 8:34 the whole were by number and weight, and the whole weight was recorded at the time.
RF EZR 8:35 The Returned Transports offer Gifts.
The sons of the Transportation, who had come from captivity, then offered burnt-offerings to the God of Israel;—Twelve bulls, for all Israel; Ninety-six rams; Seventy-seven lambs; and Twelve he-goats as a sin-offering,—The whole were a burnt-offering to the Lord.
RF EZR 8:36 They afterwards delivered the Decrees of the king to the Royal Governors and Administrators of the Over-river, and they assisted the People and the House of God.

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