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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 EZE 42:1

Then he took me out to the Outer Court towards the North, and brought me to the sleeping-rooms near the lobby, and near which is the Northern wall.

   
RF EZE 42:2 The length of its front was a hundred cubits at the North side, and the width fifty cubits.
   
RF EZE 42:3 Upon the face the twenty that belong to the Inner Court, and over the pavement of the Outer Court, were three repetitions of gallery above gallery.
   
RF EZE 42:4 And in front of the sleeping- rooms was a walk of ten cubits wide for the gangways,—a walk of a hundred cubits, and their doors were northward.
   
RF EZE 42:5 The upper sleeping- rooms were narrower, for the galleries diminished them more than the lower and middle stories,
   
RF EZE 42:6 for they were in three stories, and were not upon columns, like the columns of the courts, consequently they were narrower than the middle, and lower ones on the ground.
   
RF EZE 42:7 But there was another screen opposite the sleeping-rooms, towards the Outer Court, in front of the dormitories of fifty cubits long,
   
RF EZE 42:8 for the length of the dormitories of the Outer Court was fifty cubits, and they were a hundred cubits in front of the Temple.
   
RF EZE 42:9 And beneath these chambers was the passage from the East as an entry to them from the Outer Court,
   
RF EZE 42:10 in the extent of the enclosure of the court, towards the East, opposite the lobby, and opposite the building were the sleeping- rooms;
   
RF EZE 42:11 and the walk in front of them was similar to the chambers which are to the North;—they were the same length and breadth; with all their passages and arrangements, and entrances.
   
RF EZE 42:12 And the entrances of the chambers that were towards the South opened at the top of the walk, opposite the fence along-side the gangway of the east walk.
   
RF EZE 42:13 And he said to me, "The Northern rooms and the Southern rooms that face the lobby, they are the reserved dormitories, where the priests who approach the EVER-LIVING shall eat the most sacred things. They shall store the most sacred things there,—the food-offerings, and the sin and trespass offerings,—for that part is sacred.
   
RF EZE 42:14 When the priests arrive, they must not go to the Outer Court and place the robes in which they minister, there, for they are sacred,—but put on their other robes when they approach the People."
   
RF EZE 42:15 Then when he had completed the measurements of the Temple in the Inner Courts, he led me out by way of the gate that faces towards the East, and measured round it.
   
RF EZE 42:16 He measured towards the East wind with his measuring rod, five hundred rods, by measuring rod length.
   
RF EZE 42:17 He measured towards the North wind five hundred rods, by the measuring rod length;
   
RF EZE 42:18 He measured towards the South wind five hundred rods, by the measuring rod length;
   
RF EZE 42:19 He measured to the West wind five hundred rods, by the measuring rod;
   
RF EZE 42:20 He measured to the four winds for a wall five hundred long, and five hundred broad, to encircle the Temple, to divide the Holy from the Defiled.
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