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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.

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RF NUM 10:1

The Order to Make Gongs.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses commanding;—

   
RF NUM 10:2 "Make two silver gongs for yourself. Make them concave, and use them to call the Parliament, and to prepare the camp for marching,
   
RF NUM 10:3 so that when you beat them all the Parliament will know how to come to you at the door of the Hall of Assembly.
   
RF NUM 10:4 And if you beat one of them the generals and colonels of the regiments of Israel, will know to come to you.
   
RF NUM 10:5 When you beat an Arise, then the divisions of the camp on the east shall march.
   
RF NUM 10:6 "When you beat the Arise, a second time, the divisions of the camp on the south shall march. They shall prepare to march at the Arise.
   
RF NUM 10:7 "But at the call for a Meeting you shall blow a trumpet, not sound an Arise.
   
RF NUM 10:8 The sons of Aaron, the priest, shall beat the gongs, and this shall be a perpetual institution for your posterity.
   
RF NUM 10:9 "And when you go to war in your land, to distress those who distress you, terrify them with the gongs, and remember the presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and He will encourage you against your enemies.
   
RF NUM 10:10 "Also in the days of your festivals, and in your assemblies, and on the first of the months, beat the gongs with your burnt-offerings, and with your thank-offerings, and they shall be reminders for you before your GOD; I am the EVER-LIVING GOD."
   
RF NUM 10:11 The First March from Sinai in Martial Display.
It occurred in the second year, in the twelfth month, that the cloud arose from off the Tent of Witnesses;
   
RF NUM 10:12 so the children of Israel marched from the Wilderness of Sinai, and the cloud settled on the Wilderness of Paran.
   
RF NUM 10:13 They also marched in divisions by the order of the EVER-LIVING, under the control of Moses.
   
RF NUM 10:14 The standard of the sons of Judah marched in divisions as an army, and Nakhshon the son of Aminadab was over that army.
   
RF NUM 10:15 And Nathaniel the son of Tzoar was over the army of the tribe of the sons of Issakar;
   
RF NUM 10:16 And Aliab the son of Khelon was over the army of the sons of Zebulon;
   
RF NUM 10:17 Then the sons of Ghershon and the sons of Merari having taken down the Tabernacle marched, carrying the Tabernacle.
   
RF NUM 10:18 Then the standard of the tribe of Reuben marched with their army, and Aliazer the son of Shadiaur was over it.
   
RF NUM 10:19 And Shelumial the son of Tzori-shadai was over the army of the tribe of Simeon.
   
RF NUM 10:20 And Aliasaf the son of Daual was over the army of the tribe of the sons of Gad.
   
RF NUM 10:21 Then the Kahathites marched carrying the sanctuary, and they erected the Tabernacle after the advance.
   
RF NUM 10:22 Then the standard of the camp of the sons of Ephraim marched with their army, and Alishamah the son of Amihud was over that army.
   
RF NUM 10:23 And Gamalial the son of Phidatzhur was over the army of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh.
   
RF NUM 10:24 And over the army of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gidoni.
   
RF NUM 10:25 Then marched the standard of the camp of the sons of Dan, by regiments, with all the troops of their army, and Akhazer the son of Amishaddi was over that army.
   
RF NUM 10:26 And Phanuel the son of Akhan was over the army of the tribe of Asher.
   
RF NUM 10:27 And Akhira the son of Ainan was over the army of the sons of Naphtali.
   
RF NUM 10:28 Thus the children of Israel marched;—they marched by their armies.
   
RF NUM 10:29 Moses Invites his Father-in-Law to join Israel.
Moses, however, spoke to Rauel the Midianite, the father-in-law of Moses, "March with us to the place that the EVER-LIVING said to us, I will give it to you. March with us, and we will benefit you; for the EVER-LIVING has promised good to Israel."
   
RF NUM 10:30 But he replied to him, "I will not go from my country and from my children, with you."
   
RF NUM 10:31 But he answered, "Do not now forsake us; for you know the routes of the desert, and you can be eyes for us.
   
RF NUM 10:32 And it shall be that if you will go with us then when we receive the success the EVER-LIVING will obtain for us, we will reward you."
   
RF NUM 10:33 So they marched from the Mount of the EVER-LIVING three days' journey, and the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING marched before them, three days' journey, to guide them to a halting place;
   
RF NUM 10:34 and the cloud of the EVER-LIVING was over them by day, in their march from the camp.
   
RF NUM 10:35 And when they began their march, Moses stood up and said, "The EVER-LIVING deliver you from your enemies, and march before your face supporting you.
   
RF NUM 10:36 "But when they encamped, Moses said, "JEHOVAH bring home the many regiments of Israel."
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