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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.

   
RF CH1 11:1 (1048 B. C.) History of the House of David.
The forces of Israel ultimately collected to David at Hebron, and said, "We are your bones and your flesh.
   
RF CH1 11:2 In the past also, while Saul existed as King, you led out and brought back Israel, and your EVER-LIVING GOD said to you, You shall Shepherd My People Israel, and you shall be Prince over My People Israel.'"
   
RF CH1 11:3 (1048 B.C.) Jerusalem Assailed and Captured.
Then all the Parliament of Israel came to the King at Hebron, and made a Treaty with David at Hebron before the LORD, and elected David as King over Israel, as the LORD had promised by the means of Samuel.
   
RF CH1 11:4 David and the army of Israel then marched to Jerusalem—It was Jebus,—and the Jebusites, the natives of the country, were there,
   
RF CH1 11:5 and the inhabitants of Jebus said, "You cannot get in here," yet David captured the Fortress of Zion,—now the City of David,—
   
RF CH1 11:6 and David proclaimed, " Whoever first defeats the Jebusites, shall be the Chief Governor." And Joab-ben-Zeruiah advanced and became the Chief.
   
RF CH1 11:7 But David settled in the Fortress, therefore
   
RF CH1 11:8 it was called the City of David. He also walled it around, from Miloa, and to its circuit; but Joab was Governor of the City.
   
RF CH1 11:9 Thus David advanced and was great, for the LORD of HOSTS was with him.
   
RF CH1 11:10 List of Generals.
Now these are the leading Generals who were with David, who joined themselves with him to confirm him, with the Forces of Israel, in his Kingship over Israel as the LORD had promised.
   
RF CH1 11:11 They are copied from the Roll of Generals who were with David; Jashabam, the son of a Hakmonite, was the chief of the Staff-Officers. He extended his spear over three hundred slain in one action.
   
RF CH1 11:12 And next to him Alazur-ben-Dodo the Hakokite. He was a General of the Staff.
   
RF CH1 11:13 He was with David at Pasdamim, when the Philishtim advanced to battle there, and a portion of the field was filled with barley, and the force fled before the Philishtim.
   
RF CH1 11:14 But they were rallied in the middle of that plot, and he defended it, and defeated the Philishtim, and the LORD won a great victory.
   
RF CH1 11:15 These three went down, from the Chiefs' Staff Officers, in discontent to David when in the cave of Adulam, and when a troop of the Philishtim was encamped in the vale of Refaim
   
RF CH1 11:16 while David was in a trap,—for the Philishtim then garrisoned Bethlehem.
   
RF CH1 11:17 David, however, was parched with thirst and asked, "Who will get me a drink of water from the Well of Bethlehem? that by the Gate?"
   
RF CH1 11:18 So the three broke through the Camp of the Philishtim and drew water from the well which is by the Gate of Bethlehem, and lifted it up and brought to David. Then David was not willing to drink it, but poured it out to the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF CH1 11:19 and exclained;—"May I be cursed by my GOD if I do! This is the blood of those men! Should I drink in their lives? For they went with their lives,—and I am not inclined to drink them." These three heroes did that.
   
RF CH1 11:20 And Abshai, the brother of Joab, was a General of the Staff. He extended his spear over three hundred slain.
   
RF CH1 11:21 But he was not equal to the Three. His rank was on the Second Staff. He was their Commander;—but he was not one of the Three.
   
RF CH1 11:22 Beniah-ben-Jhoiada,—was the son of a brave man of Kabzal. He defeated the two Champions of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit, on a snowy day.
   
RF CH1 11:23 He also defeated the Egyptian Leader,—a man of five cubits high, when the Egyptian had a spear in his hand like a weaver's beam, but he went at him with a club, and wrenched the spear from the hand of the Egyptian, and slew him with his own spear!—
   
RF CH1 11:24 Beniah-ben-Jhoiada, did this, so he ranked with the Heroes of the Staff. He ranked with the Staff-Officers,
   
RF CH1 11:25 but did not attain to the Three. But David appointed him over his Council.
   
RF CH1 11:26 And the Generals of the Army were;—Ashahel the brother of Joab; Alkhanan-ben-Dodo, of Bethlehem;
   
RF CH1 11:27 Shamoth, the Harorite; Khletz, the Pelanite;
   
RF CH1 11:28 Aira-ben-Akosh, the Thequaite; Abiazer, the Anethothite;
   
RF CH1 11:29 Sibki, the Hushathite; Aili, the Akhoki;
   
RF CH1 11:30 Mahri, the Netofathite; Kheled,-ben-Banah, the Netofathi;
   
RF CH1 11:31 Aithi,-ben-Bibi, from Gibath of the Beni Benjamin; Beniah, the Pirathoni;
   
RF CH1 11:32 Khori of Mahli-gash; Abial, the Aribathite;
   
RF CH1 11:33 Azmuth, the Bakhro-mite; Alikhebah, the Shalbani;
   
RF CH1 11:34 the sons of Hashem, the Ghizanite; Johnathan-ben-Shagai the Hararite;
   
RF CH1 11:35 Akhiam,-ben-Sakar, the Hararite; Alifal,-ben-Aur;
   
RF CH1 11:36 Khafer, the Makerathite; Akhiah, the Pelonite;
   
RF CH1 11:37 Khetzro, the Carmelite; Nari,-ben-Azbi;
   
RF CH1 11:38 Joal, the brother of Nathan, Nubkhar,-ben-Hagri;
   
RF CH1 11:39 Zelek, the Amonite; Nakhri, the Berothite,—the Armour-bearer of Joab-ben-Zeruiah.
   
RF CH1 11:40 Aira, the Ithrite; Gareb, the Ithrite;
   
RF CH1 11:41 Auriah,the Hitite; Zabad,-ben-Akhli;
   
RF CH1 11:42 Adina-ben-Shiza, the Reubenite;—Chief of the Reubenites,—and he went with the Thirty—
   
RF CH1 11:43 Khanan-ben-Makah, and Joshafat, the Mithnite
   
RF CH1 11:44 Aziah, the Ashthrathite; Shama, Javal, the sons of Khotham, the Ararite;
   
RF CH1 11:45 Jadialel-ben-Shimri, and Jokha his brother, the Thitzite;
   
RF CH1 11:46 Alial, the Makhavite; and Iribi, and Joshuiah, the sons of Alnam; and Ithmah, the Moabite,
   
RF CH1 11:47 Alial, and Aubed, Jashial, the Metzobite.
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