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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 12:1

And these came to David at Ziklag while he was shut out from the favour of Saul-ben-Kish, and they were among the hard fighters in battle.

   
RF CH1 12:2 They could draw the bow with both right and left hand, in slinging stones or in shooting arrows. They were from Benjamim,—tribesmen of Saul.
   
RF CH1 12:3 The Commanders were Akhiazer, and Joash,sons of Shamaa, the Ghibaonite; and Izual, and Felet, sons of Azmuth; and Berakah, and Alia, the Anathothite;
   
RF CH1 12:4 and Ishmaiah, the Ghibaonite, a General in the Thirty, and who Commanded the Thirty; Jeremiah, and Jakhazial, and Jokhanan, and Jozabad the Gherathite;
   
RF CH1 12:5 Alnazi and Jerimoth, and Baliah, and Shemariah, and Shefatiah, the Kharufite;
   
RF CH1 12:6 Alkanah, and Ishiah, and Azaral, and Japazer, Jashabam,
   
RF CH1 12:7 and Joalah, and Zebadiah, sons of Jerokham, from Ghedar.
   
RF CH1 12:8 And from the Gadites there deserted to David, when in hiding in the Desert, brave men, Princes of war in battle. Trained to the shield and spear, and their faces were faces of lions, and they were swift as gazelles on the hills.
   
RF CH1 12:9 Their Commander was Azer; Obadiah, the Second; Aliab, the Third;
   
RF CH1 12:10 Mishmanah, the Fourth; Iremiah, the Fifth;
   
RF CH1 12:11 Attu, the Sixth; Alial, the Seventh;
   
RF CH1 12:12 Jokhanan, the Eighth; Alsabad, the Ninth;
   
RF CH1 12:13 Iremiho the Tenth; Makabani, the Eleventh.
   
RF CH1 12:14 (1058 B.C.) Those were Officers in the Army from the Beni Gad; the least over a hundred, the greatest over a thousand.
   
RF CH1 12:15 These were the men who crossed the Jordan in the First month, when it was flooded over all its banks, and routed the whole of the Dalesmen, both on the east and west.
   
RF CH1 12:16 Some also came to David from the Beni Benjamin, and Judah, when in hiding,
   
RF CH1 12:17 and David came out to meet them, and he addressed and said to them, "If you come for peace and come to me to help me, my heart is ready to unite with you.—But if to betray me to my oppressor, when there is no wrong in my hand, the GOD of our fathers will see it, and punish it."
   
RF CH1 12:18 Then passion clothed Amasai, Commander of the Staff; " We are yours, David and with you, Son of Jesse Peace, Peace! to you, and to your friends! For your GOD helps you! " David then accepted them, and made them captains of troops.
   
RF CH1 12:19 Some also deserted from Menasseh to David when he marched with the Philishtim to fight against Saul. But they did not help, for upon consultation the Lords of the Philishtim sent him away, remarking, " He will desert with our heads to his Master, Saul! "
   
RF CH1 12:20 When he marched to Ziklag there deserted to him from Menasseh, Adinah, and Jozabad, and Idiaal, and Mikal, Jozabad, and Alihua, and Zilthi, Colonels of regiments that came from Menasseh,
   
RF CH1 12:21 and they helped David with their troops, for they were all brave men, and they became Generals in the Army.
   
RF CH1 12:22 From day to day also others came to help him, until there was a great army like a divine army.
   
RF CH1 12:23 (About 1056 B.C.) The Israelite Generals who elected David as King.
And these are from the records of the Generals of Division of tilt Army, who came to David at Hebron, to transfer the Kingship of Saul to him, as the EVER-LIVING commanded:—
   
RF CH1 12:24 With the Princes of the Beni Judah; carrying shield and spear—Six thousand, eight hundred, disciplined for war; 6,800
   
RF CH1 12:25 From the Beni Simeon; brave men of war, Seven thousand, one hundred; 7,100
   
RF CH1 12:26 From the Beni Levi,—Four thousand, six hundred; 4,600
   
RF CH1 12:27 And Jhoiada the Prince of the Descendants from Aaron, and with him,—Three thousand and seven hundred; 3,700
   
RF CH1 12:28 And Zadok a young brave man, and the Officers of his father's family,—Twenty-two; 22
   
RF CH1 12:29 And from the Beni Benjamin, the Tribe of Saul, Three thousand,—for until then the 3,000 majority kept their duty to the House of Saul;
   
RF CH1 12:30 From the Beni Ephraim,—Twenty thousand and eight 3,700 hundred brave men of fame in their Ancestral Houses. 20,800
   
RF CH1 12:31 And from the half tribe of Menasseh, eighteen thousand, who were specified by their names to go to the Election of David to the Kingship; 18,000
   
RF CH1 12:32 And from the Beni Issakar, of persons who understood the requirements of the times, what was best for Israel to do, two hundred, and all their tribe were at their command. 200
   
RF CH1 12:33 From Zebulon, there came an army disciplined for war, with all the equipments for battle, fifty thousand, disciplined and unwavering. 50,000
   
RF CH1 12:34 And from Nafthali, a thousand Officers, and with them twenty-seven thousand shield and spear men. 28,000
   
RF CH1 12:35 And from the Danites, equipped for battle, twenty-eight thousand, six hundred. 28,600
   
RF CH1 12:36 And from Asher, there arrived an army equipped for battle of forty thousand. 40,000
   
RF CH1 12:37 And over from the Jordan; From the Reubenites, and Gadites, and the Half Tribe of Menasseh, with all the military equipments for battle, a hundred and twenty thousand. 120,000
   
RF CH1 12:38 All these were drilled soldiers, perfectly disciplined to their hearts, who came to Hebron to elect David to the Kingship over all Israel; and also all the rest of Israel were of one heart to elect David to the Kingship,
   
RF CH1 12:39 and were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, with their friends.
   
RF CH1 12:40 Their connections also from as far off as Issakar, and Zebulon, and Nafthali, brought bread on asses and camels and mules, with cattle, with corn, meal, dried figs, raisins; and wine, and oil, and bullocks and sheep in abundance. For all Israel was glad.1
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1 NOTE.—Total of the electors for David numerated above from the army was 330,822 men, an evidence of the large population of the Hebrew territories in 1045 B.C.F.F.
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