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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 4:1 The sons of Judah. Ferez; Hazron; and Karmi; and Shobal;
   
RF CH1 4:2 and Raiah-ben-Shobal begot Jakhath; and Jakhath begot Akhami; and Lakhad; These are the clans of the Zarites.
   
RF CH1 4:3 And these are the sons of Aitam;—Izraal, and Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Zalelfalom,
   
RF CH1 4:4 with Pennal the founder of Ghedor; and Azer the founder of Hoshah. These were the colonies of Hur's firstborn,—Afrathah was the founder of Bethlehem.
   
RF CH1 4:5 And Ashkur the founder of Tekoa had two wives, Halah and Narah;
   
RF CH1 4:6 and Narah bore to him Akhurzan and Hefer; and Thmini, and Akshethoral; —these were the sons of Narah.
   
RF CH1 4:7 But the sons of Halab, Zereth, Itzkar, and Adman,
   
RF CH1 4:8 and Kutz begot Anub; and Zababah, and the clan of Akaral-ben-Harum.
   
RF CH1 4:9 But Jabez was more energetic than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,3 for she said, "I have borne him to my sorrow."
   
RF CH1 4:10 The "Ruffian," however, relied on the GOD of Israel and said. " If You bless me, and extend my border, and Your hand goes with me,—and You keep me from harm,—I shall not be ruffled." And GOD granted what he asked.
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3 NOTE: Ch. 4, v. 9. " Jabez." " Jabetz." "Ruffian"? He evidently was a rough, wild lad.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 4:11 And Kelub, the brother of Shukhah begot Maklur ' he was the father of Ashton.
   
RF CH1 4:12 And Ashton founded the House of Rafa, and Fasah, and Thekniah, the founder of the city of Naksh. Those are the men of Rekah.
   
RF CH1 4:13 And the Beni Kenan were, Athnial, and Sheriah, and of the Lower Athnial.
   
RF CH1 4:14 And from Aunothi were begotten Aferah; and Seriah, begot Joab, the founder of the lower Kharoshim: for they are the Kharoshim.
   
RF CH1 4:15 And the sons of Kaleb-ben-Jafuneh; were,—Airu, Alah, and Nam. And the sons of Alah were, Alah and Kenez.
   
RF CH1 4:16 And the sons of Jhalelal; Zif, and Zifah, Thiriah, and Ashral.
   
RF CH1 4:17 And the sons of Azrah were, Jether, and Merad, and Afer, and Jalon, and Thahr, and Ishakh, the founder of Ashtemoah.
   
RF CH1 4:18 Judiah his wife bore Jared, the founder of Gheder; and Kheber, the founder of Shoko Jekuthal the founder of Zanokh, these were the sons of Bethiah, the daughter of Pharaoh, who married Merad.
   
RF CH1 4:19 And the sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, the founder of Kailah, of the Gerannites, and Ashle-moah of the Makathites.
   
RF CH1 4:20 And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, and Rinah; and Ben-Kanan; and Tholan. And the sons of Ishai were Zokhath, and Ben-Zokhath.
   
RF CH1 4:21 The sons of Shilah were Ben-Jhodad; Ar, the founder of Likah; and Ladah, the founder of Marshab; and the clans of the houses of Bethabelath,—the splendid House of Ashba,
   
RF CH1 4:22 and the Jokim, and the Princes of Kozna, and Joask, and Saraf, who were Masters in Moab, and resided in Lakhem, according to old records.
   
RF CH1 4:23 They were Mechanists and settled in Colonies and Municipalities. They settled there to work for the king.
   
RF CH1 4:24 The sons of Shimeon, Nemual, and Jamin, Jarib, Zarakh, Shaul.
   
RF CH1 4:25 His son Shalim; his son Mibsham; his son Mishma.
   
RF CH1 4:26 And the sons of Mishma, were Khamwal; his son of Zaker, his son Shamai;
   
RF CH1 4:27 band Shamai had sixteen sons, and six daughters, but his brother had not many sons, nor did the whole family increase like the sons of Judah.
   
RF CH1 4:28 But they occupied Barsheba, and Moladah, and Khatzar-Shual,
   
RF CH1 4:29 and Bilahah, and Atzam, and Tholad,
   
RF CH1 4:30 and Bathnal, and Kharmah, and Ziklag;
   
RF CH1 4:31 and Beth-Markaboth, and Khatzer, and Susini, and Beth-Birai, and Sharam;—These were their Cities until the reign of David.
   
RF CH1 4:32 And their towns were Aitam, and Ain-rimon, and Thokom, and Ashan;—five towns,
   
RF CH1 4:33 and all the villages around the cities, whom they controlled, with their title-deeds from the family registers, and records of restored estates,1 and successions, and property of eldest sons;
   
RF CH1 4:34 ...
   
RF CH1 4:35 who were, Joal, and Jhoa-ben-Joshibiah,—ben-Seriah-ben-Ashial;
   
RF CH1 4:36 and Aliwani and Jakbah, and Ishokhiah, and Asiah, and Adial, and Isimal, and Beniah;
   
RF CH1 4:37 and Ziza,-ben-Shifai-ben-Alon-ben-Judiah-ben-Shimri-ben-Shamiah;
   
RF CH1 4:38 These became Princes by name, in their clans, and extended the houses of their ancestors,—
   
RF CH1 4:39 when they emigrated to Gheder in the eastern plain, to seek pasture for their flocks,
   
RF CH1 4:40 and found rich and good pasture and a wide country ready for them, and quiet and peaceable, for the previous inhabitants there were Blacks.2
   
RF CH1 4:41 So those mentioned by name, above, advanced in the days of Hezekiah King of Judah, and attacked their tents, and the wells that they found there, and succeeded them until this day, and settled in their place,—for there was pasture for their flocks.
   
RF CH1 4:42 Some of the descendants of Simeon, five hundred men, went from them to Mount Sair, with Flatiah, and Nariah, and Refiah, and Azial,-ben-Ishai was at their head,
   
RF CH1 4:43 and attacked the remnant of the refugees of the AMalachites;—and they reside there to this day.
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1 NOTE: Ch. 4, v. 33, I think confirms my view that these lists are a heterogeneous mass of enquiries by Ezra in endeavouring to ascertain and settle the claims of the returned Transports from Babel to the lands of their ancestors. See general note at the beginning of Ch. 1.—F.F.
2 NOTE: Ch. 4, v. 30. " Negroes." This short historical note is of importance in an ethnological point of view, and illustrates the value of the Scriptural records to the student of human history, as compared with the ethnological blindness of the Pagan Writers.
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