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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 6:1 The Beni Levi, Ghershon, Kath, and Morari;
   
RF CH1 6:2 And the Beni Kahth; Amram, Itzar, and Khabron, and Azial;
   
RF CH1 6:3 And the Beni Amram;—Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam; And the Beni Aaron; Nadab, and Abihua; Aliazar, and Aithamar.
   
RF CH1 6:4 Aliazar begot Phinehas; and Phinehas begot Abi shwa;
   
RF CH1 6:5 and Abishua begot Buki; and Buki begot Azi,
   
RF CH1 6:6 and Azi begot Zerakhiah; and Zerakhiah begot Merioth;
   
RF CH1 6:7 Merioth begot Amariah; and Amariah begot Ahitub;
   
RF CH1 6:8 and Ahitub begot Zadok; and Zadok begot Ahimaaz;
   
RF CH1 6:9 and Azariah begot Jokhanan;
   
RF CH1 6:10 and Jokhanan begot Azeriah, who was Priest in the House that Solomon built at Jerusalem.
   
RF CH1 6:11 And Azeriah begot Amariah; and Amariah begot Ahitub;
   
RF CH1 6:12 and Ahitub begot Zadok; and Zadok begot Shalom;
   
RF CH1 6:13 and Shalom begot Khilkiah, and Khilkiah begot Azariah;
   
RF CH1 6:14 and Azariah begot Seriah; and Seriah begot Jhozadak;
   
RF CH1 6:15 and Jhozadak was taken with the Transports of the LORD from Judah and Jerusalem, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.
   
RF CH1 6:16 The sons of Levi. Ghershom, Kahth, and Merari.
   
RF CH1 6:17 And these are the names of the sons of Ghershom, Libni and Shimiah.
   
RF CH1 6:18 And the sons of Kahth;—Amram, and Itzahr, and Khabron, and Azial.
   
RF CH1 6:19 The sons of Merari; Makhil, and Mushi. And these are the clans of Levi by their ancestry:
   
RF CH1 6:20 From Ghershom, his son Libni, his son Jakhath; his son Zimah;
   
RF CH1 6:21 his son Joakh; his son Ado; his son Zarakh; his son Jathri.
   
RF CH1 6:22 The Beni Kahth; Aminadab; his son, Korakh; his son, Asir;
   
RF CH1 6:23 his son, Alkanah; his son, Abisaf; and his son Asir;
   
RF CH1 6:24 his son, Thakhath; his son, Aurial; his son, Aziah; his son, Shaul.
   
RF CH1 6:25 And the Beni Alkomah;—Amasi, Akhimoth; his son, Alkanah;
   
RF CH1 6:26 his son Alkanah; his son, Yzofi; and his son,Nakhath;
   
RF CH1 6:27 his son Aliab, his son, Irokham; his son, Alkanah.
   
RF CH1 6:28 Now the Beni Shamuel, Habkor and Sheni, and Abiah.1
   
RF CH1 6:29 The sons of Merari. Makhli, Libni; his son Shimai; his son, Azah;
   
RF CH1 6:30 his son,Shamaa; his son, Khagiah; his son, Asiah.
   
RF CH1 6:31 These were appointed by David over the Choir of the House of the LORD when he fixed the Ark,
   
RF CH1 6:32 and they were with the Singers before the Tabernacle, in the Hall of Assembly with the Choir, until Solomon built the House of the LORD in Jerusalem. And they attended to their duties in succession.
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1 NOTE.—Ch. 6, v. 28 (in the Hebrew notation). The text seems to give no names except that of Abiah, according to the old translators, who I believe are in error, so I give the three above names as I read them in the original Hebrew.—F.F.
   
RF CH1 6:33 These also attended with their descendants. From the Beni Kahthi;—Himan-the Musician-ben-Joal-ben-Shamwal—
   
RF CH1 6:34 ben-Alkanah-ben-Irkham,-ben-A Hal,-ben-Thokh —
   
RF CH1 6:35 ben-Zif— Alkanah-ben-Makhath-ben-Amasi—
   
RF CH1 6:36 ben-Alkanah-ben-Joal-ben-Azariah-ben —Zefaniah—
   
RF CH1 6:37 ben-Thakhath-ben-Asir-ben-Abisaf-ben-Korakh,
   
RF CH1 6:38 -ben-Itzahr-ben-Kahth-ben-Levi-ben-Israel.
   
RF CH1 6:39 And after him; Asaph was appointed at his right hand. Asaph-ben-Berekiah-ben-Shimaa
   
RF CH1 6:40 -ben-Mikal-ben-Basiah-ben-Malkiah—
   
RF CH1 6:41 ben-Athai-ben-Zerakh-ben-Adiah—
   
RF CH1 6:42 ben-Aithan-ben-Zimah-ben-Shimai—
   
RF CH1 6:43 ben-Jakhath-ben-Ghershom-ben-Levi.
   
RF CH1 6:44 Then the Beni Morari; their brother on the left hand:—Aithan-ben-Kishi-ben-Aldi-ben-Maluk
   
RF CH1 6:45 -ben-Khashabiah-ben-Amatziah-ben —Kilkiah
   
RF CH1 6:46 -ben-Amtzi-ben-Bani:—ben Shamar—
   
RF CH1 6:47 -ben-Makhli — ben-Mushi-ben-Merrari-ben-Levi.
   
RF CH1 6:48 With their relatives the Levites, Attendants, and all the Ministers of the Tabernacle of the House of GOD.
   
RF CH1 6:49 But Aaron and his Descendants offered incense on the Altar, with the Burnt-offerings , and upon the Altar of Incense, with all the Ministrations of the Sanctuary, and to expiate for Israel, according to all that Moses, the Servant of GOD, commanded.
   
RF CH1 6:50 Now these were the Beni Aaron; his son, Alazar; his son Phinehas; his son, Abishua; his son
   
RF CH1 6:51 Buki; his son, Azi; his son, Zeraichiah; his son,
   
RF CH1 6:52 Merioth; his son, Ameriah; his son, Ahitub;
   
RF CH1 6:53 his son, Zadok, his son, Ahimaaz.
   
RF CH1 6:54 And these were their residences and castles in their borders:—To the Beni Aaron;—for the Clan of the Kahthites, for whom the lot came out,—
   
RF CH1 6:55 they gave Hebron, in the land of Judah, with the pastures around it;
   
RF CH1 6:56 with the Town fields, but they gave the villages to Kaleb-ben-Jefuneh.
   
RF CH1 6:57 They also gave to the Beni Aaron, the Cities of Refuge;—Hebron; and Libnah; with their pastures, and Jatir, and Ashtemoah, with the pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:58 and Hilen, with its pastures; and Debir with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:59 and Ashan with its pastures; and Bethshemsh, with its pastures.—
   
RF CH1 6:60 And from the tribe of Benjamin, Geba, with its pastures; and Alemeth, with its pastures; and Anathoth, with its pastures; all the Cities were thirteen cities. Each City with its pastures.
   
RF CH1 6:61 And to the others of the Beni Kahth; from the Clans of the Tribes; —From the villages of the Half-tribe of Menasseh;—ten Cities by lot;
   
RF CH1 6:62 And to the Beth Ghershom; from the Clans of the Tribe of Issakar and the Tribe of Ashur; and from the Tribe of Nafthali, and from the Tribe of Menasseh, in Bashan, thirteen cities;
   
RF CH1 6:63 To the Beni Merari; from the Clans of the Tribe of Reuben, and the Tribe of Gad, and the Tribe of Zebulon; Twelve Cities by lot.
   
RF CH1 6:64 Thus the Children of Israel gave the Cities and their pastures.
   
RF CH1 6:65 They also gave by lot, from the Tribe of the Children of Judah, and from the Tribe of the children of Simeon, and from the Tribe of the children of Benjamin, those cities mentioned by name.
   
RF CH1 6:66 But some of the Clans of the Beni Kahth had cities in the bounds of the Tribe of Ephraim.
   
RF CH1 6:67 They also gave to them these Cities of Refuge; —Shekem, with its pastures in Mount Ephraim; and Gebir, with its pastures,
   
RF CH1 6:68 Jakman, with its pastures; and Bethhoron, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:69 and Ailon, with its pastures; and Beth-rimon, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:70 And from the villages of the Tribe of Menasseh Aner, and its pastures; and Bilam, and its suburbs; To the other clans of the Beni Kahth.
   
RF CH1 6:71 To the Beni Ghershom; From the Clans of the Half-tribe of Menasseh; —Golan, in Bashan, and its pastures; and Asheroth; with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:72 And from the Tribe of Issakar, Kadesh, and its pastures; and Dabrath, and its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:73 and Remoth, with its pastures; and Anam, and its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:74 And from the Tribe of Ashur, Mashal, and its pastures; and Abdon,
   
RF CH1 6:75 and its pastures; and Khagok, with its pastures; and Rekhob, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:76 And from the Tribe of Nafthali; Kadesh, in Gilgal; with its pastures; and Khamon, and its pastures; Krithaim, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:77 To the rest of the Beni Merari; From the Tribe of Zebulon Rimono, and its pastures; Thabor, and its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:78 and over the Jordan, Jerikho-on-the-east-of-Jordan. From the Tribe of Reuben; Bezar in the Desert, and its pastures; and Jhatzah, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:79 and Kedmoth, and its pastures; and Mifath, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:80 And from the tribe of Gad; Ramoth-in-Gilgal, with its pastures; and Makhaim, with its pastures;
   
RF CH1 6:81 and Heshbon, with its pastures; and Jazer, with its pastures.
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