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Revised Fenton

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 DEU 1:1

The following are the Speeches which Moses addressed to all the Children of Israel, before the passage over the Jordan, in the desert, extending from Suf, between Paran, and Thofel, and Laban, and Khatzroth and Yahb.2

   
RF DEU 1:2 (It is eleven days' journey from Horeb, when marching by the way of Mount Sair to Kadesh-Barnea.)
   
RF DEU 1:3 It was during the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, upon the first of the month, Moses related to the children of Israel all that the EVER-LIVING had commanded him for them; after he had defeated Sihon,
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1 This Introduction was probably written by Aliazer, the High Priest, for the Sacred Copy kept in the Ark of the Covenant.—F.F.
2 V. 2, in parentheses, is an explanatory note of an old Hebrew editor.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 1:4 King of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og King of Bashan, who lived at Ashtaroth, in Adarai, on
   
RF DEU 1:5 this side of the ford of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses began to publish the law, and said;—
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1 That is the eastern side. This geographical description proves this Introduction to have been written before Joshua invaded Palestine, and shows the age of the Orations, and is an internal proof that we have them now as Moses wrote and spoke, except for a few inserted explanatory notes which I shall indicate as my version proceeds. —F.F.
   
RF DEU 1:6 SPEECH 1.
History of the Exodus.
Our EVER-LIVING GOD spoke to us in Horeb, saying; You have remained long enough on this mountain.
   
RF DEU 1:7 Turn and march, and proceed with all your camps to the highlands of the Amorites, and all their neighbors in the dry lands of the hills, and thence to the plains and desert along the shore of the sea of the land of Canaan, and from Lebanon, as far as the great river Frath.1
   
RF DEU 1:8 Attend! I have opened the country to you! Go and seize the land which the EVER-LIVING promised to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob,—to give it to them and to their posterity after them.
   
RF DEU 1:9 But I told you all at that time, I myself could not support you alone!
   
RF DEU 1:10 And now your EVER-LIVING GOD has increased you, and, see! you are today like the stars of the sky in number
   
RF DEU 1:11 And the EVER-LIVING the GOD of your fathers will add to you, beyond this, a thousand times, and will bless you, as He promised.—
   
RF DEU 1:12 How can I alone bear your troubling? and carry your contentions?
   
RF DEU 1:13 Go! Choose for yourselves skilful, clear-sighted, and educated men to control you, and I will appoint them your chiefs.
   
RF DEU 1:14 When you answered me, "What you have said is good; what you have said, do it"
   
RF DEU 1:15 I therefore chose as the chiefs of your tribes, skilful, and educated men, and gave them to you as your chiefs; colonels of regiments, and captains of companies, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens; with for your tribes. magistrates
   
RF DEU 1:16 I also ordered your judges at that time saying;—"Listen between your brothers, and decide just judgments between a man and his brother, and the foreigners among you.
   
RF DEU 1:17 Do not regard social station in deciding, whether low or high. Listen not in fear of the station of a man; for justice belongs to GOD HIMSELF. But any matter that is too difficult for you, bring to me, and I will hear it."
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1 Euphrates.—F.F.
   
RF DEU 1:18 I instructed you also at that time as to what things you ought to do.
   
RF DEU 1:19 Then we marched from Horeb and proceeded through all that great and terrible desert, which you saw on the way to the Hills of the Amorites, when our EVER-LIVING GOD Commanded us to advance to KadeshBarnea,
   
RF DEU 1:20 where I said, "You are now arrived at the Hills of the Amorites, which our EVER-LIVING GOD has given us.
   
RF DEU 1:21 Look! your EVER-LIVING GOD has provided the country before you to possess. Go up, seize it as the EVER-LIVING GOD of your fathers commands you,—fear not nor be terrified."
   
RF DEU 1:22 But all of you approached me, asking to send men before you to examine the country, and to report to you about the road by which you could go up to it; and about the cities that you were to go to.
   
RF DEU 1:23 And the request seemed good in my opinion, and I appointed twelve princes,—one from each tribe;—
   
RF DEU 1:24 and they turned and went up to the hills, and descended to the vale of Eshkol, and slandered it.
   
RF DEU 1:25 But they took into their hands some of the produce of the country and came back to us, and reported the matter, saying; "It is a beautiful country that our EVER-LIVING GOD has given us."
   
RF DEU 1:26 But you were not willing to go up; and rebelled against the order of your EVER-LIVING GOD;
   
RF DEU 1:27 and murmured in your tents and exclaimed, "Because the EVER-LIVING hated us He brought us out of the land of the Mitzeraim, and would give us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us!—
   
RF DEU 1:28 Alas for our advance! Our brothers have depressed our hearts, by saying they are a people finer and taller than us! Their cities are large and fortified up to the skies; and we also saw the sons of Anak there!
   
RF DEU 1:29 "But I replied to you, "Be not terrified, nor fear them.
   
RF DEU 1:30 Your EVER-LIVING GOD Who goes before you, He will fight for you, in the way He did in your sight among the Mitzeraim,
   
RF DEU 1:31 and in the desert where you saw how the EVER-LIVING carried you as a woman carries her child, along all the way that you went, until He brought you to this spot."
   
RF DEU 1:32 But on that occasion you were not relying upon your EVER-LIVING GOD,
   
RF DEU 1:33 Who marched before you in the journey to choose your encampments, as a fire at night, to show the way you should go, and as a cloud by day.
   
RF DEU 1:34 And the EVER-LIVING heard the sound of your words and was angry, and swore, saying;
   
RF DEU 1:35 "This vile generation shall never see the beautiful land which I promised to give to their fathers;
   
RF DEU 1:36 only Caleb the son of Jefunah shall see it; and I will give to him and his sons the country which he travelled through, for he went up confidently, following the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF DEU 1:37 The EVER-LIVING was also angry with me on account of you, and said, "You shall not go there!
   
RF DEU 1:38 Joshua the son of Nun, your lieutenant, shall go. Encourage him, for he shall put Israel into possession.
   
RF DEU 1:39 But your infants whom you said would be captured; and your sons who today know neither good nor evil,—they shall go there and I will give it to them, and they shall possess it.
   
RF DEU 1:40 But you, turn back and march to the desert, towards the sea of Suf!"
   
RF DEU 1:41 Then you were grieved and replied; "We have sinned against the EVER-LIVING!—We will now go up and conquer, according to all that the EVER-LIVING GOD commanded!" And each one of you put on arms, and went up to the hill.
   
RF DEU 1:42 But the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Order them, Go not up, and fight not, for I am not with you;—therefore you will fly before your enemies."
   
RF DEU 1:43 So I spoke to you, but you would not hear, and you rebelled against the order of the EVER-LIVING, and were insolent, and went up to the Hill,—
   
RF DEU 1:44 and the Amorites who occupied the Hill advanced against you, and drove you, like bees would do, and routed you like a tempest to the valley.
   
RF DEU 1:45 So you returned, and wept before the EVER-LIVING. But the EVER-LIVING would not hear your voice, nor listened.
   
RF DEU 1:46 Consequently you were detained at Kadesh for many days. You remained there a long time;
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