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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 3:1

Then we turned and went up towards Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan advanced to meet us with all his forces, to fight at Adarai.

   
RF DEU 3:2 Then the EVER-LIVING said to me, —"Fear him not, for I have given him into your power, with all his forces, and his country; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon."
   
RF DEU 3:3 So our EVER-LIVING GOD also subjected to us Og, king of Bashan and all his forces, until not a remnant remained to him.
   
RF DEU 3:4 We also captured all his towns, in the same campaign;—there was not a city we did not take,—from the sixty towns in the district of Argob, to the capital of Og in Bashan.—
   
RF DEU 3:5 All which towns were fortified with high walls, gates and bars, beside a great many towns of the Perizites.
   
RF DEU 3:6 We devoted them as we did to Sihon, king of Heshbon;—we devoted every city, men, women and children;
   
RF DEU 3:7 and all the cattle, and plunder of those towns we seized for ourselves.
   
RF DEU 3:8 We thus took, in the same campaign, their country from the possession of the two kings of the Amorites which are this side of the Jordan, extending from the vale of Arnon to the Hill of Hermon.'
   
RF DEU 3:9 (The Zidonians call Hermon, Shirion, and the Amorites call it Shenk.)
   
RF DEU 3:10 All the towns of the Uplands, and all Gilad, and all Bashan, to Salkah, and Adarai;—towns of the dominions of Og in Bashan.
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1 Verse 9. The parenthesis is the note of an ancient commentator, probably Ezra's, not part of the original text.—F F.
   
RF DEU 3:11 (Og, king of Bashan was of the remnant of the race of the Rephaim. He can be seen lying upon a couch of iron which is preserved in Rabath of the Ammonites. Its length is nine cubits, and breadth four cubits, by the common cubit.)
   
RF DEU 3:12 These countries you conquered in that campaign, extending from Aroer which is on the river Arnon. And the half of Mount Gilad was given to the Reubenites and Gadites.
   
RF DEU 3:13 But the remainder of Gilad and all Bashan, with the dominions of Og, I gave to the half tribe of Manasseh;—all the plain of Argob, and all Bashan which is called the land of the Rephaim.
   
RF DEU 3:14 Yair the son of Manasseh took all the district of Argob, as far as the borders of the Gheshurites and the Makathites, and he called them after his own name;—2
   
RF DEU 3:15 But I gave Gilad to Makir.
   
RF DEU 3:16 To the Reubenites and Gadites I also gave a part of Gilad, to the middle of the vale of Arnon, the valley as a boundary as far as Jabok, with its valley to the border of the Ammonites;
   
RF DEU 3:17 and the plain of the Jordan as a boundary, from Kineroth as far as the Sea of the Plain,—the Dead Sea,—down to the hill-foot of Pisgah, from the east.
   
RF DEU 3:18 But I commanded you at the time, saying, "Your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you this country to possess, but you must march fully equipped in the front of your brothers the children of Israel, with all your forces.
   
RF DEU 3:19 However the women and children, and cattle, (for I know you have many cattle,) may remain in the cities which I have given you,
   
RF DEU 3:20 until the EVER-LIVING has settled your brothers like yourselves, and they are also in possession of the country which their EVER-LIVING God will give to them, beyond the Jordan; then you may each return."
   
RF DEU 3:21 I also commanded Joshua at that time, saying, "Your eyes have seen all that your EVER-LIVING GOD has done to these two kings;—the EVER-LIVING will do the same to all the kingdoms which are over there.
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1 Verse 11 in parentheses, is an ancient editor's note, probably Ezra's, not part of the speech of Moses.—F.F.
2 The parenthesis is the note of an old Hebrew editor, not part of the oration of Moses.—F.F. (As they are to this day.)
   
RF DEU 3:22 Fear them not, for your EVER-LIVING GOD will fight for you."
   
RF DEU 3:23 And at that time I implored the EVER-LIVING, saying,
   
RF DEU 3:24 "ALMIGHTY LORD You have now begun to show to Your servant Your grandeur, and Your Strong Hand. What POWER in Heaven or on earth can do as You have done with YOUR MIGHT?
   
RF DEU 3:25 Let me, I pray, go over, and see this beautiful country that is beyond the Jordan;—those beautiful hills and Lebanon!
   
RF DEU 3:26 "But the EVER-LIVING was angry with me because of you, and would not listen to me, and the EVER-LIVING Said to me,—"Let this be enough for you. Continue not to speak to Me again about this matter.
   
RF DEU 3:27 Go up, to the top of Pisgah, and carry your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and see it with your eyes;—for you shall not pass over this river Jordan.
   
RF DEU 3:28 "Therefore command Joshua, and encourage, and strengthen him, for he shall go over before the people, and he shall conquer for them the country that you will survey.
   
RF DEU 3:29 "We were then staying, in the valley near Bethpeor.
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