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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 31:1

Peroration to the Parliament of Israel.
' (Then Moses proceeded to conclude his speeches to all Israel,

RF DEU 31:2 and said to them:) "I am the son of a hundred and twenty years today I am no longer able to go out far, or to come back; and the EVER-LIVING has said to me, ' You shall not pass over this Jordan.'
RF DEU 31:3 The EVER-LIVING, your GOD, Himself will pass over before you! HE will destroy those heathens from before you, and drive them out! The Saviour Himself will pass over before you, as the EVER-LIVING has said,
RF DEU 31:4 and the EVER-LIVING will do to them as He did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and to their country which you destroyed.
RF DEU 31:5 The EVER-LIVING will thus deliver them to your face, and you shall do to them, exactly as you were commanded.
RF DEU 31:6 Take courage! Be strong! Fear not! Tremble not before them! for your EVER-LIVING GOD HIMSELF marches with you! HE will not forsake or desert you."
1 Ch. 31., v. 1 is an editorial note undoubtedly contemporary with Moses, probably by Aliazer the priest.—F.F.
2 Ch. 31., vv. 7, 9, 10, are original introductory notes to the last addresses of Moses, probably by Aliazer.—F.F.
RF DEU 31:7 (Moses then called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel:) "Be strong and bold! for you shall bring this People to the land which the EVER-LIVING promised to Abraham, to give to them, and you must divide it amongst them,
RF DEU 31:8 and the EVER-LIVING HIMSELF will march before you,—HE will be with you. HE will not forsake, or abandon you! Fear not! Shrink not!"
RF DEU 31:9 (Moses afterwards engraved this law, and gave it to the Priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, and to all the Judges of Israel;
RF DEU 31:10 Moses also ordered them saying:) "At the end of every seven years, at the year of release, and at the Feast of Tabernacles.
RF DEU 31:11 When all Israel goes to see the Presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD, in the place which He chooses, you shall read this Law to all Israel, in their hearing,
RF DEU 31:12 at a Public Meeting of the People, of the men, the women, the children, and the foreigners who are in your villages, so that they may hear, and learn, and fear the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, and take care to practice all the commands of this law,
RF DEU 31:13 and that their children, who know it not, may hear and learn to fear the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, all the time of their life upon the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess."
RF DEU 31:14 The EVER-LIVING afterwards said to Moses; "Now that your days approach death, summon Joshua, and station him in the Hall of Assembly, and I will instruct him." (Moses and Joshua therefore went and stationed themselves in the Hall of Assembly,
RF DEU 31:15 and the EVER-LIVING appeared in the Hall of Assembly in a Pillar of Cloud, and the Pillar of Cloud stood at the opening of the Hall,
RF DEU 31:16 and the EVER-LIVING said to Moses:) 1
God foretells the Apostasy of Israel.
"You are now to sleep with your fathers; when this People will arise and whore after the foreign gods of the country where they are going to reside, and they will revolt from ME, and break the Covenant that I made with them!
RF DEU 31:17 But My anger will burn against them at that time, and I will turn from them, and hide My face from them, and they shall meet many miseries and sufferings to devour them, when they will exclaim; Is there no GOD near me to bring me out from these miseries?
RF DEU 31:18 ' But I will hide My presence carefully at that time, because of all the wickedness which they have done when turning after other gods!
RF DEU 31:19 Therefore, now, write for them this song, and teach the children of Israel to put it into their mouths, so that this song may be a witness for ME with the children of Israel;
RF DEU 31:20 for I will bring them to the land, which I promised to their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, which they will eat, and be satiated, and fatten, and revolt to vile gods, and serve them, and despise Me, and Break My Covenant.
RF DEU 31:21 But when these many miseries, and distresses, and troubles meet them, then this song will be before them as an evidence;—for it will not be forgotten from the mouth of their race,—that I knew today the distress which they would then suffer, before they arrived in the country which I had promised."
1 This introduction is clearly from the pen of Aliazer the Priest, who edited these orations of Moses, and is another internal proof of the authenticity of these speeches of Moses. F.F.
RF DEU 31:22 Moses consequently wrote the song on that day, and taught it to the children of Israel.
RF DEU 31:23 (Afterwards he instructed Joshua the son of Nun, saying;)1 "Be strong and bold! for now the children of Israel are going to the country which I promised to them and I will be with you."
RF DEU 31:24 (When Moses had finished engraving the commands of this Law in a record to its end,
RF DEU 31:25 he commanded the Levites who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD, saying;)"
RF DEU 31:26 Take this Book of the Law, and place it inside the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, and it shall be there as a witness to you,
RF DEU 31:27 that I knew your rebelliousness and your stiff neck;—here, whilst I lived with you; today, you are murmuring against the EVER-LIVING, and will be so after I die!
RF DEU 31:28 Assemble all your Judges, Princes, and Governors to me, and I will recite in their hearing these words, and I will call as witnesses to them Heaven and Earth,
RF DEU 31:29 that I knew that after my death you would corrupt, and turn yourselves from the path which I commanded you, and acquire for yourselves misery in the future,—for you will do evil in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, and provoke Him by the fabrications of your own hands."
RF DEU 31:30 (Then Moses repeated the words of this song in the hearing of all the Assembly of Israel to their end.)
1 Ch. 31. vv. 23, 25, and 30 are an editorial note by Aliazer the Priest, upon the original Copy for the Ark of Witnesses. All further notes are the same.—F.F.

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