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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 JOS 24:1 (B.C. 1425.) A National Assembly Summoned by Joshua.
Joshua afterwards collected all the tribes of Israel at Shekem, and summoned the nobles of Israel, and the chiefs, and the judges, and the registrars, and stationed them before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JOS 24:2 Then Joshua again addressed all the People;
Joshua's Address to the National Assembly.
"Thus says the EVER-LIVING Who is the GOD of Israel;—Your ancestors dwelt beyond the river from of old, until Terah, the father of Abraham, and father of Nahor,—where they served other gods.
   
RF JOS 24:3 But I took Abraham your ancestor from the other side of the River and caused him to travel over all the country of Canaan; but I held back his race,—yet gave him Isaac.
   
RF JOS 24:4 I also gave Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and gave to Esau Mount Sair to reign over, but caused Jacob and his sons to descend to the Mitzeraim.1
   
RF JOS 24:5 I afterwards sent Moses and Aaron and struck the Egyptians, by what I did, to their very souls, and after that I brought you out.
   
RF JOS 24:6 When I was bringing your fathers out from the Mitzeraim and they arrived at the sea, with the Mitzerites pursuing after them with chariot and horse to the Sea of Weeds,2
   
RF JOS 24:7 then they cried to the EVER-LIVING, and He placed a darkness between them and the Mitzerites, and it advanced with them as far as the sea, and your sons saw what I did to the Mitzeraim. Afterwards you remained in. the desert a long time,
   
RF JOS 24:8 until I brought you to the country of the Amorites' who were settled beyond the Jordan, whom you made war with, and whom I gave into your power, and you seized their country, and laid it waste before you.
   
RF JOS 24:9 "Then Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and made war with Israel, and sent and invited Balaam the son of Reor to curse you,
   
RF JOS 24:10 but I was not willing to listen to Balaam, and he blessed you; and I delivered you from his hand.
   
RF JOS 24:11 "Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jeriko, and the Prince of Jeriko with the Amorites, the Perizites, the Canaanites, the Hitites, the Ghergashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites made war against you; but I gave them into your power,
   
RF JOS 24:12 and sent the hornet in advance, and drove out the kings of the Amorites before you,—not with your sword, nor with your bow,
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1. Egypt
2. That is, in its modern name, the Gulf of Suez of the Red Sea.—F.F.
   
RF JOS 24:13 and gave you a country you had not reclaimed, and towns you had not built, and you live in them; vineyards and olive-groves which you had not planted, and you ate of them.
   
RF JOS 24:14 So now look to the EVER-LIVING and serve HIM, with sincerity and truth I But the gods your ancestors served over the River and among the Mitzeraim, —turn away from them —and serve the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JOS 24:15 But if it is hateful in your sight to serve the EVER-LIVING,—choose for yourselves today whom you will serve? whether the gods your ancestors served when beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites amongst whom you live in these countries? I, and my family, however, will serve the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF JOS 24:16 The People Promise Only to Worship God.
But the People answered, "Let it be a curse to us to forsake the EVER-LIVING, or to serve other gods!
   
RF JOS 24:17 for our EVER-LIVING GOD HE brought us up-we and our fathers-from the land of the Mitzeraim, from the House of Bondage; and He did the great wonders before our eyes, and guarded us in all the way we travelled, and amongst all the nations through whose midst we passed.
   
RF JOS 24:18 And the EVER-LIVING has driven out all the Peoples, and the Amorites who occupied the country before,—therefore we will serve the EVER-LIVING, for He is our GOD!"
   
RF JOS 24:19 Joshua Expresses a fear of their Fidelity toward God.
But Joshua replied to the People, "You are not able to serve the EVER-LIVING, for HE is a HOLY GOD! He is a JEALOUS GOD I He will not endure your sins and your offences!
   
RF JOS 24:20 For you will forsake the EVER-LIVING, —and you will serve seducing gods, and change and degrade, and destroy yourselves by following after what seems delightful to you!"
   
RF JOS 24:21 The People, however, answered Joshua, "No! for we will serve the EVER-LIVING!"
   
RF JOS 24:22 Then Joshua replied to the People, "You are witnesses to yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the EVER-LIVING,—to serve HIM?" And they said, "We are witnesses."
   
RF JOS 24:23 "Then, turn out those seducing gods which are in your breasts and bend your heart to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel."
   
RF JOS 24:24 And the People responded to Joshua; "We will only serve our EVER-LIVING GOD, and listen to His voice!"
   
RF JOS 24:25 Joshua Records the National Oath upon the Tablets of the Law of God.
So Joshua made a Covenant on that day with the People, and enacted it as a Constitution and Decree at Shekem.
   
RF JOS 24:26 Joshua also engraved the words upon the Tables of the Laws of GOD, and took a great stone and erected it there, along with those which are in the Sanctuary of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JOS 24:27 Then Joshua said to all the People, "Look at this stone! which you have erected as a witness that you have heard all the words of the EVER-LIVING which I have spoken to you, and it shall be a witness to you against slipping away from your GOD!"
   
RF JOS 24:28 And then Joshua sent the People each to his own house.
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CONCLUSION OF THE HISTORY OF JOSHUA.
   
RF JOS 24:29 (B.C. 1425.) Death of Joshua. Isaiah's Reflection Upon Him.
After these events had taken place, Joshua the Son of Nun, the servant of the EVER-LIVING, died, being one hundred and ten years of age,
   
RF JOS 24:30 and they buried him within the bounds of his estate in Thimnath-serakh, which is in Mount Ephraim, on the north of the Hill of Gash.
   
RF JOS 24:31 Israel served the EVER-LIVING all the time of Joshua, and all the time of the Elders who outlived Joshua, and who knew all the acts of the EVER-LIVING that He had done for Israel.
   
RF JOS 24:32 The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up from Mitzeraim, they buried in Shekem in the piece of land which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shekem for a hundred kestars, and which became the property of the sons of Joseph.
   
RF JOS 24:33 (B.C. 1420.) Aliazar the Priest Dies.
Then Aliazar the son of Aaron died and they buried him in Gubath, the estate of Phinehas which had been given to him in Mount Ephraim.
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