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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 JDG 1:1 (B.C. 1425 to 1406.) AFTER the death of Joshua the children of Israel enquired of the EVER-LIVING, "Who shall lead us against the Canaanites, to make war with them?"
   
RF JDG 1:2 The LORD replied, Judah shall go up, and I will give the country into his power."
   
RF JDG 1:3 (B.C. 1406.) Judah, however, said to Simeon his brother, "Go up with me to my district, and we will fight with the Canaanites, and then I will go with you to your district.'' So Simeon went with them.
   
RF JDG 1:4 Judah accordingly went up, and the EVER-LIVING gave the Canaanites and the Perizites into their power, and they defeated them in Bezek with a loss of ten thousand men.
   
RF JDG 1:5 Then they met the Prince of Bezek at Bezek and fought with him, and defeated the Canaanites and Perizites;
   
RF JDG 1:6 and the Prince of Bezek fled, but they pursued after and captured him, and cut off the thumbs of his hands and feet.
   
RF JDG 1:7 Then the Prince of Bezek said, "Seven kings, with the thumbs of their hands and feet cut off, were waiters beside my table! As I did God has repaid to me!" (They afterwards brought him to Jerusalem where he died.)
   
RF JDG 1:8 (B.C. 1406.) The children of Judah next besieged Jerusalem and captured and conquered it by the edge of the sword, and delivered the city to fire.
   
RF JDG 1:9 After that the sons of Judah proceeded to make war with the Canaanites who occupied the hills, the south, and the pastures.
   
RF JDG 1:10 Then Judah marched against the Canaanites who held Hebron,' and defeated Sheshi, and Akhiman, and Thalmai.
   
RF JDG 1:11 And marched from there to the possessors of Debir,2
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1. v10. ("But the name of Hebron was formerly Krith arba") is an old editorial note of explanation.—F.F.
2. v11. ("The name of Debir was formerly Krith-sefer") is an old editorial note of explanation.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 1:12 where Kaleb said, "Whoever conquers Krith-sefer, and captures it, I will give him my daughter Aksa for a wife."
   
RF JDG 1:13 So Athnial the son of Kenez, the younger brother of Kaleb, captured it from them; and he gave Aksa his daughter to him as a wife.
   
RF JDG 1:14 Now as she was coming he suggested to her to ask an estate from her father,—so she dismounted from her ass, when Kaleb asked her, "What do you want?"
   
RF JDG 1:15 And she replied, "Give me a blessing;—with the southern land you have given me; give me springs of water." So Kaleb gave her the Upper Springs and the Lower Springs.
   
RF JDG 1:16 (B.C. 1405.) The sons of Keni, the father-in-law of Moses, had come up from the city of The Palm trees with the sons of Judah into the desert of Judah, which is to the south of Arad, and marched and lived with that people.
   
RF JDG 1:17 Then Judah went with Simeon his brother and conquered the Canaanites inhabiting Tzifath, and destroyed it,—and called the name of the town Kharmah. 1
   
RF JDG 1:18 Judah also captured Gaza, and its district, and Ashkelon. and its district, and Akron and its district,
   
RF JDG 1:19 for the EVER-LIVING was with Judah and he took possession of the highlands, but they could not drive out the population of the plains because they had iron chariots.
   
RF JDG 1:20 Hebron was given to Kaleb as Moses had promised, and he drove the three sons of Anak from it.
   
RF JDG 1:21 (B.C. 1420 1406.) A General Revolt by the Nations Conquered by Joshua.
But the Jebusites continued in Jerusalem, for the sons of Benjamin could not drive them out,—so the Jebusites continue to reside with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.
   
RF JDG 1:22 The House of Joseph also went up to Bethel, and the EVER-LIVING was with them,
   
RF JDG 1:23 so the House of Joseph was successful against Bethel,—the name of the town was formerly Luz.
   
RF JDG 1:24 And the scouts saw a man who came out from the city, and said to him, "Show us, we pray, the entrance into the town and we will reward you."
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V. 17. "Kharniah "=The Ruins.—F. F
   
RF JDG 1:25 So he showed them an entrance to the city, and they took the city with the sword, but they sent the man away with all his family,
   
RF JDG 1:26 who went to the country of the Hitites, and built a town and called it by the name of Luz, and it bears that name to this day.
   
RF JDG 1:27 (B.C. 1425 to 1406.) Manasseh also did not disperse the people of Bethshan with its villages, and Thanak with its villages, or the inhabitants of Iblam with its villages, or the population of Megiddo with its villages, but permitted the Canaanites to reside in that country.
   
RF JDG 1:28 But when Israel prevailed it laid the Canaanites under tribute, and did not expel them.
   
RF JDG 1:29 Ephraim also did not expel the Canaanite population of Ghezer, or the Canaanite population from around Ghezer.
   
RF JDG 1:30 Zebulon, also, did not expel the population from Kitan, the inhabitants from the riverside, or the Canaanite population from amongst itself, but put them under tribute.
   
RF JDG 1:31 Ashur did not expel the population from Aka, or the inhabitants of Zidon, or Akhbal, or Akzib, or Khabdah, or Afik, or Rekhob
   
RF JDG 1:32 but the Asherites resided amongst the Canaanite population of the country, for they did not expel them.
   
RF JDG 1:33 Naphtali did not dispossess the inhabitants of Beth-shemsh. or the population of Beth-anath, but resided amongst the Canaanite population of the country; and the inhabitants of Beth-shemsh and Beth-anath were tributary to them.
   
RF JDG 1:34 The Amorites also resisted the sons of Gad in the Highlands, although they were not able to descend to the plains;
   
RF JDG 1:35 therefore they allowed the Amorites to occupy the Eastern Hills at Ailon, and Shalbim, and Thikbad alongside the house of Joseph, and they paid tribute.
   
RF JDG 1:36 And the boundary of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabim, from Sela and upwards.
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