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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 10:1 (B.C. 1183.) Thola-ben-Phuah becomes leader.
Thola-ben-Phuah, arose to save Israel. He resided in Shamar on Mount Ephraim,
   
RF JDG 10:2 and judged Israel for thirteen years, when he died and was buried in Shamar.
   
RF JDG 10:3 (B.C. 1170.) Jair becomes Chief.
Then Jair the Giladite arose after him, and judged Israel for twenty and two years,
   
RF JDG 10:4 and he had thirty sons, who rode upon asses, and they possessed thirty villages, called the villages of Jair to this day. They are in the country of Gilad.
   
RF JDG 10:5 When Jair died he was buried in Kamon.
   
RF JDG 10:6 (About B.C. 1161.) Wars of Anarchy, and national Corruption.
Then the Children of Israel repeated the doing of evil in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and served the Balim and Ashtaroths, and the gods of Aram, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the sons of Aram, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the EVER-LIVING, and did not serve Him;
   
RF JDG 10:7 so the anger of the EVER-LIVING burnt against Israel, and He gave them up to the hand of the Philistines, and to the power of the people of Amon,
   
RF JDG 10:8 who crushed and oppressed the Children of Israel, who were in Bashan beyond the Jordan, in the country of the Amorites, and in Gilad, for eighteen years.
   
RF JDG 10:9 (B.C. 1159.) The Amorites ravage Israel for Eighteen years.
The Amorites also passed over the Jordan to make war with Judah and Benjamin, and the House of Ephraim, and ravaged Israel greatly.
   
RF JDG 10:10 Then the Children of Israel cried to the EVER-LIVING, saying, "We have sinned against You! for we have forsaken our GOD and served the Balim."
   
RF JDG 10:11 But the EVER-LIVING replied to the Children of Israel, "Have you not the Mitzerites,1 and the Amorites, and the Beni-Amon, and the Philistines,
   
RF JDG 10:12 and the Zidonians, as refuges from oppression for yourselves? that you call to Me to save you from their hand,
   
RF JDG 10:13 when you have forsaken Me, and served other gods? Therefore I will not continue to save you!
   
RF JDG 10:14 Go, and call the gods whom you have chosen for yourselves:—Let them save you in the period of your distress."
   
RF JDG 10:15 (B.C. 1143.) The Distressed and Repentant nation revolt and seek a leader.
The Children of Israel, however, said to the EVER-LIVING, "We have sinned! Do to us all that is good in Your sight! Oh! save us now, today!"
   
RF JDG 10:16 And they put away the foreign gods from amongst them, and served the EVER-LIVING, and He stayed His anger against Israel.
   
RF JDG 10:17 Then the Amonites assembled and encamped in Gilad, and the Children of Israel collected and encamped in Mizphah.
   
RF JDG 10:18 But the army said to the Chiefs of Gilad, "We have not a man to lead us. Let the man who is able to fight with the Amonites be the head of all the inhabitants of Gilad!"
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