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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 11:1 (B.C. 1143.) Japhthah chosen as Leader of Gilad.
Now Jephthah the Giladite was a heroic man;—but he was the son of a foreigner who bore Jephthah to Gilad.
   
RF JDG 11:2 His Giladite wife also bore him sons, and that woman's sons grew up, and drove Jephthah out, and said, "You shall not inherit with the family of our father,—for you are the son of a foreigner!"
   
RF JDG 11:3 Jephthah consequently fled from the presence of his brothers, and lived in the country of Tob, where Jephthah collected vagabond fellows who came to him
   
RF JDG 11:4 An Embassy sent to Jephthah.
This was in the time when the Amonites were at war with the Children of Israel.
   
RF JDG 11:5 So the judges of Gilad went to bring Jephthah from the district of Tob.
   
RF JDG 11:6 And they said to Jephthah, "Come and be our Leader, and fight for us with the Amonites."
   
RF JDG 11:7 But Jephthah replied to the judges of Gilad, "Did you not hate me, and drive me from the house of my father? Then why should you come to me now that you are in distress?"
   
RF JDG 11:8 The judges of Gilad, however, answered Jephthah, "In spite of that, return now with us, and fight the Amonites, and you shall be the chief of all the inhabitants of Gilad."
   
RF JDG 11:9 Then Jephthah said to the judges of Gilad, "If I return with you to fight the Amonites, and the EVER-LIVING gives them to my advance, am I to be your chief?"
   
RF JDG 11:10 And the judges of Gilad answered to Jephthah; "Let the EVER-LIVING decide between us, if it is not done as you say!"
   
RF JDG 11:11 Jephthah accepts the Chieftanship of Gilad.
Jephthah thereupon went with the judges of Gilad, and the people appointed him over themselves as a chief and leader, and Jephthah took the oaths before them in Mizphah.
   
RF JDG 11:12 Jephthah sends a message to the King of Amon.
Then Jephthah sent Messengers to the king of the Amonites, to say; "What is there between me and you, that you have come to fight me in my country?" When the king of Amon answered
   
RF JDG 11:13 the Messengers of Jephthah, "Because Israel when coming up from the Mitzeraim 1 seized my country from Arnon to the Jabok, and the Jordan. But you can go back to them in peace."
   
RF JDG 11:14 Second Embassy sent by Jephthah.
But Jephthah sent Messengers again to the king of the Beni-Amon
   
RF JDG 11:15 and said to him, "Jephthah replied thus; ' Israel did not seize the country of Moab and the country of the Beni-Amon,
   
RF JDG 11:16 for in the coming up from the Mitzeraim,1 Israel went in the desert by the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh,
   
RF JDG 11:17 when Israel sent Messengers to the king of Edom to say,—"I wish to pass over by your country;" but the king of Edom, and the king of Moab, replied that they were not willing; therefore Israel halted at Kadesh,
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1. Egypt.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 11:18 and marched into the desert, and went round the land of Moab, and encamped at the river Arnon, and did not invade the bounds of Moab—for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.
   
RF JDG 11:19 From there Israel sent ambassadors to Sihon 1 the king of the Amorites,—king of Heshbon, —and said to him, "I, Israel, would pass through your country to my place."
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1. Sihon=Sikhon, in Hebrew.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 11:20 But Sihon would not trust Israel to pass through his boundaries; so Sihon collected all his forces, and encamped at Jahtz, and fought with Israel.
   
RF JDG 11:21 The EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, however, gave Sihon and all his army to the hand of Israel, and Israel conquered all the country of the Amorites residing in that region,
   
RF JDG 11:22 and acquired all the region of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabok, and from the desert to the Jordan;—
   
RF JDG 11:23 and since the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel has driven the Amorites before His People,—
   
RF JDG 11:24 yet you would possess! Cannot you possess what Kemosh your god has caused you to possess?—and whatever our EVER-LIVING GOD has caused us to possess, we shall possess for ourselves.
   
RF JDG 11:25 "'And now, are you better than Balak-ben-Tzifor, the great king of Moab? Greater than Israel? If you can fight with them, fight with them!
   
RF JDG 11:26 " Israel, however, has dwelt in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroar, and its villages, and all the towns along the Arnon three hundred years, so why have you not recovered them during that period?
   
RF JDG 11:27 And I myself have not offended you, but you have done wrong to me in making war upon me. Let the EVER-LIVING as Judge decide today between the Children of Israel and the Beni-Amon.'"
   
RF JDG 11:28 The King of Amon Refuses Peace.
But the king of the Amonites would not listen to the words that Jephthah sent to him.
   
RF JDG 11:29 Jephthah declares War.
Then the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING came upon Jephthah and he passed through Gilad and Manasseh, and advanced to Mizphah of Gilad: for Mizphah of Gilad was in subjection to the Beni-Amon.
   
RF JDG 11:30 Therefore Jephthah vowed a vow to the EVER-LIVING, and said:—
   
RF JDG 11:31 Jephthah's Vow.
"If you will deliver the Beni-Amon to my hand, then whatever first comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, upon my returning with peace from the Beni-Amon, shall be the LORD'S, and shall be offered as an offering"
   
RF JDG 11:32 Jephthah conquers the Amonites.
Jephthah then advanced against the Beni-Amon to fight with them, and the EVER-LIVING gave them into his power,
   
RF JDG 11:33 and he conquered from them Aroar, and as far as the Pass of Minith,—twenty villages,—and onwards to the vine-fields,—a very great conquest. Thus the Amonites were subjected to the Children of Israel.
   
RF JDG 11:34 Jephthah's despair at his only Daughter falling under his Vow, Her Sublime Faith.
When, however, Jephthah returned to Mizphah to his home, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and dances, and except her alone there was no child to his house.
   
RF JDG 11:35 So when she approached him he tore his robes, and said, "Alas! my daughter! You have overwhelmed me with sorrow, and you are my grief! for I have opened my mouth to the EVER-LIVING,—and I am not able to go back!"
   
RF JDG 11:36 But she answered him, "My father, if you have opened your mouth to the EVER-LIVING, do to me according to what has come out from your mouth, since the EVER-LIVING has made a triumph for you over your enemies, the Beni-Amon."
   
RF JDG 11:37 Then she asked her father, "Grant this thing to me, give me two months that I may go and wander on the hills and lament for my maidenhood, I and my friends." And he replied, "Go!" and sent her away for two months.
   
RF JDG 11:38 So she and her friends went, and lamented over her girlhood upon the mountains.
   
RF JDG 11:39 But at the end of the two months she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed, and she knew no man. Thus it became an institution in Israel,
   
RF JDG 11:40 that from year to year the girls of Israel should go to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah, the Giladite, for four days yearly.
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