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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 18:1

REFRAIN.
There was no king in Israel in those days;—
Each did what was right in his own eyes.
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At that time the tribe of Dan was seeking itself a district for settlement, for it had not obtained until that period a district amongst the tribes of Israel.

   
RF JDG 18:2 The Danites consequently sent five men from their clan, all of them bold fellows, from Tzarah and Ashtaol, to examine the country and search it, and said to them, "Go, search the country." So they came to Mount Ephraim, to the house of Mikah, and lodged there.
   
RF JDG 18:3 While they were in the house of Mikah they recognized the voice of the young Levite, and were attracted by it, and said to him, "When did you come here? And what do you do here? and for how much?"
   
RF JDG 18:4 And he answered them, "Mikah does this and that for me, and hires me, and I am his priest."
   
RF JDG 18:5 When they replied to him, "Enquire, now, of GOD, and learn the result of the journey that we are going upon."
   
RF JDG 18:6 And the priest answered them, "Go in peace! The EVER-LIVING accompanies the way you are going!"
   
RF JDG 18:7 So the five men went and arrived at Lashah, and saw that the people inhabited it in security under the government of Zidon, quietly and securely, and there were no soldiers in the country. It was controlled and administered from Zidon, and they had no troubles for themselves.
   
RF JDG 18:8 When they returned to their relatives at Tzarah and Ashthaol, they asked, "What about them?"
   
RF JDG 18:9 When they replied, "Come on and let us assail them, for we have seen the country, and it is very beautiful. Go, you idlers, do not delay to march, and go to seize the country;—
   
RF JDG 18:10 for you will come to a quiet people, and a land of extensive forests, which GOD will give to your hands,—
   
RF JDG 18:11 a place where there is no want of anything that is upon earth! "Consequently from the clan of the Danites there marched from Tzarah and Ashthaol six hundred men, all of them skilled warriors,
   
RF JDG 18:12 and they advanced and encamped at Krith-Jarim in Judah,—therefore they called that place Dan's camp to this day. It is behind Krith-Jarim.
   
RF JDG 18:13 From there they crossed Mount Ephraim, and proceeded to the house of Mikah.
   
RF JDG 18:14 There the five men who had gone to spy the country of Lashah remarked to their companions, "Do you know that there is amongst these houses an ephod, and a teraphim, and an image, and a shrine,—so now you know what to do!"
   
RF JDG 18:15 They consequently turned aside, and came to the house of the young Levite, near the house of Mikah, and wished him peace,
   
RF JDG 18:16 while the six hundred men of the Danites armed with warlike weapons stood before the door,
   
RF JDG 18:17 and the five men who had been to spy out the country entered and took the image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the shrine.
   
RF JDG 18:18 But the priest asked "What are you doing?"
   
RF JDG 18:19 When they answered him, "Be quiet! Put your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be our father and priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the family of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?"
   
RF JDG 18:20 So the heart of the priest was satisfied, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the image, and went along with the army:
   
RF JDG 18:21 who faced about and marched, and placed the children and baggage, and precious things in front of them.
   
RF JDG 18:22 When they had proceeded to a distance from the house of Mikah, the people who were employed in Mikah's family, shouted and followed the Danites,
   
RF JDG 18:23 and called to the Danites, who turned on them and said to Mikah, "What is the matter with you, that you are shouting?"
   
RF JDG 18:24 And he answered, "You have stolen the god I made for myself, and the priest, and marched off!—so what have I left? And yet you ask me, ' What is the matter with you?"
   
RF JDG 18:25 But the Danites replied to him; "Don't let us hear your noise! For fear some rough fellows should rush out on you,—and take your life, and the lives of your family."
   
RF JDG 18:26 Then the Danites went along their way, and Mikah, seeing they were stronger than himself, faced about and returned to his own house.
   
RF JDG 18:27 Thus they stole what Mikah had made, and the priest who had come to him, and went to Lashah, to a people peaceable and quiet, and assailed them, and burnt their city with fire,
   
RF JDG 18:28 and there was no deliverance, for they were far from Zidon, and had no intercourse with any person. They afterwards settled in the vale of Beth-rekhob, where they built a town,
   
RF JDG 18:29 and called it Dan-town, after the name of their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel, but the name of the place was formerly Lashah.
   
RF JDG 18:30 The Danites also set up for themselves the image, and Jonathan-ben-Gershon-ben-Masheh, he and his sons, were priests to the tribe of Dan until the time of removing from the country,
   
RF JDG 18:31 and they worshipped the image that Mikah made all the period that the-House of GOD was at Shiloh.
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