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Revised Fenton

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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 19:1

THE CRIME OF GIBEAH: AN HISTORICAL POEM.
(The date is uncertain when the crime was committed.—F.F.)

It was also in the period when there was no king in Israel, that a certain Levite resided at the back of Mount Ephraim, and he married a woman of Bethlehem-Judah, as a second wife,

   
RF JDG 19:2 but this second wife deserted him and went from him to the house of her father at Bethlehem-Judah, and was there for a period of four months.
   
RF JDG 19:3 Then her husband arose and went after her to speak to her heart, to cause her to return and attend him. So he mounted his ass and went to the house of her father, and saw the girl's father, who was glad to meet him.
   
RF JDG 19:4 And his father-in-law, the father of the girl, comforted him, and he stayed with him three days, and they ate and drank, and rested there.
   
RF JDG 19:5 When the fourth day came, they got up in the morning, and he arose to depart, but the father of the girl, his father-in-law, said, "Refresh your heart with a little bread, and go after that."
   
RF JDG 19:6 So he stayed and both of them ate together and drank. Then the father of the girl said to the man, "Be content now, and stay and let your heart enjoy itself."
   
RF JDG 19:7 But the man arose to go. However his father-in-law pressed him, so he sat down and stayed there.
   
RF JDG 19:8 However he got up on the morning of the fifth day to go, when the father of the girl said, "Comfort your heart, and delay till the turn of the day. "So they ate and drank.
   
RF JDG 19:9 Then the man arose to go, he and his wife, and servant, but his father-in-law, the father of the girl, said, "See now the day is stretching towards dusk. Lodge now here pleasantly today. Rest, then, and enliven your heart, and get up tomorrow morning for your journey and go to your own home."
   
RF JDG 19:10 The man, however, was unwilling to stay, but arose and went, and arrived opposite to Jebus—that is Jerusalem,—where his saddled asses broke down with him and his wife,
   
RF JDG 19:11 when they were near Jebus, and the day was nearly ended, so the attendant said to his master, "Let us go, now, and turn into this city of the Jebusi, and lodge there."
   
RF JDG 19:12 But his master said to him, "I will not turn to a town of foreigners where there are none of the Children of Israel. Let us pass over to Gibeah.
   
RF JDG 19:13 "Therefore," he added to the lad, "come, let us enter one of these places, for we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Rama."
   
RF JDG 19:14 So they passed on and marched and came to the south side of Gibeah of Benjamin,
   
RF JDG 19:15 and they turned towards it to go and lodge in Gibeah, and went and sat in the square of the town, but no person invited them to his house to lodge.
   
RF JDG 19:16 At last an old man came from his work in the fields, at dusk—a man from Mount Ephraim, who was a resident in Gibeah—but his wife was a native of Benjamin.
   
RF JDG 19:17 Raising his eyes he saw the man at a distance in the square of the town, and the old man said, "Where do you go? and whence do you come?"
   
RF JDG 19:18 And they replied to him, "We are crossing from Bethlehem-Judah to the back of Mount Ephraim, from where I am, but I came to Bethlehem-Judah, and I am returning to the House of the EVER-LIVING. But no man has invited me to his house,
   
RF JDG 19:19 although we have straw and provender for our asses, and food and wine for myself and my waiting woman and lad. We want nothing at all except shelter."
   
RF JDG 19:20 Then the old man said; "Peace be with you! Bring your asses with you to me! Only do not lodge in the street."
   
RF JDG 19:21 So he took them to his house, and foddered the asses, and washed their feet, and they ate and drank.
   
RF JDG 19:22 They were cheering their hearts when the men of the town, sons of Belial, surrounded the house, knocked at the doors, and said to the master of the house, the old man, "Bring out the man who has come to your house, that we may outrage him!"
   
RF JDG 19:23 But the master of the house went out to them, and said, "No, my friends! Do not inflict wrong upon me, I pray,—since this man has come to my house, do not commit this wickedness!
   
RF JDG 19:24 I have two maiden daughters, and his servant-wife, I will bring them out to you, and you can outrage them,—and do to them what pleases you! But to this man do not such a loathsome thing."
   
RF JDG 19:25 But the men would not listen to him; so the man seized his servant-wife, and sent her out to them outside, and they outraged her, and maltreated her all the night, until daybreak, but went away from her at the departure of darkness.
   
RF JDG 19:26 Then at the arrival of dawn the woman came, —and fell before the doorway of the man's house, where she had been outraged until daylight.
   
RF JDG 19:27 Her master also arose at daybreak and opened the doors of the house, and came out to proceed on his journey and saw the woman, his servant-wife, fallen before the house with her hands upon the doorstep,
   
RF JDG 19:28 and he said to her, "Get up and come along!" But she spoke not, Then he brought the ass and lifted the woman up, and went to his place,
   
RF JDG 19:29 and entered his house, where he took a knife, and seized his servant-wife and divided her corpse into twelve pieces and sent to all the countries of Israel,
   
RF JDG 19:30 and all who saw it said, "There has not been, nor has there been seen anything like this from the time the Children of Israel came up from the Mitzeraim until this day! Apply yourselves to it, —consult, and speak!"
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