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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 2:1 (About B.C. 1406.) A Preacher Exhorts the Israelites to re-conquer the Native Tribes.
But a Messenger of the EVER-LIVING came from Ghilgal to Bokim, who said, "I brought you up from Mitzeraim, and conducted you to the country which I promised to your ancestors, declaring, I will not break My covenant with you forever;
   
RF JDG 2:2 but you shall not make a treaty with the inhabitants of this country but strike down their altars.' How. ever you have not listened to My voice.
   
RF JDG 2:3 Why have you done so when I said, ' If you do not drive them out from you, they will be thorns,—and their gods will be snares to you'?"
   
RF JDG 2:4 When the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING addressed this speech to the Parliament of the children of Israel,
   
RF JDG 2:5 the People lifted up their voices and wept, and called the name of that valley The Weepings,1 and sacrificed there to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JDG 2:6 (B.C. 1425 to 1424.) Recapitulation of the events of the Last days of Joshua.
When Joshua dismissed the People, the children went each to his share, to take possession of the country,
   
RF JDG 2:7 and the People served the EVER-LIVING all the days of Joshua and all the time of the old men who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great acts of the EVER-LIVING which He did for Israel.
   
RF JDG 2:8 (B. C. 1424.) Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the EVER-LIVING, died at a hundred and ten years of age,
   
RF JDG 2:9 and they buried him within the bounds of his estate, at Thimnath, in Mount Ephraim, on the north of the hill of Gash.
   
RF JDG 2:10 But when all that generation were added to their fathers, there arose another generation after them, who knew not the EVER-LIVING, or the acts which He did for Israel.
   
RF JDG 2:11 (B. C. 1424 to 1406.) Religious Corruption of Israel.2
Then the Children of Israel did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING and passed over to Baal,
   
RF JDG 2:12 and forsook the EVER-LIVING GOD of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of the Mitzeraim,3 and went after the gods of the nations who surrounded them, and worshipped them, and provoked the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JDG 2:13 Thus they forsook the EVER-LIVING and worshipped Ashtaroth.4
   
RF JDG 2:14 Wild Anarchy.
Then the anger of the EVER-LIVING burnt against Israel, and He gave them to the hand of robbers who robbed them, and delivered them to the power of their enemies all round, and they were not able to stand before their enemies.
   
RF JDG 2:15 Wherever they went the hand of the EVER-LIVING was against them for evil, as the EVER-LIVING had said, and as the EVER-LIVING had threatened them, and He greatly afflicted them.
   
RF JDG 2:16 (About B.C. 1406.) Leaders arise and advise reform but are rejected. 2
The EVER-LIVING afterwards raised up judges who protected them from the powers of the Robbers. Yet, however, they would not
   
RF JDG 2:17 listen to their judges, for they went whoring after other gods, and worshipped them,—turning soon from the path which their fathers followed, —that of listening to the commands of the EVER-LIVING. They did it not.
   
RF JDG 2:18 But when the EVER-LIVING caused some of the judges to arise, and the EVER-LIVING was with that Judge, He saved them from the hand of their enemies, for the EVER-LIVING pitied their groans under their adversaries and oppressors.
   
RF JDG 2:19 But when that Judge died, they turned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, by following seducing gods, and serving and worshipping them. They ceased not from their offences, and from making their way hard.
   
RF JDG 2:20 Then the anger of the EVER-LIVING burnt against Israel, and He said; "Because this Nation has broken My Covenant which I communicated to their ancestors, and does not listen to My Word,
   
RF JDG 2:21 I also will not continue to drive out before them any of the nations whom Joshua left at his death,
   
RF JDG 2:22 so that I may try Israel by them, whether they will keep the path of the EVER-LIVING, and walk in it, as their fathers kept it, or not."
   
RF JDG 2:23 So the EVER-LIVING gave them not those nations, and did not dispossess them of the mountains, and gave them not to the hand of Joshua.
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1 V. 5. "The Weepings," in Hebrew Bokhim.—F.F.
2 NOTE.—These dates are far from accurate, but I adopt them from the ordinary chronologers. I estimate that 100 to 200 years of anarchy is intimated, and that consequently the date of the Exodus and all the subsequent events should be put backwards for that time, but this question is one for chronologers, and does not affect the accuracy of the Biblical Narrative, but corroborates it.—F.F.
3 Egypt.—F.F.
4 V. 13. "Ashtaroth" means "Lust,' the Venus of pagans.—F.F.
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