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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 20:1

All the Children of Israel then went out and assembled the Parliament unanimously from Dan to Beersheba, and the country of Gilad, to the EVER-LIVING at Mizphah,

   
RF JDG 20:2 where the Chiefs of the people of all the tribes of Israel presented themselves as an assembly of the people before GOD, with four hundred thousand men, disciplined soldiers.
   
RF JDG 20:3 The Benjaminites, however, heard that the Children of Israel had gone up to Mizphah where the Children of Israel asked, "Who has committed this crime?"
   
RF JDG 20:4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman who had been murdered, answered, and said, "I and my servant-wife came to Gibeah of Benjamin to lodge,
   
RF JDG 20:5 when the blackguards of Gibeah rose upon me, and surrounded the house at night, purposing to murder me, and they outraged my wife until she died.
   
RF JDG 20:6 So I took my wife and cut her to pieces, and sent her to all the land possessed by Israel, because they had committed such a crime in Israel.—
   
RF JDG 20:7 Now, Sons of Israel, apply to the matter—and consult about it!"
   
RF JDG 20:8 Then all the Parliament arose as one man and exclaimed, "Let no man go to his home, nor any man return to his house,
   
RF JDG 20:9 for this is what shall be done to Gibeah,—we will assail it by lot,
   
RF JDG 20:10 and we will select ten men in a hundred, from every tribe of Israel, and a hundred from a thousand, and a thousand from ten thousand, as a provisional draft of the army for action, and send them against Gibeah of Benjamin, because of the great crime they have committed in Israel,
   
RF JDG 20:11 and all the people of Israel shall approach the town as if united in one man."
   
RF JDG 20:12 However, the tribes of Israel sent officers to all the tribe of Benjamin to enquire;—"What crime is this which has occurred amongst you?
   
RF JDG 20:13 Therefore, now, give up those men, sons of Belial, who are in Gibeah, and we will execute them, and burn out the crime from Israel." The Benjaminites, however, would not listen to the voice of their countrymen the Children of Israel,
   
RF JDG 20:14 but assembled from their villages to Gibeah, to prepare for war with the Children of Israel,
   
RF JDG 20:15 and the Benjaminites at that period could collect from their towns twenty-six thousand disciplined men, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah,—and they amounted to seven hundred chosen men.
   
RF JDG 20:16 These seven hundred skilful men were more than a numerous force. All of them were both-handed at slinging stones to a hair's breadth, and never missed.
   
RF JDG 20:17 But Israel stood up, without Benjamin, four hundred thousand men, all of them disciplined soldiers, men of war,
   
RF JDG 20:18 and they arose and advanced to Bethel, and enquired of GOD—where the Children of Israel asked, "Who of us shall go up to open the war with the Benjaminites?" When the LORD replied, "Judah shall open it."
   
RF JDG 20:19 The Children of Israel accordingly arose at dawn and camped before Gibeah, and the leader of Israel
   
RF JDG 20:20 advanced to fight with Benjamin, and the Israelites proceeded from the camp towards Gibeah.
   
RF JDG 20:21 But the Benjaminites came out from Gibeah, and left Israel that day twenty-two thousand men on the ground.
   
RF JDG 20:22 The army of the men of Israel, however, were bold, and continued to prosecute the war from the spot they had advanced to on the first day.
   
RF JDG 20:23 The Children of Israel also went up and wept before the EVER-LIVING until the evening, and enquired of the EVER-LIVING asking, "Shall we continue to pursue the war with the Benjaminites, our countrymen?" And the EVER-LIVING replied, "Go up against them."
   
RF JDG 20:24 The Israelites consequently approached the Benjaminites on the second day,
   
RF JDG 20:25 and Benjamin came out to meet them, from Gibeah, and they destroyed of the Children of Israel on the field eighteen thousand men, all of whom were trained soldiers.
   
RF JDG 20:26 So all the Israelites therefore went up, and all the army came to Bethel, and they wept and sat there before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JDG 20:27 The Children of Israel also enquired of the EVER-LIVING, and placed the Ark of the Covenant of GOD at their right hand,
   
RF JDG 20:28 and Phinehas, a descendant of Aliazer-ben-Aaron stood, before it on the right hand of them, and said, "Continue still to go to war with the Benjaminites your countrymen, until defeated. The EVER-LIVING also says, Go up! for tomorrow I will give them into your power.'
   
RF JDG 20:29 But Israel must place ambushes around Gibeah."
   
RF JDG 20:30 So the Children of Israel advanced against the Benjaminites for the third time, and they approached to Gibeah step by step,
   
RF JDG 20:31 and the Benjaminites came out to meet the force, which drew off from the town, and waited for the attack from the victorious army step by step to the highway which leads to the ascent of Bethel, and adjoins to the field of Gibeah, losing about thirty men of Israel.
   
RF JDG 20:32 Then the Benjaminites said, "We are driving them before us as formerly." But the Children of Israel said, "We will retreat and draw them from the town to the highway,
   
RF JDG 20:33 then let all the army of Israel arise from their place, and advance from Bal-Thamar, and the ambush of Israel, placed at the locality of the hill-moorland,
   
RF JDG 20:34 must advance from the south to Gibeah with twelve thousand men, the bravest of all Israel, and fight boldly and they will not know that the stroke of their crime is upon them."
   
RF JDG 20:35 So the EVER-LIVING discomfited the Benjaminites before Israel, and the Israelites disabled on that day twenty-five thousand one hundred men of Benjamin, all disciplined soldiers,
   
RF JDG 20:36 for the Benjaminites fancied that they retreated, and that the Israelites gave way to the Benjaminites; but those relied upon the ambush which they had placed on the hill,
   
RF JDG 20:37 for the ambuscade kept quiet and lay down upon the hill until they rushed and attacked the whole town with the sword;
   
RF JDG 20:38 and it had been arranged with the men of Israel by the Commander of Israel, if the ambush succeeded, to send up a cloud of smoke from the town.
   
RF JDG 20:39 Consequently the Israelites retreated to the camp, and the Benjaminites, who were encouraged to the attack, wounded about thirty of the Israelites, "for," they said, "they certainly fly before us, as in the former battles,"
   
RF JDG 20:40 so they continued their retreat until the ascent from the town of the pillar of smoke. Then Benjamin faced round, and saw it ascending to the sky from all the town.
   
RF JDG 20:41 The Commander of Israel also turned front, and the Benjaminites were terrified, for they saw the punishment of their crime was upon them,
   
RF JDG 20:42 and turned from the face of the Israelites to the way of the desert, and were defeated in the battle, and those who were in the town were destroyed in the midst of it.
   
RF JDG 20:43 But the Benjaminites turned their flight from the level way to the refuge of the hills on the west, and there fell
   
RF JDG 20:44 of Benjamin eighteen thousand men, all of them brave fellows.
   
RF JDG 20:45 Thence they turned and fled towards the desert, to the cliffs of Rimon, and five thousand men went up to the cliffs. But they were followed to Gidim, and two thousand of them slain.
   
RF JDG 20:46 Thus all of Benjamin who fell on that day were twenty-five thousand men, disciplined soldiers, all of them strong men.
   
RF JDG 20:47 But there turned and fled to the desert, to the cliff of Rimon, six hundred men, and they held the cliff of Rimon four months.
   
RF JDG 20:48 Then the Israelites turned upon the Benjaminites and they struck with the sword thoroughly from man to beast, and every town they captured they set on fire.
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