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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 3:1 (B.C. 1420.) Why the revolt of the Natives was allowed.
And these are the nations whom the EVER-LIVING permitted to try Israel, all who were not acquainted with the wars of Canaan:
   
RF JDG 3:2 so that the generations of the Children of Israel might learn war, which they otherwise would not have known.
   
RF JDG 3:3 The five Lordships of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and Zidonians, and the Hivites, inhabiting the hills of the Lebanon, from the Hill of Bal-Hermon, to the pass of Khamath.
   
RF JDG 3:4 They were also to try Israel to teach them to listen to the commands of the EVER-LIVING, which He dictated to their fathers by the hand of Moses.
   
RF JDG 3:5 So the Children of Israel resided amongst the Canaanites, the Hitites, the Amorites, the Perizites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
   
RF JDG 3:6 and took their daughters to themselves for wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
   
RF JDG 3:7 The Children of Israel also did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and forsook their EVER-LIVING GOD and served Balim and Ashteroth.
   
RF JDG 3:8 (B.C. 1402.) The Armamites of Mesopotamia Ravage all Western Asia and Palestine.
The anger of the EVER-LIVING consequently burnt against Israel, and He delivered them to the power of Koshan-Ramathim, King of Arambetween-the-Rivers and the Children of Israel were subject to Koshan-Ramathim for nine years.
   
RF JDG 3:9 (B.C. 1394.) Then the sons of Israel cried to the EVER-LIVING, and the EVER-LIVING sent a saviour for Israel, in Athnial the descendant of Kenez, the youngest brother of Kaleb, who saved them,
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1 Hamath.—F.F.
2 Mesopotamia.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 3:10 for the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING was upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war, and the EVER-LIVING gave Koshan-Ramathim to his hand.
   
RF JDG 3:11 Thus the country had peace for forty years, until Athnial-ben-Kenez died.
   
RF JDG 3:12 (B.C. 1354.) King Aglon of Moab and his Chiefs defeat the Israelites.
The Children of Israel, however, continued to do wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, so the EVER-LIVING emboldened Aglon, King of Moab, against Israel, because they did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF JDG 3:13 and he added to himself the Children of Amon, and Amalek, and Zabin, and defeated Israel, and seized the town of Palm trees.1
   
RF JDG 3:14 The sons of Israel consequently served Aglon, King of Moab, eighteen years.
   
RF JDG 3:15 Then the Children of Israel cried to the EVER-LIVING, and the EVER-LIVING raised a saviour for them, Ahud-ben-Ghera, a Benjaminite, a left-handed man, by whose means the sons of Israel sent the tribute to Aglon, King of Moab.
   
RF JDG 3:16 But Ahud made himself a sword of a foot long with a double edge, and bound it under his cloak on his right thigh,
   
RF JDG 3:17 when he approached with the tribute to Aglon, King of Moab,—(Aglon, however, was a very fat man)—
   
RF JDG 3:18 and when he had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute,
   
RF JDG 3:19 but he returned back from the quarries that are in Gilgal, and said, "I desire a word in private between myself and you, King," and he replied "All right!" and sent away all who stood about him.
   
RF JDG 3:20 (B.C. 1336.) Ahud stabs King Aglon of Moab, And Israel Revolts.
Then Ahud came to him, and he sat upon the raised seat which was reserved for himself alone, and Ahud said, "There is a message from GOD with me for you." So he rose from his throne.
   
RF JDG 3:21 Then Ahud stretched out his left hand, and drew the sword from his thigh, and drove it into his belly,
   
RF JDG 3:22 and the excrement came out after the blade, but the fat closed up over the blade, for he did not draw the sword from his belly, but it went into the intestines.
   
RF JDG 3:23 Then Ahud went out by the private porch and shut the door after him, and locked it.
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1 Palm-town—Thamarim, in Heb.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 3:24 But when he was gone the servants came and looked and saw the door of the chamber locked, and said, "Perhaps he is lying down in the chamber of his summer house."
   
RF JDG 3:25 So they waited until they were alarmed, and seeing no one open the door of the retreat, at length they took a key and opened the door, and saw their Prince fallen on the earth dead!
   
RF JDG 3:26 But Ahud escaped while they delayed, and passed the quarries, and ran away like a tempest,
   
RF JDG 3:27 and then went on and blew a trumpet in Mount Ephraim, and the Children of Israel flocked to him from the hills, and he became their leader,
   
RF JDG 3:28 and said to them, "Follow after me, for the EVER-LIVING will give your enemies, the Moabites, into your hand!" So they followed after him, and captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab and permitted no man to pass over.
   
RF JDG 3:29 They also cut off from Moab at the same period about ten thousand men,—all stout men of valour, and not a man escaped.
   
RF JDG 3:30 Moab was consequently from that time subjected to the hand of Israel, and the land was at rest eight years.
   
RF JDG 3:31 (About B.C. 1328.) And after that came Shamgar the son of Anath, who slew six hundred of the Philistines with an ox-goad and delivered Israel.
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