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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 6:1 (B.C. 1256.) Midian conquers the Israelites.
–Oppression and Anarchy rampant.
Then the Israelites did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, so the EVER-LIVING gave them to the hand of Midian twelve years.
   
RF JDG 6:2 And the power of Midian was so strong over Israel, that the Israelites made for themselves entrenchments in the mountains, and caves, and towers;
   
RF JDG 6:3 and if the Israelites sowed, then Midian, and Amalek, and the Beni-Kedem came upon and assailed them
   
RF JDG 6:4 and wasted the whole breadth of the country to the pass of Gaza and left no means of subsistence for Israel, or sheep, or ox, or ass.
   
RF JDG 6:5 For they, and their cattle with them, advanced with their tents, coming in such immense numbers, both of themselves and their camels, that they could not be counted, and went over the country destroying it.
   
RF JDG 6:6 Thus Israel was thoroughly exhausted before Midian.
(B.C. 1249.) A Preacher exhorts to Reformation and to abandon Sin.
Then the Children of Israel cried to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JDG 6:7 And when the Israelites cried to the EVER-LIVING on account of Midian,
   
RF JDG 6:8 the EVER-LIVING sent a man, a preacher, to the sons of Israel and he said to them;—"The EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel says thus,—` I brought you from the Mitzeraim, and brought you from the House of Bondage,
   
RF JDG 6:9 and delivered you from the power of your opponents, and swept them before you, and gave to you this country.
   
RF JDG 6:10 Then I said to you, I am your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall not reverence the gods of the Amorites, in whose country you reside,—but you would not listen to My voice.'"
   
RF JDG 6:11 (B.C. 1249.) He Calls upon Gideon to Lead his Nation.
Afterwards the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING went and sat under the oak which is at Afrah, belonging to Joash, and Gideon his son was threshing wheat in a wine cellar, to hide it from the Midianites,
   
RF JDG 6:12 and the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING looked in at him, and said to him, "The EVER-LIVING is with you, brave man!
   
RF JDG 6:13 But Gideon answered him, "What, Sir! If the EVER-LIVING is with us, then why has all this come? And where are all His wonders that our fathers related to us, telling about the bringing us up from Mitzeraim? For now the EVER-LIVING has forsaken us, and put us under the foot of Midian!"
   
RF JDG 6:14 But the Noble Man 1 turned to him and replied; "Go with your courage and rescue Israel from the hand of Midian! Have I not sent you?"
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1. I translate the Hebrew word Jehovah, (Yhowah), as "Noble Man," as a high title, like our Lord, for a Peer, as it is evident this preacher was not the Creator, but a man as we are.—F.F.
   
RF JDG 6:15 He, however, returned, "Me, sir? How can I rescue Israel? The regiments of Manasseh have failed! and I am the youngest of my father's family!"
   
RF JDG 6:16 But the Noble Man answered to him; "Because I will be with you! And you shall defeat the Midianites like a single man."
   
RF JDG 6:17 Then he asked him, "If now, I have found favour in your eyes, and you have done me the kindness of speaking with me,
   
RF JDG 6:18 do not remove from here until I come back to you, when I will bring my present, and present it to you." So he replied, "I will sit down until you return."
   
RF JDG 6:19 Then Gideon went and killed a goat's kid, and baked an unfermented cake, and placed the meat on a tray, and put the broth in a basin, and brought to him under the oak, and presented it.
   
RF JDG 6:20 Then the divine Messenger said to him; "Take the meat and the biscuit, and ascend to the peak of Luz, and pour out the broth." And he did so,
   
RF JDG 6:21 when the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING extended the end of the staff which he had in his hand, and touched the meat and the biscuit, and fire came from the rock and consumed the meat and the biscuit! Then the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING went from his sight;
   
RF JDG 6:22 and Gideon perceived that he was a Messenger from the EVER-LIVING; so Gideon exclaimed, "Ah! Great LORD! I have certainly seen a Messenger of the EVER-LIVING face to face!"
   
RF JDG 6:23 And the NOBLE replied to him, "Peace to you! Fear not! You will not die!"
   
RF JDG 6:24 Consequently Gideon built there an altar to the EVER-LIVING, and it is called "The EVER-LIVING'S Peace," to this day. It is near Afrath of Aliazer.
   
RF JDG 6:25 In the night again the EVER-LIVING said to him, "Take the bull of your father's herd, and a second seven year bull, and overthrow your father's altar to Baal, and break the Shrine that is beside it,
   
RF JDG 6:26 and build an altar to your EVER-LIVING GOD, on the top of this refuge on the mound, and take the two bulls, and offer as a burnt-offering with the wood of the shrine which you have broken up."
   
RF JDG 6:27 (B.C. 1249.) Gideon destroys the alter of Baal.
So Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the EVER-LIVING told him. But because he feared his father's family, and the men of the village, he could not do it by day, so did it by night.
   
RF JDG 6:28 When they arose in the morning and observed the altar of Bal thrown down and the shrine that was near it broken, and the two bulls burning upon the altar he had built,
   
RF JDG 6:29 then each said to his neighbour, "Who has done these things?" So they examined and enquired, and were told, "Gideon, the son of Joash, has done them!
   
RF JDG 6:30 The people of the village consequently said to Joash, "Bring out your son and let him die! for he has overthrown the altar of Bal and has broken the shrine that was by it."
   
RF JDG 6:31 But Joash replied to all who stood about him, "Would you defend Baal? If he can help you, then he can defend himself! If he is a god he can kill for himself this morning.—Let him defend himself for the overthrowing of his altar!"
   
RF JDG 6:32 So they named him at once Jerubbal, saying, "Let Baal destroy him,—for he overturned his altar."
   
RF JDG 6:33 (B.C. 1248.) Midian and Allies advance to fight Gideon and his Men.
In consequence the forces of Midian and Amalek, and the Beni-Kedem assembled together, and encamped in the plain of Jezraal.
   
RF JDG 6:34 But the Spirit of the EVER-LIVING descended upon Gideon, and he blew the trumpet and summoned the Abiazerites after him,
   
RF JDG 6:35 and sent messengers to all Manasseh, and also summoned them after him; and he also sent messengers to Ashur, and Zebulon, and to Naphtali, and they went up to meet him.
   
RF JDG 6:36 (B.C. 1248.) Gideon asks a Proof of God's Call and help to himself.
Then Gideon said to GOD, "If You will save Israel by my hand, as You promised,
   
RF JDG 6:37 I will lay this fleece of wool on the level floor;—if the dew is on the fleece only, and dryness upon all the ground, then I shall understand that You will save Israel as You have promised."
   
RF JDG 6:38 And he arose in the morning and wrung the fleece, when as much dew ran from the fleece as filled a bucket with water.
   
RF JDG 6:39 Gideon, however, said to GOD, "Let not Your anger burn against me, and I will speak once again; I will try another time with the fleece. Let it now be dry on the fleece only, while there is dew on the ground."
   
RF JDG 6:40 So the EVER-LIVING made it thus that night. There was dryness in the fleece only, and upon the ground there came dew!
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