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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 7:1 (B.C. 1248.) Then Jerubbaal (who was Gideon) arose, and all the people who were with him, and encamped at the Well of Harod overlooking from the north the camp of Morah upon the plain.
   
RF JDG 7:2 But the EVER-LIVING said to Gideon, "There are too many people with you for Me to give the Midianites into your power, for fear Israel should glorify against Me, and say, 'My hand has saved myself!'
   
RF JDG 7:3 Therefore, now, proclaim in the hearing of the people, and say ' Who is afraid and timid? Let him return and depart to Mount Gilad.' Consequently twenty-two thousand of the people departed, but there were left ten thousand.
   
RF JDG 7:4 But the EVER-LIVING again said to Gideon, "The people are too many. Order them down to the brook, and there select for yourself; and whoever replies to you thus, I will go with you! 'let him go with you. But all who say, 'I will not go with you! ' let him not go with you."
   
RF JDG 7:5 So he took those men with him down to the brook, where the EVER-LIVING said to Gideon, "All who lap with the tongue from the brook, like a dog laps, place them by themselves. And all who bend on the knees to drink."
   
RF JDG 7:6 And the number of the lappers from the hand to their mouths was three hundred men, but all the rest of the people knelt on the knee to drink from the brook.
   
RF JDG 7:7 Then the EVER-LIVING said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped, I will rescue you, and give Midian into your hand."
   
RF JDG 7:8 So the people took their staves in their hands and their clothing, and all the force of Israel went off to their homes, except those three hundred brave men. And the camp of Midian was opposite those in the plain.
   
RF JDG 7:9 (B.C. 1248.) Midian and her Allies Defeated.
And night came. Then the LORD said to him:—"Arise! Descend to the camp, for I will give it to your Ito hand!
   
RF JDG 7:10 But if you fear the descent, go down with Phurah your squire, to the camp,
   
RF JDG 7:11 when you will hear what they say, and after that embolden your hand."
The Midianite's Dream of the Barley Cake.
He therefore descended to the camp, and Phurah his squire went down with him to the officers' quarters who were over the camp,
   
RF JDG 7:12 where Midian and Amalek and the Beni-Kedem were spread over the plain like locusts for number, and their camels were innumerable like dust scattered on the shore of the sea for multitude.
   
RF JDG 7:13 But Gideon proceeded, and perceived a man relating a dream to his comrade, who said, "I have dreamed a dream; when I saw a round barley cake thrown into the camp of Midian, and it went to the General's pavilion and struck it, and it fell; but it bounded forward, and another pavilion fell!"
   
RF JDG 7:14 Then his comrade answered and said, "That is nothing else than the sword of Gideon-ben-Joash, the man of Israel! GOD will give Midian and all this camp into his power!"
   
RF JDG 7:15 But when Gideon heard this dream related, and its interpretation, he bowed down, and returned to the camp of Israel, and said, "Arise, for the LORD will give the camp of Midian to your hands!"
   
RF JDG 7:16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three divisions, and all of them took trumpets in their hands, with dark lanterns, and lamps inside the dark lanterns;
   
RF JDG 7:17 and he said to them, "Watch me; and what I do, you do the same. And when I come to the edge of the camp,—what I do then you also do it.
   
RF JDG 7:18 When I blow my trumpet, then all of you blow your trumpets with me all around the camp, and shout, The Sword of the LORD and of Gideon.'"
   
RF JDG 7:19 Then Gideon and the hundred men with him went to the head-quarters' side of the camp, where the officers were stationed, and sounded the trumpet, and opened the dark lanterns they carried.
   
RF JDG 7:20 The three divisions also blew their trumpets, and waved their dark lanterns, and rushed on with the lanterns in their left hands and the trumpets in their right, blowing and shouting, "The Sword of the LORD and of Gideon,"
   
RF JDG 7:21 and halted outside around the camp, and aroused all in the camp, who fled in terror.
   
RF JDG 7:22 But the three hundred continued to blow the trumpets, and the EVER-LIVING turned the sword of each against his comrade in all the camp, and the camp fled in confusion to the edge of the meadows of Nekholah, near Tabath.
   
RF JDG 7:23 Gideon collects the Northern Tribes to join him in the War, but the Chiefs of Ephraim quarrel with him, and refuse to join.
The Man of Israel afterwards summoned Naphtali and Ashur, and all Manasseh, and they followed after Midian.
   
RF JDG 7:24 Gideon also sent messengers to the whole of Mount Ephraim, to say; "Descend to meet Midian, and capture from them the fords at Bethbarah and of the Jordan." So they called out every man of Ephraim, and captured the fords at Bethbarah and at the Jordan,
   
RF JDG 7:25 and captured the two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb, and killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and executed Zeeb at the wine-press of Zeeb, and continued the pursuit of Midian, but they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon from beyond the Jordan.
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