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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 8:1

The men of Ephraim, however, asked him, "Why have you done this business for us, and not consulted us? for you have gone to war with Midian, and continued with it rashly."

   
RF JDG 8:2 But he answered, "What have I done now more than you? Are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
   
RF JDG 8:3 GOD has given to your hand the Princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; so what have I been able to do more than you? Then turn your spirit away from me when speaking about this matter."
   
RF JDG 8:4 Gideon Passes over the Jordan without them.
Then Gideon went beyond the Jordan, himself and the three hundred men with him, weary, yet pursuing,
   
RF JDG 8:5 and said to the people of Sukoth, "Give, I entreat you, a little bread to the men who are with me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing after Zebakh and Tzalmuna, the kings of Midian."
   
RF JDG 8:6 The Chiefs of Sukoth refuse also to supply Men or Food.
But the masters of Sukoth replied, "Are the hands of Zebakh and Tzalmuna in your power, that we should give you any bread?"
   
RF JDG 8:7 Gideon, however, retorted; "When the EVER-LIVING gives Zebakh and Tzalmuna into my power, then I will inform your governors with thorns from the desert and with briars."
   
RF JDG 8:8 The People of Phanual also refuse Supplies.
From there he went to Phanual, and asked them the same, but the men of Phanual answered like the men of Sukoth,
   
RF JDG 8:9 so Gideon also replied to the men of Phanual, "When I return with peace, I will throw down this towering Phanual."
   
RF JDG 8:10 (B.C. 1248.) Gideon Attacks the camp of Zebakh and Tzalmuna.
Now Zebakh and Tzalmuna were encamped at Karkar with about fifteen thousand men, all they had left them; but with the whole camp of the Beni-Kedem, a hundred and twenty thousand infantry, accomplished swordsmen. —
   
RF JDG 8:11 Gideon consequently advanced by the lower road to the General's pavilion from the east of Nobakh and Yagbah, and attacked the camp whilst the camp was resting in security.
   
RF JDG 8:12 Zebakh and Tzalmuna, however, fled, and he pursued them, and captured both the kings of Midian,—Zebakh and Tzalmuna,—and all the camp was thrown into confusion.
   
RF JDG 8:13 (B.C. 1247.) Gideon Returns from Northern Arabia Victorious and punishes Sukoth.
When Gideon-ben-Joash returned from the war, coming up from the desert,
   
RF JDG 8:14 he captured a young man from the people of Sukoth and questioned him, and he described to him the chief men of Sukoth, and the seven aldermen and the seven council men.
   
RF JDG 8:15 Then he advanced against the people of Sukoth and said;—"Here are Zebakh and Tzalmuna, about whom you insulted me, saying, ' Is the hand of Zebakh and Tzalmuna in your power yet that we should give bread to your weary men?"'
   
RF JDG 8:16 Then he seized the aldermen of the town, and informed the people of Sukoth with the thorns and briars of the desert.
   
RF JDG 8:17 Next he threw down the tower of Phanual, and killed the chiefs of the village.
   
RF JDG 8:18 (B.C. 1248.) Zebakh and Tzalmuna brought to trial for murdering Gideon's Brothers.
Then he asked Zebakh and Tzalmuna, "What sort of men were they whom you murdered at Thabor?" And they replied; "Like yourself Each one in appearance like the distinguished son of a king!"
   
RF JDG 8:19 When he answered, They were my brothers! Sons of my mother! As GOD lives to me! if you had spared their lives I would not have killed you!"
   
RF JDG 8:20 born, Then he said to Jether his first "Get up and kill them!" But the youth did not draw his sword, because he was afraid,—for he was only a lad.
   
RF JDG 8:21 So Zebakh and Tzalmuna said; "Get up yourself and assail us, like a man in his vigour." Gideon then arose and killed Zebakh and Tzalmuna, and took the crescents that were upon the necks of their camels.
   
RF JDG 8:22 (B.C. 1247.) Israel wishes Gideon to be a King.
The Men of Israel afterwards said to Gideon, "Rule over us,—you and your son, and your descendants, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian."
   
RF JDG 8:23 He refuses kingship, but asks a share of the Prize captured.
But Gideon replied to them, "I will not be Governor over you; nor shall my son govern you: The EVER-LIVING is your Governor."
   
RF JDG 8:24 But Gideon said, "I request each of you to give me a ring from your plunder." (For as they were Ishmaelites they wore gold rings.)
   
RF JDG 8:25 And they replied, "We will give you that gift," so he spread his cloak, and each threw upon it a ring from the plunder;
   
RF JDG 8:26 and the gold rings which he asked were one thousand seven hundred shekels in weight, besides the crescents and ear-drops, and cloaks, and the woven shawls of the King of Midian, and the necklaces which were on the necks of the camels.
   
RF JDG 8:27 Gideon afterwards made a suit of armour of them, and set it up in his village at Afrah, but all Israel whored, after It there, and it became a snare to Gideon and all his house;
   
RF JDG 8:28 Midian was thus subdued before the Israelites, and it did not again raise its head, so that the country had rest for, forty years in the time of Gideon.
   
RF JDG 8:29 (B.C. 1209.) Gideon Dies.
Jerub bal-ben-Joash, however, returned to his home;
   
RF JDG 8:30 and Gideon had seventy sons produced from his loins, for he had many wives.
   
RF JDG 8:31 But his secondary wife, who was in Shekem, bore him also a son,—and his name was Abimelek.
   
RF JDG 8:32 Then Gideon-ben-Joash died with good grey hair, and they buried him in the tomb of Joash his father, in Afrah of Abiezer.
   
RF JDG 8:33 (About B.C. 1203.) Anarchy and Religious Revolt.
But when Gideon-ben-Joash was dead, the Israelites went again and whored after Baal, and chose Bal-Bereth as their god!
   
RF JDG 8:34 For the Israelites remembered not their EVER-LIVING GOD, Who redeemed them from the power of all their enemies around.
   
RF JDG 8:35 Nor did they act kindly to the family of Jerub-bal-Gideon, for all the good he had done for them.
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