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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 9:1 (B.C. 1203.) Abimelek Conspires to be a Chief.
Abimelek went to Shekem, and spoke to them, and to all the clan of the house of his mother's father, to say;
   
RF JDG 9:2 "I wish you to whisper to the ears of the Balites of Shekem, What good is it to you, this government of seventy. men?—all the sons of Jerubbaal —compared to the government of a single man and remember that I am your bones and flesh!'"
   
RF JDG 9:3 (B.C. 1203.) Abimelek murders his Seventy Brothers.
So his mother's relatives whispered all these things about him to the ears of all the Balites of Shekem, and turned their hearts after Abimelek,—for they said ' he is our countryman.'
   
RF JDG 9:4 They therefore gave him seventy shekels from the house of Bal-Bereth, with which Abimelek hired seventy vagabonds and reprobates, and they followed him.
   
RF JDG 9:5 Then he went to the house of his father in Afrah, and murdered his brothers, the sons of Jerub-bale seventy men, upon a single stone, except. Jotham-ben-Jerubal, the youngest, for he hid himself.
   
RF JDG 9:6 (B.C. 1201.) Abimelek Made King of Shekem.
Then all the Balites of Shekem, and the house of Miloa proceeded and went and made Abimelek king, to reign in Alon, the garrison of Shekem.
   
RF JDG 9:7 (B.C. 1201.) Jotham's Parable of the Trees Electing a King.
When this was reported to Jotham, he went and stood on Mount Gherizim, and raised his voice, and called to them and said "Listen to me, you Balites of Shekem—and let your gods listen!
   
RF JDG 9:8 The trees seeking a king.
"The trees once went out to elect a king over themselves, and they said to the Olive, Will you be king over us?' "But the Olive replied to them,
   
RF JDG 9:9 Shall I resign my fatness with which gods and men are delighted, to trouble myself about trees?'
   
RF JDG 9:10 Then the trees said to the Fig," Come and be king over us?' "
   
RF JDG 9:11 When the Fig replied to them, "Shall I abandon my pleasantness, and beautiful fruit, to go and trouble myself about the trees?'
   
RF JDG 9:12 Next the trees said to the Vine, "Come and be king over us?
   
RF JDG 9:13 "But it answered them, Shall I abandon my wine which delights gods and men, and go and trouble myself about the trees?'
   
RF JDG 9:14 "Then all the trees said to the Bramble, ' Come You reign over us! '
   
RF JDG 9:15 "And the Bramble answered the trees; If you really consecrate me as YOUR KING,—come here! shelter under me! And if you will not,—fire shall go out from the Bramble, and consume the Cedar of Lebanon! '
   
RF JDG 9:16 "So, now, if in truth and uprightness you have made Abimelek your king; and if you have done handsomely to Jerubal and to his family, and if you have done to him according to the work of the hand
   
RF JDG 9:17 of my father, who fought for you, and poured out his soul for you,
   
RF JDG 9:18 who have risen upon my father's family today, and murdered seventy persons on a single stone, and have elected Abimelek, the son his slave, over the Balites of Shekem, because he is your relative; —
   
RF JDG 9:19 then according to the truth and justice with which you have acted towards Jerubal and towards his family today, be content with Abimelek, and let him be content with you!
   
RF JDG 9:20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelek and consume the Balites of Shekem, and the house of Miloa, and let fire come out from the Balites of Shekem, and from the house of Miloa, and consume Abimelek!"
   
RF JDG 9:21 Then Jotham fled, and hid himself in Barah, and stayed there from the presence of Abimelek his brother.
   
RF JDG 9:22 (B.C. 1200.) The Balites and Abimelek quarrel.
When Abimelek had been a chief in Israel for three years,
   
RF JDG 9:23 the EVER-LIVING sent a bad feeling between Abimelek and the Balites of Shekem, consequently the Balites of Shekem plotted against Abimelek.
   
RF JDG 9:24 The injury done to the seventy sons of Jerubal, and their blood, returned upon Abimelek their brother, who had murdered them, and upon the Balites of Shekem who encouraged his hand to the murder of his brothers.
   
RF JDG 9:25 So the Balites of Shekem laid an ambush upon the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who passed near them in the road, and it was reported to Abimelek.
   
RF JDG 9:26 (B. C. 1200.) Gal-ben-Abb conspires against Abimelek.
Then Gal-ben-Abd came to Shekem with his brothers and passed into it, and the Balites of Shekem confided in him,
   
RF JDG 9:27 and went out and reaped their vineyards, and pressed them, and afterwards made a feast, and went to the House of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed Abimelek.
   
RF JDG 9:28 Then Gal-ben-Abd exclaimed, "Who is Abimelek? and what was Shekem that we should be enslaved? Is he not the son of Jerubal, and Zebul his Lieutenant? They were slaves,—those furious, low-bred bastards; but why should we be enslaved?
   
RF JDG 9:29 But if this people were under my hand, I would turn Abimelek off!" Then he shouted against Abimelek, "Collect your army and meet me outside!"
   
RF JDG 9:30 (B.C. 1200.) Zebul Reports the Revolt to Abimelek.
When Zebul, the Commandant of the city, heard of the speech of Gal-ben-Abd, he was furious,
   
RF JDG 9:31 and sent messengers to Abimelek at Tharmah to say;—"I find Gal-ben-Abd and his brothers have come to Shekem, and that your rivals in the town are against you.
   
RF JDG 9:32 So now get up by night, you and all the force with you, and hide in the fields,
   
RF JDG 9:33 and at dawn, when the sun rises, advance and attack the city, and then you, and the force you bring with you, can do to him whatever you find in your power."
   
RF JDG 9:34 Abimelek consequently arose that night and all his force with him, and they advanced secretly against Shekem in four divisions.
   
RF JDG 9:35 But Gal-ben-Abd went out and stationed himself outside the gate of the town. Then Abimelek and the force with him arose from their ambush,
   
RF JDG 9:36 and Gaal saw the force, and asked Zebul, "Is that an army descending from the tops of the hills?" When Zebul replied to him, "You see the shadow of the mountains instead of men!"
   
RF JDG 9:37 But Gal continued to speak and said, Look! it is a force that descends from the highlands, and one division comes from the road of Alan-Maonim!"
   
RF JDG 9:38 Then Zebul replied to him, "Where now is the mouth which said, 'Who is Abimelek? that we should be enslaved? Is not that the man whom you despised? Now go and fight with him"
   
RF JDG 9:39 Abimelek defeats Gaal and captures Shekem, but is killed in Victory.
Gaal consequently went out with the Balites of Shekem and fought with Abimelek.
   
RF JDG 9:40 But Abimelek repulsed him and he fled before him, and many fell wounded before the gate of the town.
   
RF JDG 9:41 (B. C. 1200.) Abimelek then retired to the highlands until Zebul advised Gaal and his relatives against remaining in Shekem;
   
RF JDG 9:42 so when morning came his army went out to the fields; and he reported it to Abimelek;
   
RF JDG 9:43 so he took his force and divided it under three leaders, and lay in ambush in the fields and watched until the army had come clear of the town, when he arose and assailed it.
   
RF JDG 9:44 Then Abimelek and the Officers who were with him rushed and seized the open gate of the town;—and the two other Leaders charged upon all who were in the fields and repulsed them,
   
RF JDG 9:45 whilst Abimelek assailed the town all that day and captured it and killed the people who were in it, and threw down the houses, and sowed it with salt.
   
RF JDG 9:46 (B.C. 1200.) Abimelek Assaults the Fort of Shekem.
When all the Balites of Shekem Tower heard of it, they went to the tower of the House of their god, Brith,
   
RF JDG 9:47 and it was reported to Abimelek that all the Balites had assembled at Shekem Tower.
   
RF JDG 9:48 Abimelek consequently ascended Mount Zalmon with all his force, where he took an axe and cut boughs from the trees, and hoisted them upon his shoulder, and said to the people who were with him, "What you have seen me do, be quick and do the same."
   
RF JDG 9:49 So all the army each cut a branch and marched after Abimelek, and piled them against the tower, and set the tower on fire with them, and thus killed all the people in the Tower of Shekem, about a thousand men and women.
   
RF JDG 9:50 Abimelek besieges Thebetz, but is slain.
Then Abimelek marched to Thebetz, and besieged Thebetz and captured it.
   
RF JDG 9:51 But there was a strong tower in the middle of the town, and all the men and women fled there and shut themselves in, and went to the roof of the Tower.
   
RF JDG 9:52 Abimelek, however, advanced to the tower and assailed it, and approached close to the door of the tower to consume it with fire,
   
RF JDG 9:53 but a woman threw an upper millstone upon the head of Abimelek and broke his skull.
   
RF JDG 9:54 When he immediately called to the youth who carried his arms and said, "Draw your sword and kill me! for fear they should say 'a woman killed him!'" So his Squire drew, and killed him.
   
RF JDG 9:55 And when the men of Israel saw Abimelek was dead each returned to his home.
   
RF JDG 9:56 Thus GOD turned upon Abimelek the wrong which he did to his father, in murdering his seventy brothers;
   
RF JDG 9:57 GOD caused all the wickedness of the men of Shekem to return upon their heads, and brought the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubal upon them.
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