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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 SA1 14:1 (B.C. 1087.) Jonathans bold attack on the Philistine garrison at Laz.
But one day Jonathan, Saul's son, said to the squire, his armour-bearer, "Let us go and pass over to the garrison of the Philishtim that is on the other side of Laz. But he did not inform his father,
   
RF SA1 14:2 for Saul was posted on the back of the hills, in the caves, the hollows that are in the cliffs, and the force with him was only about six hundred men,
   
RF SA1 14:3 with Akhiah, ben-Ahitub, brother of Aikabod, ben-Phineas, ben-Eli, the priest of the EVER-LIVING in Shiloh, who carried the ephod. So the force knew not that Jonathan had gone out.
   
RF SA1 14:4 Now on the pass by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the garrison of the Philishtim, there was a rock projecting into the pass on this side, and a rock projecting on the other side,—and the name of the first was Betzetz, and the name of the other Sanah.1
   
RF SA1 14:5 The one projection was from the rock on the north, opposite Mikmash, and the other was from the south opposite the hill.2
   
RF SA1 14:6 So Jonathan said to the squire who carried his arms, "Let us go and cross over to the garrison of these blackguards. Perhaps the EVER-LIVING will help us, for there is no difference to the EVER-LIVING saving by many or few."
   
RF SA1 14:7 And his arms-bearer answered him, "Do all that is in your heart. I will go with you as your heart desires."
   
RF SA1 14:8 Then Jonathan replied,—"You see we wish to pass over to these men, and to capture them.
   
RF SA1 14:9 If therefore they say thus to us, Keep quiet until we come down to you,' then we will stand still below, and not go up to them.
   
RF SA1 14:10 But if they say Come up to us,' then we will go up, for the EVER-LIVING will give them into our hand; and that shall be the sign of it to us."
   
RF SA1 14:11 When the two approached the garrison of the Philishtim, and the Philishtim cried out, "See! The Hebrews are coming from the holes where they have hidden themselves"
   
RF SA1 14:12 And the men of the garrison shouted out to Jonathan and his arms-bearer and said to them, "Come up to us! and we will teach you something!" So Jonathan said to his squire, "Come up after me, for the EVER-LIVING has given them into the hand of Israel!"
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1 Vv. 4-5 can only be understood by the aid of local geography.
2 But if this is anywhere near right, then I do not see the object of such a description. It is a difficult passage. It seems to me that at the end of v. 5 there is a gap in the MSS., as the description has nothing do with the following v. 6 as it now reads.—F, F.
   
RF SA1 14:13 Jonathan therefore climbed up on his hands and feet, with his squire after him, and they fell back before Jonathan and his squire, as if death followed after them.
   
RF SA1 14:14 This was a great defeat when Jonathan and his squire slew some twenty men in an enclosure of about half an acre of ground.
   
RF SA1 14:15 There was also a trembling in the camp, and in the ground, and in all the troops of the army, and the plunderers themselves also trembled; and there was an earthquake,—for it was a divine terror.
   
RF SA1 14:16 The watchmen with Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin also perceived the rumbling with horror, and staggered and were as in a dream.
   
RF SA1 14:17 Then Saul said to the force with him, "Muster now, and ascertain who has gone from us." They consequently mustered and did not find Jonathan and his squire,
   
RF SA1 14:18 therefore Saul said to Ahiah, "Approach the Ark of GOD," (for there was an Ark of GOD in those days with Israel,1)
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1 V. 18. "An Ark," not "the Ark," which at that time was at Ephratha in the Woods.—F.F.
   
RF SA1 14:19 and while Saul was speaking to the Priest a roaring came from the camp of the Philishtim, and it rolled, and rolled, and raged. Then Saul said to the Priest, "Take away your hand!"
   
RF SA1 14:20 and Saul and all the force who were with him cheered and advanced, and when they arrived at the Camp, they saw the sword of each was against his companion, in excessive confusion;
   
RF SA1 14:21 for the Hebrews who served formerly with the Philishtim had mutinied, and joined themselves with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
   
RF SA1 14:22 The Philistines fly in Panic.
When all the men of Israel, who had hidden in Mount Ephraim, heard that the Philishtim had fled, and were routed, they also advanced to the battle;
   
RF SA1 14:23 For the EVER-LIVING rescued Israel on that day. thus the fighting passed on to Beth-aven.
   
RF SA1 14:24 But the men of Israel were exhausted by that time. Saul, therefore, bound the army, saying, "Accursed be the man who eats food before dark, and who does not accompany me against my enemies!" So none of the army tasted food.
   
RF SA1 14:25 All the country was woodland; honey lay openly on the ground;
   
RF SA1 14:26 and the army came into the wood, and saw the honeycomb, but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the curse.
   
RF SA1 14:27 Jonathan, however, had not heard the curse of his father to the army, so he extended the end of the club that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes were enlightened.
   
RF SA1 14:28 But a man from among the forces remarked, "Your father bound the army, and said, ' Accursed be the man who eats food today! '—Although the army was exhausted."
   
RF SA1 14:29 But Jonathan answered, "My father troubles the army. Look, now, how my eyes are brightened by tasting this bit of honey!—
   
RF SA1 14:30 Indeed, why should not the army have eaten today of the spoil of its enemies which it found?—for then would not the defeat of the Philishtim have been increased?"
   
RF SA1 14:31 However they fought the Philishtim that day from Mikmash to Ailon, and the forces were greatly exhausted;
   
RF SA1 14:32 so the men rushed on the booty and seized sheep, and cows, and calves, and slaughtered them on the ground and they ate with the blood.
   
RF SA1 14:33 But it was reported to Saul, "Look, the people are offending the EVER-LIVING by eating with the blood," and he replied, "Prevent it! Roll to me, at once, a big stone!"
   
RF SA1 14:34 Then Saul added., "Serve out to the men, and command every man to bring his bullock to me, or his sheep, and kill them, here, and eat, without offending the EVER-LIVING by eating with the blood." So everyone brought his bullock along with him that night and slaughtered it there.
   
RF SA1 14:35 Saul also built an altar to the EVER-LIVING; for he had promised to build an altar to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF SA1 14:36 Then Saul said, "Let us follow after the Philishtim by night, and assail them at dawn of the morning, and not leave a man of them." And they replied, "Do whatever seems right to you!" But the Priest said, "You must enquire about that of GOD."
   
RF SA1 14:37 Saul therefore enquired of GOD, "Shall I follow after the Philishtim? Will You deliver them to the hand of Israel?" But He did not answer at that time,
   
RF SA1 14:38 consequently Saul exclaimed, "Let every squadron of the army come here to be examined, and show who has offended today!
   
RF SA1 14:39 For by the life of the LORD Who has saved Israel, if it should be Jonathan my son,—he shall be put to death." But there was no response from the whole force.
   
RF SA1 14:40 Then he commanded all Israel, "You shall pass as one, and I and Jonathan my son shall be as one to pass. "And the army answered Saul, "Do what is good in your sight."
   
RF SA1 14:41 Saul therefore said, "EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel! Give a decision!" Then Jonathan and Saul failed; but the army came out.
   
RF SA1 14:42 Consequently Saul said, "Cause it to fall between me and my son Jonathan," and Jonathan failed.
   
RF SA1 14:43 Therefore Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done?" So Jonathan told him, and said, "I tasted from the end of the club I had in my hand a little honey,—and I must die!"
   
RF SA1 14:44 And Saul replied, "GOD do the same to me, and more than this, if Jonathan is not put to death!"
   
RF SA1 14:45 But the army exclaimed to Saul, "Shall Jonathan be put to death who has won this great victory for Israel to-night? As the LORD lives! not a hair shall fall from his head to the ground! For GOD worked today." And thus the army rescued Jonathan:—so he did not die!
   
RF SA1 14:46 Saul consequently went up from following the Philishtim, and the Philishtim returned to their quarters.
   
RF SA1 14:47 (B.C. 1097.) Saul wins his leadership by the battle of Beth-aven, and continued Successes.
Saul in this way won the Leadership over Israel, and fought around with all his enemies. With Moab, and the Beni-Amon, and with Edom, and with the kings of Zobah, and with the Philishtim, and whoever stood up against him he conquered.
   
RF SA1 14:48 He also formed an army and defeated Amalek and delivered Israel out of the power of its ravages.
   
RF SA1 14:49 And the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishur, and Malkishua: and the names of his two daughters were Merab, the eldest, and Michael, the youngest,
   
RF SA1 14:50 and the name of Saul's wife was Akhinam, the daughter of Akhimatz; and the names of the commanders of his armies Abiner ben-Ner, uncle of Saul,
   
RF SA1 14:51 and Kish the father of Saul, and Ner, Abi-Abner ben-Abiel.
   
RF SA1 14:52 And there was fierce war with the Philishtim all the time of Saul, so if Saul saw any brave man, or any capable man, he took him to himself.
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