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."
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 JOS 6:1|| (B.C. 1451) The town of Jeriko Resists Joshua.
But Jeriko shut itself up;—and it was shut up before the children of Israel,—none came out, and none went in.
|RF JOS 6:2||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Joshua, "I have given Jeriko to your hand, with the royal commanders of its power.|
|RF JOS 6:3||Therefore let all the troops march round the walls of the city in a circle. Do this for six days.|
|RF JOS 6:4||But on the seventh let the priests take the seven trumpets of the Jubilee from before the Ark, and on the seventh encirclement of the city, after the seventh time, the priests shall sound with the trumpets,|
|RF JOS 6:5||and at the crash of the horns of Jubilee,—at the sound of the voice of the trumpets, all the forces shall shout with a great shout, when the walls of the city will fall down, and the people shall go up, each ahead of himself."|
|RF JOS 6:6||Joshua the son of Nun consequently summoned the priests, and said to them; "Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests carry the seven Jubilee Trumpets before the Ark of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF JOS 6:7||And he himself commanded the forces; "March and surround the city!" He then passed before the Ark of the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF JOS 6:8||and Joshua said to the People and the seven priests who carried the seven Jubilee Trumpets before the EVER-LIVING; "March on and blow the trumpets, and the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING shall follow you."|
|RF JOS 6:9||So part marched before the priests who blew the trumpets and the others marched after the Ark,—marching and blowing the trumpets.|
|RF JOS 6:10||But Joshua commanded the force; "Do not shout, and let not your voice be heard, and let no word come from your mouth, until the day when I tell you to shout—then shout out!"|
|RF JOS 6:11||Thus the Ark of the EVER-LIVING marched round the city with measured step once. Then they returned to the camp, and rested in the camp.|
|RF JOS 6:12||When Joshua arose next morning the priests took up the Ark of the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF JOS 6:13||and seven priests took the seven Jubilee Trumpets from before the Ark. Marching, they marched and sounded the trumpets, and the vanguard marched before them, and the rear marched after the Ark of the EVER-LIVING, marching and blowing trumpets,|
|RF JOS 6:14||and circuited the city the second day, once, and returned to the camp. They did the same for six days.|
|RF JOS 6:15||But when the seventh day arrived, at the departure of darkness, they circled the city as instructed seven times;—yes! they circled the city seven times,|
|RF JOS 6:16||and, at the seventh time, the priests sounded the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people; "Cheer! for the EVER-LIVING has given you this city!|
|RF JOS 6:17||and the city shall be devoted, it, and all that is in it, to the EVER-LIVING, except Rahab the innkeeper, she shall live; she and all who are in her house, for she concealed the messengers whom we sent.|
|RF JOS 6:18||But except them, keep yourselves from the devoted things, lest you should be tempted to take some from the devoted, and put it in the camp of Israel, and bring destruction and trouble to it.|
|RF JOS 6:19||For all silver, and gold, and brass, and iron, are sacred to the EVER-LIVING. It must come to the treasury of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF JOS 6:20|| The Walls of Jeriko Fall.
Then the People cheered, and the trumpets sounded!and when the People heard the sound of the trumpets, then the people cheered with a loud cheering; then the walls fell down, and the men went into the city, each before himself and captured the town,
|RF JOS 6:21||and destroyed all who were in the city, both men and women, from the young to the old, and even cattle and sheep, and asses, by the edge of the sword.|
|RF JOS 6:22||But Joshua had said to the two men who spied the country; "Go to the house of the innkeeping woman, and bring that woman from there, and all who are with her, as you promised to her."|
|RF JOS 6:23||Consequently the young spies went and brought out Rahab, and her father and mother, and brothers, and all who were with her;|
|RF JOS 6:24||however, the silver and gold, and furniture of brass and iron, they gave to the treasury of the House of the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF JOS 6:25||But Joshua granted life to Rahab the innkeeper, and the family of her father, and all belonging to her (and they are resident in the heart of Israel to this day), because she concealed the messengers whom Joshua had sent to spy Jeriko.|
|RF JOS 6:26|| A Curse put on the Site of Jeriko.
At the same time Joshua swore saying; "Let the man be accursed before the EVER-LIVING who raises and builds this city of Jeriko! Let him lay the foundation on his first born and set up the gates on his youngest!"
|RF JOS 6:27||Thus the EVER-LIVING was with Joshua, and his fame spread over all the country.|