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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 NUM 1:1

Command to Organize an Army.
THE EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, at the Hall of Assembly, in the first month, in the second year of the years after coming from the land of the Mitzeraim, commanding;

   
RF NUM 1:2 "Record the names of all the chiefs of the children of Israel by the families of their ancestors in the Register of Names; each man from his own roll;
   
RF NUM 1:3 from twenty years old and upwards, all who can go to war of the children of Israel—you and Aaron organize them into their own regiments.
   
RF NUM 1:4 They must be assigned each to his own tribe, —each to the captain of the house of his ancestors.
   
RF NUM 1:5 And these are the names of the men you shall appoint over them. "To Reuben, Alizur the son of Shadiaur;
   
RF NUM 1:6 "To Simeon, Shemulial, the son of Tzurishadai;
   
RF NUM 1:7 "To Judah, Makshan, the son of Aminadab;
   
RF NUM 1:8 "To Issakar, Nakishan the son of Tzoar;
   
RF NUM 1:9 "To Zebulon, Aliab, the son of Khilon;
   
RF NUM 1:10 "To the sons of Joseph;—To Ephraim, Alishamar, the son of Amihud; "To Manasseh, Gamalial the son of Phidatzur;
   
RF NUM 1:11 "To Benjamin, Abidan the son of Ghidoni;
   
RF NUM 1:12 "To Dan, Akhiazer the son of Amishaddai;
   
RF NUM 1:13 "To Asher, Phanuel the son of Aknan,
   
RF NUM 1:14 "To Gad, Aliashur the son of Rauel;
   
RF NUM 1:15 "To Naphtali, Akhira the son of Ainan; "I have nominated these to be chiefs to bear the standards of the tribes of their ancestors.
   
RF NUM 1:16 They are the princes of the regiments of Israel.
   
RF NUM 1:17 "Moses and Aaron therefore took these men who were indicated to them by name,
   
RF NUM 1:18 and they summoned all the chiefs of families on the first of the second month, and they produced to them their records of the houses of their fathers, from the Books of Register, from twenty years old and upwards by their records;—
   
RF NUM 1:19 as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses, and appointed in the desert of Sinai.
   
RF NUM 1:20 And these were descendants of the sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel, according to the registers of their ancestral houses in the records of names on their heads;—all males of twenty years old and upwards; all capable of army-service,
   
RF NUM 1:21 regimented under the standard of Reuben, forty-six thousand, five hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:22 Of the men descended from Simeon, by the register of the house of their fathers, arranged from the records of names on their heads, all males of twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:23 regimented under the standard of Simeon, fifty-nine thousand, and six hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:24 Of the men descended from Gad, from the registers of their ancestral houses by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:25 regimented under the standard of Gad, forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty.
   
RF NUM 1:26 Of the men descended from Judah, by the register of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:27 regimented under the standard of Judah, seventy-four thousand, six hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:28 Of the men descended from Issakar, by the registers of their ancestral houses in the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:29 regimented under the standard of Issakar, fifty thousand, four hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:30 Of the men descended from Zebulon, by the registers of their ancestral houses in the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:31 regimented under the standard of Zebulon, fifty-seven thousand, four hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:32 Of the men of Joseph; of the sons descended from Ephraim, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:33 regimented under the standard of Ephraim, forty thousand, five hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:34 Of the men descended from Manasseh, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards, —all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:35 regimented under the standard of Manasseh, thirty thousand, two hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:36 Of the men descended from Benjamin, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards, —all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:37 regimented under the standard of Benjamin, thirty-five thousand, four hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:38 Of the men descended from Dan, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards,—all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:39 regimented under the standard of Dan, sixty-two thousand, seven hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:40 Of the men descended from Asher, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards, —all capable of army-service,—
   
RF NUM 1:41 regimented under the standard of Asher, forty-one thousand, five hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:42 Of the men descended from Naphtali, by the registers of their ancestral houses, by the record of names, from twenty years old and upwards, —all capable of army-service—
   
RF NUM 1:43 regimented under the standard of Naphtali, fifty-three thousand, four hundred.
   
RF NUM 1:44 These were the Army Divisions that Moses and Aaron organized; and the generals of Israel were twelve men;—each was appointed from the house of their fathers.
   
RF NUM 1:45 And the officers of the children of Israel were all from the house of their fathers from twenty years old and upwards, all capable of army-service in Israel
   
RF NUM 1:46 and the total number of all the rolled was six hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and fifty.
   
RF NUM 1:47 The Levites, however, were not enrolled among them.
   
RF NUM 1:48 The Appointment of a Priesthood.
Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses commanding;
   
RF NUM 1:49 "Regarding the tribe of Levi; you shall not enroll it, so that they may not raise their head in the midst of the sons of Israel.
   
RF NUM 1:50 However you shall organize the Levites for the sanctuary of the nation, and for all the services, and for all pertaining to them. They shall carry the sanctuary and all its furniture, and shall encamp round and guard the sanctuary.
   
RF NUM 1:51 When the sanctuary is to advance, the Levites shall take it down; and when the sanctuary is to be, pitched the Levites shall raise it, and the stranger who approaches shall be killed.
   
RF NUM 1:52 But the sons of Israel shall attend each to their own camp, and each to the flag of their regiments,
   
RF NUM 1:53 whilst the Levites must attend about the sanctuary of the nation, that there may not be anger upon the nation of the sons of Israel; therefore the Levites shall guard the sanctuary of the nation."
   
RF NUM 1:54 The children of Israel consequently did all that the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses. They did it.
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