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 1:1||
God's Command and Promises to Joshua.
|RF JOS 1:2||"My Servant Moses has died;—therefore you arise, cross the Jordan,—you and all the people,—to the country I will give to them To the children of Israel,|
|RF JOS 1:3||I give all the extent that you can march over, as I said to Moses,|
|RF JOS 1:4||from the desert to Lebanon; and from the Great River Frath1 all the country of the Khithites 2 to the Great Sea, at the setting of the sun, shall be your boundaries.|
|RF JOS 1:5||No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, I will be with you. I will never leave nor desert you.|
|RF JOS 1:6||Be strong and bold! for you shall divide that country among this People, as I promised to their fathers to give it to them.|
|RF JOS 1:7||Therefore be very strong and bold! Keep and practice all the laws that I commanded to My servant Moses! Turn not from them to the right hand or the left, but act prudently wherever you go.|
|RF JOS 1:8||You must not remove the book of these laws from before you, but think about it day and night, for you must carefully practice all written in it, for then your career will prosper, so reflect upon it.|
|RF JOS 1:9|| "Have I not commanded you to be strong and bold? Be not afraid or shrink!" for your EVER-LIVING GOD is with you wherever you go! "
1 Euphrates. F.F.
2. Hitites. F.F.
|RF JOS 1:10|| Joshua Prepares to Advance.
Joshua consequently ordered the officers of the People saying;
|RF JOS 1:11||"Go through the midst of the camp and command the People, thus; "Prepare yourselves to march; for at three days from now you must pass over the Jordan, to go to possess the country that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you to hold."|
|RF JOS 1:12|| The Tribe of Reuben and Gad to from the Vanguard.
But to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, Joshua issued this order:
|RF JOS 1:13||"Remember the command that Moses, the servant of the EVER-LIVING, gave to you saying, 'Your EVER-LIVING GOD measured out and gave you this country.|
|RF JOS 1:14||Your wives and children and flocks shall remain in the country which Moses gave to you on this side Jordan, but you must pass over armed before your brothers, with all the strength of your army, and help them,|
|RF JOS 1:15||until the EVER-LIVING has measured out to your brothers, as He has to you, and they also are put into possession of the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD has given to them; then you may return to the country you possess, and hold that which Moses, the servant of the EVER-LIVING, gave to you, on the side of the Jordan toward the sun-rising."|
|RF JOS 1:16||And they replied to Joshua,—"We will do all that you order us, and wherever you send us we will go.|
|RF JOS 1:17||Exactly as we listened to Moses we will listen to you, because your EVER-LIVING GOD is with you, as He was with Moses.|
|RF JOS 1:18||Every man who rebels against you, and will not obey your commands in whatever you order, shall die! Therefore be strong and bold!"|