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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 JOS 11:1 (B.C. 1446.) North Palestine Unites Against Israel.
But when Jabin the king of Tzor heard it, he sent to Yobab, king of Madon, and the king of Shrimron,
   
RF JOS 11:2 and the king of Akshaf, and the Kings who were to the north in the hills, and in the pastures, to the south of Kineroth, and in the grasslands,
   
RF JOS 11:3 and in the marshes about the lake; the Canaanites of the east, and the west, and the Amorites, and the Hitites, and the Perizites, and the Jebusites, in the Hill, and the Hivites below Hermon, in the land of Mizphah,
   
RF JOS 11:4 Who came and all their camps with them, a great army like the sand on the shore of the sea for number, with very many horses and chariots.
   
RF JOS 11:5 So all these kings appointed a rendezvous, and came and encamped together at the Lake of Merom to fight with Israel.
   
RF JOS 11:6 (B.C. 1446.) Then the EVER-LIVING said to Joshua, "Fear not for their presence, for by to-morrow at this time I will give them to be broken before Israel. Hamstring their horses, and burn their chariots with fire."
   
RF JOS 11:7 (B.C. 1446.) Joshua Advances Against the Northern Confederacy.
Then Joshua rapidly advanced and all the forces of the people with him to the Lake of Merom, and fell upon them,
   
RF JOS 11:8 and the EVER-LIVING gave them to the hand of Israel, who defeated, and pursued them at Zidon the Great, and on the shore of the sea, and at the gorge of Mizpah on the east, where he defeated them until only a wreck was left.
   
RF JOS 11:9 And Joshua did to them as the EVER-LIVING commanded him; he hamstrung their horses and burnt their chariots with fire.
   
RF JOS 11:10 (B.C. 1445.) Joshua Captures Tzor (Tyre) the Suzerain of the North Chiefdoms.
Joshua also turned in this campaign and captured Tzor and conquered its king by the sword, for Tzor was before that the head of all these chiefdoms.
   
RF JOS 11:11 Therefore he gave no quarter to its garrison, he devoted all to the edge of the sword, he left not a breath, but burnt Tzor with fire.
   
RF JOS 11:12 And all the chiefdoms and all the districts around it Joshua captured, and subdued them by the sword, devoting them as Moses the servant of the EVER-LIVING commanded.
   
RF JOS 11:13 But the plunder of all these towns, and the cattle,
   
RF JOS 11:14 the children of Israel looted for themselves, except that they put the men to the sword to destroy them. There remained none breathing
   
RF JOS 11:15 As the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses His servant, so Moses commanded to Joshua,—and so Joshua did. He did not reject a word that the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
   
RF JOS 11:16 Consequently Joshua obtained possession of all the country of the hills, and all the south, and all the land of Goshen, and the slopes, and the desert,
   
RF JOS 11:17 and the hill of Israel with its slopes, from the border hills to the ascent of Sair, and from Bal-gad, to the gorge of Lebanon below the hill of Hermon, he captured and completely subdued the whole of their territories.
   
RF JOS 11:18 Joshua was a long period making war against those districts.
   
RF JOS 11:19 No city came peaceably to the children of Israel except the Hivites who inhabited Gibeon.
   
RF JOS 11:20 The rest were taken by war. But this was from the EVER-LIVING, Who emboldened their hearts to oppose Israel in war to devote them, so that they might not find mercy, for they were to be destroyed, as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.
   
RF JOS 11:21 About the same period Joshua went and conquered the Anakim in the Highlands, in Hebron, in Debir, in Anab, and in all the Highlands of Judah, and all the Highlands of Israel-Joshua devoted them with their cities.
   
RF JOS 11:22 He left none of the Anakim in the country of the children of Israel, except they were left in Azah, in Gath and Ashdod.
   
RF JOS 11:23 Thus Joshua took possession, in the way the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses. After which Joshua allotted to Israel the districts for their tribes, and the country rested from war.
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