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 15:1||
And the boundary of the tribe of Judah for their families was from the border of Eden,—from the desert of Zin on the south, to the limits of Thiman;
|RF JOS 15:2||and their southern border ran from the side of the Salt Sea, on the bay running south of the ascent of Akrabim,|
|RF JOS 15:3||and passing over at Tzin, and ascending from the south to Kadesh-barnea, then passing from Khatzehon, and ascending to Ader, where it turned to Karkah;|
|RF JOS 15:4||thence passing to Alzman and ascending the river of Mitzeraim, and the termination of the boundary is at the sea. This is their southern boundary.|
|RF JOS 15:5||But the eastern boundary is the Salt Lake to the mouth of the Jordan; and the boundary on the north side is from the bay of that lake at the mouth of the Jordan,|
|RF JOS 15:6||where the border ascends to Beth-Khaglah, and passes on the north of Beth-arba, where the boundary ascends to Abenbahn of the Beni-Reuben.|
|RF JOS 15:7||Thence the boundary ascends to Debir, from the vale of Akor, and to the northward to Gilgal, where it touches the ascent of Admin, which is to the south of the river; whence the border passes to the brook of the Sun-well,1 and its termination is at the Spies-well.|
|RF JOS 15:8||Thence the boundary ascends by the vale of Ben-hinom to the cliff of the Jebusites which is south of Jerusalem, whence the line ascends to the top of the hill which is opposite the vale of Hinom, westward, which is the boundary of the Rephaim, northwards.|
|RF JOS 15:9||Then the line is drawn from the top of the hill to the source of the brook Nefthokh, and goes to the village of Mount Afron, where the boundary ascends to Krith-Jarim,|
|RF JOS 15:10||where the line turns from the ascent westwards to Mount Sair, and passes the cliff of Mount Jarim from the north to Kisalon and descends to Beth-shemesh, and passes to Thimnah.|
|RF JOS 15:11||Then the boundary comes to the cliff of Akron on the north, and the line draws on to Shrikron, and passes the Hill of Balah, and comes to Jabnal, which is the termination of the boundary on the west.|
|RF JOS 15:12||But the western boundary is the Great Sea. This is the boundary of the sons of Judah, including their families.|
|RF JOS 15:13||(B.C. 1426.) But to Kaleb the son of Jefunneh an estate was given amongst the sons of Judah, by command of the EVER-LIVING to Joshua, of the four cities of Ani the Anak,2|
|RF JOS 15:14||and Kaleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Shishi and Akhiman, and Thalmi, the descendants of Anak.|
|RF JOS 15:15||Then he descended from there to the people of Debir,3|
|RF JOS 15:16||where Kaleb said, "Whoever conquers Krith-sefer and captures it, I will give him Aksah my daughter for a wife."|
|RF JOS 15:17||and Athnial the son of Kenez, the brother of Kaleb, captured it, and he gave him Aksah his daughter as a wife.|
|RF JOS 15:18||But when she came he persuaded her to ask her father for a farm; so she dismounted from her ass,|
|RF JOS 15:19|| when Kaleb asked her "What is it?" And she replied, "Give me a blessing with the southern land you have given me;—give me springs of water." He therefore gave her the upper springs and lower springs.
2. v14. ("Which is Hebron.") These words are a very ancient editorial note, probably by Ezra.—F.F.
3. v15. ("But the name of Debir was formerly Krith-sefir.") These words are a very ancient editorial note, probably by Ezra.—F.F.
|RF JOS 15:20||These are the possessions of the sons of Judah, for their families.|
|RF JOS 15:21||These villages were on the borders of the tribe of the children of Judah on the border of Edom towards the south: Kebzal and Adar, and Jagir;|
|RF JOS 15:22||and Kinah, and Dimonah, and Ada-dah,|
|RF JOS 15:23||and Kadesh, and Khatzor,|
|RF JOS 15:24||Ithran; Zuf, and Telem, and Baloth;|
|RF JOS 15:25||Khatzer and Khadathah, and Kirioth,|
|RF JOS 15:26||Khatzron1; Amam, and Shima,|
|RF JOS 15:27||and Molda, and Khatzer-Gadah, and|
|RF JOS 15:28||Khashman and Bethfalit; and Khat-zer the lower, and Bar-Sheba,|
|RF JOS 15:29||and Biziothiah; Balah, and Azim, and|
|RF JOS 15:30||Atzam; and Altholad, and Kesil,|
|RF JOS 15:31||and Kharmah; and Ziklag,|
|RF JOS 15:32||and Madmanah, and Sinsanah; and Libanth and Shilkhim, and Ain, and Rimon, Kal-admah, Asrim, and|
|RF JOS 15:33||Thisha, and Khatzihan; Bashfilah,|
|RF JOS 15:34||Ashthaul, and Tzurah, and Ashuah; and Zinokh, and Ani-banim, Thafokh,|
|RF JOS 15:35||and Ainam; Jarmoth and Adlam,|
|RF JOS 15:36||Sokah, and Azkah; and Sharim, and Arithaim, and Gadrah, and Gadothaim, fourteen towns, and|
|RF JOS 15:37||Khazriben; Tzinan, and Khardashah|
|RF JOS 15:38||and Migdal-Gad, and Dilan, and|
|RF JOS 15:39||Mitzpha, and Zakthal; Lakish, and|
|RF JOS 15:40||Batzkath, and Aglon, and Kabon,|
|RF JOS 15:41||and Lakhmas, and Kithlish; and Gaderoth, Beth-dagon, and Namah, and Makedah, sixteen towns and villages;|
|RF JOS 15:42||Libnah, and Athar and|
|RF JOS 15:43||Ashan; and Jafthakh, and Ashna,|
|RF JOS 15:44||and Netzib; and Kailaph, Aktzite, and Marashah, nine towns and villages;|
|RF JOS 15:45||Akron and its daughters and villages.|
|RF JOS 15:46||From Akron and westward all that is about Ashdod, and its villages.|
|RF JOS 15:47||Ashdod and its daughters and villages; Azah, and its daughters and villages to the river of Mitzeraim, and the shore of the Great Sea;|
|RF JOS 15:48||and in the highlands Shamir, and Jether, and Sokah;|
|RF JOS 15:49|| Danah, and Kiriah-sana,2 and Anab,
1. (" Which is Khatzer.") The bracketed words are an old editor's note.—F.F.
2. Ch. 15:48-60. All the following bracketed explanations are later editorial notes. Therefore I remove them from the text to the page foot, their proper place.—F.F.
("Which is Debir.")
("Which is Hebron.")
("Which is Krith-Jarim.")
|RF JOS 15:50||and Ashthenah, and Anim, and|
|RF JOS 15:51||Ghoshen, and Kholon, and Ghilah, eleven towns and their villages.|
|RF JOS 15:52||Arad and Dinnah, and Ashon, and Janum, and Beth-tafokha, and Afakah;|
|RF JOS 15:53||and Khumtah, and Kiriatharba,1|
|RF JOS 15:54||and Izair. Nine towns with their villages|
|RF JOS 15:55||Inner Carmel, and Zif,|
|RF JOS 15:56||and Yotah, and Israal, and|
|RF JOS 15:57||Jakdom, and Zanokh; Hakin, Ghibah, and Thimna, ten towns with their villages.|
|RF JOS 15:58||Khalkhul, Beth-tzur, and Ghider,|
|RF JOS 15:59||and Marth, and Beth-Anoth, and Althekon,—six towns and their villages.|
|RF JOS 15:60||Krith-bal, and Arbah,—two towns and their villages.|
|RF JOS 15:61||In the Wilderness, Beth-arbah, Midin, and Skakah;|
|RF JOS 15:62||and Nibshan, and Air-amalakh, and Ain-ghedi.|
|RF JOS 15:63||But the Jebusi continued in Jerusalem. The children of Judah were not able to expel them; so the Jebusi continue to reside amongst the sons of Judah in Jerusalem to this time.|