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 18:1||(B.C. 1430.) Afterwards all the Parliament of the children of Israel assembled at Shiloh and erected there the Hall of Assembly, for the country had been subjected before them.|
|RF JOS 18:2|| (B.C. 1429.) Joshua Plans a Complete Conquest of the Country.
But there remained seven tribes of the children of Israel who had not received their districts, so Joshua said to the sons of Israel;
|RF JOS 18:3||"Till when will you delay to go and seize the country which the EVER-LIVING GOD of your fathers gave to you?|
|RF JOS 18:4||Choose for yourselves three men, princes from each tribe, and I will send them, and they shall go over the country and map it into districts for you, and then come to me.|
|RF JOS 18:5||They must divide it into seven portions. Judah has had his bounds fixed from the south, and the house of Joseph has had its bounds fixed from the north.|
|RF JOS 18:6||So you must map out the country into seven parts, and come back to me here, and I will draw the lots for you before your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF JOS 18:7||However there is no share for the Levites amongst you; the EVER-LIVING is their share; and Gad and Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh have taken their shares beyond the Jordan, to the eastward, which Moses the servant of the EVER-LIVING gave them."|
|RF JOS 18:8|| (B.C. 1429.) The Surveyors Examine and Map out the Unconquered Parts.
The princes then arose and went, and Joshua appointed their routes to map out the country, saying, "Go and travel through the land and map it, and return to me, and then I will throw the lots for you before the EVER-LIVING in Shiloh."
|RF JOS 18:9||The princes thereupon went, and passed over, and mapped out the land with its towns into seven shares on a sheet, and then returned to Joshua to the camp in Shiloh,|
|RF JOS 18:10||where Joshua threw the lots for them in Shiloh, before the EVER-LIVING. Thus Joshua divided the country to the children of Israel, to each a share.|
|RF JOS 18:11||And he threw the lot for the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, with their families; and the lot came fixing them between the sons of Judah and the sons of Joseph.|
|RF JOS 18:12||And their boundaries were, on the north side, from the Jordan, whence the line ascended to the cliff of Jericho on the north, and went up the hill westward, and terminated at the Desert of Bethaven;|
|RF JOS 18:13||and the boundary passed from there to Luz, at the cliff of Luz, southward of Bethel, whence the line descends to Ataroth-adar, upon the hill that is to the south of Beth-horon the Lower.|
|RF JOS 18:14||Thence the border extends, and turns to the side of the lake southward from the hill which is opposite Beth-horon the Southern, and terminates at Krith-bal,1—this is the side towards the Lake.|
|RF JOS 18:15||But the southern side is from the bound of Krith-bal, whence the line goes westerly, and comes to the source of the Brook Nefthokh;|
|RF JOS 18:16||thence the border descends the side of the hill which is opposite the valley of Ben-Hinom, where the gully of the Rephaim is, to the north, and descends the vale of Hinom to the cliff of the Jebusi, southward, and runs down to the Well of Roghel,|
|RF JOS 18:17||then runs from the north and comes to the Suns Well,2 and goes on to Ghililoth, where it touches the ascent of Admam, and descends to Aben-bahu of the sons of Reuben;|
|RF JOS 18:18||where it passes the cliff opposite the Dry-lands to the north and descends to Arabath,|
|RF JOS 18:19||where the border passes the cliff of Beth-khagla to the north, and the terminus of the boundary arrives at the bay of the Salt Lake on the north, by the mouth of the Jordan. This is the south border southerly.|
|RF JOS 18:20||But the Jordan bounds it on the eastern side. This was the share of the sons of Benjamin with its boundaries for their families.|
|RF JOS 18:21||The towns of the sons of Benjamin for their families were, Jeriko, and Beth-khagla, and Amak-Katzitz,|
|RF JOS 18:22||and Beth-arbah, and Zimeraim, and Bethel,|
|RF JOS 18:23||and Hairim, and Parah, and Afrah,|
|RF JOS 18:24||and Kefir, Amom, Afur, and Gaba,—twelve towns with their villages;|
|RF JOS 18:25||Ghiban, and Harmah; and Baroth,|
|RF JOS 18:26||and Mitzfah, and Kefirah, and Motzah;|
|RF JOS 18:27||and Rekim, and Irfal, and Thiralah;|
|RF JOS 18:28|| and Tzela, Alef, and Jebusi,3 Gibrab, and Krith,—fourteen towns with their villages. This was the share of the sons of Benjamin for their families.
1 V. 14 Bracketed parts are the explanatory notes of an ancient editor.—F.F.
("Which is Krith-yarim, a city of the sons of Judah.")
3. Old editor's note, probably Ezra's. ("That is Jerusalem."—F.F.)