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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 19:1

The second lot, however, came out for Simeon: for the sons of Simeon with their families,—but their share was in the middle of the sons of Judah,

   
RF JOS 19:2 and that district ran from Barsheba, and Sheba, and Moladah,
   
RF JOS 19:3 and Fort Shoal, and Balah, and Atzem,
   
RF JOS 19:4 and Altholah, and Bethul, and Kharmah,
   
RF JOS 19:5 and Tziklag, and Beth-mara-bath, and Fort Susah,
   
RF JOS 19:6 and Beth-libanth, and Rashokum—thirteen towns with their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:7 Ain, Rimon, and Ather, and Ashan; four towns with their villages,
   
RF JOS 19:8 and all the districts that surrounded the cities, which were Adbulath, Bar, and Raamah to the south. This was the share of the tribe of the sons of Simeon, for their families.
   
RF JOS 19:9 The share of the tribe of the sons of Simeon was within the lines of the sons of Judah, for the district of the sons of Judah was too much for them, so the sons of Simeon shared with them.
   
RF JOS 19:10 But the third lot fell to the sons of Zebulon for their families, and the boundary of their district began at Sarid.
   
RF JOS 19:11 And these are the boundaries to the westward, Maralah, and Faga on the Hill, and Gefa on the River, which is opposite Zaknon;
   
RF JOS 19:12 but it turns from Sarid eastwards, towards the rising sun, at the border of Kis-loth-Thabor, and goes to Dabareth, and the ascent of Jaghia;
   
RF JOS 19:13 and from there it passes eastward, towards the sunrise, to Ghith-Khafer, Atha, and Katzin and goes to Rimon, to Mithar, to Nah,
   
RF JOS 19:14 where the line rounds from the north of Kanathan, and its terminus is at the valley of Jathfakh-el,
   
RF JOS 19:15 and Katath, and Nahlal, and Shim-ron, and Yadulah, and Beth-liklam;—twelve towns with their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:16 This was the share of the sons of Zebulon, with their families,—these towns and their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:17 The fourth lot came to the sons of Issakar for their families,
   
RF JOS 19:18 and its boundaries were, to Izraal, and Kisloth, and Shonam,
   
RF JOS 19:19 and Kafarim, and Shiaun, and Anakhrath,
   
RF JOS 19:20 and Rabith, and Kishion, and Abetz;
   
RF JOS 19:21 Raamah, and Ain-ghinmi, and Ain-khadah, and Beth-fatzatz;
   
RF JOS 19:22 and Faga the Great, by Thabor, and Shakhazta-mah, and Beth-shems; and the terminations of the boundaries were at the Jordan;—sixteen towns and their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:23 This was the district of the tribe of the sons of Issakar, for their families, the towns and their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:24 And the fifth lot came to the tribe of the sons of Ashur, with their families.
   
RF JOS 19:25 And the boundaries of the district were;—Khali, and Beten, and Akshaf, and Ahualek,
   
RF JOS 19:26 and Amad, and Misheal, and Faga in Karmel; towards the west were Bashighor, with her daughters.
   
RF JOS 19:27 Then it turned eastward towards the sun by Beth-gha-don, and Faga in Zebulon and by the vale of Jafthakh-al,
   
RF JOS 19:28 and Abron and Rekhob, and Khamron, and Kanah, to Zidon the Great.
   
RF JOS 19:29 There the boundary turned to Raamah, and Adair, and Mibtzar-tzor, where the line turns to Khosah, and its western terminus is by the line of Akzibah,
   
RF JOS 19:30 and Amah, and Afek, and Rekhob;—twelve towns with their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:31 This is the district of the tribe of the sons of Ashur, with their families,—these towns and these villages.
   
RF JOS 19:32 Then came the sixth lot for the sons of Naphtali:—for the sons of Naphtali with their families;
   
RF JOS 19:33 and the boundaries from Khalaf, and Alon, to Tzanarim, and Adim to Nekob, and Zabual, to Lakum, and its terminus was the Jordan.
   
RF JOS 19:34 Then the border turned westward to Aznoth-Thaber, and went from there to Khukka with Faga of Zebulon on the south, but Ashur had Faga on the Lake, and with Judah and the Jordan towards the sunrise.
   
RF JOS 19:35 And the towns were Mibtzar, Tzadim, Tzor, with Khamath, Rakath, and Kineroth;
   
RF JOS 19:36 and Adma, and Romah and Khatzor,
   
RF JOS 19:37 and Kadesh, and Ade-roi, and An-khatzer;
   
RF JOS 19:38 and Iraim, and Migdad-al, Kharem, and Beth-anath,
   
RF JOS 19:39 and Beth-shemsh;—nineteen towns with their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:40 The seventh lot came to the tribe of the sons of Dan; with their families,
   
RF JOS 19:41 and the boundary of their district was, Tzarah, and Ashthaul, and Air-shemsh,
   
RF JOS 19:42 and Shabalm, and Ailon, and Zathlali,
   
RF JOS 19:43 and Ailan, and Thim-nathah, and Akron,
   
RF JOS 19:44 and Athlakab, and Ghibethon, and Balath,
   
RF JOS 19:45 and Yand, and Beni-bekr, and Gath-rimon,
   
RF JOS 19:46 and Mi-Zerkon, and Rakan, to the bound of the cape of Yafo.1
   
RF JOS 19:47 But the sons of Dan extended beyond this boundary, for the sons of Dan ascended and besieged Leshem, and captured and conquered it at the point of the sword, and seized and dwelt in it, and called it Leshem-Dan, after the name of their ancestor Dan.
   
RF JOS 19:48 This was the district of the tribe of the sons of Dan, for their families,—these towns with their villages.
   
RF JOS 19:49 (B.C. 1428.) Thus the division of the country was completed, with the boundaries, and the children of Israel were given their shares by Joshua the son of Nun, whilst with them.
   
RF JOS 19:50 A Village granted to Joshua.
They gave to him by command of the EVER-LIVING the city that is called Thimnath-Serakh on Mount Ephraim, and he built the town and resided in it.
   
RF JOS 19:51 These are the districts which Aliazer the priest and Joshua the son of Nun assigned, with the chiefs of the tribes of the children of Israel, by lot, at Shiloh, before the EVER-LIVING in the open Hall of Assembly, when they made the division of the country.
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1. Ch 19, V. 47-("But the sons of Dan extended beyond this boundary, for the sons of Dan, ascended and besieged Leshem, and captured and conquered it at the point of the sword, and seized and dwelt in it, and called it Leshem-Dan, after the name of their ancestor Dan") is an ancient editor's note, not part of the original text. Probably Ezra added it to explain the extended limits of Dan. See Judges, Ch. 17, date about 1120 BC. for the event.—F.F.
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