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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 21:1 (B.C. 1428.) Cities Granted to the Levites.
The chief fathers of the Levites also approached Aliazer the Priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel,
   
RF JOS 21:2 and addressed them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying;—
"The EVER-LIVING commanded by the medium of Moses to give residential towns to us, and pasture for our cattle."
   
RF JOS 21:3 So the children of Israel gave to the Levites from their districts, by command of the EVER-LIVING, these cities and their pasture lands.
   
RF JOS 21:4 When the lot was drawn for the family of the Kahthi, it came for the sons of Aaron the priest of the Levites, from the tribe of Judah, and from the tribe of Simeon, and from the tribe of Benjamin,—thirteen towns by lot.
   
RF JOS 21:5 But for the other sons of Kahth, with their families, from the tribe of Ephraim, and from the tribe of Dan, and from the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities by lot.
   
RF JOS 21:6 But to the sons of Ghershon with their families, from the tribe of Issakar, and from the tribe of Ashur, and from the tribe of Naphtali, and from the half tribe of Manasseh,—thirteen cities.
   
RF JOS 21:7 To the sons of Merari, with their families, from the tribe of Reuben, and from the tribe of Gad, and from the tribe of Zebulon, twelve cities.
   
RF JOS 21:8 So the children of Israel gave these cities by lot to the Levites, with their pasture lands, as the EVER-LIVING commanded, by means of Moses.
   
RF JOS 21:9 But the tribe of the sons of Judah, and the tribe of the sons of Simeon, gave these towns, which are recited by name,
   
RF JOS 21:10 and they were for the sons of Aaron of the family of the Kahthi, of the sons of Levi, for the first lot came to them.
   
RF JOS 21:11 Consequently they gave to them Krith-arba,—he was the father of Anak, in the highlands of Judah. But the pastures around it, and the farms of the city, and the villages around it,
   
RF JOS 21:12 they gave to Kaleb the son of Jefunneh, as his own estate.
   
RF JOS 21:13 But to the sons of Aaron the priest, they gave the City of Refuge for the manslayer, (at Hebron,) with its pasturage, and Libnah, with its pasturage,
   
RF JOS 21:14 and Ither, with its pasturage; "and Ashtemoa, with its pasturage,
   
RF JOS 21:15 and Kholan, with its pasturage, and Debir, with its pasturage;
   
RF JOS 21:16 and Ain, with its pasturage, and Juta, with its pasturage; and Beth-shems, with its pasturage; ten towns from those two tribes.
   
RF JOS 21:17 And from the tribe of Benjamin Gibeon, with its pasturage, and Gheba, with its pasturage,
   
RF JOS 21:18 and Anathoth, with its pasturage, and Almon, with its pasturage; four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:19 All the towns of the sons of Aaron the priest were thirteen towns with their pasturage.
   
RF JOS 21:20 And to the family of the sons of Kahath, with the other Levites, beside the sons of Kahth, towns were allotted to them from the tribe of Ephraim;
   
RF JOS 21:21 and they gave them the Cities of Refuge for the manslayer, Shekem, with its pasturage in Mount Ephraim, and Ghezir, with its pastures;
   
RF JOS 21:22 and Kibtzin, with its pastures, and Beth-horon, with its pastures;—four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:23 And from the tribe of Dan, Althaka, with its pastures; and Ghibthon, with its pastures;
   
RF JOS 21:24 and Ailon, with its pastures; Beth-Rimon, with its pastures;—four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:25 And from the half tribe of Manasseh, Anak, with its pastures; and Gath-rimon, with its pastures;—two towns.
   
RF JOS 21:26 In all ten towns, with their pastures, to the family of the sons of Kahath with others.
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1. V. 11 ("It is Hebron") is an ancient editorial note.—F.F.
   
RF JOS 21:27 And to the sons of Ghershon, of the family of the Levites, they gave from the half tribe of Manasseh, as a City of Refuge for the manslayer, Golan in Bashan, with its pasturage, and Bashtherah, with its pasturage;—two towns.
   
RF JOS 21:28 And from the tribe of Issakar, Kishion, with its pastures;
   
RF JOS 21:29 and Dabrath, with its pastures; Jar-moth, with its pastures; Ain-ganim, with its pastures;—four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:30 (B.C. 1428.) And from the tribe of Ashur, Mishal, with its pastures; Abdon, with its pastures;
   
RF JOS 21:31 Khilkath, with its pastures; and Rekhob, with its pastures;—four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:32 And from the tribe of Naphtali, as the City of Refuge for the manslayer, Kadish in Galilee, with its pastures; and Khamoth-dad, with its pasturage; and Karthan, with its pasturage;—three towns.
   
RF JOS 21:33 All the towns of the family of Ghershon were thirteen towns with their pasturage.
   
RF JOS 21:34 And to the family of the sons of Merari, with other Levites, they gave from the tribe of Zebulon Jaknam, with its pasturage; Kartha, and its pasturage;
   
RF JOS 21:35 Dimnah, with its pasturage; Nahlal, and its pasturage; four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs (KJV)
   
RF JOS 21:37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. (KJV)
   
RF JOS 21:38 And from the tribe of Gad, a City of Refuge for the manslayer, Ramoth in Gilad, with its pastures; and
   
RF JOS 21:39 Makhnim, with its pastures; Heshbon, with its pastures; Jazer, with its pastures;—in all four towns.
   
RF JOS 21:40 All the towns of the sons of the Merari with their families, and other families of the Levites, which were allotted them, were twelve towns.
   
RF JOS 21:41 All the towns of the Levites distributed amongst the possessions of the children of Israel were forty-eight, with their pastures,
   
RF JOS 21:42 and those towns were, town by town, pasture by pasture, proportionate to all the towns.
   
RF JOS 21:43 Thus the EVER-LIVING gave to Israel all the country which He had promised to their ancestors to give them, and they possessed and resided in it.
   
RF JOS 21:44 And the EVER-LIVING made all quiet around them, exactly as He promised to their fathers, and no man of all their enemies stood before them. The EVER-LIVING gave all their enemies into their power.
   
RF JOS 21:45 Not a word failed of all the good things that the EVER-LIVING promised to the House of Israel. They all came.
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