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.
|AMP NUM 34:1||AND THE Lord said to Moses,|
|AMP NUM 34:2||Command the Israelites, When you come into the land of Canaan (which is the land that shall be yours for an inheritance, the land of Canaan according to its boundaries),|
|AMP NUM 34:3||Your south side shall be from the Wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom, and your southern boundary from the end of the Salt [Dead] Sea eastward.|
|AMP NUM 34:4||Your boundary shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin, and its end shall be south of Kadesh-barnea. Then it shall go on to Hazar-addar and pass on to Azmon.|
|AMP NUM 34:5||Then the boundary shall turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and it shall terminate at the [Mediterranean] Sea.|
|AMP NUM 34:6||For the western boundary you shall have the Great Sea and its coast.|
|AMP NUM 34:7||And this shall be your north border: from the Great Sea mark out your boundary line to Mount Hor;|
|AMP NUM 34:8||From Mount Hor you shall mark out your boundary to the entrance of Hamath, and its end shall be at Zedad;|
|AMP NUM 34:9||Then the northern boundary shall go on to Ziphron, and the end of it shall be at Hazar-enan.|
|AMP NUM 34:10||You shall mark out your eastern boundary from Hazar-enan to Shepham;|
|AMP NUM 34:11||The boundary shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain and shall descend and reach to the shoulder of the Sea of Chinnereth [the Sea of Galilee] on the east;|
|AMP NUM 34:12||And the boundary shall go down to the Jordan, and the end shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land with its boundaries all around.|
|AMP NUM 34:13||Moses commanded the Israelites, This is the land you shall inherit by lot, which the Lord has commanded to give to the nine tribes and the half-tribe [of Manasseh],|
|AMP NUM 34:14||For the tribes of the sons of Reuben and of Gad by their fathers? houses have received their inheritance, and also the half-tribe of Manasseh.|
|AMP NUM 34:15||The two and a half tribes have received their inheritance east of the Jordan at Jericho, toward the sunrise.|
|AMP NUM 34:16||And the Lord said to Moses,|
|AMP NUM 34:17||These are the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun.|
|AMP NUM 34:18||And [with them] you shall take one head or prince of each tribe to divide the land for inheritance.|
|AMP NUM 34:19||The names of the men are: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;|
|AMP NUM 34:20||Of the tribe of the sons of Simeon, Shemuel son of Ammihud;|
|AMP NUM 34:21||Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad son of Chislon;|
|AMP NUM 34:22||Of the tribe of the sons of Dan a leader, Bukki son of Jogli;|
|AMP NUM 34:23||Of the sons of Joseph: of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh a leader, Hanniel son of Ephod;|
|AMP NUM 34:24||And of the tribe of the sons of Ephraim a leader, Kemuel son of Shiphtan;|
|AMP NUM 34:25||And of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun a leader, Elizaphan son of Parnach;|
|AMP NUM 34:26||And of the tribe of the sons of Issachar a leader, Paltiel son of Azzan;|
|AMP NUM 34:27||And of the tribe of the sons of Asher a leader, Ahihud son of Shelomi;|
|AMP NUM 34:28||And of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali a leader, Pedahel son of Ammihud.|
|AMP NUM 34:29||These are the men whom the Lord commanded to divide the inheritance to the Israelites in the land of Canaan.|