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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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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.

   
KJV NUM 3:1

These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

   
KJV NUM 3:2 "And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar."
   
KJV NUM 3:3 "These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office."
   
KJV NUM 3:4 "And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father."
   
KJV NUM 3:5 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,"
   
KJV NUM 3:6 "Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him."
   
KJV NUM 3:7 "And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle."
   
KJV NUM 3:8 "And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle."
   
KJV NUM 3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.
   
KJV NUM 3:10 "And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
   
KJV NUM 3:11 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,"
   
KJV NUM 3:12 "And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;"
   
KJV NUM 3:13 "Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD."
   
KJV NUM 3:14 "And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,"
   
KJV NUM 3:15 "Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them."
   
KJV NUM 3:16 "And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded."
   
KJV NUM 3:17 "And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari."
   
KJV NUM 3:18 "And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei."
   
KJV NUM 3:19 "And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel."
   
KJV NUM 3:20 "And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers."
   
KJV NUM 3:21 "Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites."
   
KJV NUM 3:22 "Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred."
   
KJV NUM 3:23 The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward.
   
KJV NUM 3:24 And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.
   
KJV NUM 3:25 "And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation."
   
KJV NUM 3:26 "And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof."
   
KJV NUM 3:27 "And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites."
   
KJV NUM 3:28 "In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary."
   
KJV NUM 3:29 The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.
   
KJV NUM 3:30 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
   
KJV NUM 3:31 "And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof."
   
KJV NUM 3:32 "And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary."
   
KJV NUM 3:33 "Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are the families of Merari."
   
KJV NUM 3:34 "And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand and two hundred."
   
KJV NUM 3:35 And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.
   
KJV NUM 3:36 "And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,"
   
KJV NUM 3:37 "And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords."
   
KJV NUM 3:38 "But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
   
KJV NUM 3:39 "All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand."
   
KJV NUM 3:40 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names."
   
KJV NUM 3:41 And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.
   
KJV NUM 3:42 "And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel."
   
KJV NUM 3:43 "And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen."
   
KJV NUM 3:44 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,"
   
KJV NUM 3:45 "Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD."
   
KJV NUM 3:46 "And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;"
   
KJV NUM 3:47 "Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:)"
   
KJV NUM 3:48 "And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons."
   
KJV NUM 3:49 And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites:
   
KJV NUM 3:50 "Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:"
   
KJV NUM 3:51 "And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses."
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