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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.


KeepH8104 thy footH7272 whenH834 thou goestH3212 to the houseH1004 of GodH430, and be moreH7138 readyH7138 to hearH8085, than to giveH5414 the sacrificeH2077 of foolsH3684: for they considerH3045 not that they doH6213 evilH7451.

KJVP ECC 5:2 Be not rashH926 with thy mouthH6310, and let not thine heartH3820 be hastyH4116 to utterH3318 any thingH1697 beforeH6440 GodH430: for GodH430 is in heavenH8064, and thou upon earthH776: thereforeH5921-H3651 let thy wordsH1697 be fewH4592.
KJVP ECC 5:3 For a dreamH2472 comethH935 through the multitudeH7230 of businessH6045; and a fool?sH3684 voiceH6963 is known by multitudeH7230 of wordsH1697.
KJVP ECC 5:4 WhenH834 thou vowestH5087 a vowH5088 unto GodH430, deferH309 not to payH7999 it; for he hath noH369 pleasureH2656 in foolsH3684: payH7999 that whichH834 thou hast vowedH5087.
KJVP ECC 5:5 BetterH2896 is it that thou shouldest not vowH5087, than that thou shouldest vowH5087 and not payH7999.
KJVP ECC 5:6 SufferH5414 not thy mouthH6310 to cause thy fleshH1320 to sinH2398; neitherH408 sayH559 thou beforeH6440 the angelH4397, that it was an errorH7684: whereforeH4100 should GodH430 be angryH7107 atH5921 thy voiceH6963, and destroyH2254 the workH4639 of thine handsH3027?
KJVP ECC 5:7 For in the multitudeH7230 of dreamsH2472 and manyH7230 wordsH1697 there are also divers vanitiesH1892: but fearH3372 thou GodH430.
KJVP ECC 5:8 IfH518 thou seestH7200 the oppressionH6233 of the poorH7326, and violentH1499 perverting of judgmentH4941 and justiceH6664 in a provinceH4082, marvelH8539 not atH5921 the matterH2656: for he that is higherH1364 thanH5921 the highestH1364 regardethH8104; and there be higherH1364 thanH5921 they.
KJVP ECC 5:9 Moreover the profitH3504 of the earthH776 is for allH3605: the kingH4428 himself is servedH5647 by the fieldH7704.
KJVP ECC 5:10 He that lovethH157 silverH3701 shall not be satisfiedH7646 with silverH3701; nor he that lovethH157 abundanceH1995 with increaseH8393: thisH2088 is also.H1571 vanityH1892.
KJVP ECC 5:11 When goodsH2896 increaseH7235, they are increasedH7231 that eatH398 them: and whatH4100 goodH3788 is there to the ownersH1167 thereof, savingH518 the beholdingH7200 of them with their eyesH5869?
KJVP ECC 5:12 The sleepH8142 of a labouringH5647 man is sweetH4966, whetherH518 he eatH398 littleH4592 or muchH7235: but the abundanceH7647 of the richH6223 will not sufferH3240 him to sleepH3462.
KJVP ECC 5:13 There is a soreH2470 evilH7451 which I have seenH7200 underH8478 the sunH8121, namely, richesH6239 keptH8104 for the ownersH1167 thereof to their hurtH7451.
KJVP ECC 5:14 But thoseH1931 riches.H6239 perishH6 by evilH7451 travail.H6045: and he begettethH3205 a sonH1121, and there is nothingH3808-H3972 in his handH3027.
KJVP ECC 5:15 As he cameH3318 forthH3318 of his mother?sH517 wombH990, nakedH6174 shall he returnH7725 to goH3212 as he cameH935, and shall takeH5375 nothingH3808-H3972 of his labourH5999, which he may carryH3212 away in his handH3027.
KJVP ECC 5:16 And thisH2090 alsoH1571 is a soreH2470 evilH7451, that in allH3605 pointsH5980 as he cameH935, soH3651 shall he goH3212: and whatH4100 profitH3504 hath he that hath labouredH5998 for the windH7307?
KJVP ECC 5:17 AllH3605 his daysH3117 alsoH1571 he eatethH398 in darknessH2822, and he hath muchH7235 sorrowH3708 and wrathH7110 with his sicknessH2483.
KJVP ECC 5:18 BeholdH2009 that whichH834 I have seenH7200: it is goodH2896 and comelyH3303 for one to eatH398 and to drinkH8354, and to enjoyH7200 the goodH2896 of allH3605 his labourH5999 that he takethH5998 underH8478 the sunH8121 allH4557 the daysH3117 of his lifeH2416, whichH834 GodH430 givethH5414 him: for it is his portionH2506.
KJVP ECC 5:19 EveryH3605 manH120 alsoH1571 to whomH834 GodH430 hath givenH5414 richesH6239 and wealthH5233, and hath given him powerH7980 to eatH398 thereof, and to takeH5375 his portionH2506, and to rejoiceH8055 in his labourH5999; thisH2090 is the giftH4991 of GodH430.
KJVP ECC 5:20 For he shall not muchH7235 rememberH2142 the daysH3117 of his lifeH2416; becauseH3588 GodH430 answerethH6030 him in the joyH8057 of his heartH3820.