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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.

   
KJVP ECC 6:1

There is an evilH7451 whichH834 I have seenH7200 underH8478 the sunH8121, and it is commonH7227 amongH5921 menH120:

   
KJVP ECC 6:2 A manH376 to whomH834 GodH430 hath givenH5414 richesH6239, wealthH5233, and honourH3519, so that he wantethH2638 nothingH369 for his soulH5315 of allH3605 that he desirethH183, yet GodH430 giveth him not powerH7980 to eatH398 thereof, but a strangerH376-H5237 eatethH398 it: thisH2088 is vanityH1892, and it is an evilH7451 diseaseH2483.
   
KJVP ECC 6:3 IfH518 a manH376 begetH3205 an hundredH3967 children, and liveH2421 manyH7227 yearsH8141, so that the daysH3117 of his yearsH8141 be manyH7227, and his soulH5315 be not filledH7646 with goodH2896, and alsoH1571 that he haveH1961 noH3808 burialH6900; I sayH559, that an untimelyH5309 birthH5309 is betterH2896 than he.
   
KJVP ECC 6:4 For he comethH935 in with vanityH1892, and departethH3212 in darknessH2822, and his nameH8034 shall be coveredH3680 with darknessH2822.
   
KJVP ECC 6:5 MoreoverH1571 he hath not seenH7200 the sunH8121, norH3808 knownH3045 any thing: thisH2088 hath more restH5183 than the otherH2088.
   
KJVP ECC 6:6 YeaH432, though he liveH2421 a thousandH505 yearsH8141 twiceH6471 told, yet hath he seenH7200 noH3808 goodH2896: do not allH3605 goH1980 to oneH259 placeH4725?
   
KJVP ECC 6:7 AllH3605 the labourH5999 of manH120 is for his mouthH6310, and yetH1571 the appetiteH5315 is not filledH4390.
   
KJVP ECC 6:8 For whatH4100 hath the wiseH2450 moreH3148 thanH4480 the foolH3684? whatH4100 hath the poorH6041, that knowethH3045 to walkH1980 beforeH5048 the livingH2416?
   
KJVP ECC 6:9 BetterH2896 is the sightH4758 of the eyesH5869 than the wanderingH1981 of the desireH5315: thisH2088 is alsoH1571 vanityH1892 and vexationH7469 of spiritH7307.
   
KJVP ECC 6:10 That which hath beenH1961 is namedH8034-H7121 alreadyH3528, and it is knownH3045 that it is manH120: neitherH3808 mayH3201 he contendH1777 with him that is mightierH8623 than he.
   
KJVP ECC 6:11 SeeingH3588 there be manyH7235 thingsH1697 that increaseH7235 vanityH1892, whatH4100 is manH120 the betterH3148?
   
KJVP ECC 6:12 For whoH4310 knowethH3045 whatH4100 is goodH2896 for manH120 in this lifeH2416, allH4557 the daysH3117 of his vainH1892 lifeH2416 which he spendethH6213 as a shadowH6738? for whoH4310 can tellH5046 a manH120 whatH4100 shall be afterH310 him underH8478 the sunH8121?
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