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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.


HowH349 doth the cityH5892 sitH3427 solitaryH910, that was fullH7227 of peopleH5971! how is she becomeH1961 as a widowH490! she that was greatH7227 among the nationsH1471, and princessH8282 among the provincesH4082, how is she becomeH1961 tributaryH4522!

KJVP LAM 1:2 She weepethH1058 sore in the nightH3915, and her tearsH1832 are onH5921 her cheeksH3895: among allH3605 her loversH157 she hath noneH369 to comfortH5162 her: allH3605 her friendsH7453 have dealt treacherouslyH898 with her, they are becomeH1961 her enemiesH341.
KJVP LAM 1:3 JudahH3063 is gone intoH1473 captivityH1540 because of afflictionH6040, and because of greatH7230 servitudeH5656: she dwellethH3427 among the heathenH1471, she findethH4672 noH3808 restH4494: allH3605 her persecutorsH7291 overtookH5381 her betweenH996 the straitsH4712.
KJVP LAM 1:4 The waysH1870 of ZionH6726 do mournH57, because noneH1097 comeH935 to the solemnH4150 feastsH4150: allH3605 her gatesH8179 are desolateH8076: her priestsH3548 sighH584, her virginsH1330 are afflictedH3013, and she is in bitternessH4843.
KJVP LAM 1:5 Her adversariesH6862 are the chiefH7218, her enemiesH341 prosperH7951; for the LORDH3068 hath afflictedH3013 her for the multitudeH7230 of her transgressionsH6588: her childrenH5768 are goneH1980 into captivityH7628 beforeH6440 the enemyH6862.
KJVP LAM 1:6 And from the daughterH1323 of ZionH6726 allH3605 her beautyH1926 is departedH3318: her princesH8269 are becomeH1961 like hartsH354 that findH4672 noH3808 pastureH4829, and they are goneH3212 withoutH3808 strengthH3581 beforeH6440 the pursuerH7291.
KJVP LAM 1:7 JerusalemH3389 rememberedH2142 in the daysH3117 of her afflictionH6040 and of her miseriesH4788 allH3605 her pleasantH4262 things that she hadH1961 in the daysH3117 of oldH6924, when her peopleH5971 fellH5307 into the handH3027 of the enemyH6862, and noneH369 did helpH5826 her: the adversariesH6862 sawH7200 her, and did mockH7832 atH5921 her sabbathsH4868.
KJVP LAM 1:8 JerusalemH3389 hath grievouslyH2399 sinnedH2398; thereforeH5921-H3651 she is removedH5206: allH3605 that honouredH3513 her despiseH2107 her, becauseH3588 they have seenH7200 her nakednessH6172: yeaH1571, she sighethH584, and turnethH7725 backwardH268.
KJVP LAM 1:9 Her filthinessH2932 is in her skirtsH7757; she rememberethH2142 not her lastH319 end; therefore she cameH3381 downH3381 wonderfullyH6382: she had noH369 comforterH5162. O LORDH3068, beholdH7200 my afflictionH6040: for the enemyH341 hath magnifiedH1431 himself.
KJVP LAM 1:10 The adversaryH6862 hath spreadH6566 out his handH3027 upon allH3605 her pleasantH4261 things: for she hath seenH7200 that the heathenH1471 enteredH935 into her sanctuaryH4720, whomH834 thou didst commandH6680 that they should not enterH935 into thy congregationH6951.
KJVP LAM 1:11 AllH3605 her peopleH5971 sighH584, they seekH1245 breadH3899; they have givenH5414 their pleasantH4262 things for meatH400 to relieveH7725 the soulH5315: seeH7200, O LORDH3068, and considerH5027; for I am becomeH1961 vileH2151.
KJVP LAM 1:12 Is it nothingH3808 to you, allH3605 ye that passH5674 by? beholdH5027, and seeH7200 ifH518 there be any sorrowH4341 like unto my sorrowH4341, whichH834 is doneH5953 unto me, wherewithH834 the LORDH3068 hath afflictedH3013 me in the dayH3117 of his fierceH2740 angerH639.
KJVP LAM 1:13 From aboveH4791 hath he sentH7971 fireH784 into my bonesH6106, and it prevailethH7287 against them: he hath spreadH6566 a netH7568 for my feetH7272, he hath turnedH7725 me backH268: he hath madeH5414 me desolateH8076 and faintH1739 allH3605 the dayH3117.
KJVP LAM 1:14 The yokeH5923 of my transgressionsH6588 is boundH8244 by his handH3027: they are wreathedH8276, and comeH5927 up upon my neckH6677: he hath made my strengthH3581 to fallH3782, the LordH136 hath deliveredH5414 me into their handsH3027, from whom I am not ableH3201 to riseH6965 up.
KJVP LAM 1:15 The LordH136 hath troddenH5541 under footH5541 allH3605 my mightyH47 men in the midstH7130 of me: he hath calledH7121 an assemblyH4150 againstH5921 me to crushH7665 my youngH970 men: the LordH136 hath troddenH1869 the virginH1330, the daughterH1323 of JudahH3063, as in a winepressH1660.
KJVP LAM 1:16 For theseH428 things I weepH1058; mine eyeH5869, mine eyeH5869 runnethH3381 down with waterH4325, becauseH3588 the comforterH5162 that should relieveH7725 my soulH5315 is farH7368 from me: my childrenH1121 are desolateH8076, becauseH3588 the enemyH341 prevailedH1396.
KJVP LAM 1:17 ZionH6726 spreadethH6566 forth her handsH3027, and there is noneH369 to comfortH5162 her: the LORDH3068 hath commandedH6680 concerning JacobH3290, that his adversariesH6862 should be roundH5439 about him: JerusalemH3389 is as a menstruousH5079 woman amongH996 them.
KJVP LAM 1:18 The LORDH3068 is righteousH6662; for I have rebelledH4784 against his commandmentH6310: hearH8085, I prayH4994 you, allH3605 peopleH5971, and beholdH7200 my sorrowH4341: my virginsH1330 and my youngH970 men are goneH1980 into captivityH7628.
KJVP LAM 1:19 I calledH7121 for my loversH157, but they deceivedH7411 me: my priestsH3548 and mine eldersH2205 gave up the ghostH1478 in the cityH5892, whileH3588 they soughtH1245 their meatH400 to relieveH7725 their soulsH5315.
KJVP LAM 1:20 BeholdH7200, O LORDH3068; for I am in distressH6887: my bowelsH4578 are troubledH2560; mine heartH3820 is turnedH2015 withinH7130 me; for I have grievouslyH4784 rebelledH4784: abroadH2351 the swordH2719 bereavethH7921, at homeH1004 there is as deathH4194.
KJVP LAM 1:21 They have heardH8085 that I sighH584: there is noneH369 to comfortH5162 me: allH3605 mine enemiesH341 have heardH8085 of my troubleH7451; they are gladH7797 that thou hast doneH6213 it: thou wilt bringH935 the dayH3117 that thou hast calledH7121, and they shall be likeH3644 unto me.
KJVP LAM 1:22 Let allH3605 their wickednessH7451 comeH935 beforeH6440 thee; and doH5953 unto them, as thou hast doneH5953 unto me for allH3605 my transgressionsH6588: for my sighsH585 are manyH7227, and my heartH3820 is faintH1742.