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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 OBA 1:1

The visionH2377 of ObadiahH5662. ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GODH3069 concerning EdomH123; We have heardH8085 a rumourH8052 from the LORDH3068, and an ambassadorH6735 is sentH7971 among the heathenH1471, AriseH6965 ye, and let us riseH6965 up againstH5921 her in battleH4421.

   
KJVP OBA 1:2 BeholdH2009, I have madeH5414 thee smallH6996 among the heathenH1471: thou art greatlyH3966 despisedH959.
   
KJVP OBA 1:3 The prideH2087 of thine heartH3820 hath deceivedH5377 thee, thou that dwellestH7931 in the cleftsH2288 of the rockH5553, whose habitationH3427 is highH4791; that saithH559 in his heartH3820, WhoH4310 shall bringH3381 me downH3381 to the groundH776?
   
KJVP OBA 1:4 ThoughH3588-H518 thou exaltH1361 thyself as the eagleH5404, and thoughH3588-H518 thou setH7760 thy nestH7064 amongH996 the starsH3556, thenceH8033 will I bringH3381 thee downH3381, saithH5002 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP OBA 1:5 IfH518 thievesH1590 cameH935 to thee, ifH518 robbersH7703 by nightH3915, (howH349 art thou cutH1820 off!) would they not have stolenH1589 till they had enoughH1767? ifH518 the grapegatherersH1219 cameH935 to thee, would they not leaveH7604 some grapesH6025?
   
KJVP OBA 1:6 HowH349 are the things of EsauH6215 searchedH2664 out! how are his hiddenH4710 things soughtH1156 up!
   
KJVP OBA 1:7 AllH3605 the menH582 of thy confederacyH1285 have broughtH7971 thee even to the borderH1366: the menH582 that were at peaceH7965 with thee have deceivedH5377 thee, and prevailedH3201 against thee; they that eat thy breadH3899 have laidH7760 a woundH4204 underH8478 thee: there is noneH369 understandingH8394 in him.
   
KJVP OBA 1:8 Shall I not in that dayH3117, saithH5002 the LORDH3068, even destroyH6 the wiseH2450 men out of EdomH123, and understandingH8394 out of the mountH2022 of Esau.H6215?
   
KJVP OBA 1:9 And thy mightyH1368 men, O TemanH8487, shall be dismayedH2865, to the endH4616 that everyH376 oneH376 of the mountH2022 of EsauH6215 may be cutH3772 off by slaughterH6993.
   
KJVP OBA 1:10 For thy violenceH2555 against thy brotherH251 JacobH3290 shameH955 shall coverH3680 thee, and thou shalt be cutH3772 off for everH5769.
   
KJVP OBA 1:11 In the dayH3117 that thou stoodestH5975 on the otherH5048 sideH5048, in the dayH3117 that the strangersH2114 carriedH7617 away captiveH7617 his forcesH2428, and foreignersH5237 enteredH935 into his gatesH8179, and castH3032 lotsH1486 upon JerusalemH3389, evenH1571 thou wast as oneH259 of them.
   
KJVP OBA 1:12 But thou shouldest not have lookedH7200 on the dayH3117 of thy brotherH251 in the dayH3117 that he became a strangerH5235; neitherH408 shouldest thou have rejoicedH8055 over the childrenH1121 of JudahH3063 in the dayH3117 of their destructionH6; neitherH408 shouldest thou have spoken.H6310 proudlyH1431 in the dayH3117 of distress.H6869.
   
KJVP OBA 1:13 Thou shouldest not have enteredH935 into the gateH8179 of my peopleH5971 in the dayH3117 of their calamityH343; yeaH1571, thou shouldest not have lookedH7200 on their afflictionH7451 in the dayH3117 of their calamityH343, norH408 have laidH7971 hands on their substanceH2428 in the dayH3117 of their calamityH343;
   
KJVP OBA 1:14 NeitherH408 shouldest thou have stoodH5975 in the crosswayH6563, to cutH3772 off those of his that did escapeH6412; neitherH408 shouldest thou have deliveredH5462 up those of his that did remainH8300 in the dayH3117 of distressH6869.
   
KJVP OBA 1:15 For the dayH3117 of the LORDH3068 is nearH7138 upon allH3605 the heathenH1471: as thou hast doneH6213, it shall be doneH6213 unto thee: thy rewardH1576 shall returnH7725 upon thine own headH7218.
   
KJVP OBA 1:16 For as ye have drunkH8354 upon my holyH6944 mountainH2022, so shall allH3605 the heathenH1471 drinkH8354 continuallyH8548, yea, they shall drinkH8354, and they shall swallowH3886 down, and they shall be as though they had not beenH1961.
   
KJVP OBA 1:17 But upon mountH2022 ZionH6726 shall be deliveranceH6413, and there shall be holinessH6944; and the houseH1004 of JacobH3290 shall possessH3423 their possessionsH4180.
   
KJVP OBA 1:18 And the houseH1004 of JacobH3290 shall be a fireH784, and the houseH1004 of JosephH3130 a flameH3852, and the houseH1004 of EsauH6215 for stubbleH7179, and they shall kindleH1814 in them, and devourH398 them; and there shall not be any remainingH8300 of the houseH1004 of EsauH6215; for the LORDH3068 hath spokenH1696 it.
   
KJVP OBA 1:19 And they of the southH5045 shall possessH3423 the mountH2022 of EsauH6215; and they of the plainH8219 the PhilistinesH6430: and they shall possessH3423 the fieldsH7704 of EphraimH669, and the fieldsH7704 of SamariaH8111: and BenjaminH1144 shall possess GileadH1568.
   
KJVP OBA 1:20 And the captivityH1546 of thisH2088 hostH2426 of the childrenH1121 of IsraelH3478 shall possess that of the CanaanitesH3669, even unto ZarephathH6886; and the captivityH1546 of JerusalemH3389, whichH834 is in SepharadH5614, shall possessH3423 the citiesH5892 of the southH5045.
   
KJVP OBA 1:21 And savioursH3467 shall comeH5927 up on mountH2022 ZionH6726 to judgeH8199 the mountH2022 of EsauH6215; and the kingdomH4410 shall be the LORD'SH3068.
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