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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 HAG 1:1

In the secondH8147 yearH8141 of DariusH1867 the kingH4428, in the sixthH8345 monthH2320, in the firstH259 dayH3117 of the monthH2320, cameH1961 the wordH1697 of the LORDH3068 by HaggaiH2292 the prophetH5030 unto ZerubbabelH2216 the sonH1121 of ShealtielH7597, governorH6346 of JudahH3063, and to JoshuaH3091 the sonH1121 of JosedechH3087, the highH1419 priestH3548, sayingH559,

   
KJVP HAG 1:2 ThusH3541 speakethH559 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, sayingH559, ThisH2088 peopleH5971 sayH559, The timeH6256 is not comeH935, the timeH6256 that the LORD'SH3068 houseH1004 should be builtH1129.
   
KJVP HAG 1:3 Then cameH1961 the wordH1697 of the LORDH3068 by HaggaiH2292 the prophetH5030, sayingH559,
   
KJVP HAG 1:4 Is it timeH6256 for you, O ye, to dwellH3427 in your ceiledH5603 housesH1004, and thisH2088 houseH1004 lie wasteH2720?
   
KJVP HAG 1:5 NowH6258 therefore thusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635; ConsiderH7760-H3820-H5921 your waysH1870.
   
KJVP HAG 1:6 Ye have sownH2232 muchH7235, and bringH935 in littleH4592; ye eatH398, but ye have not enoughH7654; ye drinkH8354, but ye are not filled with drinkH7937; ye clotheH3847 you, but there is noneH369 warmH2527; and he that earnethH7936 wagesH7936 earnethH7936 wagesH7936 to put it intoH413 a bagH6872 with holesH5344.
   
KJVP HAG 1:7 ThusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635; ConsiderH7760-H3820-H5921 your waysH1870.
   
KJVP HAG 1:8 GoH5927 up to the mountainH2022, and bringH935 woodH6086, and buildH1129 the houseH1004; and I will take pleasureH7521 in it, and I will be glorifiedH3513, saithH559 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP HAG 1:9 Ye lookedH6437 for muchH7235, and, loH2009, it came to littleH4592; and when ye broughtH935 it homeH1004, I did blowH5301 upon it. WhyH3282-H4100? saithH5002 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635. BecauseH3282 of mine houseH1004 that is wasteH2720, and ye runH7323 every manH376 unto his own houseH1004.
   
KJVP HAG 1:10 ThereforeH5921-H3651 the heavenH8064 overH5921 you is stayedH3607 from dewH2919, and the earthH776 is stayedH3607 from her fruitH2981.
   
KJVP HAG 1:11 And I calledH7121 for a droughtH2721 upon the landH776, and upon the mountainsH2022, and upon the cornH1715, and upon the newH8492 wineH8492, and upon the oilH3323, and upon that whichH834 the groundH127 bringethH3318 forthH3318, and upon menH120, and upon cattleH929, and upon allH3605 the labourH3018 of the handsH3709.
   
KJVP HAG 1:12 Then ZerubbabelH2216 the sonH1121 of ShealtielH7597, and JoshuaH3091 the sonH1121 of JosedechH3087, the highH1419 priestH3548, with allH3605 the remnantH7611 of the peopleH5971, obeyedH8085 the voiceH6963 of the LORDH3068 their GodH430, and the wordsH1697 of HaggaiH2292 the prophetH5030, as the LORDH3068 their GodH430 had sentH7971 him, and the peopleH5971 did fearH3372 beforeH6440 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP HAG 1:13 Then spakeH559 HaggaiH2292 the LORD'SH3068 messengerH4397 in the LORD'SH3068 messageH4400 unto the peopleH5971, sayingH559, I am with you, saithH5002 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP HAG 1:14 And the LORDH3068 stirredH5782 up the spiritH7307 of ZerubbabelH2216 the sonH1121 of ShealtielH7597, governorH6346 of JudahH3063, and the spiritH7307 of JoshuaH3091 the sonH1121 of JosedechH3087, the highH1419 priestH3548, and the spiritH7307 of allH3605 the remnantH7611 of the peopleH5971; and they cameH935 and didH6213 workH4399 in the houseH1004 of the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, their GodH430,
   
KJVP HAG 1:15 In the fourH702 and twentiethH6242 dayH3117 of the sixthH8345 monthH2320, in the secondH8147 yearH8141 of DariusH1867 the kingH4428.
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