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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.

   
AKJV HEB 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
   
AKJV HEB 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
   
AKJV HEB 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
   
AKJV HEB 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
   
AKJV HEB 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
   
AKJV HEB 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.
   
AKJV HEB 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
   
AKJV HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
   
AKJV HEB 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
   
AKJV HEB 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
   
AKJV HEB 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
   
AKJV HEB 13:12 Why Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
   
AKJV HEB 13:13 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
   
AKJV HEB 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
   
AKJV HEB 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
   
AKJV HEB 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
   
AKJV HEB 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
   
AKJV HEB 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
   
AKJV HEB 13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
   
AKJV HEB 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
   
AKJV HEB 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
   
AKJV HEB 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.
   
AKJV HEB 13:23 Know you that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
   
AKJV HEB 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
   
AKJV HEB 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen. Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.
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