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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 JAM 4:1

From whenceG4159 come warsG4171 and fightingsG3163 amongG1722 you? come they not henceG1782, even of yourG5216 lustsG2237 that warG4754 in yourG5216 membersG3196?

   
KJVP JAM 4:2 Ye lustG1937, and haveG2192 not: ye killG5407, and desireG2206 to haveG2192, and cannotG3756-G1410 obtainG2013: ye fightG3164 and warG4170, yetG1161 ye haveG2192 not, becauseG1223 ye askG154 not.
   
KJVP JAM 4:3 Ye askG154, and receiveG2983 not, becauseG1360 ye askG154 amissG2560, that ye may consumeG1159 it upon yourG5216 lustsG2237.
   
KJVP JAM 4:4 Ye adulterersG3432 and adulteressesG3428, knowG1492 ye not that the friendshipG5373 of the worldG2889 is enmityG2189 with GodG2316? whosoeverG3739-G302 thereforeG3767 willG1014 be a friendG5384 of the worldG2889 is the enemyG2190 of GodG2316.
   
KJVP JAM 4:5 Do ye thinkG1380 that the scriptureG1124 saithG3004 in vainG2761, The spiritG4151 that dwellethG2730 in us lustethG1971 to envyG5355?
   
KJVP JAM 4:6 But he givethG1325 moreG3187 graceG5485. WhereforeG1352 he saithG3004, GodG2316 resistethG498 the proudG5244, but givethG1325 graceG5485 unto the humbleG5011.
   
KJVP JAM 4:7 SubmitG5293 yourselves thereforeG3767 to GodG2316. ResistG436 the devilG1228, and he will fleeG5343 from you.
   
KJVP JAM 4:8 Draw nighG1448 to GodG2316, and he will draw nighG1448 to you. CleanseG2511 your handsG5495, ye sinnersG268; and purifyG48 your heartsG2588, ye doubleG1374 mindedG1374.
   
KJVP JAM 4:9 Be afflictedG5003, and mournG3996, and weepG2799: let yourG5216 laughterG1071 be turnedG3344 to mourningG3997, and yourG3588 joyG5479 to heavinessG2726.
   
KJVP JAM 4:10 HumbleG5013 yourselves in the sightG1799 of the LordG2962, and he shall liftG5312 you up.
   
KJVP JAM 4:11 SpeakG2635 not evilG2635 oneG240 of anotherG240, brethrenG80. He that speakethG2635 evilG2635 of his brotherG80, and judgethG2919 his brotherG80, speakethG2635 evilG2635 of the lawG3551, and judgethG2919 the lawG3551: but ifG1487 thou judgeG2919 the lawG3551, thou artG1488 not a doerG4163 of the lawG3551, but a judgeG2923.
   
KJVP JAM 4:12 There is oneG1520 lawgiverG3550, whoG3588 is ableG1410 to saveG4982 and to destroyG622: whoG5101 artG1488 thou that judgestG2919 anotherG2087?
   
KJVP JAM 4:13 GoG33 to nowG3568, ye that sayG3004, To dayG4594 orG2228 to morrowG839 we will goG4198 intoG1519 suchG3592 a cityG4172, and continueG4160 thereG1563 a yearG1763, and buyG1710 and sellG1710, and get gainG2770:
   
KJVP JAM 4:14 WhereasG3748 ye knowG1987 not whatG3588 shall be on the morrowG839. For whatG4169 is yourG5216 lifeG2222? It is evenG1063 a vapourG822, that appearethG5316 for a littleG3641 time, and thenG1899 vanishethG853 away.
   
KJVP JAM 4:15 For that ye ought to sayG3004, IfG1437 the LordG2962 willG2309, we shall liveG2198, and doG4160 thisG5124, orG2228 that.
   
KJVP JAM 4:16 But nowG3568 ye rejoiceG2744 in yourG5216 boastingsG212: allG3956 suchG5108 rejoicingG2746 is evilG4190.
   
KJVP JAM 4:17 ThereforeG3767 to him that knowethG1492 to doG4160 goodG2570, and doethG4160 it not, to him it is sinG266.
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