rfbible logo image

Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
God's word is swift and powerful.



Must be logged in to use the editor.

Must be logged in to join the chat room here.

   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 JO2 1:1

The elderG4245 unto the electG1588 ladyG2959 and her childrenG5043, whomG3739 I loveG25 in the truthG225; and not I onlyG3441, but also.G2532 allG3956 they that haveG2192 knownG1097 the truthG225;

   
KJVP JO2 1:2 For the truth?sG225 sake, whichG3588 dwellethG3306 in us, and shall be with us for everG165.
   
KJVP JO2 1:3 GraceG5485 be with you, mercyG1656, and peaceG1515, from GodG2316 the FatherG3962, and from the LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547, the SonG5207 of the FatherG3962, in truthG225 and loveG26.
   
KJVP JO2 1:4 I rejoicedG5463 greatlyG3029 that I foundG2147 of thy childrenG5043 walkingG4043 in truthG225, as we haveG2192 receivedG2983 a commandmentG1785 from the FatherG3962.
   
KJVP JO2 1:5 And nowG3568 I beseechG2065 thee, ladyG2959, not as though I wroteG1125 a new.G2537 commandmentG1785 unto thee, but that whichG3739 we hadG2192 from the beginningG746, that we loveG25 oneG240 anotherG240.
   
KJVP JO2 1:6 And thisG3778 is loveG26, that we walkG4043 afterG2596 his commandmentsG1785. ThisG3778 is the commandmentG1785, That, as ye have heardG191 from the beginningG746, ye should walkG4043 in it.
   
KJVP JO2 1:7 For manyG4183 deceiversG4108 are enteredG1525 intoG1519 the worldG2889, whoG3588 confessG3670 not that JesusG2424 ChristG5547 is comeG2064 in the fleshG4561. ThisG3778 is a deceiverG4108 and an antichristG500.
   
KJVP JO2 1:8 LookG991 to yourselvesG1438, that we loseG622 not those things whichG3739 we have wroughtG2038, but that we receiveG618 a fullG4134 rewardG3408.
   
KJVP JO2 1:9 WhosoeverG3956-G3588 transgressethG3845, and abidethG3306 not in the doctrineG1322 of ChristG5547, hathG2192 not GodG2316. He that abidethG3306 in the doctrineG1322 of ChristG5547, he hathG2192 bothG2532 the FatherG3962 and the SonG5207.
   
KJVP JO2 1:10 IfG1487 there comeG2064 anyG5100 unto you, and bringG5342 not thisG5026 doctrineG1322, receiveG2983 him not intoG1519 your houseG3614, neitherG3366 bidG3004 him God speedG5463:
   
KJVP JO2 1:11 For he that biddethG3004 him God speedG5463 is partakerG2841 of his evilG4190 deedsG2041.
   
KJVP JO2 1:12 HavingG2192 manyG4183 things to writeG1125 unto you, I wouldG1014 not write with paperG5489 and inkG3188: but I trustG1679 to comeG2064 unto you, and speakG2980 faceG4750 to faceG4750, that our joyG5479 may be fullG4137.
   
KJVP JO2 1:13 The childrenG5043 of thy electG1588 sisterG79 greetG782 thee. AmenG281.
text