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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 PE1 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,
   
AKJV PE1 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
   
AKJV PE1 2:3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
   
AKJV PE1 2:4 To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
   
AKJV PE1 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
   
AKJV PE1 2:6 Why also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded.
   
AKJV PE1 2:7 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
   
AKJV PE1 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
   
AKJV PE1 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
   
AKJV PE1 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
   
AKJV PE1 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
   
AKJV PE1 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
   
AKJV PE1 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
   
AKJV PE1 2:14 Or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
   
AKJV PE1 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
   
AKJV PE1 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
   
AKJV PE1 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
   
AKJV PE1 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the fraudulent.
   
AKJV PE1 2:19 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
   
AKJV PE1 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
   
AKJV PE1 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:
   
AKJV PE1 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
   
AKJV PE1 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:
   
AKJV PE1 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
   
AKJV PE1 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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