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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 PSA 108:1 O god, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
   
AKJV PSA 108:2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
   
AKJV PSA 108:3 I will praise you, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
   
AKJV PSA 108:4 For your mercy is great above the heavens: and your truth reaches to the clouds.
   
AKJV PSA 108:5 Be you exalted, O God, above the heavens: and your glory above all the earth;
   
AKJV PSA 108:6 That your beloved may be delivered: save with your right hand, and answer me.
   
AKJV PSA 108:7 God has spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
   
AKJV PSA 108:8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my lawgiver;
   
AKJV PSA 108:9 Moab is my wash pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.
   
AKJV PSA 108:10 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
   
AKJV PSA 108:11 Will not you, O God, who have cast us off? and will not you, O God, go forth with our hosts?
   
AKJV PSA 108:12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
   
AKJV PSA 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
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