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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.

   
KJV HEB 3:1

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"

   
KJV HEB 3:2 "Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house."
   
KJV HEB 3:3 "For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house."
   
KJV HEB 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
   
KJV HEB 3:5 "And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;"
   
KJV HEB 3:6 "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."
   
KJV HEB 3:7 "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,"
   
KJV HEB 3:8 "Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:"
   
KJV HEB 3:9 "When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years."
   
KJV HEB 3:10 "Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways."
   
KJV HEB 3:11 "So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)"
   
KJV HEB 3:12 "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God."
   
KJV HEB 3:13 "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."
   
KJV HEB 3:14 "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;"
   
KJV HEB 3:15 "While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."
   
KJV HEB 3:16 "For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses."
   
KJV HEB 3:17 "But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?"
   
KJV HEB 3:18 "And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"
   
KJV HEB 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
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