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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 JOH 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
   
KJV JOH 8:2 "And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them."
   
KJV JOH 8:3 "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,"
   
KJV JOH 8:4 "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."
   
KJV JOH 8:5 "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
   
KJV JOH 8:6 "This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not."
   
KJV JOH 8:7 "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
   
KJV JOH 8:8 "And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground."
   
KJV JOH 8:9 "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
   
KJV JOH 8:10 "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"
   
KJV JOH 8:11 "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
   
KJV JOH 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
   
KJV JOH 8:13 "The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true."
   
KJV JOH 8:14 "Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go."
   
KJV JOH 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
   
KJV JOH 8:16 "And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me."
   
KJV JOH 8:17 "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true."
   
KJV JOH 8:18 "I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me."
   
KJV JOH 8:19 "Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."
   
KJV JOH 8:20 "These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come."
   
KJV JOH 8:21 "Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come."
   
KJV JOH 8:22 "Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come."
   
KJV JOH 8:23 "And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world."
   
KJV JOH 8:24 "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."
   
KJV JOH 8:25 "Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning."
   
KJV JOH 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
   
KJV JOH 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
   
KJV JOH 8:28 "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things."
   
KJV JOH 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
   
KJV JOH 8:30 "As he spake these words, many believed on him."
   
KJV JOH 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
   
KJV JOH 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
   
KJV JOH 8:33 "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"
   
KJV JOH 8:34 "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
   
KJV JOH 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
   
KJV JOH 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
   
KJV JOH 8:37 "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you."
   
KJV JOH 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
   
KJV JOH 8:39 "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham."
   
KJV JOH 8:40 "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham."
   
KJV JOH 8:41 "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."
   
KJV JOH 8:42 "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."
   
KJV JOH 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
   
KJV JOH 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
   
KJV JOH 8:45 "And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."
   
KJV JOH 8:46 "Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?"
   
KJV JOH 8:47 "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God."
   
KJV JOH 8:48 "Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?"
   
KJV JOH 8:49 "Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me."
   
KJV JOH 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
   
KJV JOH 8:51 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."
   
KJV JOH 8:52 "Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death."
   
KJV JOH 8:53 "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?"
   
KJV JOH 8:54 "Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:"
   
KJV JOH 8:55 "Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying."
   
KJV JOH 8:56 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad."
   
KJV JOH 8:57 "Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?"
   
KJV JOH 8:58 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."
   
KJV JOH 8:59 "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by."
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