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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.

   
KJVP LAM 5:1

RememberH2142, O LORDH3068, whatH4100 is comeH1961 upon us: considerH5027, and beholdH7200 our reproachH2781.

   
KJVP LAM 5:2 Our inheritanceH5159 is turnedH2015 to strangersH2114, our housesH1004 to aliensH5237.
   
KJVP LAM 5:3 We are orphansH3490 and fatherlessH369-H1, our mothersH517 are as widowsH490.
   
KJVP LAM 5:4 We have drunkenH8354 our waterH4325 for moneyH3701; our woodH6086 is soldH935-H4242 unto us.
   
KJVP LAM 5:5 Our necksH6677 are underH5921 persecutionH7291: we labourH3021, and have noH3808 restH5117.
   
KJVP LAM 5:6 We have givenH5414 the handH3027 to the EgyptiansH4714, and to the AssyriansH804, to be satisfiedH7646 with breadH3899.
   
KJVP LAM 5:7 Our fathersH1 have sinnedH2398, and are not; and we have borneH5445 their iniquitiesH5771.
   
KJVP LAM 5:8 ServantsH5650 have ruledH4910 over us: there is noneH369 that doth deliverH6561 us out of their handH3027.
   
KJVP LAM 5:9 We gatH935 our breadH3899 with the peril of our livesH5315 becauseH6440 of the swordH2719 of the wildernessH4057.
   
KJVP LAM 5:10 Our skinH5785 was blackH3648 like an ovenH8574 becauseH6440 of the terribleH2152 famineH7458.
   
KJVP LAM 5:11 They ravishedH6031 the womenH802 in ZionH6726, and the maidsH1330 in the citiesH5892 of JudahH3063.
   
KJVP LAM 5:12 PrincesH8269 are hangedH8518 up by their handH3027: the facesH6440 of eldersH2205 were not honouredH1921.
   
KJVP LAM 5:13 They tookH5375 the youngH970 men to grindH2911, and the childrenH5288 fellH3782 under the woodH6086.
   
KJVP LAM 5:14 The eldersH2205 have ceasedH7673 from the gateH8179, the youngH970 men from their musicH5058.
   
KJVP LAM 5:15 The joyH4885 of our heartH3820 is ceasedH7673; our danceH4234 is turnedH2015 into mourningH60.
   
KJVP LAM 5:16 The crownH5850 is fallenH5307 from our headH7218: woeH188 unto us, that we have sinnedH2398!
   
KJVP LAM 5:17 For thisH2088 our heartH3820 is faintH1739; for theseH428 things our eyesH5869 are dimH2821.
   
KJVP LAM 5:18 BecauseH5921 of the mountainH2022 of ZionH6726, which is desolateH8074, the foxesH7776 walkH1980 upon it.
   
KJVP LAM 5:19 Thou, O LORDH3068, remainestH3427 for everH5769; thy throneH3678 from generationH1755 to generationH1755.
   
KJVP LAM 5:20 WhereforeH4100 dost thou forgetH7911 us for everH5331, and forsakeH5800 us so longH753 timeH3117?
   
KJVP LAM 5:21 TurnH7725 thou us unto thee, O LORDH3068, and we shall be turnedH7725; renewH2318 our daysH3117 as of oldH6924.
   
KJVP LAM 5:22 But thou hast utterly rejectedH3988 us; thou art veryH5704-H3966 wrothH7107 againstH5921 us.
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