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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 ZEC 3:1

And he showedH7200 me JoshuaH3091 the highH1419 priestH3548 standingH5975 beforeH6440 the angelH4397 of the LORDH3068, and SatanH7854 standingH5975 atH5921 his rightH3225 handH3225 to resistH7853 him.

   
KJVP ZEC 3:2 And the LORDH3068 saidH559 unto SatanH7854, The LORDH3068 rebukeH1605 thee, O SatanH7854; even the LORDH3068 that hath chosenH977 JerusalemH3389 rebukeH1605 thee: is not thisH2088 a brandH181 pluckedH5337 out of the fireH784?
   
KJVP ZEC 3:3 Now JoshuaH3091 was clothedH3847 with filthyH6674 garmentsH899, and stoodH5975 beforeH6440 the angelH4397.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:4 And he answeredH6030 and spakeH559 unto those that stoodH5975 beforeH6440 him, sayingH559, TakeH5493 awayH5493 the filthyH6674 garmentsH899 from him. And unto him he saidH559, BeholdH7200, I have caused thine iniquityH5771 to passH5674 from thee, and I will clotheH3847 thee with changeH4254 of raimentH4254.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:5 And I saidH559, Let them setH7760 a fairH2889 mitreH6797 upon his headH7218. So they setH7760 a fairH2889 mitreH6797 upon his headH7218, and clothedH3847 him with garmentsH899. And the angelH4397 of the LORDH3068 stoodH5975 by.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:6 And the angelH4397 of the LORDH3068 protestedH5749 unto JoshuaH3091, sayingH559,
   
KJVP ZEC 3:7 ThusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635; IfH518 thou wilt walkH3212 in my waysH1870, and ifH518 thou wilt keepH8104 my chargeH4931, then thou shalt alsoH1571 judgeH1777 my houseH1004, and shalt alsoH1571 keepH8104 my courtsH2691, and I will giveH5414 thee places to walkH4108 amongH996 theseH428 that standH5975 by.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:8 HearH8085 nowH4994, O JoshuaH3091 the highH1419 priestH3548, thou, and thy fellowsH7453 that sitH3427 beforeH6440 thee: for they are menH582 wonderedH4159 at: for, beholdH2005, I will bringH935 forthH935 my servantH5650 the BRANCHH6780.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:9 For beholdH2009 the stoneH68 that I have laidH5414 beforeH6440 JoshuaH3091; upon oneH259 stoneH68 shall be sevenH7651 eyesH5869: beholdH2005, I will engraveH6605 the gravingH6603 thereof, saithH5002 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, and I will removeH4185 the iniquityH5771 of that landH776 in oneH259 dayH3117.
   
KJVP ZEC 3:10 In that dayH3117, saithH5002 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, shall ye callH7121 every man his neighbourH7453 underH8478 the vineH1612 and underH8478 the figH8384 tree.
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