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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 HOS 2:1 SayH559 ye unto your brethrenH251, AmmiH5971; and to your sistersH269, RuhamahH7355.
   
KJVP HOS 2:2 PleadH7378 with your motherH517, pleadH7378: for she is not my wifeH802, neitherH3808 am I her husbandH376: let her therefore putH5493 awayH5493 her whoredomsH2183 out of her sightH6440, and her adulteriesH5005 from betweenH996 her breastsH7699;
   
KJVP HOS 2:3 LestH6435 I stripH6584 her nakedH6174, and setH3322 her as in the dayH3117 that she was bornH3205, and make.H7760 her as a wildernessH4057, and setH7896 her like a dryH6723 landH776, and slayH4191 her with thirstH6772.
   
KJVP HOS 2:4 And I will not have mercyH7355 upon her childrenH1121; for they be the childrenH1121 of whoredomsH2183.
   
KJVP HOS 2:5 For their motherH517 hath played the harlotH2181: she that conceivedH2029 them hath done shamefullyH3001: for she saidH559, I will goH3212 afterH310 my loversH157, that giveH5414 me my breadH3899 and my waterH4325, my woolH6785 and my flaxH6593, mine oilH8081 and my drinkH8250.
   
KJVP HOS 2:6 ThereforeH3651, beholdH2005, I will hedgeH7753 up thy wayH1870 with thornsH5518, and makeH1443 a wallH1447, that she shall not findH4672 her pathsH5410.
   
KJVP HOS 2:7 And she shall followH7291 after her loversH157, but she shall not overtakeH5381 them; and she shall seekH1245 them, but shall not findH4672 them: then shall she sayH559, I will goH3212 and returnH7725 to my firstH7223 husbandH376; for thenH227 was it betterH2896 with me than nowH6258.
   
KJVP HOS 2:8 For she did not knowH3045 that I gaveH5414 her cornH1715, and wineH8492, and oilH3323, and multipliedH7235 her silverH3701 and goldH2091, which they preparedH6213 for BaalH1168.
   
KJVP HOS 2:9 ThereforeH3651 will I returnH7725, and takeH3947 away my cornH1715 in the timeH6256 thereof, and my wineH8492 in the seasonH4150 thereof, and will recoverH5337 my woolH6785 and my flaxH6593 given to coverH3680 her nakednessH6172.
   
KJVP HOS 2:10 And nowH6258 will I discoverH1540 her lewdnessH5040 in the sightH5869 of her loversH157, and noneH3808 shall deliverH5337 her out of mine handH3027.
   
KJVP HOS 2:11 I will also cause allH3605 her mirthH4885 to ceaseH7673, her feastH2282 days, her newH2320 moonsH2320, and her sabbathsH7676, and allH3605 her solemnH4150 feastsH4150.
   
KJVP HOS 2:12 And I will destroyH8074 her vinesH1612 and her figH8384 trees, whereofH834 she hath saidH559, TheseH1992 are my rewardsH866 that my loversH157 have givenH5414 me: and I will makeH7760 them a forestH3293, and the beastsH2416 of the fieldH7704 shall eatH398 them.
   
KJVP HOS 2:13 And I will visitH6485 upon her the daysH3117 of BaalimH1168, whereinH834 she burnedH6999 incenseH6999 to them, and she deckedH5710 herself with her earringsH5141 and her jewelsH2484, and she wentH3212 afterH310 her loversH157, and forgatH7911 me, saithH5002 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP HOS 2:14 ThereforeH3651, beholdH2009, I will allureH6601 her, and bringH1980 her into the wildernessH4057, and speakH1696 comfortablyH5921-H3820 unto her.
   
KJVP HOS 2:15 And I will giveH5414 her her vineyardsH3754 from thenceH8033, and the valleyH6010 of AchorH5911 for a doorH6607 of hopeH8615: and she shall singH6030 thereH8033, as in the daysH3117 of her youthH5271, and as in the dayH3117 when she cameH5927 up out of the landH776 of EgyptH4714.
   
KJVP HOS 2:16 And it shall be at that dayH3117, saithH5002 the LORDH3068, that thou shalt callH7121 me IshiH376; and shalt callH7121 me noH3808 moreH5750 BaaliH1180.
   
KJVP HOS 2:17 For I will takeH5493 awayH5493 the namesH8034 of BaalimH1168 out of her mouthH6310, and they shall noH3808 moreH5750 be rememberedH2142 by their nameH8034.
   
KJVP HOS 2:18 And in that dayH3117 will I makeH3772 a covenantH1285 for them with the beastsH2416 of the fieldH7704, and with the fowlsH5775 of heavenH8064, and with the creepingH7431 things of the groundH127: and I will breakH7665 the bowH7198 and the swordH2719 and the battleH4421 out of the earthH776, and will make them to lieH7901 downH7901 safelyH983.
   
KJVP HOS 2:19 And I will betrothH781 thee unto me for everH5769; yea, I will betrothH781 thee unto me in righteousnessH6664, and in judgmentH4941, and in lovingkindnessH2617, and in merciesH7356.
   
KJVP HOS 2:20 I will even betrothH781 thee unto me in faithfulnessH530: and thou shalt knowH3045 the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP HOS 2:21 And it shall comeH1961 to pass in that dayH3117, I will hearH6030, saithH5002 the LORDH3068, I will hearH6030 the heavensH8064, and they shall hearH6030 the earthH776;
   
KJVP HOS 2:22 And the earthH776 shall hearH6030 the cornH1715, and the wineH8492, and the oilH3323; and they shall hearH6030 JezreelH3157.
   
KJVP HOS 2:23 And I will sowH2232 her unto me in the earthH776; and I will have mercyH7355 upon her that had not obtainedH5375 mercyH7355; and I will sayH559 to them which were not my peopleH5971, Thou art my peopleH5971; and they shall sayH559, Thou art my GodH430.
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