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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 JOE 1:1 The wordH1697 of the LORDH3068 that cameH1961 to JoelH3100 the sonH1121 of PethuelH6602.
   
KJVP JOE 1:2 HearH8085 thisH2063, ye oldH2205 men, and give earH238, allH3605 ye inhabitantsH3427 of the landH776. Hath thisH2063 been.H1961 in your daysH3117, or evenH518 in the daysH3117 of your fathersH1?
   
KJVP JOE 1:3 TellH5608 ye your childrenH1121 of it, and let your childrenH1121 tell their childrenH1121, and their childrenH1121 anotherH312 generationH1755.
   
KJVP JOE 1:4 That which the palmerwormH1501 hath leftH3499 hath the locustH697 eatenH398; and that which the locustH697 hath leftH3499 hath the cankerwormH3218 eatenH398; and that which the cankerwormH3218 hath leftH3499 hath the caterpillarH2625 eatenH398.
   
KJVP JOE 1:5 AwakeH6974, ye drunkardsH7910, and weepH1058; and howlH3213, allH3605 ye drinkersH8354 of wineH3196, becauseH5921 of the new wineH6071, for it is cutH3772 off from your mouthH6310.
   
KJVP JOE 1:6 For a nationH1471 is comeH5927 up upon my landH776, strongH6099, and withoutH369 numberH4557, whose teethH8127 are the teethH8127 of a lionH738, and he hath the cheekH4973 teethH4973 of a greatH3833 lionH3833.
   
KJVP JOE 1:7 He hath laidH7760 my vineH1612 wasteH8047, and barkedH7111 my figH8384 tree: he hath made it clean bareH2834, and castH7993 it away; the branchesH8299 thereof are made whiteH3835.
   
KJVP JOE 1:8 LamentH421 like a virginH1330 girdedH2296 with sackclothH8242 for the husbandH1167 of her youthH5271.
   
KJVP JOE 1:9 The meat offeringH4503 and the drinkH5262 offering is cutH3772 off from the houseH1004 of the LORDH3068; the priestsH3548, the LORD'SH3068 ministersH8334, mournH56.
   
KJVP JOE 1:10 The fieldH7704 is wastedH7703, the landH127 mournethH56; for the cornH1715 is wastedH7703: the newH8492 wineH8492 is driedH3001 up, the oilH3323 languishethH535.
   
KJVP JOE 1:11 Be ye ashamedH954, O ye husbandmenH406; howlH3213, O ye vinedressersH3755, for the wheatH2406 and for the barleyH8184; becauseH3588 the harvestH7105 of the fieldH7704 is perishedH6.
   
KJVP JOE 1:12 The vineH1612 is driedH3001 up, and the figH8384 tree languishethH535; the pomegranateH7416 tree, the palmH8558 tree alsoH1571, and the appleH8598 tree, even allH3605 the treesH6086 of the fieldH7704, are witheredH3001: becauseH3588 joyH8342 is witheredH3001 away from the sonsH1121 of menH120.
   
KJVP JOE 1:13 GirdH2296 yourselves, and lamentH5594, ye priestsH3548: howlH3213, ye ministersH8334 of the altarH4196: comeH935, lieH3885 allH3885 night in sackclothH8242, ye ministersH8334 of my GodH430: for the meat offeringH4503 and the drinkH5262 offering is withholdenH4513 from the houseH1004 of your GodH430.
   
KJVP JOE 1:14 SanctifyH6942 ye a fastH6685, callH7121 a solemnH6116 assemblyH6116, gatherH622 the eldersH2205 and allH3605 the inhabitantsH3427 of the landH776 into the houseH1004 of the LORDH3068 your GodH430, and cryH2199 unto the LORDH3068.
   
KJVP JOE 1:15 AlasH162 for the dayH3117! for the dayH3117 of the LORDH3068 is atH7138 handH7138, and as a destructionH7701 from the AlmightyH7706 shall it comeH935.
   
KJVP JOE 1:16 Is not the meatH400 cutH3772 off beforeH5048 our eyesH5869, yea, joyH8057 and gladnessH1524 from the houseH1004 of our GodH430?
   
KJVP JOE 1:17 The seedH6507 is rottenH5685 underH8478 their clodsH4053, the garnersH214 are laid desolateH8074, the barnsH4460 are brokenH2040 downH2040; for the cornH1715 is witheredH3001.
   
KJVP JOE 1:18 HowH4100 do the beastsH929 groanH584! the herdsH5739 of cattleH1241 are perplexedH943, becauseH3588 they have noH369 pastureH4829; yeaH1571, the flocksH5739 of sheepH6629 are made desolateH816.
   
KJVP JOE 1:19 O LORDH3068, to thee will I cryH7121: for the fireH784 hath devouredH398 the pasturesH4999 of the wildernessH4057, and the flameH3852 hath burnedH3857 allH3605 the treesH6086 of the fieldH7704.
   
KJVP JOE 1:20 The beastsH929 of the fieldH7704 cryH6165 alsoH1571 unto thee: for the riversH650 of watersH4325 are driedH3001 up, and the fireH784 hath devouredH398 the pasturesH4999 of the wildernessH4057.
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