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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 TI2 1:1

PaulG3972, an apostleG652 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547 by the willG2307 of GodG2316, accordingG2596 to the promiseG1860 of lifeG2222 whichG3588 is in ChristG5547 JesusG2424,

   
KJVP TI2 1:2 To TimothyG5095, my dearly belovedG27 sonG5043: GraceG5485, mercyG1656, and peaceG1515, from GodG2316 the FatherG3962 and ChristG5547 JesusG2424 our LordG2962.
   
KJVP TI2 1:3 I thankG2192-G5485 GodG2316, whomG3739 I serveG3000 from my forefathersG4269 with pureG2513 conscienceG4893, that withoutG88 ceasingG83 I haveG2192 remembranceG3417 of thee in my prayersG1162 nightG3571 and dayG2250;
   
KJVP TI2 1:4 GreatlyG1971 desiringG1971 to seeG1492 thee, being mindfulG3403 of thy tearsG1144, that I may be filledG4137 with joyG5479;
   
KJVP TI2 1:5 When I callG2983 to remembranceG5280 the unfeignedG505 faithG4102 that is in thee, whichG3748 dweltG1774 firstG4412 in thy grandmotherG3125 LoisG3090, and thy motherG3384 EuniceG2131; and I am persuadedG3982 that in thee alsoG2532.
   
KJVP TI2 1:6 WhereforeG1223-G3739 I putG363 thee in remembranceG363 that thou stirG329 up the giftG5486 of GodG2316, whichG3739 is in thee by the puttingG1936 onG1936 of my handsG5495.
   
KJVP TI2 1:7 For GodG2316 hath not givenG1325 us the spiritG4151 of fearG1167; but of powerG1411, and of loveG26, and of a soundG4995 mindG4995.
   
KJVP TI2 1:8 Be not thou thereforeG3767 ashamedG1870 of the testimonyG3142 of our LordG2962, norG3366 of me his prisonerG1198: but be thou partakerG4777 of the afflictionsG4777 of the gospelG2098 accordingG2596 to the powerG1411 of GodG2316;
   
KJVP TI2 1:9 WhoG3588 hath savedG4982 us, and calledG2564 us with an holyG40 callingG2821, not accordingG2596 to our worksG2041, but accordingG2596 to his ownG2398 purposeG4286 and graceG5485, whichG3588 was givenG1325 us in ChristG5547 JesusG2424 beforeG4253 the worldG166 began,
   
KJVP TI2 1:10 But is nowG3568 madeG5319 manifestG5319 by the appearingG2015 of our SaviourG4990 JesusG2424 ChristG5547, who hath abolishedG2673 deathG2288, and hath broughtG5461 lifeG2222 and immortalityG861 to lightG5461 throughG1223 the gospelG2098:
   
KJVP TI2 1:11 WhereuntoG1519-G3739 I am appointedG5087 a preacherG2783, and an apostleG652, and a teacherG1320 of the GentilesG1484.
   
KJVP TI2 1:12 For the whichG3739 causeG156 I alsoG2532 sufferG3958 theseG5023 things: neverthelessG235 I am not ashamedG1870: for I knowG1492 whomG3739 I have believedG4100, and am persuadedG3982 that he is ableG1415 to keepG5442 that which I have committedG3866 unto him againstG1519 that dayG2250.
   
KJVP TI2 1:13 HoldG2192 fast the formG5296 of soundG5198 wordsG3056, whichG3739 thou hast heardG191 of me, in faithG4102 and loveG26 whichG3588 is in ChristG5547 JesusG2424.
   
KJVP TI2 1:14 That goodG2570 thing which was committedG3872 unto thee keepG5442 by the HolyG40 GhostG4151 whichG3588 dwellethG1774 in us.
   
KJVP TI2 1:15 ThisG5124 thou knowestG1492, that allG3956 they which are in AsiaG773 be turnedG654 awayG654 from me; of whomG3739 are PhygellusG5436 and HermogenesG2061.
   
KJVP TI2 1:16 The LordG2962 giveG1325 mercyG1656 unto the houseG3624 of OnesiphorusG3683; for he oftG4178 refreshedG404 me, and was not ashamedG1870 of my chainG254:
   
KJVP TI2 1:17 But, when he was in RomeG4516, he soughtG2212 me out veryG4708 diligentlyG4706, and foundG2147 me.
   
KJVP TI2 1:18 The LordG2962 grantG1325 unto him that he may findG2147 mercyG1656 of the LordG2962 in that dayG2250: and in howG3745 manyG3745 things he ministeredG1247 unto me atG1722 EphesusG2181, thou knowestG1097 veryG957 wellG957.
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