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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 PE2 1:1

SimonG4613 PeterG4074, a servantG1401 and an apostleG652 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547, to them that have obtainedG2975 likeG2472 preciousG2472 faithG4102 with us throughG1722 the righteousnessG1343 of GodG2316 and our SaviourG4990 JesusG2424 ChristG5547:

   
KJVP PE2 1:2 GraceG5485 and peaceG1515 be multipliedG4129 unto you throughG1722 the knowledgeG1922 of GodG2316, and of JesusG2424 our LordG2962,
   
KJVP PE2 1:3 AccordingG5613 as his divineG2304 powerG1411 hath givenG1433 unto us allG3956 things that pertain unto lifeG2222 and godlinessG2150, throughG1223 the knowledgeG1922 of him that hath calledG2564 us to gloryG1391 and virtueG703:
   
KJVP PE2 1:4 WherebyG1223-G3739 are givenG1433 unto us exceeding greatG3176 and preciousG5093 promisesG1862: that by theseG5130 ye might be partakersG2844 of the divineG2304 natureG5449, having escapedG668 the corruptionG5356 that is in the worldG2889 throughG1722 lustG1939.
   
KJVP PE2 1:5 And besideG846 thisG5124, givingG3923 allG3956 diligenceG4710, addG2023 to yourG5216 faithG4102 virtueG703; and to virtueG703 knowledgeG1108;
   
KJVP PE2 1:6 And to knowledgeG1108 temperanceG1466; and to temperanceG1466 patienceG5281; and to patienceG5281 godlinessG2150;
   
KJVP PE2 1:7 And to godlinessG2150 brotherlyG5360 kindnessG5360; and to brotherlyG5360 kindnessG5360 charityG26.
   
KJVP PE2 1:8 For if theseG5023 things be in you, and aboundG4121, they makeG2525 you that ye shall neitherG3756 be barrenG692 norG3761 unfruitfulG175 in the knowledgeG1922 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547.
   
KJVP PE2 1:9 But he that lackethG3361-G3918 theseG5023 things is blindG5185, and cannotG3467 seeG3467 afarG3467 off, and hath forgottenG3024-G2983 that he was purgedG2512 from his oldG3819 sinsG266.
   
KJVP PE2 1:10 WhereforeG1352 the ratherG3123, brethrenG80, give diligenceG4710 to makeG4160 yourG5216 callingG2821 and electionG1589 sureG949: for if ye doG4160 theseG5023 things, ye shall neverG3364-G4219 fallG4417:
   
KJVP PE2 1:11 For soG3779 an entranceG1529 shall be ministeredG2023 unto you abundantlyG4146 intoG1519 the everlastingG166 kingdomG932 of our LordG2962 and SaviourG4990 JesusG2424 ChristG5547.
   
KJVP PE2 1:12 WhereforeG1352 I will not be negligentG272 to putG5279 you alwaysG104 in remembranceG5179 of theseG5130 things, thoughG2539 ye knowG1492 them, and be establishedG4741 in the presentG3918 truthG225.
   
KJVP PE2 1:13 YeaG1161, I thinkG2233 it meetG1342, as long as I amG1510 in thisG5129 tabernacleG4638, to stirG1326 you up by puttingG5279 you in remembranceG5280;
   
KJVP PE2 1:14 KnowingG1492 that shortlyG5031 I must putG595 offG595 thisG3588 my tabernacleG4638, evenG2532 as our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547 hath showedG1213 me.
   
KJVP PE2 1:15 MoreoverG1161-G2532 I will endeavourG4704 that ye may be ableG2192 afterG3326 my deceaseG1841 to have theseG5130 things alwaysG1539 in remembranceG3420.
   
KJVP PE2 1:16 For we have not followedG1811 cunningly devisedG4679 fablesG3454, when we madeG1107 knownG1107 unto you the powerG1411 and comingG3952 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547, but were eyewitnessesG2030 of his majestyG3168.
   
KJVP PE2 1:17 For he receivedG2983 from GodG2316 the FatherG3962 honourG5092 and gloryG1391, when there cameG5342 suchG5107 a voiceG5456 to him from the excellentG3169 gloryG1391, ThisG3778 is my belovedG27 SonG5207, in whomG3739 I am wellG2106 pleasedG2106.
   
KJVP PE2 1:18 And thisG5026 voiceG5456 which cameG5342 from heavenG3772 we heardG191, when we were with him in the holyG40 mountG3735.
   
KJVP PE2 1:19 We haveG2192 alsoG2532 a more sureG949 wordG3056 of prophecyG4397; whereuntoG3739 ye doG4160 wellG2573 that ye take heedG4337, as unto a lightG3088 that shinethG5316 in a darkG850 placeG5117, untilG2193 the dayG2250 dawnG1306, and the dayG5459 starG5459 ariseG393 in yourG5216 heartsG2588:
   
KJVP PE2 1:20 KnowingG1097 thisG5124 firstG4412, that noG3956-G3756 prophecyG4394 of the scriptureG1124 is of any privateG2398 interpretationG1955.
   
KJVP PE2 1:21 For the prophecyG4394 cameG5342 not in oldG4218 timeG4218 by the willG2307 of manG444: but holyG40 menG444 of GodG2316 spakeG2980 as they were movedG5342 by the HolyG40 GhostG4151.
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