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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 DEU 26:1

And it shall be, whenH3588 thou art comeH935 in unto the landH776 whichH834 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 givethH5414 thee for an inheritanceH5159, and possessestH3423 it, and dwellestH3427 therein;

   
KJVP DEU 26:2 That thou shalt takeH3947 of the firstH7225 of allH3605 the fruitH6529 of the earthH127, whichH834 thou shalt bringH935 of thy landH776 that the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 givethH5414 thee, and shalt put.H7760 it in a basketH2935, and shalt goH1980 unto the placeH4725 whichH834 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 shall chooseH977 to placeH7931 his nameH8034 thereH8033.
   
KJVP DEU 26:3 And thou shalt goH935 unto the priestH3548 that shall be in those.H1992 daysH3117, and sayH559 unto him, I professH5046 this dayH3117 unto the LORDH3068 thy GodH430, that I am comeH935 unto the countryH776 whichH834 the LORDH3068 swareH7650 unto our fathersH1 for to giveH5414 us.
   
KJVP DEU 26:4 And the priestH3548 shall takeH3947 the basketH2935 out of thine handH3027, and setH3240 it down beforeH6440 the altarH4196 of the LORDH3068 thy GodH430.
   
KJVP DEU 26:5 And thou shalt speak.H6030 and sayH559 before.H6440 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430, A SyrianH761 ready to perishH6 was my fatherH1, and he wentH3381 downH3381 into EgyptH4714, and sojourned.H1481 thereH8033 with a fewH4592, and became.H1961 thereH8033 a nation.H1471, great.H1419, mighty.H6099, and populousH7227:
   
KJVP DEU 26:6 And the EgyptiansH4713 evilH7489 entreated us, and afflictedH6031 us, and laidH5414 upon us hardH7186 bondageH5656:
   
KJVP DEU 26:7 And when we criedH6817 unto the LORDH3068 GodH430 of our fathersH1, the LORDH3068 heardH8085 our voiceH6963, and lookedH7200 on our afflictionH6040, and our labourH5999, and our oppressionH3906:
   
KJVP DEU 26:8 And the LORDH3068 broughtH3318 us forthH3318 out of EgyptH4714 with a mightyH2389 handH3027, and with an outstretchedH5186 armH2220, and with greatH1419 terriblenessH4172, and with signsH226, and with wondersH4159:
   
KJVP DEU 26:9 And he hath broughtH935 us intoH413 thisH2088 placeH4725, and hath givenH5414 us thisH2063 landH776, even a landH776 that flowethH2100 with milkH2461 and honeyH1706.
   
KJVP DEU 26:10 And nowH6258, beholdH2009, I have broughtH935 the firstfruitsH7225 of the landH127, whichH834 thou, O LORDH3068, hast givenH5414 me. And thou shalt setH3240 it beforeH6440 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430, and worshipH7812 beforeH6440 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430:
   
KJVP DEU 26:11 And thou shalt rejoiceH8056 in everyH3605 goodH2896 thing whichH834 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 hath givenH5414 unto thee, and unto thine houseH1004, thou, and the LeviteH3881, and the strangerH1616 that is amongH7130 you.
   
KJVP DEU 26:12 WhenH3588 thou hast made an endH3615 of tithingH6237 allH3605 the tithesH4643 of thine increaseH8393 the thirdH7992 yearH8141, which is the yearH8141 of tithingH4643, and hast givenH5414 it unto the LeviteH3881, the strangerH1616, the fatherlessH3490, and the widowH490, that they may eatH398 within thy gatesH8179, and be filledH7646;
   
KJVP DEU 26:13 Then thou shalt sayH559 beforeH6440 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430, I have broughtH1197 awayH1197 the hallowedH6944 things out of mine houseH1004, and alsoH1571 have givenH5414 them unto the LeviteH3881, and unto the strangerH1616, to the fatherlessH3490, and to the widowH490, according to allH3605 thy commandmentsH4687 whichH834 thou hast commandedH6680 me: I have not transgressedH5674 thy commandmentsH4687, neitherH3808 have I forgottenH7911 them:
   
KJVP DEU 26:14 I have not eatenH398 thereof in my mourningH205, neitherH3808 have I takenH1197 awayH1197 ought thereof for any uncleanH2931 use, norH3808 givenH5414 ought thereof for the deadH4191: but I have hearkenedH8085 to the voiceH6963 of the LORDH3068 my GodH430, and have doneH6213 according to allH3605 that thou hast commandedH6680 me.
   
KJVP DEU 26:15 LookH8259 down from thy holyH6944 habitationH4583, from heavenH8064, and bless.H1288 thy peopleH5971 IsraelH3478, and the land.H127 whichH834 thou hast givenH5414 us, as thou swarestH7650 unto our fathersH1, a landH776 that flowethH2100 with milkH2461 and honey.H1706.
   
KJVP DEU 26:16 ThisH2088 dayH3117 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 hath commandedH6680 thee to doH6213 theseH428 statutesH2706 and judgmentsH4941: thou shalt therefore keepH8104 and doH6213 them with allH3605 thine heartH3824, and with allH3605 thy soulH5315.
   
KJVP DEU 26:17 Thou hast avouchedH559 the LORDH3068 this dayH3117 to be thy GodH430, and to walkH3212 in his waysH1870, and to keepH8104 his statutesH2706, and his commandmentsH4687, and his judgmentsH4941, and to hearkenH8085 unto his voiceH6963:
   
KJVP DEU 26:18 And the LORDH3068 hath avouchedH559 thee this dayH3117 to be his peculiarH5459 peopleH5971, as he hath promisedH1696 thee, and that thou shouldest keepH8104 allH3605 his commandmentsH4687;
   
KJVP DEU 26:19 And to makeH6213 thee highH5945 aboveH5921 allH3605 nationsH1471 whichH834 he hath madeH6213, in praiseH8416, and in nameH8034, and in honourH8597; and that thou mayest be an holyH6918 peopleH5971 unto the LORDH3068 thy GodH430, as he hath spokenH1696.
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