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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 NUM 24:1

And when BalaamH1109 sawH7200 that it pleasedH2895 the LORDH3068 to blessH1288 IsraelH3478, he wentH1980 not, as at other timesH6471, to seekH7125 for enchantmentsH5172, but he setH7896 his faceH6440 towardH413 the wildernessH4057.

   
KJVP NUM 24:2 And BalaamH1109 liftedH5375 up his eyesH5869, and he sawH7200 IsraelH3478 abidingH7931 in his tents according to their tribesH7626; and the spiritH7307 of GodH430 cameH1961 upon him.
   
KJVP NUM 24:3 And he tookH5375 up his parableH4912, and saidH559, BalaamH1109 the sonH1121 of BeorH1160 hath saidH5002, and the manH1397 whose eyesH5869 are openH8365 hath saidH5002:
   
KJVP NUM 24:4 He hath saidH5002, whichH834 heardH8085 the wordsH561 of GodH410, which sawH2372 the visionH4236 of the AlmightyH7706, fallingH5307 into a trance, but having his eyesH5869 openH1540:
   
KJVP NUM 24:5 HowH4100 goodlyH2896 are thy tentsH168, O JacobH3290, and thy tabernaclesH4908, O IsraelH3478!
   
KJVP NUM 24:6 As the valleysH5158 are they spreadH5186 forth, as gardensH1593 by the river?sH5104 side, as the trees of lign aloesH174 which the LORDH3068 hath plantedH5193, and as cedarH730 trees besideH5921 the watersH4325.
   
KJVP NUM 24:7 He shall pourH5140 the waterH4325 out of his bucketsH1805, and his seedH2233 shall be in manyH7227 watersH4325, and his kingH4428 shall be higherH7311 than AgagH90, and his kingdomH4438 shall be exaltedH5375.
   
KJVP NUM 24:8 GodH410 broughtH3318 him forthH4161 out of EgyptH4714; he hath as it were the strengthH8443 of an unicornH7214: he shall eatH398 up the nationsH1471 his enemiesH6862, and shall breakH1633 their bonesH6106, and pierceH4272 them through with his arrowsH2671.
   
KJVP NUM 24:9 He couchedH3766, he layH7901 downH7901 as a lionH738, and as a greatH3833 lionH3833: whoH4310 shall stirH6965 him up? BlessedH1288 is he that blessethH1288 thee, and cursedH779 is he that cursethH779 thee.
   
KJVP NUM 24:10 And Balak?sH1111 angerH639 was kindledH2734 againstH413 BalaamH1109, and he smoteH5606 his handsH3709 together: and BalakH1111 saidH559 unto BalaamH1109, I calledH7121 thee to curseH6895 mine enemiesH341, and, beholdH2009, thou hast altogether blessedH1288 them theseH2088 threeH7969 times.
   
KJVP NUM 24:11 Therefore nowH6258 fleeH1272 thou to thy placeH4725: I thoughtH559 to promoteH3513 thee unto great honourH3513; but, loH2009, the LORDH3068 hath keptH4513 thee backH4513 from honourH3519.
   
KJVP NUM 24:12 And BalaamH1109 saidH559 unto BalakH1111, SpakeH1696 I not alsoH1571 to thy messengersH4397 whichH834 thou sentestH7971 unto me, sayingH559,
   
KJVP NUM 24:13 IfH518 BalakH1111 would giveH5414 me his houseH1004 fullH4393 of silverH3701 and goldH2091, I cannotH3808-H3201 goH5674 beyondH5674 the commandmentH6310 of the LORDH3068, to doH6213 either goodH2896 orH176 badH7451 of mine own mindH3820; but whatH834 the LORDH3068 saithH1696, that will I speakH1696?
   
KJVP NUM 24:14 And nowH6258, beholdH2005, I goH1980 unto my peopleH5971: comeH3212 therefore, and I will advertiseH3289 thee whatH834 thisH2088 peopleH5971 shall doH6213 to thy peopleH5971 in the latterH319 daysH3117.
   
KJVP NUM 24:15 And he tookH5375 up his parableH4912, and saidH559, BalaamH1109 the sonH1121 of BeorH1160 hath saidH5002, and the manH1397 whose eyesH5869 are openH8365 hath saidH5002:
   
KJVP NUM 24:16 He hath saidH5002, which heardH8085 the wordsH561 of GodH410, and knewH3045 the knowledgeH1847 of the mostH6944 HighH5945, which sawH2372 the visionH4236 of the AlmightyH7706, fallingH5307 into a trance, but having his eyesH5869 openH1540:
   
KJVP NUM 24:17 I shall seeH7200 him, but not nowH6258: I shall beholdH7789 him, but not nighH7126: there shall comeH1869 a StarH3556 out of JacobH3290, and a SceptreH7626 shall riseH6965 out of IsraelH3478, and shall smiteH4272 the cornersH6285 of MoabH4124, and destroyH6979 allH3605 the childrenH1121 of ShethH8352.
   
KJVP NUM 24:18 And EdomH123 shall be a possessionH3424, SeirH8165 also shall be a possessionH3424 for his enemiesH341; and IsraelH3478 shall doH6213 valiantlyH2428.
   
KJVP NUM 24:19 Out of JacobH3290 shall comeH3381 he that shall have dominionH7287, and shall destroyH6 him that remainethH8300 of the cityH5892.
   
KJVP NUM 24:20 And when he lookedH7200 onH5921 AmalekH6002, he tookH5375 up his parableH4912, and saidH559, AmalekH6002 was the firstH7225 of the nationsH1471; but his latterH319 end shall be that he perishH8 for everH5703.
   
KJVP NUM 24:21 And he lookedH7200 onH5921 the KenitesH7017, and tookH5375 up his parableH4912, and saidH559, StrongH386 is thy dwellingplaceH4186, and thou puttestH7760 thy nestH7064 in a rockH5553.
   
KJVP NUM 24:22 NeverthelessH3588-H518 the KeniteH7014 shall be wastedH1197, untilH5704 AsshurH804 shall carryH7617 thee away captiveH7617.
   
KJVP NUM 24:23 And he tookH5375 up his parableH4912, and saidH559, AlasH188, whoH4310 shall liveH2421 when GodH410 doethH7760 this!
   
KJVP NUM 24:24 And shipsH6716 shall come from the coastH3027 of ChittimH3794, and shall afflictH6031 Asshur.H804, and shall afflictH6031 EberH5677, and he alsoH1571 shall perishH8 for everH5703.
   
KJVP NUM 24:25 And BalaamH1109 roseH6965 up, and wentH3212 and returnedH7725 to his placeH4725: and BalakH1111 alsoH1571 wentH1980 his wayH1870.
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