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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.


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KJVP ISA 20:2 At the sameH1931 timeH6256 spakeH1696 the LORDH3068 by IsaiahH3470 the sonH1121 of AmozH531, sayingH559, GoH3212 and looseH6605 the sackclothH8242 from offH5921 thy loinsH4975, and putH2502 off thy shoeH5275 from thy footH7272. And he didH6213 soH3651, walkingH1980 nakedH6174 and barefootH3182.
KJVP ISA 20:3 And the LORDH3068 saidH559, Like as my servantH5650 IsaiahH3470 hath walkedH1980 nakedH6174 and barefootH3182 threeH7969 yearsH8141 for a signH226 and wonderH4159 upon EgyptH4714 and upon EthiopiaH3568;
KJVP ISA 20:4 SoH3651 shall the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804 leadH5090 away the EgyptiansH4714 prisonersH7628, and the EthiopiansH3569 captivesH1546, youngH5288 and oldH2205, nakedH6174 and barefootH3182, even with their buttocksH8357 uncoveredH2834, to the shameH6172 of EgyptH4714.
KJVP ISA 20:5 And they shall be afraidH2865 and ashamedH954 of EthiopiaH3568 their expectationH4007, and of EgyptH4714 their gloryH8597.
KJVP ISA 20:6 And the inhabitantH3427 of thisH2088 isleH339 shall sayH559 in that dayH3117, BeholdH2009, suchH3541 is our expectationH4007, whitherH834-H8033 we fleeH5127 for helpH5833 to be deliveredH5337 from the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804: and howH349 shall we escapeH4422?