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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 PHP 4:1

ThereforeG5620, my brethrenG80, dearly belovedG27 and longedG1973 for, my joyG5479 and crownG4735, soG3779 standG4739 fast in the LordG2962, my dearly belovedG27.

   
KJVP PHP 4:2 I beseechG3870 EuodiasG2136, and beseechG3870 SyntycheG4941, that they be of the sameG846 mindG5426 in the LordG2962.
   
KJVP PHP 4:3 And I entreatG2065 thee alsoG2532, trueG1103 yokefellowG4805, helpG4815 thoseG846 women whichG3748 labouredG4866 with me in the gospelG2098, with ClementG2815 alsoG2532, and with otherG3062 my fellowlabourersG4904, whoseG3739 namesG3686 are in the bookG976 of lifeG2222.
   
KJVP PHP 4:4 RejoiceG5463 in the LordG2962 alwayG104: and againG3825 I sayG2046, RejoiceG5463.
   
KJVP PHP 4:5 Let yourG5216 moderationG1933 be knownG1097 unto allG3956 menG444. The LordG2962 is atG1451 handG1451.
   
KJVP PHP 4:6 Be carefulG3309 for nothingG3367; but in everyG3956 thing by prayerG4335 and supplicationG1162 with thanksgivingG2169 let yourG5216 requestsG155 be madeG1107 knownG1107 unto GodG2316.
   
KJVP PHP 4:7 And the peaceG1515 of GodG2316, whichG3588 passethG5242 allG3956 understandingG3563, shall keepG5432 yourG5216 heartsG2588 and mindsG3540 throughG1722 ChristG5547 JesusG2424.
   
KJVP PHP 4:8 FinallyG3063, brethrenG80, whatsoeverG3745 things are trueG227, whatsoeverG3745 things are honestG4586, whatsoeverG3745 things are justG1342, whatsoeverG3745 things are pureG53, whatsoeverG3745 things are lovelyG4375, whatsoeverG3745 things are of goodG2163 reportG2163; ifG1487 there be anyG1536 virtueG703, and ifG1487 there be anyG1536 praiseG1868, thinkG3049 on theseG5023 things.
   
KJVP PHP 4:9 ThoseG5023 things, whichG3739 ye haveG2192 bothG2532 learnedG3129, and receivedG3880, and heardG191, and seenG1492 in me, doG4238: and the GodG2316 of peaceG1515 shall be with you.
   
KJVP PHP 4:10 But I rejoicedG5463 in the LordG2962 greatlyG3171, that nowG2236 atG4218 the lastG4218 yourG3588 careG5426 of me hath flourishedG330 againG330; whereinG1909-G3757 ye were alsoG2532 carefulG5426, but ye lackedG170 opportunityG170.
   
KJVP PHP 4:11 Not that I speakG3004 in respectG2596 of wantG5304: for I have learnedG3129, in whatsoeverG3588-G3739 state I amG1510, therewith to be contentG842.
   
KJVP PHP 4:12 I knowG1492 bothG2532 how to be abasedG5013, and I knowG1492 how to aboundG4052: everyG3956 whereG1722-G3956 and in allG3956 things I am instructedG3453 bothG2532 to be fullG5526 and to be hungryG3983, bothG2532 to aboundG4052 and to sufferG5302 need.
   
KJVP PHP 4:13 I canG2480 doG2480 allG3956 things throughG1722 ChristG5547 whichG3588 strengthenethG1743 me.
   
KJVP PHP 4:14 NotwithstandingG4133 ye have wellG2573 doneG4160, that ye did communicateG4790 with my afflictionG2347.
   
KJVP PHP 4:15 NowG1161 ye PhilippiansG5374 knowG1492 alsoG2532, that in the beginningG746 of the gospelG2098, whenG3753 I departedG1831 from MacedoniaG3109, noG3762 churchG1577 communicatedG2841 with me as concerningG1519-G3056 givingG1394 and receivingG3028, but ye onlyG3441.
   
KJVP PHP 4:16 For evenG2532 in ThessalonicaG2332 ye sentG3992 onceG530 and againG1364 unto my necessityG5532.
   
KJVP PHP 4:17 Not becauseG3754 I desireG1934 a giftG1390: but I desireG1934 fruitG2590 that may aboundG4121 to yourG5216 accountG3056.
   
KJVP PHP 4:18 But I haveG568 allG3956, and aboundG4052: I am fullG4137, having receivedG1209 of EpaphroditusG1891 the things which were sent from you, an odourG3744 of a sweetG2175 smellG2175, a sacrificeG2378 acceptableG1184, wellpleasingG2101 to GodG2316.
   
KJVP PHP 4:19 But my GodG2316 shall supplyG4137 allG3956 yourG5216 needG5532 accordingG2596 to his richesG4149 in gloryG1391 by ChristG5547 JesusG2424.
   
KJVP PHP 4:20 NowG1161 unto GodG2316 and our FatherG3962 be gloryG1391 for everG165 and everG165. AmenG281.
   
KJVP PHP 4:21 SaluteG782 everyG3956 saintG40 in ChristG5547 JesusG2424. The brethrenG80 which are with me greetG782 you.
   
KJVP PHP 4:22 AllG3956 the saintsG40 saluteG782 you, chieflyG3122 they that are of Caesar?sG2541 householdG3614.
   
KJVP PHP 4:23 The graceG5485 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547 be with you allG3956. AmenG281.
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