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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.

   
AKJV JOH 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
   
AKJV JOH 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him.
   
AKJV JOH 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
   
AKJV JOH 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
   
AKJV JOH 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
   
AKJV JOH 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
   
AKJV JOH 3:7 Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.
   
AKJV JOH 3:8 The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
   
AKJV JOH 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be?
   
AKJV JOH 3:10 Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know not these things?
   
AKJV JOH 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and you receive not our witness.
   
AKJV JOH 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
   
AKJV JOH 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
   
AKJV JOH 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
   
AKJV JOH 3:15 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
   
AKJV JOH 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
   
AKJV JOH 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
   
AKJV JOH 3:18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
   
AKJV JOH 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
   
AKJV JOH 3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
   
AKJV JOH 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
   
AKJV JOH 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
   
AKJV JOH 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
   
AKJV JOH 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
   
AKJV JOH 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
   
AKJV JOH 3:26 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him.
   
AKJV JOH 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
   
AKJV JOH 3:28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
   
AKJV JOH 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
   
AKJV JOH 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
   
AKJV JOH 3:31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.
   
AKJV JOH 3:32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.
   
AKJV JOH 3:33 He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.
   
AKJV JOH 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.
   
AKJV JOH 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.
   
AKJV JOH 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him.
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