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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.


We thenG1161 that are strongG1415 oughtG3784 to bearG941 the infirmitiesG771 of the weakG102, and not to pleaseG700 ourselvesG1438.

KJVP ROM 15:2 Let everyG1538 one of us pleaseG700 his neighbourG4139 for his goodG18 to edificationG3619.
KJVP ROM 15:3 For evenG2532 ChristG5547 pleasedG700 not himselfG1438; but, as it is writtenG1125, The reproachesG3679 of them that reproachedG3679 thee fellG1968 onG1909 me.
KJVP ROM 15:4 For whatsoeverG3745 things were writtenG4270 aforetimeG4270 were writtenG4270 for our learningG1319, that we throughG1223 patienceG5281 and comfortG3874 of the scripturesG1124 might haveG2192 hopeG1680.
KJVP ROM 15:5 NowG1161 the GodG2316 of patienceG5281 and consolationG3874 grantG1325 you to be likemindedG3588-G846-G5426 oneG240 towardG1722 anotherG240 accordingG2596 to ChristG5547 JesusG2424:
KJVP ROM 15:6 That ye may with oneG3661 mindG3661 and oneG1520 mouthG4750 glorifyG1392 GodG2316, evenG2532 the FatherG3962 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547.
KJVP ROM 15:7 WhereforeG1352 receiveG4355 ye oneG240 anotherG240, as ChristG5547 alsoG2532 receivedG4355 us to the gloryG1391 of GodG2316.
KJVP ROM 15:8 NowG1063 I sayG3004 that JesusG2424 ChristG5547 was a ministerG1249 of the circumcisionG4061 for the truthG225 of GodG2316, to confirmG950 the promisesG1860 made unto the fathersG3962:
KJVP ROM 15:9 And that the GentilesG1484 might glorifyG1392 GodG2316 for his mercyG1656; as it is writtenG1125, For thisG5124 causeG1223 I will confessG1843 to thee amongG1722 the GentilesG1484, and singG5567 unto thy nameG3686.
KJVP ROM 15:10 And againG3825 he saithG3004, RejoiceG2165, ye GentilesG1484, with his peopleG2992.
KJVP ROM 15:11 And againG3825, PraiseG134 the LordG2962, allG3956 ye GentilesG1484; and laudG1867 him, allG3956 ye peopleG2992.
KJVP ROM 15:12 And againG3825, EsaiasG2268 saithG3004, There shall be a rootG4491 of JesseG2421, and he that shall riseG450 to reignG757 over the GentilesG1484; in him shall the GentilesG1484 trustG1679.
KJVP ROM 15:13 NowG1161 the GodG2316 of hopeG1680 fillG4137 you with allG3956 joyG5479 and peaceG1515 in believingG4100, that ye may abound.G4052 in hopeG1680, throughG1722 the powerG1411 of the HolyG40 GhostG4151.
KJVP ROM 15:14 And I myself alsoG2532 am persuadedG3982 of you, my brethrenG80, that ye alsoG2532 are fullG3324 of goodnessG19, filledG4137 with allG3956 knowledgeG1108, ableG1410 alsoG2532 to admonishG3560 oneG240 anotherG240.
KJVP ROM 15:15 NeverthelessG1161, brethrenG80, I haveG2192 writtenG1125 the moreG5112 boldlyG5112 unto you in someG575-G3313 sortG3313, as puttingG1878 you in mindG1878, becauseG1223 of the graceG5485 that is givenG1325 to me of GodG2316,
KJVP ROM 15:16 That I should be the ministerG3011 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547 to the GentilesG1484, ministeringG2418 the gospelG2098 of GodG2316, that the offeringG4376 up of the GentilesG1484 might be acceptableG2144, being sanctifiedG37 by the HolyG40 GhostG4151.
KJVP ROM 15:17 I haveG2192 thereforeG3767 whereof I may gloryG2746 throughG1722 JesusG2424 ChristG5547 in thoseG3588 things which pertain to GodG2316.
KJVP ROM 15:18 For I will not dareG5111 to speakG2980 of anyG5100 of those things whichG3739 ChristG5547 hath not wroughtG2716 by me, to makeG1519 the GentilesG1484 obedientG5218, by wordG3056 and deedG2041,
KJVP ROM 15:19 ThroughG1722 mightyG1411 signsG4592 and wondersG5059, by the powerG1411 of the SpiritG4151 of GodG2316; soG5620 that from JerusalemG2419, and roundG2943 aboutG2945 unto IllyricumG2437, I have fullyG4137 preachedG4137 the gospelG2098 of ChristG5547.
KJVP ROM 15:20 YeaG235, soG3779 have I strivedG5389 to preachG2097 the gospelG2097, not whereG3699 ChristG5547 was namedG3687, lestG2443-G3361 I should buildG3618 upon anotherG245 man?sG245 foundationG2310:
KJVP ROM 15:21 But as it is writtenG1125, To whomG3739 he was not spokenG312 of, they shall seeG3700: and they that have not heardG191 shall understandG4920.
KJVP ROM 15:22 For whichG1352 causeG1352 alsoG2532 I have been muchG5248 hinderedG1465 from comingG2064 to you.
KJVP ROM 15:23 But nowG3570 havingG2192 noG3371 moreG2001 placeG5117 in theseG5125 partsG2824, and havingG2192 a greatG1974 desireG1974 these manyG4183 yearsG2094 to comeG2064 unto you;
KJVP ROM 15:24 WhensoeverG5613-G1437 I take my journeyG4198 intoG1519 SpainG4681, I will comeG2064 to you: for I trustG1679 to seeG2300 you in my journeyG1279, and to be broughtG4311 on my wayG4311 thitherwardG1563 by you, ifG1437 firstG4412 I be somewhatG1705 filledG1705 with yourG5216 company.
KJVP ROM 15:25 But nowG3570 I goG4198 unto JerusalemG2419 to ministerG1247 unto the saintsG40.
KJVP ROM 15:26 For it hath pleasedG2106 them of MacedoniaG3109 and AchaiaG882 to makeG4160 a certainG5100 contributionG2842 for the poorG4434 saintsG40 whichG3588 are atG1722 JerusalemG2419.
KJVP ROM 15:27 It hath pleasedG2106 them verilyG1063; and their debtorsG3781 they are. For ifG1487 the GentilesG1484 have been madeG2841 partakersG2841 of their spiritualG4152 things, their dutyG3784 is alsoG2532 to ministerG3008 unto them in carnalG4559 things.
KJVP ROM 15:28 When thereforeG3767 I have performedG2005 thisG5124, and have sealedG4972 to them thisG5126 fruitG2590, I will comeG565 by you intoG1519 SpainG4681.
KJVP ROM 15:29 And I am sureG1492 that, when I comeG2064 unto you, I shall comeG2064 in the fulnessG4138 of the blessingG2129 of the gospelG2098 of ChristG5547.
KJVP ROM 15:30 NowG1161 I beseechG3870 you, brethrenG80, for the LordG2962 JesusG2424 Christ?sG5547 sake, and for the loveG26 of the SpiritG4151, that ye striveG4865 togetherG4865 with me in yourG3588 prayersG4335 to GodG2316 for me;
KJVP ROM 15:31 That I may be deliveredG4506 from them that do not believeG544 in JudaeaG2449; and that my serviceG1248 whichG3588 I have for JerusalemG2419 may be acceptedG2144 of the saintsG40;
KJVP ROM 15:32 That I may comeG2064 unto you with joyG5479 by the willG2307 of GodG2316, and may with you be refreshedG4875.
KJVP ROM 15:33 NowG1161 the GodG2316 of peaceG1515 be with you allG3956. AmenG281.