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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 LUK 17:1

Then said he to the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe to him, through whom they come!

   
AKJV LUK 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
   
AKJV LUK 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If your brother trespass against you, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
   
AKJV LUK 17:4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.
   
AKJV LUK 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith.
   
AKJV LUK 17:6 And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamine tree, Be you plucked up by the root, and be you planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
   
AKJV LUK 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say to him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
   
AKJV LUK 17:8 And will not rather say to him, Make ready with which I may sup, and gird yourself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward you shall eat and drink?
   
AKJV LUK 17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
   
AKJV LUK 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
   
AKJV LUK 17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee.
   
AKJV LUK 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
   
AKJV LUK 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
   
AKJV LUK 17:14 And when he saw them, he said to them, Go show yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
   
AKJV LUK 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
   
AKJV LUK 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
   
AKJV LUK 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
   
AKJV LUK 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
   
AKJV LUK 17:19 And he said to him, Arise, go your way: your faith has made you whole.
   
AKJV LUK 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation:
   
AKJV LUK 17:21 Neither shall they say, See here! or, see there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
   
AKJV LUK 17:22 And he said to the disciples, The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see it.
   
AKJV LUK 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
   
AKJV LUK 17:24 For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
   
AKJV LUK 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
   
AKJV LUK 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
   
AKJV LUK 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
   
AKJV LUK 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
   
AKJV LUK 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
   
AKJV LUK 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
   
AKJV LUK 17:31 In that day, he which shall be on the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
   
AKJV LUK 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
   
AKJV LUK 17:33 Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
   
AKJV LUK 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
   
AKJV LUK 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
   
AKJV LUK 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
   
AKJV LUK 17:37 And they answered and said to him, Where, Lord? And he said to them, Wherever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
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