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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 GEN 1:1 In the beginningH7225 GodH430 createdH1254 the heavenH8064 and the earthH776.
   
KJVP GEN 1:2 And the earthH776 was withoutH8414 formH8414, and voidH922; and darknessH2822 was upon the faceH6440 of the deepH8415. And the SpiritH7307 of GodH430 movedH7363 upon the faceH6440 of the watersH4325.
   
KJVP GEN 1:3 And GodH430 saidH559, Let there be lightH216: and there was lightH216.
   
KJVP GEN 1:4 And GodH430 sawH7200 the lightH216, that it was goodH2896: and GodH430 dividedH914 the lightH216 from the darknessH2822.
   
KJVP GEN 1:5 And GodH430 calledH7121 the lightH216 DayH3117, and the darknessH2822 he calledH7121 NightH3915. And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the firstH259 dayH3117.
   
KJVP GEN 1:6 And GodH430 saidH559, Let there be a firmamentH7549 in the midstH8432 of the watersH4325, and let it divideH914 the watersH4325 from the watersH4325.
   
KJVP GEN 1:7 And GodH430 madeH6213 the firmamentH7549, and dividedH914 the watersH4325 whichH834 were underH8478 the firmamentH7549 from the watersH4325 whichH834 were aboveH5921 the firmamentH7549: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:8 And GodH430 calledH7121 the firmamentH7549 HeavenH8064. And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the secondH8145 dayH3117.
   
KJVP GEN 1:9 And GodH430 saidH559, Let the watersH4325 underH8478 the heavenH8064 be gatheredH6960 together unto oneH259 placeH4725, and let the dryH3004 land appearH7200: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:10 And GodH430 calledH7121 the dryH3004 land EarthH776; and the gatheringH4723 together of the watersH4325 calledH7121 he SeasH3220: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was goodH2896.
   
KJVP GEN 1:11 And GodH430 saidH559, Let the earthH776 bringH1876 forthH1876 grassH1877, the herbH6212 yieldingH2232 seedH2233, and the fruitH6529 treeH6086 yieldingH6213 fruitH6529 after his kindH4327, whoseH834 seedH2233 is in itself, upon the earthH776: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:12 And the earthH776 broughtH3318 forthH3318 grassH1877, and herbH6212 yieldingH2232 seedH2233 after his kindH4327, and the treeH6086 yieldingH6213 fruitH6529, whoseH834 seedH2233 was in itself, after his kindH4327: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was goodH2896.
   
KJVP GEN 1:13 And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the thirdH7992 dayH3117.
   
KJVP GEN 1:14 And GodH430 saidH559, Let there be lightsH3974 in the firmamentH7549 of the heavenH8064 to divideH914 the dayH3117 from the nightH3915; and let them be for signsH226, and for seasonsH4150, and for daysH3117, and yearsH8141:
   
KJVP GEN 1:15 And let them be for lightsH3974 in the firmamentH7549 of the heavenH8064 to give lightH216 upon the earthH776: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:16 And GodH430 madeH6213 twoH8147 greatH1419 lightsH3974; the greaterH1419 lightH3974 to ruleH4475 the dayH3117, and the lesserH6996 lightH3974 to ruleH4475 the nightH3915: he made the starsH3556 also.
   
KJVP GEN 1:17 And GodH430 setH5414 them in the firmamentH7549 of the heavenH8064 to give lightH216 upon the earthH776,
   
KJVP GEN 1:18 And to ruleH4910 over the dayH3117 and over the nightH3915, and to divideH914 the lightH216 from the darknessH2822: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was goodH2896.
   
KJVP GEN 1:19 And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the fourthH7243 dayH3117.
   
KJVP GEN 1:20 And GodH430 saidH559, Let the watersH4325 bringH8317 forthH8317 abundantlyH8317 the movingH8318 creatureH8318 that hath lifeH2416, and fowlH5775 that may flyH5774 aboveH5921 the earthH776 in the openH6440 firmamentH7549 of heavenH8064.
   
KJVP GEN 1:21 And GodH430 createdH1254 greatH1419 whalesH8577, and everyH3605 livingH2416 creatureH5315 that movethH7430, whichH834 the watersH4325 broughtH8317 forthH8317 abundantlyH8317, after their kindH4327, and everyH3605 wingedH3671 fowlH5775 after his kindH4327: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was goodH2896.
   
KJVP GEN 1:22 And GodH430 blessedH1288 them, sayingH559, Be fruitfulH6509, and multiplyH7235, and fillH4390 the watersH4325 in the seasH3220, and let fowlH5775 multiplyH7235 in the earthH776.
   
KJVP GEN 1:23 And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the fifthH2549 dayH3117.
   
KJVP GEN 1:24 And GodH430 saidH559, Let the earthH776 bringH3318 forthH3318 the livingH2416 creatureH5315 after his kindH4327, cattleH929, and creepingH7431 thing, and beastH2416 of the earthH776 after his kindH4327: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:25 And GodH430 madeH6213 the beastH2416 of the earthH776 after his kindH4327, and cattleH929 after their kindH4327, and everyH3605 thing that creepethH7431 upon the earthH127 after his kindH4327: and GodH430 sawH7200 that it was goodH2896.
   
KJVP GEN 1:26 And GodH430 saidH559, Let us makeH6213 manH120 in our imageH6754, after our likenessH1823: and let them have dominionH7287 over the fishH1710 of the seaH3220, and over the fowlH5775 of the airH8064, and over the cattleH929, and over allH3605 the earthH776, and over everyH3605 creepingH7431 thing that creepethH7430 upon the earthH776.
   
KJVP GEN 1:27 So GodH430 createdH1254 manH120 in his own imageH6754, in the imageH6754 of GodH430 createdH1254 he him; maleH2145 and femaleH5347 createdH1254 he them.
   
KJVP GEN 1:28 And GodH430 blessedH1288 them, and GodH430 saidH559 unto them, Be fruitfulH6509, and multiplyH7235, and replenishH4390 the earthH776, and subdueH3533 it: and have dominionH7287 over the fishH1710 of the seaH3220, and over the fowlH5775 of the airH8064, and over everyH3605 livingH2416 thing that movethH7430 upon the earthH776.
   
KJVP GEN 1:29 And GodH430 saidH559, BeholdH2009, I have givenH5414 you everyH3605 herbH6212 bearingH2232 seedH2233, whichH834 is upon the faceH6440 of allH3605 the earthH776, and everyH3605 treeH6086, in the whichH834 is the fruitH6529 of a treeH6086 yieldingH2232 seedH2233; to you it shall be for meatH402.
   
KJVP GEN 1:30 And to everyH3605 beastH2416 of the earthH776, and to everyH3605 fowlH5775 of the airH8064, and to everyH3605 thing that creepethH7430 upon the earthH776, whereinH834 there is lifeH2416, I have given everyH3605 greenH3418 herbH6212 for meatH402: and it was soH3651.
   
KJVP GEN 1:31 And GodH430 sawH7200 everyH3605 thing that he had madeH6213, and, beholdH2009, it was veryH3966 goodH2896. And the eveningH6153 and the morningH1242 were the sixthH8345 dayH3117.
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