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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.


PaulG3972, an apostleG652 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547 by the willG2307 of GodG2316, and TimotheusG5095 our brotherG80,

KJVP COL 1:2 To the saintsG40 and faithfulG4103 brethrenG80 in ChristG5547 which are atG1722 ColosseG2857: GraceG5485 be unto you, and peaceG1515, from GodG2316 our FatherG3962 and the LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547.
KJVP COL 1:3 We give thanksG2168 to GodG2316 and the FatherG3962 of our LordG2962 JesusG2424 ChristG5547, prayingG4336 alwaysG3842 for you,
KJVP COL 1:4 Since we heardG191 of yourG5216 faithG4102 in ChristG5547 JesusG2424, and of the loveG26 whichG3588 ye have to allG3956 the saintsG40,
KJVP COL 1:5 For the hopeG1680 whichG3588 is laidG606 up for you in heavenG3772, whereofG3739 ye heardG4257 beforeG4257 in the wordG3056 of the truthG226 of the gospelG2098;
KJVP COL 1:6 WhichG3588 is comeG3918 unto you, as it is in allG3956 the worldG2889; and bringethG2592 forthG1901 fruitG2592, as it doth alsoG2532 in you, sinceG575 the dayG2250 ye heardG191 of it, and knewG1921 the graceG5485 of GodG2316 in truthG226:
KJVP COL 1:7 As ye alsoG2532 learnedG3129 of EpaphrasG1889 our dearG27 fellowservantG4889, whoG3739 is for you a faithfulG4103 ministerG1249 of ChristG5547;
KJVP COL 1:8 WhoG3588 alsoG2532 declaredG1213 unto us yourG5216 loveG26 in the SpiritG4151.
KJVP COL 1:9 For thisG5124 causeG1223-G5124 we alsoG2532, sinceG575 the dayG2250 we heardG191 it, do not ceaseG3973 to prayG4336 for you, and to desireG154 that ye might be filledG4137 with the knowledgeG1922 of his willG2307 in allG3956 wisdomG4678 and spiritualG4152 understandingG4907;
KJVP COL 1:10 That ye might walkG4043 worthyG516 of the LordG2962 unto allG3956 pleasingG699, being fruitfulG2592 in everyG3956 goodG18 workG2041, and increasingG837 in the knowledgeG1922 of GodG2316;
KJVP COL 1:11 StrengthenedG1412 with allG3956 mightG1411, accordingG2596 to his gloriousG1391 powerG2904, unto allG3956 patienceG5281 and longsufferingG3115 with joyfulnessG5479;
KJVP COL 1:12 Giving thanksG2168 unto the FatherG3962, whichG3588 hath madeG2427 us meetG2427 to be partakersG3310 of the inheritanceG2819 of the saintsG40 in lightG5457:
KJVP COL 1:13 WhoG3739 hath deliveredG4506 us from the powerG1849 of darknessG4655, and hath translatedG3179 us intoG1519 the kingdomG932 of his dearG26 SonG5207:
KJVP COL 1:14 In whomG3739 we haveG2192 redemptionG629 throughG1223 his bloodG129, even the forgivenessG859 of sinsG266:
KJVP COL 1:15 WhoG3739 is the imageG1504 of the invisibleG517 GodG2316, the firstbornG4416 of everyG3956 creatureG2937:
KJVP COL 1:16 For by him were allG3956 things createdG2936, that are in heavenG3772, and that are in earthG1093, visibleG3707 and invisibleG517, whetherG1535 they be thronesG2362, orG1535 dominionsG2963, orG1535 principalitiesG746, orG1535 powersG1849: allG3956 things were createdG2936 by him, and for him:
KJVP COL 1:17 And he is beforeG4253 allG3956 things, and by him allG3956 things consistG4921.
KJVP COL 1:18 And he is the headG2776 of the bodyG4983, the churchG1577: whoG3739 is the beginningG746, the firstbornG4416 from the deadG3498; that in allG3956 things he might have the preeminenceG4409.
KJVP COL 1:19 For it pleasedG2106 the Father that in him should allG3956 fulnessG4138 dwellG2730;
KJVP COL 1:20 And, having madeG1517 peaceG1517 throughG1223 the bloodG129 of his crossG4716, by him to reconcileG604 allG3956 things unto himselfG848; by him, I say, whetherG1535 they be things in earthG1093, orG1535 things in heavenG3772.
KJVP COL 1:21 And you, that were sometimeG4218 alienatedG526 and enemiesG2190 in yourG3588 mindG1271 by wickedG4190 worksG2041, yetG1161 nowG3570 hath he reconciledG604
KJVP COL 1:22 In the bodyG4983 of his fleshG4561 throughG1223 deathG2288, to presentG3936 you holyG40 and unblameableG299 and unreproveableG410 in his sightG2714:
KJVP COL 1:23 IfG1489 ye continueG1961 in the faithG4102 groundedG2311 and settledG1476, and be not movedG3334 awayG3334 from the hopeG1680 of the gospelG2098, which ye have heardG191, and whichG3739 was preachedG2784 to everyG3956 creatureG2937 which is underG5259 heavenG3772; whereofG3739 I PaulG3972 am madeG1096 a ministerG1249;
KJVP COL 1:24 Who nowG3568 rejoiceG5463 in my sufferingsG3804 for you, and fillG466 up that which is behindG5303 of the afflictionsG2347 of ChristG5547 in my fleshG4561 for his body?sG4983 sake, whichG3739 is the churchG1577:
KJVP COL 1:25 WhereofG3739 I am madeG1096 a ministerG1249, accordingG2596 to the dispensationG3622 of GodG2316 whichG3588 is givenG1325 to me for you, to fulfilG4137 the wordG3056 of GodG2316;
KJVP COL 1:26 Even the mysteryG3466 whichG3588 hath been hidG614 from agesG165 and from generationsG1074, but nowG3570 is madeG5319 manifestG5319 to his saintsG40:
KJVP COL 1:27 To whomG3739 GodG2316 wouldG2309 makeG1107 knownG1107 whatG5101 is the richesG4149 of the gloryG1391 of thisG5127 mysteryG3466 amongG1722 the GentilesG1484; whichG3739 is ChristG5547 in you, the hopeG1680 of gloryG1391:
KJVP COL 1:28 WhomG3739 we preachG2605, warningG3560 everyG3956 manG444, and teachingG1321 everyG3956 manG444 in allG3956 wisdomG4678; that we may presentG3936 everyG3956 manG444 perfectG5046 in ChristG5547 JesusG2424:
KJVP COL 1:29 WhereuntoG1519-G3739 I alsoG2532 labourG2872, strivingG75 accordingG2596 to his workingG1753, whichG3588 workethG1754 in me mightilyG1722-G1411.