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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.


My brethrenG80, be not manyG4183 mastersG1320, knowingG1492 that we shall receiveG2983 the greaterG3187 condemnationG2917.

KJVP JAM 3:2 For in manyG4183 things we offendG4417 allG537. IfG1487 anyG1536 man offendG4417 not in wordG3056, the sameG3778 is a perfectG5046 manG435, and ableG1415 alsoG2532 to bridleG5469 the wholeG3650 bodyG4983.
KJVP JAM 3:3 BeholdG2400, we putG906 bitsG5469 in the horses?G2462 mouthsG4750, that they may obeyG3982 us; and we turnG3329 aboutG3329 their wholeG3650 bodyG4983.
KJVP JAM 3:4 BeholdG2400 alsoG2532 the shipsG4143, which though they be soG5082 greatG5082, and are drivenG1643 of fierceG4642 windsG417, yet are they turnedG3329 aboutG3329 with a veryG1646 smallG1646 helmG4079, whithersoeverG3699-G302 the governorG2116 listethG3730-G1014.
KJVP JAM 3:5 EvenG2532 soG3779 the tongueG1100 is a littleG3398 memberG3196, and boastethG3166 greatG3166 things. BeholdG2400, howG2245 greatG2245 a matterG5208 a littleG3641 fireG4442 kindlethG381!
KJVP JAM 3:6 And the tongueG1100 is a fireG4442, a worldG2889 of iniquityG93: soG3779 is the tongueG1100 amongG1722 our membersG3196, that it defilethG4695 the wholeG3650 bodyG4983, and settethG5394 on fireG5394 the courseG5164 of natureG1078; and it is setG5394 on fireG5394 of hellG1067.
KJVP JAM 3:7 For everyG3956 kindG5449 of beastsG2342, and of birdsG4071, and of serpentsG2062, and of things in the seaG1724, is tamedG1150, and hath been tamedG1150 of mankindG5449-G442:
KJVP JAM 3:8 But the tongueG1100 canG1410 noG3762 manG444 tameG1150; it is an unrulyG183 evilG2556, fullG3324 of deadlyG2287 poisonG2447.
KJVP JAM 3:9 TherewithG1722-G846 blessG2127 we GodG2316, even the FatherG3962; and therewithG1722-G846 curseG2672 we menG444, whichG3588 are madeG1096 afterG2596 the similitudeG3669 of GodG2316.
KJVP JAM 3:10 Out of the sameG846 mouthG4750 proceedethG1831 blessingG2129 and cursingG2671. My brethrenG80, theseG5023 things oughtG5534 not soG3779 to be.
KJVP JAM 3:11 Doth a fountainG4077 sendG1032 forthG1032 atG1537 the sameG846 placeG3692 sweetG1099 water and bitterG4089?
KJVP JAM 3:12 CanG1410 the figG4808 treeG4808, my brethrenG80, bearG4160 oliveG1636 berriesG1636? eitherG2228 a vineG288, figsG4810? soG3779 can noG3762 fountainG4077 both yieldG4160 saltG252 waterG5204 and freshG1099.
KJVP JAM 3:13 WhoG5101 is a wiseG4680 man and enduedG1990 with knowledgeG1990 amongG1722 you? let him showG1166 out of a goodG2570 conversationG391 his worksG2041 with meeknessG4240 of wisdomG4678.
KJVP JAM 3:14 But ifG1487 ye haveG2192 bitterG4089 envyingG2205 and strifeG2052 in yourG5216 heartsG2588, gloryG2620 not, and lieG5574 not againstG2596 the truthG225.
KJVP JAM 3:15 ThisG3778 wisdomG4678 descendethG2718 not from aboveG509, but is earthlyG1919, sensualG5591, devilishG1141.
KJVP JAM 3:16 For whereG3699 envyingG2205 and strifeG2052 is, thereG1563 is confusionG181 and everyG3956 evilG5337 workG4229.
KJVP JAM 3:17 But the wisdomG4678 that is from aboveG509 is firstG4412 pureG53, then.G1899 peaceableG1516, gentleG1933, and easyG2138 to be entreatedG2138, fullG3324 of mercyG1656 and goodG18 fruitsG2590, withoutG505 partialityG87, and withoutG505 hypocrisyG505.
KJVP JAM 3:18 And the fruitG2590 of righteousnessG1343 is sownG4687 in peaceG1515 of them that makeG4160 peaceG1515.