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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.

   
RF JER 1:1

THE SPEECHES OF JEREMIAH, THE SON OF KHILKIAH,
One of the priests who were in Anathoth, in the district of Benjamin.

   
RF JER 1:2 They were a message from the Lord to him from the times of Joshiah-ben-Amon, King of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
   
RF JER 1:3 They also come in the days of Jhoakim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, and at the end of the fifth month of the twelfth year of Zedekiah-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, at the overthrow of Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 1:4 Thus the message of the EVER-LIVING Lord came to me and said:
   
RF JER 1:5 The Appointment as Prophet.
"At the time of your formation in the belly I know you, and at the time you came from the womb, I consecrated you, I appointed you a preacher to Nations."
   
RF JER 1:6 But I replied, "Almighty Lord, I know not how to speak! For I am a youth."
   
RF JER 1:7 But the EVER-LIVING replied to me: "Say not 'I am a youth,' for wherever I send, you must go; and all that I command, you must speak.
   
RF JER 1:8 Fear nothing in their presence, for I am with you, to protect, " said the Lord.
   
RF JER 1:9 The the EVER-LIVING extended his hand, and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
"I have now given your mouth eloquence!
   
RF JER 1:10 See! I have appointed you today over nations, and kingdoms; to pull up, and to break down, and to destroy, and to erase; as well as to build, and to plant."
   
RF JER 1:11 Then a message from the EVER-LIVING came to me saying, "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
And I replied, "I see the branch of the Watchful tree!"
   
RF JER 1:12 When the EVER-LIVING answered me, "Attend to what you see! For I am watchful over my promises to perform them."
   
RF JER 1:13 But the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me again to ask, "What do you see?"
When I answered, "I see a steaming boiler, and its mouth is from the north."
   
RF JER 1:14 The the Lord replied to me, "from the north all the miseries upon the inhabitants of this country shall be vomited.
   
RF JER 1:15 I will call to all the families of the kingdoms of the north " said the EVER-LIVING, "and they will come, and each one fix its seat before the gates of Jerusalem, and opposite all its surrounding bulwarks, and upon all the hills of Judah.
   
RF JER 1:16 But I will tell you all my decisions against them, because of their many wrongs in deserting me, and offering incense to other gods, and worshipping the fabrications of their own hands.
   
RF JER 1:17 And for you, gird up your waist, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you, undepressed by their presence, for fear you should be subjected by their station.
   
RF JER 1:18 For have I not placed Myself to you today as a fortified City, with bars of iron and walls of brass against all the country, against its officers its priests, and against the people of the land?
   
RF JER 1:19 For they will fight against you, but shall not over power you, for I am with you," said the Lord, "to protect you!"
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