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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 10:1

A Message to Israel.
Listen to the message that the EVER-LIVING addresses to you, House of Israel.

   
RF JER 10:2 Thus says the EVER-LIVING:—"Learn not the ways of the heathen, and fear not the constellations of the skies, although the heathen fear them!
   
RF JER 10:3 For the fancies of the pagans are vain; only timber from the forest, cut and formed by the hand of a carpenter with an axe
   
RF JER 10:4 They are plated with silver and gold; fixed with nails and hammers, so that they may not totter!
   
RF JER 10:5 They are as stiff as a palm tree, and cannot speak; they are carried, for they cannot march; they cannot foresee, for they perceive nothing, and there is no intellect in them!"
   
RF JER 10:6 They are not like You, great EVER-LIVING CREATOR! For Your NAME is great in power!
   
RF JER 10:7 Who would not reverence You, King of Nations? whom You produced for Yourself, for in all the ideals of the heathen, and in all their governors, there is none like You.
   
RF JER 10:8 They are everyone stupid and silly; the result of fantastic thought!
   
RF JER 10:9 Plated with silver from Tharshish, and gold from Aufer; the work of the carpenter and the hands of the smith. Clothed in blue and purple, all made by mechanics!
   
RF JER 10:10 But our EVER-LIVING GOD is Truth! He is the GOD OF LIFE, and reigns for ever! At His anger the earth trembles, and the nations cannot resist His wrath!
   
RF JER 10:11 Therefore say this to them; These gods, who made neither heaven nor earth, shall perish from below, and from under the sky.1
   
RF JER 10:12 He made the earth by His power, He formed its orbit by His skill, and by His intelligence He constructed the skies.
   
RF JER 10:13 At His uttered voice the waters of the skies patter, the vapours arise from the horizon He makes lightnings with the rain, and He brings the wind out of His treasury
   
RF JER 10:14 How stupid men are not to learn! Every founder is more degraded than his statue! For he casts a falsehood, with no breath in it!
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1 NOTE: Ch. 10 v. 11 This verse is in Chaldee, not Hebrew, and is probably a commentator's note copied from the margin into the text by some scribe, for it breaks the sense. —F.F.
   
RF JER 10:15 They are vanity! Contemptible products In the season of trial they fail!
   
RF JER 10:16 The Inheritance of Jacob is not like them! For He formed all; and Israel is the standard of His estate; —Whose Name is the LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF JER 10:17 The Decree of Expatriation.
Take up your pack from the ground, you who endure the siege!
   
RF JER 10:18 For thus says the LORD, "I will sling the inhabitants of this country with a hurl, and distress them, so that they may feel it!"
   
RF JER 10:19 The Wail of Judah in Captivity.
"Oh! me! for my broken condition from my wound!" Then I said, "This is sickness, and I must hear it!
   
RF JER 10:20 My home is desolate! All my relations are taken away! My children have gone and are not! I can never erect my home again, nor stretch my curtains!
   
RF JER 10:21 For the Shepherds are stupid, and seek not the EVER-LIVING, they never reflect, so all their flock is scattered."
   
RF JER 10:22 A sound is heard; see! they come with a great rush from the north country, to turn the cities of Judah into a desolate den of serpents.
   
RF JER 10:23 I know, EVER-LIVING, that man directs not himself, man cannot go and direct his own steps!
   
RF JER 10:24 Instruct me, EVER-LIVING, not with condemnation, nor in Your anger, for fear You depress me.
   
RF JER 10:25 Pour out Your wrath on the heathen who regard You not, and upon the tongues who call not upon Your Name, for they devour Jacob, and destroy him, and desolate his home.
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