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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 11:1

The Punishment for Disregarding God's Laws.
The message which came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING to say:

   
RF JER 11:2 "Listen to the words of this Covenant, and report them to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 11:3 Say to them Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel. Let the man be accursed who will not listen to the words of this Covenant,
   
RF JER 11:4 which I commanded to your ancestors at the time I brought them out of the land of the Mitzeraim, from the iron furnaces, with the command, to listen to My voice, and practice all that I instructed you, then you shall be My People, and I will be your GOD,
   
RF JER 11:5 and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it does now." Then I answered and said, "It is true, EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 11:6 And the EVER-LIVING replied to me: "Proclaim all these messages in the Cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, exclaiming; Listen to the words of this Covenant, and practice them!
   
RF JER 11:7 For I gave your ancestors evidence, at the time I brought them up from the land of the Mitzeraim, to this day, early and late, saying, Listen to My voice!'
   
RF JER 11:8 But they would not listen, nor incline their ears, but everyone followed the fancies of his wicked heart. Therefore I will bring upon them every sentence of that Covenant which I commanded them to practice, but they did not."
   
RF JER 11:9 The EVER-LIVING also said to me, "I have found falsehood in the men of Judah, and in the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They turn to the old faults of their fathers, who refused to listen to My message, and they go after seducing gods, to serve them.
   
RF JER 11:10 The House of Israel and the House of Judah have broken the Covenant which I made with their ancestors."
   
RF JER 11:11 Therefore," thus says the EVER-LIVING, "I will bring suffering upon them, from which they will not be able to escape, when they will cry to Me, but I will not hear them.
   
RF JER 11:12 Then the cities of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and shriek to the gods to whom they offer incense; but they cannot save them in their time of distress!
   
RF JER 11:13 although your gods are as many as your villages, Judah! and more than the number of streets in Jerusalem are the altars you erect for them—altars to your shame-to burn incense to Bal!
   
RF JER 11:14 Now you, intercede not for this People, and raise up no cry or prayer; but I will hear at the time they themselves cry to Me in the period of their sorrows."
   
RF JER 11:15 What has My love to do in My house? She has sinned often, and purity has passed away from you. Whenever you sin you rejoice!
   
RF JER 11:16 The EVER-LIVING planted you, when a green fair olive, with beautiful fruit. With the roar of a great crowd He sets you on fire, and destroys your boughs!
   
RF JER 11:17 And the LORD of HOSTS, Who planted, has caused a bad report to come upon you, because of the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which they have committed, insulting Me by burning incense to Bal."
   
RF JER 11:18 Upon a Conspiracy to Murder the Prophet.
When the EVER-LIVING informed me of it I knew and saw their conspiracies.
   
RF JER 11:19 But I was like a gentle lamb led out for slaughter, and knew nothing how they had contrived plots against me, to make an assault, and to cut off from the land of the living and my name from every memory.
   
RF JER 11:20 But, LORD OF HOSTS, judge rightly their secret thoughts and heart! I shall see vengeance upon them! For I have displayed my cause to You.
   
RF JER 11:21 Therefore the EVER-LIVING says thus to the men of Anathoth who sought your life, who say, "Preach not in the name of the EVER-LIVING! Then you will not die by our hands."
   
RF JER 11:22 The LORD OF HOSTS, however, says this; " I will repay them! Their youths shall die by the sword, their sons and daughters shall die from hunger,
   
RF JER 11:23 and not a remnant shall be left to them, for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, in the year of their punishment."
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