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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 12:1

O EVER-LIVING, You are righteous, therefore I will appeal to You. Yes! I will discuss with You. Why do the wicked prosper, all the treacherous traitors?

   
RF JER 12:2 They are planted and take root, they grow up and produce fruit, —You are close to their mouths, but their thoughts are far from You.
   
RF JER 12:3 But You, EVER-LIVING, know, You see and prove my heart by Yourself. Pull them out like sheep for slaughter, and consign to the day of killing!
   
RF JER 12:4 How long shall the country faint and the grass of all the field wither, for the wickedness of its inhabitants? The cattle and the fowls perish. Yet they say, "We shall not see the last of them!"
   
RF JER 12:5 If you have run with the footmen, and are panting, how will you turn with the horsemen? Although you are safe in a peaceful country; —yet what will you do in the floods of the Jordan?
   
RF JER 12:6 If with your brothers, and in the house of your father, they betray you; if they call after to seize you; trust them not when they speak fair to you.
   
RF JER 12:7 The Lord's Disgust at Israel.
I have forsaken My house! I have abandoned My estate! I have given the darling of My soul to the hand of her enemies!
   
RF JER 12:8 My inheritance has become like a lion in the forest, she has raised her voice against Me, so I hate her.
   
RF JER 12:9 My inheritance is a wild hyena to Me. Wild beasts surround her! They go, they collect all the beasts of the field, they bring them to devour!
   
RF JER 12:10 Many guards have spoiled My vineyard. They have trampled its beds, they have made My beautiful beds a desolate desert.
   
RF JER 12:11 They have desolated her grass-plots, they desolate all the land, yet no one lays it to heart.
   
RF JER 12:12 Ravagers have gone to all the smooth pastures, for the sword of the LORD devours from one edge of the country to the other edge of the land, —there is no peace for anyone.
   
RF JER 12:13 They have sown wheat and reaped thorns; they have no result;—and are ashamed of their produce; because the anger of the LORD burns.
   
RF JER 12:14 Promise of Adoption Offered to the heathen.
Thus says the LORD, "To all the the bad neighbour's of My Inheritance, that I have allowed My People Israel to possess, I will pull them off their land, and pull the House, of Judah from among them.
   
RF JER 12:15 And 'it is shall happen after I have pulled them up, I will turn and have pity upon them, and restore them each to his homestead and each to his district.
   
RF JER 12:16 But then if they learn the way of My People, teaching themselves to swear by My Name, ' By the life of the EVER-LIVING,' as they taught My People to swear by Bal, they shall be built into the midst of My People.
   
RF JER 12:17 But if they will not listen, then I will pull up those Nations, and destroy them," says the EVER-LIVING.
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