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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 14:1

The Great Drought Described.
This was the message from the EVER-LIVING that came to Jeremiah about the drought.

   
RF JER 14:2 "Judah faints and her gates languish! They mourn in the country, and wailings go up from Jerusalem!
   
RF JER 14:3 They send their little children to the waters, they go to the wells, they find no water! They all return empty, ashamed, depressed, with veiled heads!
   
RF JER 14:4 Fire sweeps over the ground; for there are no showers on the earth; the meadows are ashamed, they cover their heads,
   
RF JER 14:5 for even the deer in the field bears young, and deserts it, for there is no herbage!
   
RF JER 14:6 The wild asses stand on the hill-tops sniffing the wind, their eyes are all like serpents', for they have no grass!"
   
RF JER 14:7 Jeremiah Prays for His Country.
Although our faults witness against us, O EVER-LIVING, intervene for Your NAME'S sake. Although we have sinned by often deserting you.
   
RF JER 14:8 Hope of Israel! save him in the period of distress! Why are You like a stranger to the land? And like a traveler staying to lodge?
   
RF JER 14:9 Why ate You like a defeated man? Like a hero, unable to conquer? Yet You, EVER-LIVING, are near us, and Your NAME is over us. We call but You comfort us not!
   
RF JER 14:10 Then the EVER-LIVING said about this People, "Because they love their feet to wander unrestrained, the EVER-LIVING does not approve them. Now He will remember their faults, and punish their sins."
   
RF JER 14:11 The EVER LIVING also said to me, "Pray not for the benefit of this People!
   
RF JER 14:12 When they fast I will not hear their cries; and when they offer burnt-offering, and gifts, I will not accept them, for by sword and famine and plague I will destroy them."
   
RF JER 14:13 Then I replied, "Ah! ALMIGHTY LORD, you perceive the Preachers tell them, They will not see a sword, and that famine will not come on them.' But ' I will give you true peace in this place, all of you.'"
   
RF JER 14:14 The EVER-LIVING, however, replied to me, "Those Preachers preach lies in My Name. I never sent them! I have not commanded or spoken to them. They preach to you a false vision, —a pagan lie, and the invention of their own hearts!
   
RF JER 14:15 Therefore," says the EVER-LIVING, "to the Preachers who preach in My NAME, and whom I have not sent, and who say, Sword and famine shall not come to this country,' those Preachers themselves shall be killed by sword and famine!
   
RF JER 14:16 And the People they preach to shall be refuse in the streets of Jerusalem, before the sword and the famine, with none to bury them, —they or their wives, or their sons, or their daughters; and their wickedness shall be poured over them.
   
RF JER 14:17 Therefore address this message to them, My eyes shall pour tears night and day and not cease for the great shock that has shaken the maiden, the daughter of My People, wounding her so much!
   
RF JER 14:18 If I go to the fields, there I see the piercing sword! If I come to the city, I there see wasting of famine! For the Preacher and the Priest alike trade on the country, and acknowledge it not!
   
RF JER 14:19 The Prophet's Plea to God for Israel.
Have You totally rejected Judah? Has Your soul loathed Zion? Why have You wounded us when we have no physician? And so suddenly?
   
RF JER 14:20 We acknowledge, EVER-LIVING, we have sinned with the faults of our forefathers, for we have sinned against You!
   
RF JER 14:21 Despise us not, for the sake of Your NAME! Degrade not Your Majestic Throne! Remember not the breach of Your Covenant against us!
   
RF JER 14:22 Can any of the phantasms of the heathen give rain? Can the skies give plenty? Is it not You alone, our EVER-LIVING GOD? and we hope in You, for You produce all those.
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