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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 15:1

But the EVER-LIVING replied to me, "If Moses and Samuel stood before Me, yet My soul would not be with this People.—Send them from My presence! Let them go out!

   
RF JER 15:2 But if they say to you, 'Where shall we go?' then you shall say to them, Thus says the EVER-LIVING: Whoever is for death to death, and whoever is for the sword to the sword, and whoever is for the famine to the famine, and whoever is for captivity to captivity.'
   
RF JER 15:3 For I will appoint four families over them," the EVER-LIVING said. " The sword to murder, and the dogs to tear; and the birds of the skies, and the beasts of the field to devour and destroy!
   
RF JER 15:4 I will also give them to be shaken out to all the kingdoms of the earth, on account of Manasseh the son of Hezekhiah, king of Judah, because of all he did in Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 15:5 For who will pity you, Jerusalem? And who will console you? And who will turn to wish your health?
   
RF JER 15:6 You have abandoned Me," says the EVER-LIVING, "you have deserted, therefore I point at you, and strip you, and hate pitying you!
   
RF JER 15:7 So I will winnow you with a winnower from the gates of the country, —I will fling out,—I will destroy My People! Yet they will not return from their ways.
   
RF JER 15:8 I have made their widows more numerous than the sands of the seas. I have allowed outrage on the mother of young men, in open day; I have driven anguish and terror on her suddenly!
   
RF JER 15:9 The mother of seven languishes; the breath of her life has gone! Her sun has set while it is day! She is disgraced and scorned! But I will give the remainder to the sword, to the face of their enemies," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 15:10 The Prophet's Cry of Despair.
Alas, for me, my mother! You have borne me a man of strife, and a man of doom to all the land! I have not borrowed, nor have I lent on usury; yet all curse me!
   
RF JER 15:11 However the EVER-LIVING said, "Will I not beneficently release? Will I not intercede for you yourself with the enemy in the bad time,—the time of distress?
   
RF JER 15:12 Can iron break a weapon made from the northern steel?
   
RF JER 15:13 "I will expose your power and treasures to plunder, not to sale! because of all your idols in all your boundaries.
   
RF JER 15:14 And they shall be taken away by your enemies to an unknown land, for a fire burns in My anger, kindled against you!
   
RF JER 15:15 Jeremiah Prays for Himself for Protection.
EVER-LIVING, You know! Re member and visit me, and avenge me upon my persecutors! Repel me not in Your anger! Support me! You know I am reproached on account of You.
   
RF JER 15:16 I found Your words and devoured them, and Your words were sweet and pleasant to my heart, for Your NAME was fixed upon me, EVER-LIVING GOD OF HOSTS!
   
RF JER 15:17 I have not sat in the company of the joyous; but felt pleasure at Your side, I sat solitary because You filled me with indignation.
   
RF JER 15:18 Why is my misery perpetual? and my wound incurable? refusing to be healed? Why are You like failing, unstable waters?
   
RF JER 15:19 Then the LORD replied, "If you will return, then I will restore you to stand before Me. And if you sort out the worthless from the valuable, you shall be like My mouth, they will come to you, and you need not go to them.
   
RF JER 15:20 I will also make for you a wall of brass as a defence against this People; they may fight against you.—but they shall not overpower you, for I will be there to save and deliver you," said the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 15:21 "I will also deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the hand of the terrible."
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