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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 16:1

The Prophet forbidden to Marry.
Again, the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:

   
RF JER 16:2 "You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons and daughters in this place.
   
RF JER 16:3 For," thus said the EVER-LIVING. " upon the sons and the daughters that are born in this place, and upon the mothers who bore them, and upon the fathers who caused their birth in this land,
   
RF JER 16:4 I will inflict sickening deaths. They shall die unmourned, and lie unburied on the face of the ground like dung! They shall end by sword and famine, and their corpses shall be food for the fowls of the sky, and the beasts of the earth."
   
RF JER 16:5 Thus said the EVER-LIVING:— " Enter not the House of Weeping, —nor go to a burial, nor moan for them, for I will remove Peace from this People," said the EVER-LIVING, "with Mercy and Pity.
   
RF JER 16:6 Both the little and great in this land shall die, —they shall not be buried, they shall not be mourned or lamented, nor shorn for', nor shaven.
   
RF JER 16:7 They shall not distribute the bread of grief to comfort themselves over the dead, nor drink the cup of consolation for their father and mother."
   
RF JER 16:8 Neither enter the House of Feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink,
   
RF JER 16:9 for thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, I will cause the sound of joy and gladness, and the voice of the bridegroom and bride to cease from this place, in your sight and in your days.
   
RF JER 16:10 But when you relate to this People all these things, and they ask you, ' For what object does the EVER-LIVING speak to us about all this great misery? What is our fault? and what is the sin which we have sinned against our EVER-LIVING GOD?
   
RF JER 16:11 You shall then answer them, ' Because your fathers abandoned Me," says the EVER-LIVING, "and went after seducing gods, and served and worshipped them, rejecting Me, and not keeping My laws.
   
RF JER 16:12 You also have done wrong in doing like your fathers, for, see! you each follow the ideas of your wicked hearts, and never listen to Me!
   
RF JER 16:13 So I will throw you out of this land to a land unknown to you and your fathers, and there you can serve these seducing gods, day and night, where I will show you no favour.
   
RF JER 16:14 Therefore, look! the days come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when they will no more" say, ' By the life of the EVER-LIVING Who brought the children of Israel from the land of the Mitzeraim,
   
RF JER 16:15 ' but ' By the life of the EVER-LIVING Who brought the children of Israel from the north, and from all the countries where He drove them, and Who restored them to the land of their fathers.'
   
RF JER 16:16 Israel's Return Promised. "I will send many fishermen," says the EVER-LIVING, "who will fish for them; and after them I will send many hunters, who will hunt them upon every hill, and upon every mount and cliff, and crag;
   
RF JER 16:17 for My eyes are over all their courses, they are not hidden from Me, and their' faults are not concealed from My sight.
   
RF JER 16:18 But I will first repay their faults and their sins upon them double, because they have polluted My land with their filthy carcasses, and filled my Inheritance with their abominations."
   
RF JER 16:19 The Heathen Will Come to Seek for God.
EVER-LIVING! my strength, and power, and consolation in the day of distress! The heathen shall come to You from the bounds of the earth, and say; " Our forefathers inherited only Falsehood and Delusion, in whom there is no helpfulness.
   
RF JER 16:20 Can mankind make themselves gods, when they are not gods?
   
RF JER 16:21 "I will, however, instruct them at that time, —I will teach them My Power and Might, and they will know that My NAME is The ETERNAL!
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