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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 17:1

The Record of the Sins of Judah.
The sins of Judah are written with an iron pen, engraved with a diamond point on the tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of their altar!

   
RF JER 17:2 Your children remember them; with your shrines under the leafy trees, on the tops of the hills!
   
RF JER 17:3 My Highland fields! I will give your wealth, all your treasures to plunder! with your castles of sin in all your borders.
   
RF JER 17:4 And you shall break yourselves loose from the estate that I gave you, and enslave yourselves to your enemy, in a land you know not, for an unquenchable fire shall burn you in My wrath.
   
RF JER 17:5 Thus says the EVER-LIVING:
The Curse and the Blessing.
"Curse the man who trusts on mankind,
And makes flesh his arm, and turns from LORD.
   
RF JER 17:6 He shall be like one lost in the Arbah,
Who cannot see whence help can come,
Or laid scorched in the Desert,
The salt-land, where none can reside!
   
RF JER 17:7 "But bless him who trusts on the LORD,
And on the LORD puts all his Trust;
   
RF JER 17:8 He shall be like a tree by a brook
Which sends its roots out to the stream.
It fears not the heat when it comes,
And its leaves are at every time green;
It fears not in years of distress,
And refrains not from bearing its fruit.
   
RF JER 17:9 "The heart is more false than all things,
And who among men knows his own?
   
RF JER 17:10 I, the LORD, search the heart and try thoughts,
And fix for each person his path,
With the fruit that will grow up from it,
   
RF JER 17:11 As the bird hatches what she laid not,
He who by injustice makes wealth, In the midst of his days he may lose, And at the last be regarded a fool!"
   
RF JER 17:12 The Doom of Apostasy.
We formerly raised a splendid Throne on high for our Sanctuary!
   
RF JER 17:13 LORD, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be disgraced, degraded to the earth, they will be cut off, because they forsake the fountain of the Water of Life, the EVER-LIVING!
   
RF JER 17:14 Jeremiah Laments his Call.
Heal me, EVER-LIVING, and I shall be well. Save me, EVER-LIVING, and I shall be safe, for I pray to You.
   
RF JER 17:15 Look! they sneer at me, "Where is the message of the EVER-LIVING? Let it come now!"
   
RF JER 17:16 Yet I was not eager to feed after You; and I was not greedy for You in a human sense, You know the product of my lips came straight from Your presence.
   
RF JER 17:17 Do not terrify me; You are my trust in the day of distress.
   
RF JER 17:18 Let my persecutors be disgraced, but I not disgraced. Let them be terrified, but I not in terror. Let a day of distress come on them, and repeat their wounds on themselves.
   
RF JER 17:19 The Prophet ordered to Preach at the Gate.
The LORD commanded me thus: "Go and station yourself at the People's Gate, where the kings of Judah go out and come in, and at all the gates of Jerusalem,
   
RF JER 17:20 and say to them, ' Listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING, you kings of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who come to these gates.
   
RF JER 17:21 Thus says the EVER-LIVING. Take care of your lives, and carry no loads on the Sabbath day, nor bring them to the gates of Jerusalem,
   
RF JER 17:22 neither bring them out from your homes on the Day of Rest, nor do any work, but hallow the Day of Rest, as I instructed your fathers."
   
RF JER 17:23 They, however, will not listen, nor incline their ears, but stiffen their neck, and refuse to hear, and refuse to accept advice.
   
RF JER 17:24 "Yet," the EVER-LIVING said, "if you will listen to Me, and refrain from bringing loads into the City Gates on the Day of Rest, and will sanctify the Sabbath day, and refrain from doing business on it,
   
RF JER 17:25 then kings and princes, sitting on the Throne of David, shall come to the gates of this city riding in chariots with their horsemen. Then the princes of the men of Judah, and the population of Jerusalem, will reside in this city for ever.
   
RF JER 17:26 They will also come from the villages of Judah and from the suburbs of Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the slopes, and from the hills, and from the desert; they will come up with sacrifice and offerings, and incense, and advance to the House of the EVER-LIVING with praise.
   
RF JER 17:27 But if you will not listen to Me, and sanctify the day of Rest, by refraining from carrying loads, and bringing into the Gates of Jerusalem on the Day of Rest, I will set fire to your Gates, and it shall consume the palaces of Jerusalem and be unquenchable!"
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