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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 18:1

Jeremiah ordered to Go to the Potter's House.
The message that came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING to say:

   
RF JER 18:2 "Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear My message."
   
RF JER 18:3 So I got up and went down to the potter's house, and saw him making a vessel on his wheel,
   
RF JER 18:4 but he spoiled the article which he was making from the clay by his hand. Then the potter changed it and made another article that it pleased the potter to make.
   
RF JER 18:5 Then the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me, saying:
   
RF JER 18:6 "Am I not able to do with you like this potter, House of Israel?" said the EVER-LIVING. " As clay is in the hand of this potter, so are you, House of Israel, in My hand.
   
RF JER 18:7 Whenever I speak about a nation or about a kingdom, to pluck it up, to throw it down, or to destroy it,
   
RF JER 18:8 if that nation turns itself from the wickedness on account of which I have denounced it, I will refrain from the distress I intended to bring upon it.
   
RF JER 18:9 But when I speak to a nation, or to a kingdom, to build up and to plant it,
   
RF JER 18:10 if it does wrong in My sight, and refuses to listen to My voice, then I sigh over the benefits with which I have said I would benefit it.
   
RF JER 18:11 "So you now speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to say Thus says the EVER-LIVING. I will form misery against you, and contrive plans against you,—therefore let each now turn from his wicked way, and amend your course, and proceedings. '
   
RF JER 18:12 But they will reply, There is no hope of that, for we will follow our own plans.' And each will practice the suggestions of his evil heart.
   
RF JER 18:13 "Therefore," the EVER-LIVING answers thus. " Enquire, I pray of the nations, Who has heard such horrors as that Girl, Israel, has done?
   
RF JER 18:14 "Will the snow of Lebanon supply in the fields of Mitzer as cold waters are poured from a spring?
   
RF JER 18:15 Yet My People have abandoned Me for DELUSIONS, they offer incense, and stumble from their ancient pathways, to follow unpaved bye-paths;
   
RF JER 18:16 to turn their country to a waste, to a continuous jungle All who pass it will hiss and shake their heads!—
   
RF JER 18:17 I will scatter them like an east wind before their enemies, I will repulse and not advance them—I will terrify in the day of distress!"
   
RF JER 18:18 They consequently said, "Come let us plot against Jeremiah, for law will not cease from the priest, or advice from the skilful, or a message from the Preacher; let us revile him, and not listen to his speeches."
   
RF JER 18:19 Oh, EVER-LIVING, listen to the utterance of my plea.
   
RF JER 18:20 They repay me injury for kindness, for they dig. a pit for my life! Remember I stood in Your presence to speak kindly to them, to turn away Your anger from them.
   
RF JER 18:21 Therefore give their children to famine, and their young men to the hand of the sword, and let their wives be childless, and widows, and let their men come to a murderous death; their brave men slain by the sword in battle!
   
RF JER 18:22 Let a shriek be heard from their homes, when the plunderers come suddenly upon them, for they dug a ditch to catch me, and laid a trap for my feet.
   
RF JER 18:23 You, however, EVER-LIVING, knew all their intentions of murder against me. Let there be no expiation for their faults, and blot not out their sins from before You; and let them be deprived of Your presence, at the time Your anger works upon them!
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