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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 19:1

Jeremiah Ordered to Buy a Bottle.
The EVER-LIVING commanded me thus: "Go and buy an earthenware bottle, accompanied by some of the gentry of the People. and some of the gentry of the Priests.

   
RF JER 19:2 Then proceed to the valley opposite the pottery-gate, and there proclaim the message I will speak to you, and say Hear the message of the EVER-LIVING, you kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem!
   
RF JER 19:3 The LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel says thus, ' I will bring evil upon this place, which shall make the ears of all who hear it tingle!
   
RF JER 19:4 because they have forsaken Me, and estranged this place, and burnt incense in it to seducing gods, whom they or their fathers, or the kings of Judah had not known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocent!
   
RF JER 19:5 And have built columns to Bal, and burnt their children in the fire as burnt offerings to, although I ordered them not, and did not command it, and it never entered My heart!
   
RF JER 19:6 "Therefore take care," says the EVER-LIVING, "and call this place no longer Thopheth,1 but the Valley of Murder!
   
RF JER 19:7 For I will empty out the counselors of Judah into this place, and throw them down before the sword of their enemies, and to the hands of those who seek their lives, and give their carcasses as food to the fowls of the skies, and the beasts of the earth,
   
RF JER 19:8 and make this city desolate. Every passer-by shall hiss, and be shocked at her ruins!
   
RF JER 19:9 And they shall eat the flesh of their sons, and the flesh of their daughters, and everyone eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and distress with which their enemies who seek their lives shall oppress them!
   
RF JER 19:10 Then to you shall smash the bottle before the eyes of the men who go with you,
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1 The Spittoon.
   
RF JER 19:11 and address them:—"Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS. ' I will smash this People like that, and this city as the earthen jar has smashed, so that it can never be restored, and they shall bury in Thopheth until there is no room! '
   
RF JER 19:12 That is what I will do to this place," says the EVER-LIVING, "and to its inhabitants, for I will make this city like Thopheth.
   
RF JER 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah shall become like the vale of Thopheth, filthy, every house upon whose top they have burnt incense, to all the Host of the Skies, and poured out drink offerings to the Gods of Seduction! '"
   
RF JER 19:14 Then Jeremiah went from Thopheth, where the EVER-LIVING had sent him to preach, and stationed himself in the court of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and said to all the People,
   
RF JER 19:15 "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! ' I will bring upon this city, and upon all the cities, the whole of the miseries that I have threatened it, for it has stiffened its neck, and determined not to listen to My messages."
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