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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 2:1

The Remonstration of Judah.
The message of the EVER-LIVING afterwards came to me to say:—

   
RF JER 2:2 "Go, and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, and say, ' Thus says the EVER-LIVING:—I attended you in your infancy; I loved you in your youth; guided you after Me from the desert to a land you had not cultivated,
   
RF JER 2:3 for Israel to dedicate to the EVER-LIVING the first of its products. They devoured them all! Wickedly bad they went at them!'" said the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF JER 2:4 Listen, House of Jacob, to the message of the EVER-LIVING, with all the families of the House of Israel!
   
RF JER 2:5 The EVER-LIVING asks this:—"What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they have removed from Me, and follow after delusions, and deluded themselves?
   
RF JER 2:6 instead of asking, Where is the EVER-LIVING who mounted in company with us from the land of the Egyptians? Who marched With us in the desert, in a country of drought, and snares, in the land of withering and the shadow of death; in the land where no one passes, and no man dwells;
   
RF JER 2:7 whence I brought you to a land of pastures, to eat its fruits and goodness. But you went and defiled My Country, and My Estate, by attaching yourselves to Abominations.
   
RF JER 2:8 "The priests asked not, Where is the EVER-LIVING? or took hold of the Law. They would not teach about Me; and the guardians sinned against Me; and the Preachers preached for Bal; and would not rise up to advance after Me!
   
RF JER 2:9 Therefore I will contend with them," said the EVER-LIVING, "and with the sons of their sons I will contend;
   
RF JER 2:10 for they shall pass over to the isles of the Khithites and look, and mourn in their exile and think much,
   
RF JER 2:11 and examine what came of this changing to heathen gods,—who are not gods. For My people changed for what are worthless.
   
RF JER 2:12 The heavens heard and were astonished at it, and shuddered, wasting away! " said the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 2:13 "For My people twice did evil to Me. They forsook the Spring of Living Water, to dig for themselves wells, broken wells which contain no water!
   
RF JER 2:14 Israel served, with the children of his House, what brought him to become an object of plunder!
   
RF JER 2:15 The tigers roared against him, they uttered their voices, and assailed his country, to desolate his fortified cities, to deprive them of inhabitants.
   
RF JER 2:16 The sons of Nof, also, with Thakhfenes injured your crown."
   
RF JER 2:17 But have you not procured it to yourselves? You forsook your EVER-LIVING GOD at the time you went from the path.
   
RF JER 2:18 And now why do you wish for the road to Egypt, to drink the black waters? And why do you wish for the road to Ashur, to drink the water of that well?
   
RF JER 2:19 "Turn yourself from your sins, and return from your shame, and learn and see how bad, and rebelliously forgetful you are of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and I will not terrify you," said the MIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS,"
   
RF JER 2:20 although from of old you have vexed Me yourselves. " I withdrew from your vows, for on every hill-top, and under every leafy tree, was a walk for fornication.
   
RF JER 2:21 "But I planted you, a perfect vine, from a true stock;—then how is it that you are changed from Me, turning to a wild vine?
   
RF JER 2:22 Even if I wash you with nitre, and polish you with soap, will your faults be removed?" asks the MIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF JER 2:23 "How can you say, I have not polluted myself with the Balites.' Look at your proceedings in the valley! " I know what you have done in the feasts of Lust, in her depraved ways. You wild ass,
   
RF JER 2:24 used to the desert, drawing your breath in puffs—in the spirit of lust,—who can turn you away? All who seek her will be wearied at the time she feels it.
   
RF JER 2:25 Keep your feet unshod, and your throat for thirst, and say, They are no use to me, for I love wantonness and will go after it.' " The shame of the House of Israel
   
RF JER 2:26 is like the shame of a detected thief. Both they, their kings, nobles, priests and preachers, for they say to wood,
   
RF JER 2:27 ' You are my father,' and to stone, You bore us! ' while they turn their back, and not their face, to Me. But in the time of distress they cry, ' Arise and save us! '"
   
RF JER 2:28 Go to your gods whom you have made for yourselves I Let them arise,—if they can save you in the time of your sufferings I For your gods are as many as your towns, Judah!"
   
RF JER 2:29 Why do you all implore. Me, when you have all revolted from Me?" the EVER-LIVING asks."
   
RF JER 2:30 I flogged your children in vain;—they would not learn. Your own sword has devoured your preachers like a ravaging lion.
   
RF JER 2:31 Search for ages," says the EVER-LIVING. " Have I been a desert to Israel? or a land of darkness? For what do you say to Me, Begone from us! We will never more come to You! '
   
RF JER 2:32 " Can a bride forget her adornments? her beautiful girdle? Yet My People have forgotten Me, numberless times!
   
RF JER 2:33 "Why do you prepare your way to seek love? Do I need researches to learn your ways,
   
RF JER 2:34 when I find the blood of poor innocent souls upon your skirts, without disarranging them to find it, for it is on them all
   
RF JER 2:35 "But,' you reply, although I have sinned, let the anger turn from me! ' " I will decide about you,—although you say I have not sinned! '
   
RF JER 2:36 "Why do you shuffle so to change your road. You were disappointed in the Egyptians as you were disappointed in Ashur.
   
RF JER 2:37 You will rush out from them with your hands on your face, for the EVER-LIVING will reject those you trust and you will not prosper in them.
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