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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 20:1

And Pashkur-ben-Amer the Priest, who was the Official Guardian of the House of the EVER-LIVING, heard Jeremiah preaching these things,

   
RF JER 20:2 so Pashkur apprehended Jeremiah the Reciter, and put him into the stocks at the High Benjamin Gate, by the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 20:3 But the next day Pashkur brought Jeremiah out from the stocks, when Jeremiah said to him, "The EVER-LIVING does not call your name Pashkur, —but Masgur-Misabib.1
   
RF JER 20:4 Therefore the EVER-LIVING says this, I will make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends, and they shall fall by the sword of the enemy, and your eyes shall see it. I will also give all Judah to the hand of the King of Babel, and he shall roll them to Babel, or assail them with the sword.
   
RF JER 20:5 And I will give all the wealth of this city, and all its earnings, and all its accumulations, and all the treasures of the Kings of Judah, to the hands of their enemies, and they shall plunder, and seize them, and carry to Babel.
   
RF JER 20:6 And you, Pashkur, and all dwelling in your house, shall go for slaves to Babel, and die, and there you shall be buried, with all your friends to whom you preach falsehood."
   
RF JER 20:7 Jeremiah Prays for Strength.
Oh, EVER-LIVING, you persuaded me, and I was persuaded! Strengthen me and become my supporter to endure it, for all laugh at me daily,
   
RF JER 20:8 for whenever I speak I proclaim, "Violence!" and " outrage! " for the message of the EVER-LIVING comes to me to reproach and deride daily!
   
RF JER 20:9 And I say to myself, "I will not mention Him, nor speak again in His Name," then my heart becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I labour to restrain it; but cannot;
   
RF JER 20:10 for I hear the slander of the crowd, the terror around suggesting " Inform against him." And " We will, every man, inform." All my acquaintance watch for my slipping! " He will mistake, and we can then overpower him, and take our revenge on him for ourselves!"
   
RF JER 20:11 But the EVER-LIVING is with me like a terrible giant, therefore my prosecutors will stumble, and not succeed. They will be deeply disgraced, for they have not looked forwards, to a perpetual never forgotten dishonor.
   
RF JER 20:12 For the LORD of HOSTS tests the righteous—He sees the secret thoughts, and heart. I shall see Your punishment on them, for to You I have referred my plea.
   
RF JER 20:13 Sing to the EVER-LIVING, praise the EVER-LIVING, for He delivers the life of the wretched from the power of the wicked!
   
RF JER 20:14 Jeremiah Curses His Birth.
Curse the day when I was born,
The day when my mother bore me,
May it never be blessed!
   
RF JER 20:15 Curse the man who told my father,
'A son has been born to you,'
A thought of sweet delight to him.
   
RF JER 20:16 "May that man be like the towns,
Which the LORD without pity rained on.
Hear shrieks at the dawn, and shouts at the noon
   
RF JER 20:17 Because I died not from the womb,
Because my grave was not my mother,
Or her womb closed for ever
   
RF JER 20:18 Why came I for this from the womb?
To look on this misery and anguish,
And in shame to consume all my days
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1 "Masgur-Misabib " means " Common Terror.
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