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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 21:1

Jeremiah's Reply to the Priests.
The command which came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING, when Zedekiah sent to him Pashkur-ben-Malkiah, and Zephaniah-ben-Massiah, the priest to say,

   
RF JER 21:2 "Enquire for us of the EVER-LIVING, for Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel makes war against us. Perhaps the EVER-LIVING will effect for us some of His wonderful works, and make him retreat from us."
   
RF JER 21:3 Jeremiah then replied to them, "Say this to Zedekiah.
   
RF JER 21:4 The EVER LIVING GOD of Israel says thus:—"I will turn the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you intend to fight the king of Babel, and the Kasdim, who besiege you from outside, inside the walls, and I will collect them in the middle of this city,
   
RF JER 21:5 for I Myself will fight against you with a directing hand and a strong arm, and with anger and fury, and great wrath.
   
RF JER 21:6 And I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both men and beasts, to death with a great plague.
   
RF JER 21:7 And after that," says the EVER-LIVING, "I will give Zedekiah, King of Judah, and his ministers, and his army, and the remnants from the plague, from the sword, and from the famine in this city, to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, and to the hands of their enemies, and to the hand of those who seek their lives, and they shall be struck, by the edge of the sword. They will not spare them, nor pity, nor show mercy.
   
RF JER 21:8 And to this People, proclaim, Thus says the EVER-LIVING! I place before you the path of life, and the path of death!
   
RF JER 21:9 Whoever remains in this city will die by the sword, or famine, or plague; but whoever goes out and deserts to the Kasdim who besiege you, will live, and his life to shall be as a gain to him.
   
RF JER 21:10 For I have set my face against this city to distress and not to benefit it,' says the EVER-LIVING. " It shall be given to the hand of the king of Babel, and he will burn it with fire."
   
RF JER 21:11 And as for the House of the King of Judah, hear the message of the EVER-LIVING:—House of David!
   
RF JER 21:12 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, Administer justice in the morning, and deliver the robbed from the hand of the robber, for fear you should find My wrath like fire, which will burn unquenchably against your bad practices.
   
RF JER 21:13 I am against you, Graceful Lady of the Fort of the Plain!" says the EVER-LIVING, "who say, Who can terrify us? and who can come within us?'
   
RF JER 21:14 Yet I can punish you for the result of your ways," says the EVER-LIVING, "and light a fire in your city, and consume all around it."
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