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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 22:1

Jeremiah ordered to Denounce Punishment at the Palace.
The EVER-LIVING commanded me thus:—"Descend to the palace of the king of Judah, and there proclaim this message,

   
RF JER 22:2 Say, Listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING, king of Judah, you who sit on the throne of David! You and your ministers, and your army, who come to these gates.
   
RF JER 22:3 The EVER-LIVING says, Do justice, and right, and deliver the robbed from the hand of the robber, and give not the foreigner, and orphan, and widow to the hand of the oppressor, and shed no innocent blood in this place.
   
RF JER 22:4 For if you do this, then kings occupying for David, shall sit on his throne, and shall come to the gates of this House riding in carriages, and with his horsemen, and his ministers, and his army.
   
RF JER 22:5 But if you do not listen to these messages, I swear by MYSELF,' says the EVER-LIVING, 'that this house shall be burnt! '"
   
RF JER 22:6 However," the EVER-LIVING says this to the family of the king of Judah, "You were Gilad to me, the best of Lebanon, yet I will make you a Desert, of uninhabited cities,
   
RF JER 22:7 and will prepare destroyers with their weapons, who will fell your choice cedars, and fling them upon the fire.
   
RF JER 22:8 Many of the Nations also shall pass by this city, and each will say to his companion, For what has the EVER-LIVING destroyed this great city?'
   
RF JER 22:9 And they will reply, ' Because they forsook the Covenant of their EVER-LIVING GOD, and bowed to seducing gods, and served them.'
   
RF JER 22:10 A Denunciation of Shalum-ben-Joshiah.
"Weep not for the dead, and lament them not! But weep, weep for the departed, for he will never return, or see the land of his birth!"
   
RF JER 22:11 For thus says the LORD to Shalum-ben-Joshiah, King of Judah, who reigns after Joshiah his father,
   
RF JER 22:12 "When he goes away from this place he shall never return again
   
RF JER 22:13 Woe! for he builds his house, but not by Righteousness; and his chambers, but not by Justice! He works by his neighbour's, without paying, and gives them no wages.
   
RF JER 22:14 He says, ' I will build for myself a spacious house, and airy chambers,' and forms himself windows, and ceilings of cedar, and paints them vermilion.
   
RF JER 22:15 Will you reign because you stretch yourself like a cedar? Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and right, and thus prospered?
   
RF JER 22:16 He gave justice to the wretched, and the poor, and prospered. Was not that known to Me?" asks the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 22:17 "You have neither eyes, nor heart, however, except for fraud and for shedding innocent blood, and oppression and to practice extortion.
   
RF JER 22:18 Therefore, the LORD says thus to Joiakhim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, mourn not for him, Alas for my brother! or alas for my friend!' Mourn not for him, Alas for his Majesty! ' or Alas for his honour
   
RF JER 22:19 "He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, dragged and flung outside of the gates of Jerusalem!"
   
RF JER 22:20 A Call to Reward Israel's Sorrows and Sins.
"Go up to Lebanon and shriek, and on Bashan raise your voice, and howl at Abarim, for all your delights are shattered!
   
RF JER 22:21 "I spoke to you in your prosperity. You replied, ' I will not listen! ' That was your way from your youth! You have never listened to My voice.
   
RF JER 22:22 All your shepherds attend to the wind! and all your friends will go into captivity, for now I will degrade and shame you for all your wickedness,
   
RF JER 22:23 Inhabitress in Lebanon! Builder in the cedars! How charming you will be when the agonies of a woman in childbirth come upon you!
   
RF JER 22:24 By My life," says the EVER-LIVING, "to Koniah-ben-Joiakhim, king of Judah, if you were the seal on My right hand, I would tear you off,
   
RF JER 22:25 and give you to the hand that seeks your life, and to the hand of whoever you fear; and then to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, and the hand of the Kasdim!
   
RF JER 22:26 I will also fling along with you the mother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you shall die!
   
RF JER 22:27 And to the country to which they lift up their souls, they shall never return!
   
RF JER 22:28 "Is this man Koniah a contemptible broken pot? or a thing in which there is no use? Why do they throw him, and his race away, and fling to a land which they know not?
   
RF JER 22:29 Earth! Earth! Earth! listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 22:30 The EVER-LIVING commands" Write this man childless; a man who shall not prosper in his days, for none of his family shall prosper who sit upon the throne of David, and rule in Jerusalem!"
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