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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 23:1

Woe Denounced to Wicked Rulers but Restoration to Israel.
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!" says the EVER-LIVING,

   
RF JER 23:2 Therefore, the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel thus addresses the shepherds: "Shepherds of My. People, you scatter the sheep, and, chase them away, and do not collect them. Therefore I will impose upon you the wickedness of your proceedings," says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 23:3 But I will collect the remnants of My flock from all the lands where I have driven them, and will restore them to their homes, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
   
RF JER 23:4 I will also appoint shepherds over them, who will tend them, and they shall not be terrified, or driven, or injured," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 23:5 "The days also shall come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when I will raise for David a righteous offshoot, and royal king, who will govern, and do justice and right in the land.
   
RF JER 23:6 In his days Judah shall be safe, and Israel rest in safety, and his Name shall be called ' Our Righteous LORD.'
   
RF JER 23:7 "Therefore the times shall come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when they shall no more say By the life of the EVER-LIVING Who brought Israel up from the land of the Mitzeraim,'
   
RF JER 23:8 but, By the life of the EVER-LIVING Who brought Israel up, and conducted the race of the House of Israel from the land of the North, and from all the lands where He had driven them, and restored them to their own soil! '
   
RF JER 23:9 The Prophets Despair over False Teachers. My heart is broken in my breast for the Preachers, all my bones shake, I have become like a drunken man, and like a giant overcome by wine, before the EVERLASTING, and before His holy words!
   
RF JER 23:10 For the land is full of impostors; the land faints before this curse; the pastures of the plains fail, for their courses are bad, and their energies worthless!
   
RF JER 23:11 The Preacher and the Priest are alike profane. " I have even found their depravities in My House," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 23:12 "Therefore their path shall become slippery, they shall fall in the dark upon it; for I will bring distress upon them in the time of their punishment," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 23:13 "I have also seen the impiety of the Preachers of Shomeron. They preach Bal, and seduce My People Israel!
   
RF JER 23:14 "And I have seen a terrible thing among the Preachers of Jerusalem; they commit adultery, and walk in falsehood, and strengthen the hands of the wicked, so that no one turns from his wickedness All of them are like Sodom, and the population of Gomorrah to me!"
   
RF JER 23:15 The LORD OF HOSTS consequently says this against those preachers, "I will consume them with suffering, and give them opiates to drink, for corruption comes to all the country from the preachers of Jerusalem!"
   
RF JER 23:16 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, "Listen not to the messages of the Preachers who preach to you. They preach nonsense to you, a vision from their own hearts. They do not preach from the mouth of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 23:17 They say to the despisers of the message of the EVER-LIVING, Peace will come to you! ' And to all who follow the ideas of their own minds, they say, ' No harm will come upon you! '
   
RF JER 23:18 However, who stood in the council of the EVER-LIVING, and saw and heard His words? Who listened, and heard His commands?"
   
RF JER 23:19 Look the furious tempest of the EVER-LIVING has gone forth! A whirling tempest rolls over the head of the wicked.
   
RF JER 23:20 The anger of the EVER-LIVING will not return until it has worked, and effected the intentions of His mind. You will understand what He intended in times to come.
   
RF JER 23:21 I did not send those preachers yet they ran; I did not speak to them; yet they preached!
   
RF JER 23:22 But if they stood in My council, and heard messages to My People, let them turn them from their bad ways, and guide their proceedings!"
   
RF JER 23:23 Am I a GOD near," the EVER-LIVING asks, "and not a GOD at a distance?
   
RF JER 23:24 If a man hides himself in shelters, cannot I see him?" asks the EVER-LIVING. "Are not the heavens and the breath of the earth Mine " says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 23:25 I can hear what the preachers say who preach falsehood in My name, explaining I have dreamed a dream! '
   
RF JER 23:26 How long is it the intention of the preachers to preach falsehood, and proclaim the deceptions of their hearts?
   
RF JER 23:27 Who intend to make My People forget My Name by their dreams which they relate each to his companion, as their fathers forgot My Name for Bal.
   
RF JER 23:28 Let the Reciter who has a dream, tell his dream; but to whoever I have spoken, let him speak truly My message. " What is the chaff compared to the corn?" the EVER-LIVING asks.
   
RF JER 23:29 "Is not My command like fire?" asks the EVER-LIVING. "And like a hammer splintering a stone?
   
RF JER 23:30 Therefore I am against those preachers," says the EVER-LIVING, "who steal messages each from his mate!
   
RF JER 23:31 I am against those Reciters," says the EVER-LIVING, "who delude by their tongues, and chatter!
   
RF JER 23:32 I am against the reciters of lying dreams," the EVER-LIVING says, and their recitals, and who delude My People by their lies, and elate them; whom I have not sent, nor instructed, and who cannot help this people," the EVER-LIVING says.
   
RF JER 23:33 "You, however, when this People, or the Preachers, or the Priest ask you, What is the burden of the EVER-LIVING?' shall reply to them, The burden is I have abandoned you!
   
RF JER 23:34 '" says the EVER-LIVING, "and the Reciter, or Priest, or Prophet, who says, The burden of the EVER LIVING!' I will bring punishment upon that man and upon his family.
   
RF JER 23:35 Why does everyone ask of his neighbour, and each to his brother, What is the answer of the EVER-LIVING? and What is the message from the EVER-LIVING?
   
RF JER 23:36 'when they will never remember the burden of the EVER-LIVING?—for the burden that has Come to every one is, His own idea, —and they fling away the ideas of the LIVING GOD, the LORD OF HOSTS, OUR GOD!
   
RF JER 23:37 "However, ask of the Reciter What does the EVER-LIVING answer you?' and ' What is the message of the EVER-LIVING?
   
RF JER 23:38 ' If they reply A burden from the EVER-LIVING, then the EVER-LIVING says this, "Answer in return to them, This is the burden of the EVER-LIVING, I have sent to you to command you not to proclaim a burden from the EVER-LIVING
   
RF JER 23:39 Consequently I will lay a burden upon you, and I will abandon you, and this city, which I had given to your forefathers, for having been faithless to me.
   
RF JER 23:40 Therefore I will make you a reproach for ever, and an everlasting object of scorn, which shall not be extinguished."
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