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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 24:1

The Two Baskets of Figs.
The EVER-LIVING enlightened me, and I saw two baskets full of figs before the Temple of the LORD, after the capture of Jekoniah-ben-Jhoiakhim, king of Judah, by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, with the princes of Judah, and the mechanics, and carpenters of Jerusalem, and their transportation to Babel.

   
RF JER 24:2 The one basket was very good, like best figs; but the other basket was of very bad figs which could not be eaten for badness.
   
RF JER 24:3 And the EVER-LIVING asked me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" When I replied, "Figs. The good figs very good, but the bad figs very bad, so that they could not be eaten for badness."
   
RF JER 24:4 Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to proclaim:—"
   
RF JER 24:5 Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel. As with these good figs, I will discriminate amongst the captives of Judah, whom I have sent from this place to the country of the Kasdim to benefit them,
   
RF JER 24:6 and will set My eyes upon them beneficently, and restore them to their country in their children, and not destroy them; and plant, and not pull them up.
   
RF JER 24:7 I will also give them a heart to understand Me, that I am the EVER-LIVING, and they shall be My People, and I will be their GOD, when they turn to Me with all their heart.
   
RF JER 24:8 But as for the bad figs which are uneatable for badness; for them,' says the EVER-LIVING, ' I will take Zedekiah, king of Judah, and his nobles, and the remnant of Jerusalem remaining in this land, and residing in the country of the Mitzeraim,
   
RF JER 24:9 and make them a seed of evil to all the kingdoms of the earth, as a reproach, and a proverb; to be a slander, and a curse, in everyplace to which I drive them.
   
RF JER 24:10 I will also send sword, to famine, and plague to harass them from off the land which I gave to them and to their forefathers.'
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