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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 25:1

A Message to Judah.
The message which came to Jeremiah against all the People of Judah in the fourth year of Jhoiakim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, which was the second of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel,

   
RF JER 25:2 which Jeremiah the Reciter delivered to all the people of Judah, and to all the residents in Jerusalem, saying,"
   
RF JER 25:3 From the thirteenth year of Joshiah-ben-Amon, king of Judah, until this time, for twenty-three years, the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me, and I have spoken to you promptly, and proclaimed it, but you would not listen!
   
RF JER 25:4 The EVER-LIVING also sent all his servants the Preachers, raising and sending—but you would not listen, nor incline your ears to listen,
   
RF JER 25:5 when I said, Turn, I pray, everyone from his bad path, and from your wicked ways, and be restored to the ground that the EVER-LIVING gave to you and your ancestors for ever and for ever.
   
RF JER 25:6 And follow not after seducing gods to serve and worship them, and try Me not by the fabrications of your own hands, and I will not afflict you.'
   
RF JER 25:7 But you would not listen to Me," says the EVER-LIVING, "although I was provoked by the fabrications of your hands to afflict you!
   
RF JER 25:8 Therefore," the LORD OF HOSTS says, "because you have not listened to My messages,
   
RF JER 25:9 I will send and take the whole of the families of the north," says the EVER LIVING, "and Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, My servant, and bring them to this country, and upon its inhabitants, and upon all the nations around, and he will ravage and reduce them to a desolation, and a jungle, and a desert for ever!
   
RF JER 25:10 I will also abolish from them the voice of joy, and the voice of pleasure, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the mills, and the light of the lamp,
   
RF JER 25:11 and all this land shall become a black desert waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babel seventy years.
   
RF JER 25:12 But when the seventy years are completed, I will visit on the king of Babel, and upon his portion," says the EVER-LIVING, "their cruelties and also on the land of the Kasdim, and desolate it with a lasting desolation.
   
RF JER 25:13 But I will bring to this land the whole of the promises that I have promised to it, all that are written in this book which Jeremiah has preached to all the nation.
   
RF JER 25:14 For many nations and great kings have made slaves of them, therefore I will repay to them according to their own acts, and like to what they have done.
   
RF JER 25:15 "So," thus said the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, to me:—"Take this cup of the Wine of Wrath from My hand, and give it to all the nations to whom I will send you to drink of,
   
RF JER 25:16 and let them drink, and stagger, and be mad for the sword that I will send amongst them."
   
RF JER 25:17 So I took the cup from the hand of the EVER-LIVING, and gave drink to all the nations to whom the EVER-LIVING sent me.
   
RF JER 25:18 To Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, and her kings, and her nobles, to make them a black desert, and a desolation, and jungle, and scorn.'
   
RF JER 25:19 To Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, also, and his ministers and nobles, and all his army,
   
RF JER 25:20 and to all the west, and all the kings of Autz, and all the land of the Philishtim, and Askalon, and Gaza, and Akron, and the districts of Ashdod;
   
RF JER 25:21 and to Edom, and Moab, and the Beni-Amon,
   
RF JER 25:22 and to all the kings of Tzur, and all the kings of Zidon; and to all the kings of the coast at the Passage of the Sea,
   
RF JER 25:23 to Dedan, and Theman, and Buz, and all the farther regions;
   
RF JER 25:24 and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of Midland who inhabit the desert;
   
RF JER 25:25 and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Ailam; and all the kings of Madai;
   
RF JER 25:26 and all the kings of the north:—both near and far, each with his brother; and all the kingdoms of the earth, who are on the face of the ground, and the king of Sheshak shall drink after them!
   
RF JER 25:27 Then say to them, Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, ' Drink and be drunk, and stagger, and fall, and never rise from the face of the sword that I will send amongst you! '
   
RF JER 25:28 But if it happens that they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, say to them, Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, ' Drink it, drink! '
   
RF JER 25:29 For, in the city upon which My Name was invoked, I began to punish, so shall you escape? You shall not escape,' for I will call for a sword against all the inhabitants of those countries," says the LORD OF HOSTS."
   
RF JER 25:30 Consequently proclaim to them all these messages and tell them, ' The EVER-LIVING will thunder from on high, and from within His sanctuary will utter His voice. He will shout from His station, I Charge with a cheer, overthrow all the inhabitants of the country! '
   
RF JER 25:31 The roar will go to the ends of the earth, when the EVER-LIVING contends with the heathen, to do justice to all men. " Give the wicked to the sword," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 25:32 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS: "LOOK! Misery goes from nation to nation! And a mighty tempest is roused from the flanks of the earth
   
RF JER 25:33 And in that time those wounded by the EVER-LIVING shall lie from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, nor collected, nor buried; —they shall be for dung on the surface of the ground!
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1. (As they are today.) NOTE: Ch. 25, v. 18 The words "as they are today" are the comment of an old transcriber, not a part of Jeremiah's prophecy.—F.F.
   
RF JER 25:34 "Howl and shriek, you shepherds, and wallow for the beautiful flocks! For your days of prosperity are done, and the things you desired are scattered and fallen!
   
RF JER 25:35 A retreat fails for the shepherds, and a refuge for the beautiful flock!
   
RF JER 25:36 The shriek of the shepherds sounds, and the bleat of the beautiful flock, for the EVER-LIVING has destroyed their shepherds,
   
RF JER 25:37 and the peaceful pastures are destroyed before the fierce anger of the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF JER 25:38 Who has left His lair like a tiger, that He may desolate their country before the driving conflagration, and by the flame of His wrath!"
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