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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 27:1

Jeremiah Ordered to Wear Fetters.
A message to the Nations.

In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah-ben-Joshiah,2 king of Judah, this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD to speak.

   
RF JER 27:2 The EVER-LIVING commanded me thus,—"Make fetters for yourself, and open and put them on your neck;
   
RF JER 27:3 then send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and the king of Beni-Amon, and to the king of Tzur, and the king of Zidon, by the hand of their ambassadors who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah, king of Judah,
   
RF JER 27:4 and command them to say to their masters,—' Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel Say to your masters,
   
RF JER 27:5 I made the earth, mankind, and the animals that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power, and I give it to whoever is upright in My sight.'
   
RF JER 27:6 So now I have given the whole of these countries to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, My servant: and I have given him also the animals of the field for his service,
   
RF JER 27:7 and they shall serve him, and his son, and his grandson, until the period of his own country has come;—when many nations and great kings shall make him serve!
   
RF JER 27:8 And to the nation or kingdom that will not serve him,—Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel,—and that will not give its neck to the yoke of the king of Babel, I will bring punishment upon that nation by sword, and famine, and plague," says the EVER-LIVING, "until I have subdued them to his power."
   
RF JER 27:9 And for yourselves, listen not to your preachers, and your diviners, and your dreamers, and cloud-readers, and to your magicians who tell you that you will not serve the king of Babel,
   
RF JER 27:10 for those Preachers lie to you, to because you will be expelled from your soil, and reduced, and destroyed.
   
RF JER 27:11 But the nation that brings its neck it to the yoke of the king of Babel, and serves him, shall rest quietly on its own soil," says the EVER-LIVING, "and use it and reside on it."
   
RF JER 27:12 Advice to Zedekiah to Submit to Babel. To Zedekiah, king of Judah, also deliver all these messages and say:—"Let you and your people bring your necks to the yoke of the king of Babel,—and live.
   
RF JER 27:13 Why should you die? you, and your people by sword, famine, and plague? as the EVER-LIVING has threatened to the nations which will not serve the king of Babel?
   
RF JER 27:14 Do not listen to the speeches of the Preachers who promise you, asserting—' You need not serve the king of Babel,' for those Preachers lie to you!
   
RF JER 27:15 I, certainly, have not sent them," says the EVER-LIVING, "but they preach falsely in My NAME, because I shall subdue you, and ruin you, and the Preachers who preach to you."
   
RF JER 27:16 The Message to the Priests
To the priests, also, and all this people I spoke and said: Thus says the LORD:—"Listen not to the messages of the Preachers who preach to you, and assert: The furniture of the House of the EVER-LIVING will be returned from Babel now, very soon,'—for those Preachers lie to you.
   
RF JER 27:17 Do not listen to them Serve the king of Babel, and live. Why should this city become a ruin?
   
RF JER 27:18 But if they are prophets, and if the message of the EVER-LIVING is with them,—let them at once pray to the LORD OF HOSTS not to allow the remaining furniture of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and of the king of Judah's palace, and in Jerusalem, to go to Babel.
   
RF JER 27:19 "For thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, to the columns, and to the sea, and to its bases, and to the other furniture remaining in this city,
   
RF JER 27:20 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babel, did not take when he transported Jechoniah-ben-Jhoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babel, with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem,—
   
RF JER 27:21 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, to the remaining furniture of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the palace of the king of Judah and Jerusalem:—
   
RF JER 27:22 they shall go to Babel, and shall be there until the time that I appoint for them," says the EVER-LIVING," to be brought up and returned to this place."
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2 In the ordinary text it is Jehoiakim, by a scribe's error—but Zedekiah in the original reading.—F.F.
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