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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 29:1

Jeremiah's Letter to the Jews in Babel.
This is a copy of the letter which Jeremiah, the Preacher, sent to Babel from Jerusalem to say to that portion of the nobles and priests, and preachers of the transportation, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar transported from Jerusalem to Babel,

   
RF JER 29:2 with Jekoniah the king, and his generals, and chamberlains, nobles of Judah and Jerusalem, with the mechanics and engineers of Jerusalem,
   
RF JER 29:3 by the hands of Alasah-ben-Shafan, and Ghemariah-ben-Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah, king of Judah, sent to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel,—
   
RF JER 29:4 The Promise of Judah's Return from Babylon.
"Thus says theLORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, to all the transports whom I have transported from Jerusalem to Babel.
   
RF JER 29:5 Build houses, and settle and plant vines, and eat their fruit.
   
RF JER 29:6 Marry wives and beget sons and daughters, and let your sons take wives, and give your daughters to husbands, and let them bear sons and daughters, and increase and not diminish.
   
RF JER 29:7 You must also seek for the prosperity of the city into which I have transported you, and pray on account of it to the EVER-LIVING, for by its prosperity you will prosper.
   
RF JER 29:8 The LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, says this, Let not the Preachers among you, nor your Diviners deceive you,—nor listen to the Dreamers who dream for you dreams,
   
RF JER 29:9 for those Preachers lie to you in My Name. I have not sent them,' says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 29:10 But the EVER-LIVING says this When seventy years are full to the lip for Babel, will visit you, and confirm to you My good promises, and will restore you to this place.
   
RF JER 29:11 For I know the intentions which I have planned for you,' the EVER-LIVING says—' intentions of prosperity, and not suffering, that I will give you hereafter, therefore hope.
   
RF JER 29:12 So call to Me, and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
   
RF JER 29:13 For when you seek Me you can find Me, —when you search for Me with all your heart.
   
RF JER 29:14 When I am found by you,' says the EVER-LIVING, ' I will restore you from captivity, and collect you from all the nations, and all the places where I drove you,' says the EVER-LIVING, and return you from the place to which I transported you.'"
   
RF JER 29:15 However, you may say, ' The EVER-LIVING has raised for us Preachers in Babel! '"
   
RF JER 29:16 Yet thus says the EVER-LIVING to the king who remains upon the throne of David, and to all the people who remain in this city after you, who have not gone with you to Babel:—
   
RF JER 29:17 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS,—' I will send to them sword. famine, and plague, and make them like rotten figs, so rotten they cannot be eaten;
   
RF JER 29:18 and I will chase them with the sword, famine and plague, and make them a dispersion in all the kingdoms of the earth, as a curse, and desolation, and contempt, and reproach to all the nations where I have flung them,
   
RF JER 29:19 because they would not listen to My messages,' says the EVER-LIVING. '
   
RF JER 29:20 But for yourselves.' says the EVER-LIVING. all the transportation whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babel, listen:
   
RF JER 29:21 for the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, says to Akhab-ben-Masiah, who preaches lies in My Name to you,—I will give him to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, and he will kill him before your eyes,
   
RF JER 29:22 and make a curse from him for all the transports of Judah who are in Babel, who will exclaim:—"May the LORD set you like Zedekiah and Akhab, whom the king of Babel roasted in the fire!"
   
RF JER 29:23 because they did injury to Israel, and committed adultery with their neighbour's wives, and spoke false messages in My Name, which I have not entrusted to them;—as I know and can prove,' says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 29:24 And to Shemiah, the Nekhlamite, say—"
   
RF JER 29:25 Thus says the LORD of HOSTS, the GOD of Israel,—Because you have sent letters in your own name to all the people of Jerusalem, and Zefaniah-ben-Masiah the Priest, and to all the Priests to say,
   
RF JER 29:26 The EVER-LIVING has made you priests under Jhoiada the Priest, and to be officers of the House of the EVER-LIVING, so that you may put into the stocks, and imprison every madman and sham prophet,—
   
RF JER 29:27 so now why do you not restrain Jeremiah the A nathothite, who does the Prophet to you?
   
RF JER 29:28 For he has sent to us to Babel to say, ' It is for a long period: Build homes and settle. Plant vines and eat their fruit.'
   
RF JER 29:29 Now Zefaniah the Priest has read this letter to the ears of Jeremiah the Preacher,—
   
RF JER 29:30 and the message of the EVER-LIVING has come to Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 29:31 Send to the transports and declare, Thus says the EVER-LIVING to Shemiah, the Nekhlamite, Because Shemiah preaches to you, and I have not sent him, and comforts you with a lie,—
   
RF JER 29:32 therefore,' thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will punish Shemiah the Nekhlamite and his family; none shall remain among this People, and they shall not see the prosperity that I will make for My People,' says the EVER-LIVING, for he utters rebellion against the LORD."
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