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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 30:1 The message which came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING to say:
   
RF JER 30:2 "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, ' Write the whole of the messages which I have told you in a book;
   
RF JER 30:3 for, see, the days come,' said the EVER-LIVING, 'when I will restore the captives of My People of Israel and Judah,' said the EVER-LIVING, and return them to the land that I gave to their ancestors, and they shall possess it.'"
   
RF JER 30:4 A Message of Comfort for Jacob.
Now these are the messages that the EVER-LIVING addressed to Israel and to Judah.
   
RF JER 30:5 He spoke thus: "Hear a voice of terror without comfort!
   
RF JER 30:6 Ask and examine if men bear children? Why do I see every man's hands on his loins, like a childing woman? and every face turned livid?
   
RF JER 30:7 Alas, for it is a great day! There has been none like it! It is a period of distress for Jacob,—and can he be saved from it?"
   
RF JER 30:8 "Yes! in that day," says the EVER-LIVING, "I will break the yoke from off your neck, and snap the shackles, and they shall no longer serve the foreigners,
   
RF JER 30:9 but serve their EVER LIVING GOD, and David their king whom I will appoint for them.
   
RF JER 30:10 So now, Jacob, My servant, fear not," says the EVER-LIVING, "and Israel be not depressed, for I will rescue you from afar, and your race from the land of slavery, when Jacob shall rest in quiet, and without terror.
   
RF JER 30:11 For I will be with you," says the EVER-LIVING, "to save you, and I will make an end of all the nations where I scattered you. But I will not make an end of you, but correct you with justice, and when corrected I will not punish further."
   
RF JER 30:12 "For thus says the EVER-LIVING: Your bruise is malignant,—your wound sluggish.
   
RF JER 30:13 There is no surgeon to press, to sprinkle medicaments upon it, for you,
   
RF JER 30:14 All your friends have forgotten about you,—they do not enquire,—for I struck you by the stroke of an enemy,—a cruel wound, for your many faults, your sins were strong."
   
RF JER 30:15 Why do you shriek over your malignant bruise?—for the pain over your many faults? I have done this to you for your numerous sins."
   
RF JER 30:16 However all who devour you shall be devoured; and all who oppress you shall go into slavery, and those who are plundering you shall be plundered; and all robbing you I will give to robbery.
   
RF JER 30:17 For I will grant you restoration, and will cure you of your wounds," says the EVER-LIVING, "for the Driver cries to you, ' You are Zion for whom nobody cares! '"
   
RF JER 30:18 The EVER-LIVING, however, says, "I will restore Jacob's captured halls, and will extend his dwellings, and build his city on high, and found his palace on justice.
   
RF JER 30:19 And the sound of song and laughter shall come out from them, and they shall be glorious, and not depressed.
   
RF JER 30:20 And his children shall be as of old, with a parliament before me, firm and fixed against all his oppressors.
   
RF JER 30:21 His Leaders shall be from himself,—and his Governors from his own breast. He shall come and approach, and touch me,—for who like him pledged his heart to approach to Me?" asks the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 30:22 "So they shall be My People and I will be their GOD."
   
RF JER 30:23 Look! the furious tempest of the anger of the LORD has gone out! A sweeping tempest, it whirls over the head of the wicked.
   
RF JER 30:24 The flaming wrath of the EVER-LIVING will not return until it has accomplished the purpose of His heart.
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