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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 31:1

"You will understand it in the future times, at the period," said the EVER-LIVING, "when I will be a GOD to all the families of Israel, and they will be My People."

   
RF JER 31:2 God's Love to Israel.
Thus says the EVER-LIVING: "The nation of Israel remaining from the sword has found favour in the desert, where it went to rest itself!
   
RF JER 31:3 The EVER-LIVING saw me from afar and loved. I love you," He said, "with an everlasting love, therefore I will attract you by kindness.
   
RF JER 31:4 I will build you again, and you shall be re-built, Virgin of Israel! Prepare your tambours, and come out to the dances with laughter.
   
RF JER 31:5 Plant vineyards on the hills of Shomeron! Plant slips, and play the flute;—
   
RF JER 31:6 for it is the day when the Watchmen cry on Mount Ephraim, 'Arise and let us go up to Zion to our EVER-LIVING GOD!"
   
RF JER 31:7 For thus says the EVER-LIVING, "Shout to Jacob, Be glad and neigh at the Head of the Nations. Let them hear your cheer, and say, ' O EVER-LIVING, save Your people,—the fragments of Israel.'
   
RF JER 31:8 "I will bring them from the land of the North, and collect them from the flanks of the world, with their blind and lame,—the pregnant, and childing women shall return together here in a great crowd.
   
RF JER 31:9 They went away with tears;—but on paths of delight I will lead them in jubilee to rivers of water, by a level way in which they cannot stumble, for I will be a father to Israel with Ephraim as My firstborn."
   
RF JER 31:10 Nations! hear the message of the LORD, and report it to the distant isles, and proclaim to the race of Israel, ' He who scattered us will guard you as a shepherd does his flock! '
   
RF JER 31:11 For the EVER-LIVING will redeem Jacob and free him from the hand that is stronger than his;
   
RF JER 31:12 and he shall come with cheering to the top of Zion, and stream to the LORD'S endowment of corn, and wine, and oil, and the young of the flock and the herd. For their soul shall be like a watered garden, and never again endure distress.
   
RF JER 31:13 Then the girls will rejoice in the dance, with the boys and old men with them. And I will change their sorrow to delight, and their sighing and anguish to gladness,
   
RF JER 31:14 and satiate their priests with fat, and fill My People with benefits," says the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF JER 31:15 The Weeping in Raamah.
Thus said the LORD:
"In Raamah a voice is heard;
The weeping and moaning of Rachel,
Bewailing her sons,
For her children refusing all comfort,
Because they are not!"
   
RF JER 31:16 The LORD replies thus:
"Restrain your voice from weeping,
And your eyes from shedding tears
And rest from your grief,"
Says the Lord. "
When you quit your enemy's land,
Let this be your hope,"
   
RF JER 31:17 Says the LORD,
"Your sons shall return to their Home."
   
RF JER 31:18 "I have heard Ephraim murmur,
He goads and controls me and strikes,
Like a heifer unused to the reins.
Turn me and I will return,
For you are my GOD EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 31:19 When turned I resisted;
When taught struck my thigh,
I was shamed and disgraced,
For I bore the reproach of my youth."
The LORD.
   
RF JER 31:20 "My dear son is Ephraim;—
My beautiful child,
Though I spoke sharp to him,
I always remember,
My love is with him,
And tenderest affection,"
The LORD says.
   
RF JER 31:21 A Call for Israel's Return.
Set up your Beacons,—your Landmarks set up!
Fix your heart on the mounds by the way that you marched,
Return, Israel's daughter, return to your City,
How will you wander from Home?
   
RF JER 31:22 Return for the LORD has prepared a new thing,
In that Land, a woman embracing a man!
   
RF JER 31:23 The Blessing Upon a Return.
Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the God of Israel: "They shall again say this thing in the land of Judah and in its cities when I restore you from captivity, The EVER-LIVING bless you, Home of Righteousness, Hill of Holiness!'
   
RF JER 31:24 For Judah shall reside in it, and all his cities,—together with farmers, and the shepherds of flocks,
   
RF JER 31:25 when I will refresh the weary life, and fill every exhausted soul.
   
RF JER 31:26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. (KJV)
   
RF JER 31:27 "For see! the days will come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when I will sow the House of Israel, and the House of Judah with the seed of man, and the seed of cattle.
   
RF JER 31:28 And as I watched them to pull up, and drive out, and break down, and to ruin, and to punish;—it will come that in the same way I will watch over them to build and plant," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 31:29 "In those times they shall not again say, ' The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge!
   
RF JER 31:30 ' for a man shall only die for his own faults; every one who eats sour grapes, his own teeth shall be set on edge.
   
RF JER 31:31 "Look! " says the EVER-LIVING, "the times will come when I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel, and the House of Judah;
   
RF JER 31:32 unlike the Covenant that I made with their fathers, when I grasped them in My hand to bring them out from the land of the Mitzeraim,—which Covenant they broke, although I was their Guardian," says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 31:33 But this is the Covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after these days," says the EVER-LIVING. " I will fix My laws in their breast, and write them upon their heart,—and I will be their GOD, and they shall be My People.
   
RF JER 31:34 And they shall no more each instruct his neighbour, and each his brother, saying, ' Learn about the EVER LIVING! ' for all of them will know Me from the least to the greatest," says the EVER-LIVING, "for I will pardon their frailty, and no more remember their sins."
   
RF JER 31:35 Thus says the LORD Who sets the sun to light by day, and the moon and stars to light by night,—Who stills the roaring waves of the sea—His NAME is the LORD OF HOSTS!—"
   
RF JER 31:36 If those institutions remove themselves from My presence," says the EVER-LIVING, "then the race of Israel can remove itself from being a Nation before me for all time!"
   
RF JER 31:37 Thus says the EVER-LIVING: "If the skies above, and the foundations of the earth can be measured by a stick,—then can be abolished all that I have done for the whole race of Israel," says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 31:38 Be sure the times will come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when the city will be built for the EVER-LIVING, from the Tower of Hananal to the Corner Gate,
   
RF JER 31:39 and the wall stretch again from there, south of it, over Mount Gareb, and turn to Gathah;
   
RF JER 31:40 and all the vale of corpses, and ashes, and all the fields from the brook Kedron to the sides of the Horse-gate, on the east, shall be consecrated to the EVER-LIVING. It shall never again be pulled up or thrown down for ever and ever."
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