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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 32:1

The Message to Jeremiah in Prison.
The message which came from the EVER-LIVING to Jeremiah in the tenth year of Zedekiah, king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar,

   
RF JER 32:2 whilst the army of the king of Babel besieged Jerusalem, when Jeremiah was confined in the Court of the Guard-house of the palace of the king of Judah,
   
RF JER 32:3 where Zedekiah, king of Judah, had confined him. He had demanded of him, "Why do you preach asserting, ' Thus says the EVER-LIVING-I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babel, who will capture it.
   
RF JER 32:4 And Zedekiah, king of Judah, shall not escape from the hand of the Kasdim,—for he will be given to the hand of the king of Babel, and speak face to face with him, and see him eye to eye.
   
RF JER 32:5 Zedekiah also shall go to Babel, and be there until I visit him,' says the EVER-LIVING. ' Although he fights with the Kasdim,—he will not succeed.'"
   
RF JER 32:6 Then Jeremiah replied:—"The command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say,
   
RF JER 32:7 Understand that Hanamal-ben-Dudi will come to you and say, Buy for yourself the farm at Anathoth, for the right is yours, and the price of redemption.'"
   
RF JER 32:8 Hanamal my cousin accordingly came to me, as the EVER-LIVING had said, to the Court of the Guard, and said to me, "I wish you to buy the farm at Anathoth in the district of Benjamin, for the hereditary right is yours, and you have the funds for its redemption." Then I recognized that it was what the EVER-LIVING had said.
   
RF JER 32:9 I consequently bought the farm at Anathoth from Hanamal my cousin, and weighed the money to him,—seventeen shekels of silver.
   
RF JER 32:10 Then I signed the deed and sealed it, and the witnesses witnessed it,
   
RF JER 32:11 and I counted out the money in their hearing. I then took the sealed Deed of Purchase, with its laws and conditions, and the deed of possession,
   
RF JER 32:12 and gave the Deed of Purchase to Baruk-ben-Nediah-ben-Maksiah in the presence of Hanamal my cousin, and in the presence of the witnesses who had signed the Deed of Purchase, in the presence of all the Jews detained in the courtyard,
   
RF JER 32:13 and instructed Baruk in their presence, saying:
   
RF JER 32:14 "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, ' Take these deeds, this Deed of Purchase with its seals, and the Deed of Possession, and put them in an earthenware jar, so that they may be preserved for a long time.
   
RF JER 32:15 says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, Never buy houses, or farms, or vineyards in this country! "'
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1- For thus I NOTE.—Ch. 32, v. 14. The reader should remember that in Jeremiah's day deeds and writings were made on stone, slates, or clay tablets, afterwards baked, and so not liable to decay as paper is.—F.F.
   
RF JER 32:16 Then I prayed to the EVER-LIVING, after I had given the Deed of Purchase to Barak-ben-Nediah, and said:"
   
RF JER 32:17 Oh, Almighty LORD, Who made the solar systems, and the earth, by Your great power, and by Your directing arms,—let not any of Your promises fail!
   
RF JER 32:18 Show kindness to the fallen, and repay the faults of the fathers to the lap of their children after them. The GOD of great power and might,—the LORD OF HOSTS is His name.
   
RF JER 32:19 Great in purpose! and multiform in action. Your eyes examine all the ways of the sons of Adam, to give to each according to his ways, and the result of his practices.
   
RF JER 32:20 You appointed signs and portents from the land of the Mitzeraim until now;—as well as in Israel, and among mankind,—and made Yourself a name, as at this day.
   
RF JER 32:21 You brought Your People Israel from the land of the Mitzeraim, with signs and wonders, and with a supporting hand, and directing arm, and with great splendour,
   
RF JER 32:22 and gave them a land flowing with milk and honey. And they came and possessed it.
   
RF JER 32:23 But listened not to Your voice, nor walked according to the laws which You commanded them to practice; they practiced them not;—therefore You have brought them to all this misery!
   
RF JER 32:24 "Look! the embankments are approaching the city! You will give it to the power of the Kasdim who attack it by the edge of the sword,—and to famine, and to plague! What You threatened has come, and You see it!
   
RF JER 32:25 And yet You have commanded Me, ALMIGHTY LORD, ' Buy that farm for money, and let witnesses witness it!' when You will give the city to the hands of the Kasdim."
   
RF JER 32:26 God's Reply to the Prophet.
Then the message from the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 32:27 "See! I am the EVER-LIVING GOD of all flesh, None of My promises will fail!
   
RF JER 32:28 Therefore thus says the EVER-LIVING,—I will give this city to the power of the Kasdim, and to the power of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, who will capture it.
   
RF JER 32:29 And the besieging Kasdim shall come upon this city with fire and burn it, and the houses where they burn incense upon the roofs to Bal, and drink to the seducing gods by means
   
RF JER 32:30 of whom they insult Me. Because the Children of Israel, and the Children of Judah have done wrong in My sight from their youth,—for the Children of Israel provoked Me by the fabrications of their own hands," said the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 32:31 "For this city has been to Me anger and wrath from the day when they built it until now, to make Me sweep it from My presence,
   
RF JER 32:32 on account of all the wickedness which the Children of Israel, and the Children of Judah have done to provoke Me; they, their kings, nobles, priests, and preachers, with the men of Judah, and the population of Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 32:33 They have turned their back, and not their face to Me! although I taught them, beginning to teach them early,—but they would not listen nor take correction.
   
RF JER 32:34 They even set up their idols in the House upon which My NAME had been invoked! to defile it!
   
RF JER 32:35 And erected Columns to Bal in the Vale of Ben-hinon, to pass their sons and their daughters to Molok,—which I commanded not,—nor had it come up to My heart, to have such horrors practiced, to cause Judah to sin.
   
RF JER 32:36 "But, however," thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD Of Israel to this city which you say has been given to the hand of the king of Babel by the sword, and by famine, and by plague,
   
RF JER 32:37 "I will collect them again from all the countries where I have driven them in My anger and indignation, and I will restore them in a great gathering to this place, where they can dwell in security,
   
RF JER 32:38 and they will become My People, and I will be their GOD.
   
RF JER 32:39 I will also give them a united heart, and a united course, and they will reverence Me continually to their own benefit, and their children's after them.
   
RF JER 32:40 I will then record an everlasting Covenant with them,—that I will not cease following them with benefits; and I will put reverence of Me into their hearts, so that they will never abandon Me.
   
RF JER 32:41 I also shall delight to benefit them, and to plant them in the land firmly, with all My heart, and with all My soul."
   
RF JER 32:42 For thus says the EVER-LIVING: "When I have brought this People, —all this great misery, then I will bring all the benefits which I have promised to them.
   
RF JER 32:43 And farms will be bought in this country, where they say, ' It is desolate I It has neither men nor cattle,—it is given to the hand of the Kasdim! '
   
RF JER 32:44 They will buy farms for money, and engrave the Deeds, and seal them, and the witnesses witness, in the district of Benjamin, and around Jerusalem, and in the villages of Judah, and in the towns on the hills, and the villages of the slopes, and the hamlets of the south, for I will restore the captivity," said the EVER-LIVING.
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