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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 33:1

The Restoration of Judah promised.
Another time the message of the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah while he was confined in the Guards Court, to say:;

   
RF JER 33:2 "Thus says the creative, The Constructive Life; His Name is the EVER-LIVING Creator.
   
RF JER 33:3 ' Ask me, and I will answer, and inform you of great events, and treasures you know not! '
   
RF JER 33:4 "For thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, "About the houses of this city, and the palaces of the kings of Judah, which are made ruins for the embankments
   
RF JER 33:5 and for the entrenchments made to fight with the Kasdim, and to be filled with carcasses of men whom I will slay in My anger and wrath, and from whom I have hidden Myself, turning from this city because of all their wickedness;
   
RF JER 33:6 I will again bring existence and health, and will unveil to them rich peace and security,
   
RF JER 33:7 when I have restored the captives of Judah, and the captives of Israel, with their children, to their former state.
   
RF JER 33:8 For I will purify them from their frailties, by which they offended Me, and pardon the whole of the sins by which they offended Me, and by which they rebelled against Me.
   
RF JER 33:9 And it shall be a monument of delight and beauty, as formerly to every nation of the earth, when they hear all the benefits that I will confer upon them, and tremble with excitement at all the prosperity and peace which I will confer upon it! '
   
RF JER 33:10 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, "There to shall again be heard in this place,—which they say It is a ruin without man or beast in the villages of Judah, and the streets of Jerusalem are a desert,—there are no men,—there are no inhabitants,—there are no cattle!"
   
RF JER 33:11 the sound of joy, and the sound of pleasure, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride;—the voice proclaiming,
"Praise the LORD OF HOSTS,
For the LORD is good for ever!
Bring praise to the House of the LORD!
"For I will restore the captives to the country,—to their former state," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 33:12 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS: "There shall again be in this ruined place, where there is neither man nor cattle, and in all its villages, pastures for shepherds with reclining flocks.
   
RF JER 33:13 In the villages of the hills, and the villages on the slopes, and in the villages of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, and in the villages of Judah, the flocks shall pass under the hand of the enumerator! " says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 33:14 "Be assured the days come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when I will accomplish this good promise, which I have promised to the House of Israel, and the House of Judah.
   
RF JER 33:15 In those days, and at that period, I will cause a Perfect Sceptre to rise up, and he will execute Justice and Right in the land.
   
RF JER 33:16 In those times Judah will be safe, and Israel rest secure, and this is what she will call Him, OUR RIGHTEOUS LORD!"
   
RF JER 33:17 For thus says the EVER-LIVING: "There shall not be wanting a man to David to sit upon the throne of the House of Israel.
   
RF JER 33:18 And to the Levitical Priests there shall not be wanting a man before me to offer up burnt-offerings, and incense, and gifts, and to make sacrifice for all time."
   
RF JER 33:19 The Confirming of the Promise.
The command of the EVER-LIVING also came to Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 33:20 "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, ' If My institution of day and night can be broken, so that they should not exist daily and nightly in their periods,
   
RF JER 33:21 then My institution with My Servant David, for him to have a son reigning on his throne, and the Levitical Priests to be My Ministers, may be broken!
   
RF JER 33:22 Since the army of the skies is not counted, or the sand of the sea measured,—so I will ex tend the race of My servant David, and the service of the Levites to Me.'
   
RF JER 33:23 A Reproof to Unbelievers.
The command of the EVER-LIVING again came to Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 33:24 "Have you seen what this People say, ' The two families that the EVER-LIVING chose, He has cast off, and rejected the nations from continuing in His presence.'
   
RF JER 33:25 The EVER-LIVING, however, declares, ' If I have not appointed the institutions of the day and night;—the fixed laws of the solar systems, and the earth,
   
RF JER 33:26 then I will repudiate the race of Jacob, and My minister David, and not take from his race Governors for the race of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; when I restore their captives, and pity them! '
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