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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 34:1

The Doom of Zedekiah.
This commandment came from the EVER-LIVING to Jeremiah to proclaim, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, with all his forces, and all the kingdoms of the earth who were controlled by his hand, and all the nations, fought against Jerusalem and all her towns.

   
RF JER 34:2 Thus said the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel,—"Go and speak to Zedekiah, king of Judah, and say to him: —' Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will deliver this city to the hand of the king of Babel, and he will burn it with fire!
   
RF JER 34:3 You also will not escape from his hand! For you will be seized and given to his power, and your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babel, and his mouth shall speak to your mouth, and you shall go to Babel.
   
RF JER 34:4 However listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING, Zedekiah, king of Judah! Thus says the EVER-LIVING to you, You shall not die by the sword.
   
RF JER 34:5 You shall die in peace;—and as they burnt for the kings, your forefathers, who were before you, so they shall burn for you, with " Alas my Prince! " they will lament for you,—for I have promised this promise,' says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 34:6 Jeremiah the Preacher accordingly addressed to Zedekiah, king of Judah, the whole of these words in Jerusalem,
   
RF JER 34:7 when the forces of the king of Babel were fighting against Jerusalem, and all the other towns of Judah,—with Lakish and Akron,—for these fortified towns were left to Judah.
   
RF JER 34:8 On the Sham Abolition of Slavery.
The command that came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING, after King Zedekiah had made an agree-ment for all the people who were in Jerusalem to proclaim them free;
   
RF JER 34:9 that everyone should liberate his man slave or his woman slave,—who was a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, —freeing from slavery to their brother to Hebrews.
   
RF JER 34:10 And all the nobles and people obeyed when the decree came out, and each sent their man slave or their female slave into freedom, so as never again to be enslaved; —they obeyed, and freed them.
   
RF JER 34:11 But afterwards they turned and captured their male and female slaves whom they had released to freedom, and reduced them again to male and female slaves.
   
RF JER 34:12 Then a command came from the EVER-LIVING to Jeremiah to proclaim:—
   
RF JER 34:13 "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel! I made a Covenant with your ancestors at the time when I brought them from the land of the Mitzeraim, from the House of Slavery, ordering,
   
RF JER 34:14 ' At the end of seven years you must each one release his enslaved brother, whom you have bought. He shall serve you six years;—then you must send him from you into freedom.' But your fathers would not listen to Me, nor incline their ears.
   
RF JER 34:15 "You, however, repented the other day, and did right in My eyes by proclaiming liberty to each of your relatives, and you enacted a decree, over which My NAME was invoked.
   
RF JER 34:16 But now you have turned and polluted My NAME, and everyone seizes his male or female slave, whom you had released into freedom, to pollute and degrade them to be your slaves and slavesses.
   
RF JER 34:17 "Therefore," the EVER-LIVING declares, "as you have not obeyed Me to proclaim everyone liberty to his brother, and each to his neighbour,—I will proclaim-you free," says the EVER-LIVING, "to the sword, to plague, and to famine, and I will deliver you to be scattered in all the kingdoms of the earth!
   
RF JER 34:18 And I will deliver the men who broke My Agreement,—who did not stand by the terms of the Agreement which they made before Me,—by a heifer cut in two, and they passing between the portions,—
   
RF JER 34:19 the nobles of Judah, and the nobles of Jerusalem, with cabinet ministers, and the priests, with all the army of the country, between the portions,—
   
RF JER 34:20 I will give them to the hand of their enemies;—to the hand seeking their life,—and their carcasses shall become food for the birds of the sky, and the beasts of the earth.
   
RF JER 34:21 I will also give Zedekiah, king of Judah, and his officers to the power of their enemies, to the hand that seeks their life, to the mighty hand of the king of Babel, who has gone away from you.
   
RF JER 34:22 I have ordered them to return " says the EVER-LIVING, "to this city, and they will attack it, and capture, and burn it with fire, and I will make the towns of Judah desolate, without inhabitants!"
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