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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 35:1

Jeremiah Ordered to Visit the Rekabites.
The command that came from the EVER-LIVING to Jeremiah in the days of Jhoiakim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, saying:"

   
RF JER 35:2 Go to the family of the Rekabites, and talk with them, and bring them to the House of the EVER-LIVING, to one of the chambers, and offer them wine to drink."
   
RF JER 35:3 I consequently took Jazaniah-ben- Jeremiah-ben-Kabaziniah, and his brothers, and all his sons, and the whole family of the Rekabites,
   
RF JER 35:4 and led them to the House of the EVER-LIVING, to the chamber of the son of Hanan-ben-Igdaliah, the Man of GOD, who lodged in the chambers of the officers, which were above the chamber of Masiah-ben-Shalum the Warder of the Threshold.
   
RF JER 35:5 Then I set before the sons of the family of the Rekabites flagons full of wine, and cups and asked them to drink wine.
   
RF JER 35:6 But they replied, "We drink no wine! for Jonadab-ben-Rekab, our ancestor, gave us an order, saying, You or your children shall not drink wine for ever!
   
RF JER 35:7 Nor shall you build houses or sow grain, or, plant vineyards. That shall not be your business. But you shall live in tents all your days;—so that you may live long lives on the face of the ground where you are strangers!
   
RF JER 35:8 So we are obedient to the voice of Jonadab-ben-Rekab our ancestor, in all that he ordered us,—never drinking wine all our days, we, or our wives, or our sons and daughters;
   
RF JER 35:9 and we never build houses to dwell in, or plant vineyards, or farms. We to have them not!
   
RF JER 35:10 But we dwell in tents, and listen to, and do all that Jonadab our ancestor ordered.
   
RF JER 35:11 But when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, advanced into the country we said Let us go to Jerusalem before the army of the Kasdim.' So we lodge in Jerusalem."
   
RF JER 35:12 Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 35:13 "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! Go and say to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,—' Why will you not learn to listen to My commands?' the EVER-LIVING asks.
   
RF JER 35:14 The commands of Jonadab-ben-Rekab that he ordered to his sons not to drink wine, —stand I They drink no wine to this day! For they obey the order of their ancestor! But I commanded you,—beginning early and speaking, —but you have not obeyed Me!
   
RF JER 35:15 I also sent you all My servants the Preachers, —rising early and sending to say, ' Turn I pray, each from his bad way, and reflect upon your proceedings, and follow not seducing gods, to serve them;—and stay on the ground I gave to you and your ancestors,'—but you would not incline your ears, and would not listen to Me!
   
RF JER 35:16 Although the sons of Jonadab-ben-Rekab established the orders which their ancestor commanded, yet this People will not listen to Me.
   
RF JER 35:17 Therefore," thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel;—"I will bring upon Judah, and all the population of Jerusalem, all the miseries that I have promised them,—because I spoke to them and they would not hear, and I called, but they would not answer!"
   
RF JER 35:18 But to the House of the Rekabites Jeremiah said, "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel:—Because you have obeyed all the orders of Jonadab, your ancestor, and have kept all his commands, and practiced all that he commanded you,—
   
RF JER 35:19 thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel,—there shall not be wanting a man to Jonadab-ben-Rekab to stand before Me for all time
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