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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 36:1

Jeremiah Ordered to Record His Prophecies.
It was in the fourth year of Jhoiakim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, that this command came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING to say:"

   
RF JER 36:2 Prepare for yourself a book-roll and write upon it the whole of the speeches I have dictated to you about Israel and Judah, and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you,—from the days of Joshiah to this day.
   
RF JER 36:3 Perhaps the House of Judah will listen to all the misery I contemplate to produce for them, and may each one turn from his wicked way,—when I will forgive their frailties and sins."
   
RF JER 36:4 Jeremiah therefore invited Baruk-ben-Nediah, and he wrote, from the mouth of Jeremiah, all the words which the EVER-LIVING had spoken to him, upon the volume.
   
RF JER 36:5 Then Jeremiah instructed Baruk, saying: "I am imprisoned and cannot go to the House of the EVER-LIVING,—
   
RF JER 36:6 but you go, and read from this volume what you have written from my mouth of the speeches of the EVER-LIVING, in the ears of the people in the House of the EVER-LIVING, upon the fast day;—and also read it in the hearing of all Judah who come from their villages.
   
RF JER 36:7 Perhaps you will implore them before the EVER-LIVING, and some will turn from their bad way;—for the anger and wrath which the LORD proclaims against this people is great."
   
RF JER 36:8 Baruk Reads the Roll in the Temple Court. Baruk-ben-Nediah did as Jeremiah the Preacher instructed him, and read from the volume the messages of the EVER-LIVING in the House of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 36:9 This was done in the fifth year of Jhoiakim-ben-Joshiah, King of Judah, in the eighth month when a Fast was proclaimed before the EVER-LIVING for all the people of Jerusalem, and all the people of Judah who came from the towns of Judah to Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 36:10 Baruk then read the speeches of Jeremiah from the book in the House of the EVER-LIVING, in the chamber of Ghemeriah-ben-Shafan, the Recorder, in the higher court opposite the New Gate of the House of the EVER-LIVING, in the hearing of all the people.—
   
RF JER 36:11 But Makiah-ben-Ghemeriah-ben-Shafan heard all the messages of the EVER-LIVING from the Book,
   
RF JER 36:12 and he descended to the Royal Palace, to the office of the Recorder, and found all the officials sitting there, Alishamah the Recorder, and Ghedaliah-ben-Shemiah, and Alnathan-ben-Akbor, and Ghemeriah-ben-Shafan, and Zidikiah-ben-Hananiah, and other officers,
   
RF JER 36:13 and Makiah reported to them all the things he had heard read by Baruk from the Book in the hearing of the people.
   
RF JER 36:14 The officials consequently sent to Baruk, Judi the son of Nathaniah-ben-Shelemiah-ben-Kusi, to say, "Take the volume that you are reading in the hearing of the people in your hand and come." So Baruk-ben-Nediah took the volume in his hand and went with them,
   
RF JER 36:15 and they said, "Sit down if you please, and read it in our hearing." Baruk consequently read it in their hearing.
   
RF JER 36:16 But when they heard all the messages, each was terrified at his friend, and said to Baruk, "We must report the whole of these matters to the King!"
   
RF JER 36:17 And asked Baruk, "Tell us, now, how you wrote all these speeches from his mouth?"
   
RF JER 36:18 And Baruk replied to them, "He dictated to me from his mouth all these speeches, and I wrote them on the book with my hand."
   
RF JER 36:19 Then the officers said to Baruk, "Go, hide yourself and Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are."
   
RF JER 36:20 Joiakim hears Part read, and then burns the book.
They afterwards went to the court of the King,—but placed the volume in the office of Alishamah the Recorder, and reported the affair to the ears of the King.
   
RF JER 36:21 The King therefore sent Judi to fetch the volume, who brought it from the office of Alishamah the Recorder. Judi then read it in the hearing of the King, and in the hearing of all the officials who stood near the king.
   
RF JER 36:22 At the time the king was staying in the Winter Palace, in the ninth month, and there was a fireplace opposite him,
   
RF JER 36:23 so when Judi had read three or four passages, he cut the book with a penknife, and flung it upon the fire in the grate until he had consumed the whole volume in the fire that was in the grate.
   
RF JER 36:24 And neither the king, nor any of his ministers feared, or tore their robes at hearing all those threatenings!
   
RF JER 36:25 However, Alnathan, and Ghedaliah, and Ghemeriah, entreated the king not to burn the volume. But he would not listen to them.
   
RF JER 36:26 The king then ordered Irakhmal-ben-Amalek, and Sariah-ben-Azrial, and Shelemiah-ben-Abdial, to seize Baruk the writer, and Jeremiah the Preacher. But the EVER-LIVING concealed them.
   
RF JER 36:27 Jeremiah Ordered to Rewrite his Prophecies.
Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah, after the king had burnt the volume, and the messages that were written by Baruk from the dictation of Jeremiah, to say:—"
   
RF JER 36:28 Take another volume again for yourself, and write in it all the former threatenings, which were in the first volume that Jhoiakim, king of Judah, burnt.
   
RF JER 36:29 And say against Jhoiakim, king of Judah, ` Thus says the EVER LIVING, you have burnt this volume, demanding, ' Why have you written it? Asserting that the king of Babel will come, and desolate this country, and capture from it man and cattle?'
   
RF JER 36:30 Therefore the EVER-LIVING replies thus to Jhoiakim, king of Judah,—He shall not rest on the throne of David, but his carcase shall be flung out to the heat of day and the cold of night
   
RF JER 36:31 And I will fix upon him, and his race, and his ministers their faults! I will also bring upon them, and the population of Jerusalem, and the men of Judah, all the misery which I have threatened to them,—but they would not listen!"
   
RF JER 36:32 Jeremiah Again Writes.
Jeremiah consequently prepared another volume, and gave it to Baruk, the writer, and he wrote in it from the mouth of Jeremiah all the messages of the book that Jhoiakim, king of Judah, had burnt in the fire, and added further to them many other things.
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