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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 37:1

King Zedekiah Asks Jeremiah to Pray for Judah.
When King Zedekiah-ben-Joshiah reigned instead of Koniah-ben-Jhoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, appointed king of the land of Judah,

   
RF JER 37:2 he, and his ministers, and the people of the country listened not to the messages of the EVER-LIVING which were delivered by means of Jeremiah the Preacher.
   
RF JER 37:3 Zedekiah, however, sent Jhukal-ben-Shelemiah, and Zefaniah-ben-Masiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the Preacher, to say, "Intercede now on account of us to our EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF JER 37:4 "For Jeremiah at that time came and went amongst the people for they had not put him into the House of Restraint,
   
RF JER 37:5 and the army of Pharoh was advancing from Mitzer, and when the Kasdim, who besieged Jerusalem, heard the report they departed from Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 37:6 Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to the Preacher Jeremiah to say:
   
RF JER 37:7 "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel,—Say to the king of Judah who has sent to you to enquire of Me,—' Be sure that the forces of Pharoh that are advancing to help you, will return to Mitzer.'
   
RF JER 37:8 The Kasdim also will return and assail this city, and capture it, and burn it with fire!
   
RF JER 37:9 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, "Do not raise your spirits by saying, The Kasdim have gone from us! For they are not gone!
   
RF JER 37:10 For if you defeated the whole force of the Kasdim who assailed you, and there were only wounded men left in their tents,—they would arise and burn this city with fire."
   
RF JER 37:11 Jeremiah Seized as a Deserter.
But when the army of the Kasdim retired from Jerusalem before the force of Pharoh,
   
RF JER 37:12 Jeremiah went out from Jerusalem to go to the district of Benjamin to the part belonging there to his people.
   
RF JER 37:13 But when he came to the Benjamin Gate, there was a captain on guard named Iriah-ben-Shelemiah, and he seized Jeremiah the Preacher, saying, "You are deserting to the Kasdim!"
   
RF JER 37:14 But Jeremiah answered " It is false! I am not deserting to the Kasdim!" He would not, however, listen to him. So Irish seized Jeremiah the Preacher, and brought him to the generals,
   
RF JER 37:15 and the generals were furious against Jeremiah and flogged him, and put him in prison at the house of Jonathan the Recorder, who managed the House of Detention.
   
RF JER 37:16 Then Jeremiah was brought to the Pit-house, and the cells, and was detained a long time.
   
RF JER 37:17 At length king Zedekiah sent and fetched him, and the king enquired of him in private at his own palace,—and asked, "Is there any message from the EVER-LIVING?
   
RF JER 37:18 Jeremiah Talks with King Zedekiah.
When Jeremiah asked King Zedekiah, "How have I offended you, and your ministers, and this people that they have put me into the House of Detention?
   
RF JER 37:19 Where are your Preachers who preached to you saying, The king of Babel will not come against you, or against this country?'
   
RF JER 37:20 But now, your Majesty listen I beg,—let my entreaty fall before you, and send me not back to the House of Jhonathan the Recorder, and let me not be killed there."
   
RF JER 37:21 King Zedekiah, consequently, ordered it, and they placed Jeremiah in the Court of the Guards, with a portion of food daily from the bakeries, until all the provisions were consumed from the city. So Jeremiah stayed in the court of the Guard.
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