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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 38:1

The Generals Demand the Prophets Death.
However, Shafatiah-ben-Mathan, and Ghedaliah-ben-Pashkur, and Jokal-ben-Shelemiah, and Pashkur-ben-Malkiah, heard the speeches which Jeremiah addressed to all the people, saying,"

   
RF JER 38:2 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine and plague but whoever goes out to the Kasdim will live, and his life will be like a prize to him,—and he shall live.
   
RF JER 38:3 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will give this city to the hand of the army of the king of Babel—and it shall capture it! '
   
RF JER 38:4 The generals consequently said to the king, "Put this man to death, we beg, for through him the hands of the soldiers left to us in the town are weakened, and the hands of all the people by his uttering these speeches. For this man does not contribute to the safety of this people, but to its injury."
   
RF JER 38:5 And King Zedekiah replied:—"He is in your power;—for the king has not the power to speak contrary to you."
   
RF JER 38:6 They consequently took Jeremiah and flung him into the well of Malkiah-ben-Hamelek, which was in the Court of the Guards, lowering Jeremiah with ropes. The well had no water in it, but only mud, and Jeremiah plunged into the mud.
   
RF JER 38:7 But Abd-melek, the Kushite, who was eunuch of the king's palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the well, while the king was staying at the Benjamin Gate,
   
RF JER 38:8 so Abd-melek went from the palace and spoke to the king, to say:—
   
RF JER 38:9 "Your Majesty, those men have done wrong in all they have done to Jeremiah the Preacher, whom they have thrown into the well, where he will die from hunger, for there is no more food in this city."
   
RF JER 38:10 Then the king ordered Abd-melek the Kushite, saying, "Take along with you from here thirty men, and pull Jeremiah the Preacher up from the well, before he dies."
   
RF JER 38:11 Abd-melek accordingly took the men along with him, and went to the palace, to the lower store, and took from there old sacks, and old rags, and passed them down to Jeremiah, in the well with ropes,
   
RF JER 38:12 and Abd-melek the Kushite said to Jeremiah, "Put the old sacks and rags, under the sides of your arms, beneath the ropes." And Jeremiah did so.
   
RF JER 38:13 Then they drew Jeremiah up with the ropes from the well, and put him into the Court of the Guards.
   
RF JER 38:14 King Zedekiah afterwards sent, and fetched Jeremiah the Preacher to himself, to the third entry of the House of the LORD where the king said to Jeremiah, "I will ask you something,—do not fear to speak to me."
   
RF JER 38:15 But Jeremiah replied, to Zedekiah, "When I inform you, will you not put me to death? And if I give you advice you will not listen to me!"
   
RF JER 38:16 King Zedekiah, however, swore to Jeremiah privately, saying, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, Who made our souls, I will not kill you, and I will not give you into the power of the men who seek your life!"
   
RF JER 38:17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD OF HOSTS the GOD of Israel;—If you will go out to the generals of the king of Babel, your soul shall live, and this city will not be burnt with fire,—and your family shall live with you.
   
RF JER 38:18 But if you do not go out to the generals of the king of Babel, then this city will be given to the hand of the Kasdim, who will burn it with fire,—and you will not escape from their hands!"
   
RF JER 38:19 King Zedekiah, however, answered Jeremiah, "I fear the Jews who have deserted to the Kasdim, to whose power they might deliver me to insult me!"
   
RF JER 38:20 But Jeremiah replied, "They will not give you. Listen, I beg, to the advice of the EVER-LIVING that I communicate to you,—for it will benefit you,—and your soul shall live. If, however, you refuse to go out,—
   
RF JER 38:21 this is the result which the EVER-LIVING has shown me.
   
RF JER 38:22 Be certain that all the women left in the palace of the king of Judah, will be brought out to the king of Babel's generals, and those women will exclaim, Your fine friends persuaded and mastered you! Your feet are stuck in the mud! Your ankles are fast! '
   
RF JER 38:23 And the whole of your wives and children will be brought out to the Kasdim;—and you will not escape from their hand, for they will take you to the control of the king of Babel, and this city will be burnt with fire."
   
RF JER 38:24 Zedekiah then said to Jeremiah, "Let no person know of this conversation,—and you shall not die.
   
RF JER 38:25 For if the generals hear that I have talked with you, and come to you, and ask you, Inform us, we pray, what the king has said to you,—do not fear us for you shall not be put to death,—but what did the king say to you?'
   
RF JER 38:26 you must say to them, ' I presented an appeal to the king, that he would not send me back to the house of Jhonathan to die there.'"
   
RF JER 38:27 All the generals afterwards came to Jeremiah, and asked him, when he told them all the things the king had ordered, and they were contented with them, for they had not heard the conversation.
   
RF JER 38:28 But Jeremiah stayed in the Court of the Guards until the day when Jerusalem was captured.
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