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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 39:1

The Capture of Jerusalem.
And when Jerusalem had been attacked in the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, and all his forces, came to Jerusalem and besieged it;

   
RF JER 39:2 and in the eleventh year of Zedekiah in the ninth day of the fourth month, the city was breached.
   
RF JER 39:3 Then all the generals of the king of Babel came and stationed themselves at the central gate;—Nergal, Sharatzer, Samgarnebo, Sarskim, High Chamberlain; Nergal, Sharatzer, the High-magus; and all the rest of the generals of the king of Babel.
   
RF JER 39:4 And when Zedekiah king of Judah and all his soldiers saw them, they fled, and went out of the city by night by the road of the king's garden, at the gate between the walls, and proceeded towards the Arbah.
   
RF JER 39:5 But the Kasdim pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah at the fords of the Jordan, and seized and brought him to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, at Riblath, in the district of Khamah, when he pronounced judgment upon him.
   
RF JER 39:6 And the king of Babel murdered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes in Riblah. The king of Babel also slew all the soldiers of Judah.
   
RF JER 39:7 Then he pulled out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and sent him to Babel.
   
RF JER 39:8 The Kasdim also burnt the palaces of the king, and the houses of the people with fire, and threw down the walls of Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 39:9 But the residue of the people remaining in the city, and the deserters who had deserted to him, and the rest of the people remaining, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, transferred to Babel.
   
RF JER 39:10 Yet some of the lower people, who possessed nothing whatever, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, left in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and farms.
   
RF JER 39:11 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, also ordered Jeremiah to the protection of Nebuzaradan, commander of the guards, saying,
   
RF JER 39:12 "Take him, and keep your yes on him, that no injury whatever may be done to him, and whatever he requests you, do it for him.
   
RF JER 39:13 "Then he dismissed Nebuzaradan, the commander of the Guards, and Nebushazbaz, the High Chamberlain, and Nergal-Sharatzer, the High Magus, and all the nobles of the king of Babel,
   
RF JER 39:14 and they sent and took Jeremiah from the court of the Guards, and placed him with Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam-ben-Shafan, to take him to his home. So he stayed among the People.
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1 NOTE—Ch. 39, v. ro. (To this time.) The words "to this time" are an old copyist's comment, not the prophet's writing, so I put them at the foot.—F.F.
   
RF JER 39:15 The Promise to Abd-Melek.
But the command of the EVER-LIVING had come to Jeremiah while he was confined in the court of the guards to say:"
   
RF JER 39:16 Go and speak of Abd-melek, the Kushite, and say,—Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! I will bring My promise upon this city for misery, and not for benefit I And they are before you today!
   
RF JER 39:17 But I will rescue you at present," says the EVER-LIVING, "and you shall not be given into the hand of the men you fear.
   
RF JER 39:18 For I will be a refuge for you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but your life shall be a gain to your-for you have trusted in Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
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