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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 4:1

The Lord's Answer.
"If Israel will return," the EVER-LIVING says to me, "Return. If you remove your filth from My presence, and do not renew it.

   
RF JER 4:2 If you swear ' by the life of the EVER-LIVING' in truth for Justice and Right, and cause the Nations to bless Him, and praise Him."
   
RF JER 4:3 For the EVER-LIVING says this to the men of Judah, and to Jerusalem, "Plough for yourselves, plough! and fear not in sowing.
   
RF JER 4:4 "Circumcise yourselves to the EVER-LIVING, and put off the disgrace from your hearts, men of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem, for fear My anger should shoot out like fire: and burn unquenchably, because of your vile practices."
   
RF JER 4:5 War Foretold for Judah.
"Let them inform Judah and Jerusalem, make them hear, and answer, and sound a trumpet in the country. Let them cry aloud and say, ' Collect and come to the fortified towns.
   
RF JER 4:6 Arise, march to Zion! Fly! Delay not! for I am bringing trouble from the north, and a great crash!
   
RF JER 4:7 A lion comes up from his place to your country to desolate your cities to an illimitable waste!
   
RF JER 4:8 '" Because of this put on sackcloth! Lament, and howl, because the hot anger of the LORD will not turn from us."
   
RF JER 4:9 And it shall happen at that time," says the LORD, "the heart of the king, and the heart of his nobles will be desolate; the Priests and the Preachers be astonished,
   
RF JER 4:10 and say, Alas! ALMIGHTY LORD! why have You deceived this People, and Jerusalem, saying, Peace shall come to you, when the sword approaches for our life?'"
   
RF JER 4:11 At that time He will order from the desert a wind with burning lips against this People, against the daughter of My People. Not by spurts, and not by puffs:
   
RF JER 4:12 a full, howling wind shall go rushing from Me. I also will pronounce their doom!
   
RF JER 4:13 See! He raises clouds, and whirl-winds for His swift chariot, and eagles for His horses! They are for us! They assail us!"
   
RF JER 4:14 Jerusalem, wash your heart from sin, that I may save you from the death awaiting your fault in your breast.
   
RF JER 4:15 For a voice informs from Midian, and a report arises from Mount Ephraim.
   
RF JER 4:16 The nations perceive it; the Guards at Jerusalem even hear the comers from the land afar, and they send their voices to the cities of Judah.
   
RF JER 4:17 There are enemies watching around her,—for she rebelled from Me.
   
RF JER 4:18 Your ways, and your proceedings produced these sufferings for you,—for you are a rebel;—diseased to your heart!"
   
RF JER 4:19 Jeremiah's Lament at the Prospect.
My bowels, my bowels tremble! My heart reels, my heart mourns! I cannot rest for I have heard the voice of a trumpet! Oh, my soul! it is the sound of war.
   
RF JER 4:20 Crash upon crash it roars! For all the open country is destroyed,—suddenly they destroy the tents. Yes, my tent!
   
RF JER 4:21 Till my death I shall see the march! I shall hear the blast of the trumpets!
   
RF JER 4:22 For my foolish People do not recognize my warnings! They are children of folly! They never reflect! They are wise for evil;—but cannot recognize good!
   
RF JER 4:23 I looked to the earth, and it was desolate, and saw it convulsed and empty! And to the skies, and there was no light!
   
RF JER 4:24 I looked to the mountains, and saw earthquakes, and all the hills shook!
   
RF JER 4:25 I looked, but there was no man! and all the birds of the skies had flown!
   
RF JER 4:26 I looked, and Carmel was a Desert, and all her villages thrown down, before the Presence of the EVER-LIVING!-before the anger in His face!
   
RF JER 4:27 Then the EVER-LIVING said this:—"All the land shall be desolate,—and I will not prevent it.
   
RF JER 4:28 Therefore the earth shall faint, and the skies shall be black, because I have uttered my intentions, and shall not alter, or turn back from them."
   
RF JER 4:29 They come with the tramp of a horse, with the leap of a bow, past every city. They advance in clouds with slings! Every village is abandoned, there is not a man remaining!
   
RF JER 4:30 Now, you harridan,—what will you do? Though you clothe yourself in scarlet; though your ornaments are jewels of gold, —though you tear your eyes with paint, you will beautify yourself in vain! The profligates your soul seeks will despise you!
   
RF JER 4:31 For I hear the cry of a childing woman, the distress of a first birth, the wail of the bedizened daughter of Zion! She spreads out her hands! " Woe to me now, for my life is exhausted by murderers!"
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