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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 40:1

Jeremiah Freed from the Chains Gang.
The command that came to Jeremiah from the EVER-LIVING, after Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, had sent to him when he was chained amongst the chain-gangs, for all the prisoners of Jerusalem and Judah to be transported to Babel,

   
RF JER 40:2 when the general of the guards approached Jeremiah and said to him:—"Your EVER-LIVING GOD commanded this misery to this place,
   
RF JER 40:3 and the EVER-LIVING has come and done as He threatened, because you sinned against the EVER-LIVING and did not listen to His voice,—therefore this result has come to you.
   
RF JER 40:4 But now, see, I will release you at once from this chain-gang by which you are loaded. If it is good in your opinion to come with me to Babel, come, and I will fix my eye-S upon you. But if it is bad in your opinion to come with me to Babel, do not do it. See! all the country is before you to go wherever is good and right in your eyes.
   
RF JER 40:5 If you are not willing to go with us,—then go with Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam-ben-Shafan whom the king of Babel has appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him amongst your People,—or wherever it is right in your opinion to go,—go." Then the commander of the guards gave him a pension and allowance, and dismissed him;
   
RF JER 40:6 and Jeremiah went with Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam to Mitzfah, and stayed with him amongst the people who remained in the country.
   
RF JER 40:7 Ghedeliah Made Governor of Judah.
When all the generals of the forces who were in the open field, and their men heard that the king of Babel had appointed Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam over the land—for those were not transported to Babel,
   
RF JER 40:8 they came to Ghedaliah to Mitzfah, with Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah, and Jokhanen, and Jonathan, and Izniah-ben-Karakh, and Sariah-ben-Thankhumath, and the sons of Aufi, the Natofathite, Izniah-ben-Hamakathite, and their men,
   
RF JER 40:9 and Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam-ben-Shafan promised them and their men, saying ' Fear not to serve the Kasdim; stay in the country and serve the king of Babel, and you will to prosper.
   
RF JER 40:10 But I myself will reside in Mitzfah, to stand before the Kasdim who have come to us,—and you can gather the wine, and harvest, and oil, and lay up for provisions, and reside in the towns you have seized."
   
RF JER 40:11 And the Jews also who are in Moab, and among the Beni-Amon, and in Edom, and in all the countries heard that the king of Babel had given allotments in Judah, and that he had appointed Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam ben-Shafan over them,
   
RF JER 40:12 consequently all the Jews returned from all the places where they had fled, and came to the land of Judah, to Ghedaliah at Mitzfah, and harvested the wine, and corn to a great amount.
   
RF JER 40:13 A Conspiracy to Murder Ghedeliah.
Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and all the generals of the field forces, afterwards came to Ghedaliah at Mitzfah,
   
RF JER 40:14 and asked him, "Do you know that Balis, king of the Beni-Amon, has sent Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah to take your life?" But Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam did not believe them.
   
RF JER 40:15 Consequently Jokhanan-ben-Korakh spoke in private to Ghedaliah in Mitzfah, to say: "I will go now, and assail Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah, and no one shall know. Why should he take your life, and scatter all Judea which is collecting to you, when the remnant of Judea will perish?"
   
RF JER 40:16 But Ghedaliah-ben-Akhikam replied to Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, "You shall not do such a thing,—for you speak falsely about Ishmael."
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