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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 42:1

Jeremiah Asked to Pray for Guidance.
From there the whole force proceeded with Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and Izaniah-ben-Hoshiah, and all the crowd,

   
RF JER 42:2 both little and great, and said to Jeremiah the Preacher: "Let us request you to lie down on your face, and pray to your EVER-LIVING GOD on account of us,—on account of this little fragment of the many your eyes have seen we once were,
   
RF JER 42:3 and let your EVER-LIVING GOD inform us of the way we should go and the things we should do."
   
RF JER 42:4 And Jeremiah the Preacher answered " I have heard you. I will pray to your EVER-LIVING GOD as you command;—and whatever message the EVER-LIVING replies, I will report to you. I will not hold a word back from you."
   
RF JER 42:5 When they replied, "May the EVER-LIVING be a true and faithful witness against us, if we do not act in accordance with every word your EVER-LIVING GOD sends to us!
   
RF JER 42:6 We will do it! Whether the direction of our EVER-LIVING GOD is pleasant or unpleasant. Since we have sent you to Him we will obey,—so that it may benefit us. We will indeed listen to the voice of our EVER-LIVING GOD.
   
RF JER 42:7 "It happened at the end of ten days that the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah,
   
RF JER 42:8 and he summoned Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and all the officers of the forces who were with him, and all the crowd, from the children to the adults, and said to them,"
   
RF JER 42:9 Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, to whom you sent me to lay down your entreaty before Him,
   
RF JER 42:10 If you continue in this country, then I will build you up, and not throw down,—and plant you and not pull up,—because I am grieved at the misery I have made for you.
   
RF JER 42:11 Fear nothing from the king of Babel, whom you fear,—be not afraid about him,' says the EVER-LIVING, ' for I will be with you to secure you, and to deliver you from his hand, and show you mercy;—
   
RF JER 42:12 and he will show you mercy, and restore you to your land.'
   
RF JER 42:13 But if you reply, We will not continue in this country, nor listen to the voice of GOD,'
   
RF JER 42:14 and say, No! but we will go to the land of the Mitzeraim where we shall not see war, nor hear the voice of a trumpet,—nor famish for bread, and we will settle there';
   
RF JER 42:15 then, again, hear the message of the EVER-LIVING, Remnant of Judah! Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! If you turn your faces to go to Mitzer, and go as foreigners there,
   
RF JER 42:16 the sword you are afraid of will come there to hunt you in the land of the Mitzeraim, and the famine you dread will stick close after you there in the land of the Mitzeraim;—and there you will die.
   
RF JER 42:17 Yes! All the men who set their faces to go to Mitzer, to lodge there, will die by the sword, the famine and the plague, and shall not possess an escape or refuge from the miseries that I will bring upon them!"
   
RF JER 42:18 For thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! ' As I poured out My anger and indignation upon the population of Jerusalem, so I will pour My indignation upon you who are going to the Mitzeraim, and you shall become a curse, and a source of desolation, and degradation, and reproach and, never again see this place '
   
RF JER 42:19 The command of the EVER-LIVING to you, the Remnant of Judah, is ' Go not to the Mitzeraim ' Comprehend what I have told you today!
   
RF JER 42:20 However you deluded your own souls when you sent me to your EVER-LIVING GOD, saying Entreat your EVER-LIVING GOD on account of us,—and whatever our EVER-LIVING GOD says to us, we will follow and do it!
   
RF JER 42:21 ' I have told you today, but you will not listen to the direction of your EVER-LIVING GOD in anything He has sent by me to you!
   
RF JER 42:22 Therefore, now, assure yourselves you will die by the sword, by famine, and by plague in the place where you had decided to go and lodge."
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