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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 43:1

The Jewish Generals refuse to believe Jeremiah's Message.
But when Jeremiah had finished communicating to the crowd of all the commands of their EVER-LIVING GOD, which their EVER-LIVING GOD had sent to them,—all these commands,

RF JER 43:2 Azriah-ben-Hoshiah, and Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and all the insolent fellows, exclaimed to Jeremiah, "You are a liar! Our EVER-LIVING GOD has not sent commanding you to tell us not to go to the Mitzeraim to lodge there.
RF JER 43:3 But Baruk-ben-Neriah has set you on to us, so that he may give us into the power of the Kasdim to be killed or to transport us to Babel!"
RF JER 43:4 Consequently Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and all the officers of the army, and the crowd, would not listen to the instruction of the EVER-LIVING to stay in the land of Judah.
RF JER 43:5 So Jokhanan-ben-Korakh, and all the officers of the forces, took all the fragments of Judah that had returned to the land of Judah from all the nations where they had fled to lodge,—
RF JER 43:6 all the men, and women, and children,—with the daughters of the king, and all the persons whom Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, had entrusted to Ghedaliah-ben-Akikam, and Jeremiah the Preacher, and Baruk-ben-Neriah,
RF JER 43:7 and went to the land of the Mitzeraim,—for they would not listen to the instruction of the EVER-LIVING, but went to Tahpanhes.
RF JER 43:8 Jeremiah Ordered to Bring Witnessing Stones.
But the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes to say:
RF JER 43:9 "Take great stones in your hands, and set them in white mortar in the Pavement, that is upon the square of Pharoh's palace at Tahpanhes, in the presence of the men of Judah,—
RF JER 43:10 and say to them: Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel, "I will send, and bring My servant Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, and place his throne over these stones which I have set, and spread his splendid tent over them!
RF JER 43:11 He shall come, and strike in the land of the Mitzeraim whoever are for death,—with death; and whoever are for slavery,—with slavery; and whoever are for the sword,—with the sword!
RF JER 43:12 And I will set fire to the temples of the gods of the Mitzerites and burn them, and capture them, and he will put the land of Mitzer upon himself like a shepherd puts on his coat, and go out of it in quietude.
RF JER 43:13 He will also break the pillars of the Temple of the Sun that is in the land of the Mitzeraim, and burn the temples of the gods of the Mitzeraim with fire!"

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