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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 44:1

A Message to the Jews in Egypt.
The command which came to Jeremiah for all the Jews resident in the land of the Mitzeraim,—the residents in Migdol, and Tahpanhes, and in Nof, in the district of Pathrom,—to say:

   
RF JER 44:2 "Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! You saw all the miseries which I brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah, and see them today a heap of ashes with no inhabitants in them,
   
RF JER 44:3 because of the wickedness that they practiced, to provoke Me, by going and burning incense to, and serving seducing gods, which neither you nor your fathers knew,
   
RF JER 44:4 although I sent My servants the Preachers to you,—rising early and sending,—'Do not that loathsome thing that I hate!'
   
RF JER 44:5 But they would not listen, nor incline their ears, or turn from their wickedness, and cease to burn incense to seducing gods,
   
RF JER 44:6 therefore I poured out My indignation and anger; and burnt the cities of Judah, and overthrew Jerusalem, and they are ashes, and desolate today!"
   
RF JER 44:7 But now the LORD GOD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel asks this, Why will you commit this great sin against your own lives? It will cut off man and woman,—child and suckling from Judah, until not a fragment is left!
   
RF JER 44:8 Why will you insult Me by the fabrications of your own hands, and burn incense to seducing gods in the land of the Mitzeraim where you have come to lodge? so as to cut yourselves off; and so as to make yourselves a curse, and reproach to all the nations of the earth?
   
RF JER 44:9 Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers? and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives and your own wickedness? and the wickedness of your wives,—which they committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
   
RF JER 44:10 You have not repented to this day! You have not feared,—and not walked in My laws, or My institutions that I put before you, and before your fathers.
   
RF JER 44:11 Therefore thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! I have set My face against you to punish, and to bring all Judah to destruction.
   
RF JER 44:12 Consequently I will take the fragments of Judah, who set their faces to go to the land of the Mitzeraim to lodge, and will kill you all in the land of Mitzer. They shall fall by the sword, and by famine. They shall die from the least to the greatest;—they shall die by the sword and by famine, and be a curse, and desolation, and scorn, and reproach!
   
RF JER 44:13 I will also appoint over the residents in the land of the Mitzeraim, what I appointed over Jerusalem,—sword, famine, and plague!
   
RF JER 44:14 And there shall be no refuge or escape, for the fragments of Judah who have come to lodge in the land of the Mitzeraim, nor a return to the land of Judah, which they lift up their souls to return to, and rest in,—for they shall not return, nor escape!"
   
RF JER 44:15 The Crowd Assail Jeremiah.
Then all the men who knew that their wives burnt incense to seducing gods, and all the women stood up in a great meeting with all the people resident at Pathrom in the land of Mitzer, and replied to Jeremiah; exclaiming,
   
RF JER 44:16 "We will not listen to the command that you address to us in the name of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 44:17 But do every word that comes from our own mouths,—and burn incense to the Queen of the Skies, and drink our drinks to her,—as we ourselves used to do, and our mothers, and kings, and nobles, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; when we had plenty of bread, and were prosperous, and saw no misery.
   
RF JER 44:18 And when we burnt incense to the Queen of the Skies and drank our drinks to her,
   
RF JER 44:19 was it without the consent of our husbands that we made cakes to represent her,—and drank drinks to her?"
   
RF JER 44:20 But Jeremiah answered to the whole crowd,—to the men and women,—and all the people who replied to him in that speech, and said,
   
RF JER 44:21 "Was not the incense you burnt in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,—you, and your mothers, your kings and nobles, and the people of your country, remembered by the EVER-LIVING, and came to His knowledge?
   
RF JER 44:22 until the EVER-LIVING was not able to bear your wicked ways, on account of the abominations that you practiced,—therefore your country has become a heap of ashes, and a desolation, and scorn, and without inhabitants, as it now is!
   
RF JER 44:23 because of that burning of incense and that sin against the EVER-LIVING, and your not listening to the voice of the EVER-LIVING, or to His laws and institutions, and evidences, nor walking after them. Consequently this misery has approached you at this time!
   
RF JER 44:24 "However," said Jeremiah to all the people, and to all the women, "listen to the command of the EVER-LIVING, all Judah who are in the land of the Mitzerairn.
   
RF JER 44:25 Thus the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel commands me to tell you and your wives, who have spoken by your mouths, and have done it by your hands, to say, We will perform the vows which we have vowed to burn incense to the Queen of the skies, and to drink drinks to her;—confirm, then, your vows, and perform your vows.'
   
RF JER 44:26 Yet, however, hear the message of the EVER-LIVING, all Judah, residing in the land of the Mitzeraim. I have sworn by My GREAT NAME, says the EVER-LIVING, that never again shall My NAME be invoked by the mouth of any man of Judah, saying by the LIVING MIGHTY LORD in all the land of the Mitzeraim!
   
RF JER 44:27 I will watch over them to punish, and not to benefit, and every man of Judah in Mitzer shall die by the sword, and by the famine, to the last of them.
   
RF JER 44:28 Yet refugees from the sword shall return from the land of the Mitzeraim to the land of Judah,—a small number. Then all the fragments of Judah who went to the land of the Mitzeraim, to lodge there, will know whose word stands—Mine or theirs!
   
RF JER 44:29 And this shall be the sign to you," says the EVER-LIVING, "that I will fix in this place, so that you may know that My intentions are settled against you for punishment. '
   
RF JER 44:30 Thus says the EVER-LIVING, "I will give Pharoh Khofra, king of the Mitzeraim to the hand of his enemy, and to the hand of the seekers of his life as I gave Zedekiah, king of Judah to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, his enemy; and the pursuer of his life."
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