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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 46:1

A Warning to the Egyptian Army.
The message of the EVER-LIVING to Jeremiah the Preacher about the Heathen, and to the Mitzeraim,

   
RF JER 46:2 about the army of Pharoh Neko, king of the Mitzeraim, when it advanced to the River Frath 1 to Karkemish, where Nebuchadnezzar king of Babel, defeated him in the fourth year of Jhoiakim-ben-Joshiah, king of Judah.
   
RF JER 46:3 The Burden of Pharoh:
PHAROH.
—"Array with the Buckler and Shield!
And march out for the war!
   
RF JER 46:4 Saddle your horses,—and cavalry mount;
Don your helmets; sharpen your spears,
Gird on your coats of mail!
   
RF JER 46:5 What do I see? They fear and turn back!
The heroes are routed! They fly! They fly!
They return not, and terror surrounds,"
Says the LORD.
   
RF JER 46:6 "The swift cannot fly, nor the mighty escape,
In the North, on the banks of the Frath,1
Where they stumble and fall!
   
RF JER 46:7 "Who is this, like a river that rises?
Like torrents that roll out their waves?
   
RF JER 46:8 It is Mitzer that floods like her river,—
And her torrents that roll out their waves!
Cries, ' I rise! I will cover the earth,
I will sweep off the town and its people."
   
RF JER 46:9 "Let cavalry mount, and the chariots rush,
And charge with the heroes of Kush;
And of Put that can handle the shield,
And the Ludim who draw leaping bows;
   
RF JER 46:10 For this is the day of the Great LORD OF HOSTS,
Today He will punish-will punish His foes!
Now sword devour and be gorged,
And become drunken with blood;
For the great LORD OF HOSTS has a slaughter,
In the north, on the banks of the Frath.
   
RF JER 46:11 THE PROPHET:
Go to Gilad, and gather you balm,
You poor girl, the daughter of Mitzer!
In vain you will multiply medicines,
For there is no cure for you!
   
RF JER 46:12 The nations have heard of your shame,
And the earth is filled full of your wailings;
For hero on hero has stumbled,
And both have together rolled down
   
RF JER 46:13 The message which the LORD commanded to Jeremiah the Preacher on the arrival of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, to conquer the land of the Mitzeraim.
   
RF JER 46:14 The Second Burden of Egypt.
"Tell it to Egypt, proclaim it in Migdol,
Report it to Noph, and to Thakhafanes;
Say, Stand up and make yourselves ready,
For the sword is devouring around"
   
RF JER 46:15 Why is your Leader swept off?
When the LORD drove him, how could he stand?
   
RF JER 46:16 The crowd jostled and fell on each other;
Cried, ' Arise! and return to our homes,—
And our land from the sword's cruel face!'
   
RF JER 46:17 Mitzer's king, Pharoh,' they cry, ' is a sound,—
The time for his chance has gone by.'
   
RF JER 46:18 By my life! " says the King named JEHOVAH OF HOSTS,
"How like Thabor he stood in the hills,
And as Karmel went out to the sea!"
   
RF JER 46:19 Oh! make yourself ready for capture,
You who dwell with the daughter of Mitzer!
For Noph shall become as a desert,
And none shall dwell in it for ever!
   
RF JER 46:20 O beautiful heifer of Mitzer!
The wasp from the north will come in,
   
RF JER 46:21 When your hirelings, like calves in a stall,
Will turn, and together fly off,—
Not stand, for their day of fear comes,
The time of their dread upon them.
   
RF JER 46:22 Her voice like a serpent goes forth;
For with powerful axes they march,
Come to her like hewers of trees.
   
RF JER 46:23 "They will cut down her wood," says the LORD,
"Though uncounted, and more than the locusts,—
And no one can ever count them!
   
RF JER 46:24 "They will outrage the daughter of Mitzer,
By the hand of the men of the North!"
   
RF JER 46:25 Says the LORD GOD OF HOSTS, and of Israel.
"I will Myself punish Amon and No,
With Pharoh, and all Mitzer's gods;—
Her king Pharoh, and all trusting him,
   
RF JER 46:26 Are led bound by those seeking their life,—
To Babel's king Nebuchadnezzar,
And to the hand of his slaves.
But after that time she shall rest,
As in the old times," says the LORD!
   
RF JER 46:27 "But you, fear not, My servant Jacob,
And Israel be not afraid!
For I will save you from afar,
And your race from the land that enslaved!
And Jacob shall rest undisturbed,
And be quiet without any fear.
   
RF JER 46:28 Fear not for yourself," says the LORD,
"I am with you, O My servant Jacob;
Though I will destroy all the heathen
To whom I have driven you away,
But of you I will not make an end;
But only correct you with justice,
And the guiltless I will not afflict."
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1 The Euphrates, as the Greeks named it.
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