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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 48:1

Thus says the LORD GOD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel to Moab:—
The Burden of Moab.
"Woe to Nebo for it is all ruined and outraged!
Krithaim is captured and outraged, and Misgob is fired!

   
RF JER 48:2 The glory of Moab is not! they plot evil against her in Heshbon!
'Come! let us destroy her from being a nation!
Follow Madmena with sword,—and reduce her to silence!'"
   
RF JER 48:3 From Horanim ring shrieks of plunder and crashing!
   
RF JER 48:4 Moab is broken! The shriek of her babes is resounding!
   
RF JER 48:5 For ascending to Lukoth in tears, they go along weeping,
For they hear broken shrieks and distress in sweet Horanim's vale!
   
RF JER 48:6 Fly! escape for your lives! and be like to the heath in the desert!
   
RF JER 48:7 You trusted your works, and your treasuries now all are taken,
And Kemosh is carried away with his priests and his nobles.
   
RF JER 48:8 The plunderer comes on each town, and no city escapes him;
He destroys in the vale,—wastes the plain, as the LORD has commanded
   
RF JER 48:9 Give Moab wings to fly off, for her cities are wasted!
And they will become without any inhabitants in them!
   
RF JER 48:10 Curse on the Agent who does the LORD'S work remissly!
And curse him who holds back his sword from the blood!
   
RF JER 48:11 Moab was easy from youth, and he rested secure on his lees;
Was not drawn from cask into bottles, nor gone to be captive;
So his flower remained, and his scent had not gone!"
   
RF JER 48:12 But the days come," says the LORD, "I will send to him tapsters,
Who will tap and will empty his barrels and smash up his bottles!
   
RF JER 48:13 And Moab shall blush for his Kemosh, as Israel blushed to trust Bethel."
   
RF JER 48:14 Ah let them not say they are heroes, and valiant in battle!
   
RF JER 48:15 For Moab is waste,—and his cities are smoke,
And the choice of his heroes have gone to the slain,
Says the King named the LORD of the Armies.
   
RF JER 48:16 Moab's distresses come on, and his miseries hasten!
   
RF JER 48:17 All mourn around him, and all who have known his fame murmur;
"How the strong staff is broken the beautiful sceptre"
   
RF JER 48:18 Leave your ease, and sit down in your thirst, idle daughter of Diban!
For the robber of Moab comes on! and he ruins your strongholds!
   
RF JER 48:19 Stand by the road watching, you lady residing in Aroar,
Ask the fugitive band, "Tell me what has been done?"
   
RF JER 48:20 "Moab is shamed and is outraged," they howl and they loudly shriek out,
"Spread the report to the Arnon that Moab is plundered
   
RF JER 48:21 Judgment has come on the land of the plain,—and on Holan,
   
RF JER 48:22 On Jehzar, and Mofath, and Diban, and Nebo;
   
RF JER 48:23 Beth-Diblathaim and Krithim, Bethgamul, and Bethmaum,
   
RF JER 48:24 And Krioth, and Bozrah, and on all other cities;—
All the country of Moab afar, or that which is near us!
   
RF JER 48:25 Moab's horn has been crushed, and his strong arm is broken," the LORD says!
   
RF JER 48:26 Drink,—for he flouted the LORD—and let Moab roll in his vomit!
And himself be a scorn,—for was he not Israel dividing?
   
RF JER 48:27 If he was found among thieves, why when you spoke did you jeer him?
   
RF JER 48:28 Leave your towns,—dwell on rocks, you poor people of Moab,
And become like the dove who builds nests at the cavern's wide entry!
   
RF JER 48:29 We have heard Moab's pride, he is proud and so haughty;
He is proud, overbearing and very high-hearted!
   
RF JER 48:30 His fury, I knew," says the LORD, "and his boasting were worthless!"
   
RF JER 48:31 However I howl for poor Moab,—for Moab the perfect!
For the men of Kirhares I shriek, who are mourning.
   
RF JER 48:32 With the weeping of Jazer I weep, and for you, O fair vine of Sibmah!
Your branches spread over the brook, and as far as the waters of Jezar!
The plunderer falls on your fruits and he strips off your vintage!
   
RF JER 48:33 Gladness and joy both depart from the rich fields of Moab,—
No wine from the presses is trod, and no treaders are joyfully cheering;
   
RF JER 48:34 Their shrieks from Heshbon, and Elaleh and Jazer are uttered;
They are roaring from Zoar to Horanim, as do the three year old heifers,—
"The waters of Nimrim shall now become deserts! " the LORD says,"
   
RF JER 48:35 I stop Moab from mounting his temple and offering sweets to his gods"
   
RF JER 48:36 Therefore, my heart make a moaning for Moab, like pipers;
My heart for the men of Kirhares will moan like the flutes;
Because the great wealth he had gathered has perished;
   
RF JER 48:37 And their heads are all bald, and their chins are close shaven,
And on all hands are wounds, and on all loins sackcloth!
   
RF JER 48:38 On the housetops, and markets of Moab is everywhere mourning.
"I broke Moab like things that I like not," the LORD says.
   
RF JER 48:39 "How they howl now when broken! How Moab turns back when degraded!
And Moab becomes to all round him a horror and terror!
   
RF JER 48:40 For," thus says the LORD; "He shall fly like an eagle,
   
RF JER 48:41 And swoop down on Moab whose cities are captured,
Then the heart of his heroes shall be like a woman in labour,
   
RF JER 48:42 And Moab shall cease among nations from flouting JEHOVAH!"
   
RF JER 48:43 The LORD proclaims fear, pit, and trap on the people of Moab!
   
RF JER 48:44 Who flies from the face of the terror, the pit will engulf him!
Who crawls from the pit will be caught by the trap!
"Against Moab the time of his judgment," the LORD says, "has come."
   
RF JER 48:45 They stand in the shadow of Heshbon who fly from the mighty,
From Heshbon comes fire, and flame from near Sihon;
And eats Moab's cheek and the crown of the children of fury!
   
RF JER 48:46 Woe, to you Moab!—The Nation of Kemosh has perished
For they take captive your sons, and make slaves of your daughters!
   
RF JER 48:47 "Yet I will restore Moab's captives hereafter," the LORD says.
So far is the judgment of Moab.
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