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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 49:1

The Burden of the Beni-Amon.
The LORD asks the Beni-Amon thus:—"Has Israel no sons? has he no heir? Why then does their king possess Gad, and his force reside in his cities?

   
RF JER 49:2 Therefore be sure the times will come," says the LORD, "when I will make a report be heard in Rabath of the Beni-Amon,—a noise of war,—and it shall become a ruinous waste, and her buildings shall be set on fire, and Israel shall seize those who plundered him," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 49:3 Howl for Heshbon I A deserted ruin I Shriek, daughters of Rabath I Gird sacks on yourselves I Lament and run to the hedges, for your king goes to captivity,—his priests and nobles with him.
   
RF JER 49:4 Why do you glory in the vales? Your flowery vales, you attractive girl, who trust in your charms with ' Who will come to me?
   
RF JER 49:5 ' I will bring upon you a terror," says the MIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS, "from all around you, and you shall each be driven from its face, and with no collecting place for the wanderers.
   
RF JER 49:6 But at last I will restore the captivity of the Beni-Amon," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 49:7 The Lords Message to Edom.
The LORD OF HOSTS says this to Edom
"There is no longer wisdom in Theman;—counsel has perished from the wise sons of trade!
   
RF JER 49:8 Fly! Turn! dig pits to live in! you people of Dedan! For I will bring the terror of Esau upon him at the time. I punish.
   
RF JER 49:9 If grasshoppers came to you, would they leave no gleanings? If thieves by night, they plunder till full!
   
RF JER 49:10 I, however, have exhausted Esau; I have stripped his hidings, and he cannot conceal himself; his family is plundered, and his relatives, and his friends, and himself, are not!
   
RF JER 49:11 Leave your orphans to me;—I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust on me.
   
RF JER 49:12 For thus says the EVER-LIVING:— " Those who were not condemned to drink the cup have drunk! And shall you, a convict, not be punished? You shall drink!
   
RF JER 49:13 For I have sworn by Myself," says the LORD, "that Bozrah shall become a waste, a reproach, a ruin, a curse, and all her towns shall be a desert for ever!
   
RF JER 49:14 "I have heard a message from the EVER-LIVING by a messenger to the nations to collect, and they will come upon her, and rise to war.
   
RF JER 49:15 For I give you as a trifle to the nations, a contempt to men.
   
RF JER 49:16 Your terrors deceived your proud heart, you who dwell in caves on the crags, who stick to lofty. hills;—if you nestle as high as the eagle, I will pull you from there," says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 49:17 For Edom shall become a wonder. All who pass over her shall be astonished, and whistle at his many wounds.
   
RF JER 49:18 Like overwhelmed Sodom and Gomorah and her neighbors," says the EVER-LIVING, no man will dwell there, and no son of Adam remain to her!"
   
RF JER 49:19 See he was like a lion coming up from the swelling of Jordan to the permanent meadows: ' I will be sly with them," he said, "I will assail from behind them,—what hero can defend them? for who is equal to me, and who expects me? and what shepherd can stand before me?"
   
RF JER 49:20 Therefore hear the intent of the EVER-LIVING, which He intends against Edom, and the plans he has planned against the people of The-man, if they do not withdraw the young of the flock; if they do not put them in the Fold.
   
RF JER 49:21 The earth shall shake at the sound of her fall;—the voice of his shriek to the Sea of Weeds!
   
RF JER 49:22 Look! He comes like an eagle, and flies! and spreads his wings over Bozrah,—and the heart of the heroes of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in terror!
   
RF JER 49:23 AGAINST DAMASCUS.
The Doom of Damascus.
Both Hamath and Arpad are cowed; They melt on hearing the sad report; Like the troubled sea they cannot rest;
   
RF JER 49:24 Timid Damascus turns to fly, Trembling and terror has seized her; Anguish holds her like childbirth!
   
RF JER 49:25 Is the Bright City forsaken? Along with the towns she rejoiced in?
   
RF JER 49:26 Why fall her youth in her broadways? And why are all her warriors silent? Because now says the LORD OF SABAOTH,
   
RF JER 49:27 "I will fire the walls of Damascus, And devour the Halls of Benadad."
   
RF JER 49:28 The Doom of Kedar.
Against Kedar, and the territories I king of Babel, shall conquer, of Khatzih that Nebuchadnezzar, I said the LORD;— " Arise, and advance to Kedar! And ravage the sons of the East!
   
RF JER 49:29 Plunder their tents and their sheep flock.:, Take their curtains, their arms, and their camels, And shout to them, ' Terrors are round you!'
   
RF JER 49:30 "Fly! wander afar, and sink down!" Says the LORD to the dwellers in Hazor, "For Babel's king, Nebuchadnezzar, Plots, and makes plans against you!
   
RF JER 49:31 "Arise! Advance to a nation at ease., Who rest," says the LORD, "as in safety, They are careless, without gates or bars."
   
RF JER 49:32 So their camels are therefore a booty, And their rich herds will be for a spoil,—When I fling them to the wind, And all round them bring grief," sags the LORD,
   
RF JER 49:33 "Then jackals shall hunt about Razor; No man ever dwell in her wrecks, And no son of Adam shall lodge
   
RF JER 49:34 The Doom of Aliam.
The command of the EVER-LIVING that came to Jeremiah the Preacher in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, to proclaim to Ailam.
   
RF JER 49:35 Thus says the LORD OF THE HOSTS;
"Of Ailam's chief hero I will break the bow,
   
RF JER 49:36 And will bring the four' winds upon Ailam,
From the four sides of heaven, and fling to those winds,
And no nation shall be where those wanderers come not I
   
RF JER 49:37 I will terrify Ailam to turn from their foes,
And from those who hunt after their life,
And will bring on them grief in the heat of My wrath,"
Says the LORD, "and pursue with a sword to destroy.
   
RF JER 49:38 And will cause Ailam's throne to depart,
And deprive her of king and of prince," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 49:39 "But hereafter a time shall arrive," says the LORD,
"When the captured from Ailam return."
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