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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 5:1

The Vain Order to Search for an Honest Man.
"Go about the streets of Jerusalem, and search, and examine, and seek in her squares, if you can find a man, if there is one who administers justice, seeks truth, and I will forgive her!—

   
RF JER 5:2 Although they swear by the life of the EVER-LIVING, they swear to deceive!
   
RF JER 5:3 The Prophet's Report.
LORD, are not Your eyes upon truth? You caused them to be punished, but their minds were not afflicted! They refused to accept correction. Their faces are harder than a rock. They refuse to alter!
   
RF JER 5:4 Then I thought, These are the low, —they are ignorant,—they cannot know the way of the EVER-LIVING,— the decrees of their GOD.
   
RF JER 5:5 I will go to the great, and speak with them. However, they had simultaneously broken the yoke,—had refused the traces!
   
RF JER 5:6 The Lord's Answer.
"Therefore a lion from the forest shall wound them! An evening wolf shall ravage them! A panther lie in wait against their villages; he will tear all who come out, for they multiply their sins, they are strong for their transgressions."
   
RF JER 5:7 Can I pardon you for this? Your children forsake Me, and are satisfied with Sham gods, so I will satisfy them! And they commit adultery,—and troop to the brothel.
   
RF JER 5:8 They are prancing fed horses, each neighs after his neighbour's wife!"
   
RF JER 5:9 Shall I not punish for these practices?" the EVER-LIVING asks. " Even if among the heathen it were the same, would not My soul punish it?"
   
RF JER 5:10 Advance to her walls and destroy, and make no repairs! Throw down her battlements, for they are not the LORD'S.
   
RF JER 5:11 For the House of Israel has been falsely false to Me, with the House of Judah," says the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 5:12 They were false 'to the EVER-LIVING, and said, He is nothing Trouble will not come upon us, and sword or famine will never arrive! '
   
RF JER 5:13 And the Preachers have no spirit and no message came to them, —they invent it for themselves!"
   
RF JER 5:14 Therefore," thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Hosts, "Because you speak such things, I will make the words of your mouth fire, and this people wood, and will consume them.
   
RF JER 5:15 I will bring upon you a nation from afar, House of Israel," says the EVER-LIVING. "It is a resolute nation from of old. It is a nation that knows not how to turn back, and will not listen to what you say.
   
RF JER 5:16 Their face is like an open grave. They are all heroes;
   
RF JER 5:17 and will devour your harvests, and your bread, and devour your sons and your daughters. And will eat your sheep, and your cattle. It will eat your vines and your figs. It will break your fortified cities, in which you trust, to pieces with the sword.
   
RF JER 5:18 And also in those days," says the EVER-LIVING, "I will not work for you at all,
   
RF JER 5:19 and under them they will come to ask, ' Why has our EVER-LIVING GOD done all this to us?' When you shall reply to them, ' Because you have abandoned Him and served foreign gods in your own country,—therefore you shall serve tyrants in a country not your own.'
   
RF JER 5:20 "Communicate this to the House of Jacob, and let it be reported to Judah, saying:—
   
RF JER 5:21 ' Listen to this, you stupid People,—who have no eyes in your mind, in whom no ear is seen, so they cannot hear.
   
RF JER 5:22 ' Could you not see My warning?" asks the EVER-LIVING, "if you had not reeled from My presence? Since I placed the sand as a bound to the sea, by an ancient decree, which it cannot transgress, but its foaming waves approach, and cannot pass beyond?
   
RF JER 5:23 But for this people, their mind is blind, rebellious, degenerate, and wandering.
   
RF JER 5:24 "Why do they not say to their heart, Let us look to our EVER-LIVING GOD Who gives rain, and sprinkles the latter rain in its season to accomplish the laws of harvest, and He will protect us?'
   
RF JER 5:25 "Their faults restrain them, and their sins hold back from them those benefits.
   
RF JER 5:26 For the wicked are found in My People; they spread nets, they lay traps, they catch men!
   
RF JER 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of treachery by which they become rich!
   
RF JER 5:28 They are fat, enriched, they deal in false evidence, they regard no right,—the right of the widow, of the orphan,—and they administer not protection and justice to the poor.
   
RF JER 5:29 Shall I not punish for these things?" says the EVER-LIVING. " Even if heathen did them, would not My soul avenge them?
   
RF JER 5:30 "There is a shameful and horrible thing in the country!
   
RF JER 5:31 The Preachers preach falsehood, and the Priests trick with their hands,—and My People love to have it so,—and what can be done viler than that?"
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