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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 51:1

Thus says the EVER-LIVING, "Look! I will raise against Babel and her presumptuous-hearted people, a scorching wind,

   
RF JER 51:2 and send fanners to Babel to winnow her, and they shall empty her country. For they will come against her from around in a bad time.
   
RF JER 51:3 Against the bowman, let the archer bend his bow; and against the marcher in armour; and pity not her youth; exterminate all her army,
   
RF JER 51:4 and throw down the wounded in the land of the Kasdim, and the stabbed in her streets!
   
RF JER 51:5 For Israel and Judah are not destitute of their GOD, the LORD OF HOSTS, although their country was full of offence against the HOLY of Israel!"
   
RF JER 51:6 Fly from the midst of Babel! And let each escape with his life I Be not subject to her sins; for it is the time for her punishment by the EVER-LIVING,—He will pay her wages!
   
RF JER 51:7 Babel's golden cup from the hand of the EVER-LIVING made all the earth drunk with her wine! The nations drank,—therefore the nations raved.
   
RF JER 51:8 Suddenly Babel falls, and breaks! Howl over her I Take balm for her pain,—perhaps she may be cured?
   
RF JER 51:9 They may medicate Babel; —but she will not be cured! Abandon her, and all march to your own countries, for her crime was against the heavens, and her conviction comes from beyond the clouds.
   
RF JER 51:10 The Delivery of Judah.
The LORD has restored our right!
Come let us relate it to Zion,
The act of the LORD our GOD.
   
RF JER 51:11 Sharpen the arrows, and sling the shields,
The LORD has inspired the Median king,
Who plans against Babel destruction,
When the LORD will avenge His temple!
   
RF JER 51:12 Hoist the flag against Babel's walls;
Strengthen the guard, and appoint for the watch;
Make ready the column to storm For the LORD intends,
and will do what He says, Against the people of Babel!
   
RF JER 51:13 Prosperous dweller, by plenteous stream
Your end has come, your measure is full!
   
RF JER 51:14 The LORD OF HOSTS has sworn by His life,
He will fill you with men like worms,
Who will come up against you with cheers!
   
RF JER 51:15 A Praise to the Creator.
He made the earth by His power,
By His knowledge, He formed the spheres,
And spread out the skies by His skill!
   
RF JER 51:16 At His voice, the sea roars to the skies,
And clouds from the horizon rise up,
With the lightnings and rain that He makes,
And HE brings the wind out of His stores.
   
RF JER 51:17 All ignorant men are like brutes;
Every maker of idols is base;
For he fashions a lie without soul!
   
RF JER 51:18 They are vain, and the work of delusions
In the season of trial they fail.
   
RF JER 51:19 Jacob's portion is never like them;
His Name is the LORD of Sabaoth,
It was He who constructed all things,
And chose him, a RACE for Himself.
   
RF JER 51:20 "You are My hammer, and weapons of war,
And I hammer the nations by you,
And by you I break up the kingdoms!
   
RF JER 51:21 Hammer horse and his rider by you,
And by you hammer chariot and driver,
   
RF JER 51:22 And hammer by you man and wife,
And hammer by you old and young,
And hammer by you youths and girls,
   
RF JER 51:23 And hammer by you flock and keeper,
And by you hammer ploughman and plough,
And by you hammer Rulers and governed;
   
RF JER 51:24 And will pay back again upon Babel
And all who reside with the Kasdim,
The sufferings they laid upon Zion,
And that in your sight," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 51:25 The Summons to Babel.
"Mountain! I am against you," says the LORD, "to lay you waste! You wasted the whole earth,—so I will direct My hand against you, and roll you from the peaks, and make you a burnt-out volcano,
   
RF JER 51:26 from which they will not take stone for building. or a stone for foundations,—but you shall be a perpetual desolation," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 51:27 "Raise a standard in the earth, blow a trumpet among the Nations. Prepare the Nations against her Summon the Kingdoms! Ararat, Mini, and Ashkanez. Appoint generals against her, to lead the horsemen like hairy caterpillars!
   
RF JER 51:28 Prepare the Nations against her,—the Kings of the Medes, with their marshals and all their lieutenants, all the countries they govern.
   
RF JER 51:29 Make the land shake and reel, for the intention of the LORD is fixed against Babel, to turn the country of Babel to a waste, and without inhabitants.
   
RF JER 51:30 The heroes of Babel evade the fight! They sit in their forts! Their courage has failed Their houses are fired,—their bars are broken!
   
RF JER 51:31 Postman runs to meet postman, and reporter to meet reporter, to tell the king of Babel that his city is captured on all sides!
   
RF JER 51:32 That the fords are seized,—the reeds burnt with fire,—and his soldiers in terror!"
   
RF JER 51:33 For thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel; " The daughter of Babel is like corn at thrashing time; tread her after a while, when the harvest time comes to her."
   
RF JER 51:34 Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babel, has devoured and torn us; has left us an empty jar,—swallowed us like a serpent,—he has gorged his belly with our sweets,—he shall vomit us up!
   
RF JER 51:35 Let the lady of Zion say, "My violation and outraging be upon Babel! " " And my blood upon the people of Kasdim," Jerusalem cries."
   
RF JER 51:36 Therefore," thus says the LORD, "I will plead your cause, and execute justice on account of you, and dry up the water, and make her fountains dry,
   
RF JER 51:37 and Babel shall become a stone heap,—the haunt of serpents, —a waste, and jungle, without inhabitants."
   
RF JER 51:38 They roar together like tigers. They growl like young lions.
   
RF JER 51:39 I will fit their drink to their thirst, when they will get drunk for joy,—and sleep an everlasting sleep, and never awaken " The LORD says,
   
RF JER 51:40 "I will lay them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats."
   
RF JER 51:41 Song on the Capture of Babylon.
How was the Bronze Gate captured?
And the Bride of the World been seized?
How was Babel made the desert of nations?
   
RF JER 51:42 The sea comes up against Babel!
She is o'erwhelmed by its rolling billows!
   
RF JER 51:43 Her cities are made a waste,
Her earth is dry and is black,
A land in which no man dwells,
And no son of Adam goes over!
   
RF JER 51:44 I will visit Bel in Babel,
And bring his glut out of his mouth;
When the nations will no more seek him,
For the walls of Babel shall fall!
   
RF JER 51:45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. (KJV)
   
RF JER 51:46 A Warning To Israel.
"Beware of your heart failing and being afraid at the rumors you may hear in the country; for a rumor shall come one year, and another year a report of disturbance in the land, governor against governor,
   
RF JER 51:47 because the times come that I will visit the idols of Babel, and all her land, to degrade them, and all her wounded shall fall in her midst.
   
RF JER 51:48 Then the heavens shall cheer over Babel, and the earth and all that is in it, when her plunderers come from the north," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 51:49 "For as Babel flung down the wounded of Israel, so the wounded of Babel shall fall all over the ground.
   
RF JER 51:50 Fly from the sword and go! Delay not Remember the LORD from afar! And ascend to Jerusalem in your hearts."
   
RF JER 51:51 We are ashamed, for we have been insulted,—our faces are covered with disgrace, for loathsome things have entered the sanctuary of the House of the LORD.
   
RF JER 51:52 The days, however, come," says the LORD, "when I will punish her idols, and the wounded shall groan in all her country
   
RF JER 51:53 Although Babel mounts to the skies, and although she fortifies her lofty strength, her plunderers shall come with Me," says the LORD.
   
RF JER 51:54 There will be the sound of shrieking from Babel, and of a great crash from the land of the Kasdim,
   
RF JER 51:55 when the LORD will desolate Babel, and a great sound will come from her like the roaring billows when many seas utter their growling voice!
   
RF JER 51:56 For destruction comes upon Babel,—her warriors are captured,—their bows are broken, for the LORD is a GOD of requitals,—He will repay!
   
RF JER 51:57 "Then I will make her nobles, and learned, and viceroys, and governors, and heroes drunk,—and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and never awake," says the King named the LORD OF HOSTS.
   
RF JER 51:58 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS: "The broad wall of Babel shall be demolished! and her high gates be burnt with fire Thus Peoples have wearied themselves for a vapour, and nations for the fire,—and are exhausted!"
   
RF JER 51:59 Instruction of Jeremiah to Seriah.
The order that Jeremiah the Preacher gave to Seriah-ben-Neriah-ben-Maksiah, when he was sent by Zedekiah, king of Judah, to Babel, in the fourth year of his reign. Seriah had been High Chamberlain.
   
RF JER 51:60 Now Jeremiah had engraved all the punishments that would come upon Babel in a book,—all these things that he wrote about Babel,
   
RF JER 51:61 and Jeremiah said to Seriah, "When you come to Babel, be careful to read these things,
   
RF JER 51:62 and say, 'LORD, You have spoken against this place to exterminate it, until it is uninhabited by men or beasts, and it becomes a desolation for ever! '
   
RF JER 51:63 And when you have finished reading the book fasten a stone to it, and fling it into the middle of the Frath,
   
RF JER 51:64 and say Babel shall sink like that, and never rise from the distress I will bring upon her.' "
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At this point the Sermons of Jeremiah are finished.
1 NOTE -Ch. 51:63-64. To us it seems a strange plan to fling "A Book " into the middle of a river larger than the Thames to preserve it safe for seventy years, but we now know from the discoveries at Nineveh and Babylon that in the time of the Prophet " Books" were not written on paper or skins, but upon stone slates, or more commonly upon tablets of potter's clay, upon which the words were engraved by a graving tool, and the plates afterwards burnt like pottery, which made them indestructible, so that the river's bed was the safest place to put the record, to be found again on the Euphrates being drained dry by Darius and Cyrus previous to their storming Babylon. It is recorded by Josephus that the bale containing them was then discovered. Had they not been thus preserved, we may be sure Nebuchadnezzar would not have left a fragment of them in existence.—F.F.
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