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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 52:1

A Hebrew Editors Supplementary Note describing the Capture of Jerusalem.
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old at his coronation, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

   
RF JER 52:2 But he did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, in every way that Jhoiakim had done;
   
RF JER 52:3 for it came from the anger of the LORD against Jerusalem and Judah, to make them fling themselves from His presence, and Zedekiah to the king of Babel.
   
RF JER 52:4 So it arrived in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth day of the tenth month, that King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, came with all his forces to Jerusalem, and encamped against it, and built an embankment around,
   
RF JER 52:5 and continued the siege till the eleventh year of Zedekiah,
   
RF JER 52:6 to the ninth of the fourth month, when a famine seized the city, and there was no bread for the people of the country.
   
RF JER 52:7 Then a breach was made from the city, and all the soldiers fled, and left the town by night by way of a gate in the walls which were opposite the Royal Garden, and the Kasdim who surrounded the city, and they marched towards the Black Desert.
   
RF JER 52:8 The army of the Kasdim, however, followed after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the Black Desert near Jerico, when all the army deserted him.
   
RF JER 52:9 They consequently seized the king, and brought him to the king of Babel at Riblath, in the district of Hamath, and he dictated conditions to him.
   
RF JER 52:10 Then the king of Babel murdered the children of Zedekiah before his eyes, and also murdered all the nobles of Judah in Riblath.
   
RF JER 52:11 He afterwards dug out the eyes of Zedekiah, and loaded him with chains, and they took him with the king of Babel to Babel, and put him into the Convicts Prison until the time of his death.
   
RF JER 52:12 But on the tenth of the fifth month, in the twelfth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, Nebuzaradon, Commander of the Guards, represented the king of Babel in Jerusalem,
   
RF JER 52:13 and burnt the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Royal Palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every palace of the great, he consumed with fire.
   
RF JER 52:14 And all the army of the Kasdim who were with the Commander of the Guards, threw down the walls surrounding Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 52:15 Then Nebuzaradon, the Commander of the Guards, transported the lowest of the people, and the rest of the populace left in the city, and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babel, and the remainder of the mechanics.
   
RF JER 52:16 However, Nebuzaradon, Commander of the Guards left the lower classes of the country to be vine dressers and ploughmen.
   
RF JER 52:17 The Pillars of brass that were before the House of the EVER-LIVING, however, and the pedestals, and the Brazen Sea that was in the House of the EVER-LIVING, the Kasdim broke up, and carried the brass to Babel;
   
RF JER 52:18 with the boilers, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and basins, and spoons, and all the instruments of brass they used in the services were taken away.
   
RF JER 52:19 The Commander of the Guards also took away the cups, and fire pans, and basins, and pots, with the candlesticks, and spoons and bowls; what was of gold as gold, and what was of silver, as silver.
   
RF JER 52:20 The two pillars; the Single Sea, the twelve bronze bulls which were under the pedestals that King Solomon had made for the House of the EVER-LIVING. The bronze of all this furniture was not weighed.
   
RF JER 52:21 The height of the pillars was eighteen cubits for the first pillar, and its circumference was twelve cubits. It was hollow and four inches thick. It had upon it a capital of bronze.
   
RF JER 52:22 The height of that capital was five cubits, with a network of pomegranates around the capital,—all bronze. The second pillar was the same, with pomegranates.
   
RF JER 52:23 There were ninety-six pomegranates towards the winds—all the pomegranates upon the surrounding network were a hundred.
   
RF JER 52:24 The Commander of the Guards also took Seriah the Chief Priest, and Zephaniah the Second Priest, and the three Guardians of the Threshold.
   
RF JER 52:25 From the city he also took an officer who was adjutant of the soldiery; and seven officers of the Privy Council, whom he found in the city, and the Chief Secretary of the Commander in Chief of the native army, and sixty nobles from the country people, whom he found amongst the townsmen.
   
RF JER 52:26 Nebuzaradon, Commander of the Guards, took these and conducted them to the king of Babel at Riblath,
   
RF JER 52:27 when the king of Babel assailed and put them to death at Riblath, in the district of Hamath, but he transported the Jews from their own country.
   
RF JER 52:28 These are the people whom Nebuchadnezzar transported in his seventh year. Three thousand and twenty-three Jews.
   
RF JER 52:29 In Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year,—eight hundred and thirty-two persons from Jerusalem.
   
RF JER 52:30 In the twenty-third year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradon, the Commander of the Guards, transported seven hundred and forty-two persons of the Jews. All the persons were four thousand, six hundred.
   
RF JER 52:31 It occurred, however, in the thirty- seventh year of the captivity of Jhoiakim, king of Judah, in the twenty-fifth of the twelfth month, that Evil-Merodak, king of Babel, in the year of his coronation raised the king of Judah, and brought him from his imprisonment,
   
RF JER 52:32 and spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the kings who were with him in Babel.
   
RF JER 52:33 He also changed his prison dress; and he always dined in his presence so long as he lived.
   
RF JER 52:34 He was given a regular pension by the king of Babel, paid day by day during his life, until his death.
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