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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 7:1

A Special Call to Repentance.
This message came from the LORD to Jeremiah, to say:—

   
RF JER 7:2 Stand at the gate of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and proclaim this message there, and say:—"Listen to the message from the EVER-LIVING, all Judah who come to these gates to worship the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 7:3 Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD of Israel! Amend your ways, and your paths, and I will allow you to remain in this place.
   
RF JER 7:4 Place not your trust upon lying messengers that say, ' This is a Temple of the LORD The Temple of the LORD.'
   
RF JER 7:5 For if you reform your ways and your goings, if you do justice between a man and his neighbour,
   
RF JER 7:6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the orphan, and widow; if you do not shed innocent blood in this place, and follow seducing gods to your own hurt,
   
RF JER 7:7 then I will settle you in this place for ever and for ever.
   
RF JER 7:8 You, however, trust yourselves to false doctrines that cannot benefit.
   
RF JER 7:9 You steal, murder, whore, gorge, and lie, and offer incense to Bal, and go after seducing gods of whom you know nothing."
   
RF JER 7:10 Yet you come and stand before this House, upon which My Name has been invoked, and say, Deliver us because we have practiced all these abominations '"
   
RF JER 7:11 Has this House, upon which My Name was invoked, become, a den of wild beasts in your eyes? Have I become a show also?" the EVER-LIVING 'asks."
   
RF JER 7:12 Go, however, now to My House at Shilo, where I fixed My NAME formerly, and see what I did to it, because of the wickedness of My People Israel.
   
RF JER 7:13 And certainly you now have done all that they did," says the EVER-LIVING, "and I have spoken to you early, and still speak, but you will not hear, and I call to you but you will not answer.
   
RF JER 7:14 Therefore I will make this House, upon which My NAME has been invoked, upon which you rely, and the House that I gave you, and your fathers, what I have made Shilo!
   
RF JER 7:15 And I will fling you from My presence, as I flung your brothers, the whole Tribe of Ephraim."
   
RF JER 7:16 And for yourself, do not supplicate for this People, and do not raise on their account a cry or prayer, and entreat Me not, for I will not hear you!
   
RF JER 7:17 Have you not seen what they do in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
   
RF JER 7:18 The children gather wood, and their fathers are stokers of the fire, and their wives knead the dough, to make cakes to the Queen of the Skies!' And they pour drink offerings to the ' Gods of Seduction! ' They insult Me thus!
   
RF JER 7:19 Do they insult ME?" asks the EVER-LIVING. " Do they not shame themselves openly?
   
RF JER 7:20 "Therefore," thus says the ALMIGHTY LORD, "My anger and wrath shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast; and upon the trees of the field; and upon the fruits of the ground, and shall not be quenched."
   
RF JER 7:21 The EVER-LIVING also says this; " Cease your burnt-offerings, with your sacrifices, and eating of flesh,
   
RF JER 7:22 for did I not speak to your ancestors and did I not command them, at the time they came out from the land of the Mitzeraim, about the matters of burnt-offering and sacrifice?
   
RF JER 7:23 Nevertheless I commanded them this message, saying, Listen to My voice, and I will be a GOD to you, and you shall be My People. But walk in all the paths that I instruct you; because it will benefit yourselves.
   
RF JER 7:24 ' But you would not listen, nor apply your ears, and you walked after your own bad ideas and rules;
   
RF JER 7:25 therefore you are the last, and not the first, from the day your ancestors came from the land of the Mitzeraim to this day! Although I sent all My servants, the Preachers, rising and sending at early dawn,—
   
RF JER 7:26 but you would not listen to Me, nor apply your ears, but stiffened your neck; you were bad like your ancestors!
   
RF JER 7:27 "But although you address to them all these speeches, yet they will never listen to you, when you call to them, they will not answer you;
   
RF JER 7:28 therefore say to them, This is a nation that will not listen to the voice of its EVER-LIVING GOD, and will not accept correction, whose faithfulness has perished! Therefore I will cut them off from My Presence.'"
   
RF JER 7:29 Jeremiah Proclaims the Message as Ordered.
Cut off your long hair, and fling it away! Mount the heights. Weep! for the EVER-LIVING has rejected and abandoned this perverse race!
   
RF JER 7:30 "Be cause the Children of Judah have done evil in My sight," says the EVER-LIVING. " They have placed their abominations in the House, upon which my NAME was invoked, to defile it.
   
RF JER 7:31 And they have built columns at Thopheth in the vale of Ben-hinon, burning their sons and their daughters in the fire, although I commanded them not, and not to let it enter their hearts."
   
RF JER 7:32 Therefore the days come,'' says the LORD, "when it shall no more be called Thopheth, and the vale of Ben-hinon, but only the VALLEY OF MURDER, and they shall bury in Thopheth for want of other room;
   
RF JER 7:33 when the carcasses of this People shall be food to the birds of the skies, and the beasts of the earth, without fear.
   
RF JER 7:34 And I will expel from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy, and the sound of happiness, the sound of wedding, and the sound of dying, for the land shall be a desert!"
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