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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 8:1

At that period," says the EVER-LIVING, "they will bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of its nobles, and the bones of its priests, and the bones of its preachers, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, from their tombs,

   
RF JER 8:2 and scatter them to the sun, and the moon, and all the host of the skies, whom they loved, and whom they served, and by whom they were seduced, and whom they sought, and whom they worshipped, none shall collect them, and none shall bury them, they shall be dung on the face of the ground.
   
RF JER 8:3 Then death will be preferred to life by all the fragments of the remnants of this wicked tribe in every place where the splintered fragments are," says the LORD OF HOSTS."
   
RF JER 8:4 Therefore tell them thus," says the EVER-LIVING. " Does the fallen never rise? Does the departed never return?
   
RF JER 8:5 Then why has this People of Jerusalem gone away with a perpetual departure? Why do they persist in desertion, and refuse to return?
   
RF JER 8:6 I attended and listened. However none spoke. No man sighed over his wickedness, or said, ' Why did I do it?' They all stuck to their course like horses whipped to the battle!"
   
RF JER 8:7 Even the stork knows her time for assembly and migration, and the crane and swallow keep the season of their coming, but My People know not the decrees of the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF JER 8:8 How can you say ' We are educated for we possess the laws of the EVER-LIVING?' Why then is the lying pen of the Recorder made for lies?
   
RF JER 8:9 Your Educated' cause shame, terror and disgrace, for they reject the Word of the EVER-LIVING, and what can their education do for them?—
   
RF JER 8:10 Therefore I will give their wives to ravishers, and their estates to plunderers, for from the least to the greatest they all cheat. From the preacher to the priest they all practice deception,
   
RF JER 8:11 and have healed the wound of the Daughter of My People not well, saying, Peace. Peace! when there is not peace!
   
RF JER 8:12 They should be ashamed of the villainy they have done. Shame, however, shames them not, none of them know it, therefore they shall fall with the falling, at the time of their punishment they shall stagger," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 8:13 "I would reap them," says the EVER-LIVING, "but there are no bunches on the vine! There are no figs on the fig tree! And the leaves are withered! However I will transplant them."
   
RF JER 8:14 The People's Decision.
Why should we remain? Collect, arise, and let us go to the fortified towns, and be quiet there, for our EVER-LIVING GOD has stupefied us, and given us the juice of poppies to drink for our sins against the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 8:15 We hoped for peace, but no good came at its season, for safety, and behold terror!
   
RF JER 8:16 The snort of his horses is heard from Dan, that sound of the neighs of their steeds fills all the land.
God's Reply.
"But they shall cross and devour, the country and its contents; the city and its inhabitants.
   
RF JER 8:17 For I have sent snakes to you, serpents for whom there is no charmer, and they will sting you," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 8:18 The Prophets Anguish Over His Country.
Instead of my joy comes anguish, —affliction comes to my heart!
   
RF JER 8:19 It is the sound of the wail of the child of my People from a distant land! " Is there no GOD in Zion? Is there no king in her?" Why did they provoke Him with their idols? With foreign vanities?
   
RF JER 8:20 The harvest is past, the reaping is done, but we are not relieved.
   
RF JER 8:21 I have been wounded by the wound of the child of my People; I am weakened where I should be strengthened.
   
RF JER 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilad to heal? Is there no surgeon there? Why has not the child of my People gone there?
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