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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 9:1

Who will give water to my head, and a fountain of tears to my eyes, that I may weep day and night for the wounds of the child of my People!

   
RF JER 9:2 Who will give me a lodge in the desert afar, that I may leave my People and go from them? For all are adulterers, secret traitors.
   
RF JER 9:3 They direct their tongue, like a bow, to lies, and not to truth. "They proceed from wrong to wrong, and they regard me not! " says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 9:4 Guard yourselves everyone from his friend, and trust not upon any brother, for every brother will betray, and every friend will recoil upon you.
   
RF JER 9:5 And each betrays his friend, and they speak no truth. They teach their tongue to speak falsehood, they labour at wickedness."
   
RF JER 9:6 You dwell in the midst of treason; from treason they refuse to recognize Me," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 9:7 God's Replay to the Prophet, Why He Punishes.
"Therefore," says the LORD OF HOSTS, "I refine them thus, and test them. For what can I do for the daughter of My People?
   
RF JER 9:8 Their tongue is a poisoned arrow, they speak treason from their mouth, they speak kindly to their neighbour, with betrayal in their breast!
   
RF JER 9:9 Should I not punish them for these things?" says the EVER-LIVING. " If the heathen did the same, would not My soul avenge them?"
   
RF JER 9:10 Jeremiah Mourns for his country.
I weep over the hills and sob, and wail over the pastures of the plain, for they are desolate! No man passes over them. The voice of the flocks is not heard, or of the birds of the skies, and even the beasts have fled and gone!
   
RF JER 9:11 God Confirms His Intentions to Punish.
"Yet I will give Jerusalem for stone heaps, a haunt for serpents, —and I will lay the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant!
   
RF JER 9:12 Who is the wise man? He can foresee this. And who has the message of the EVER-LIVING within him? He can tell why the country is waste, scorched like a desert, with none passing through!"
   
RF JER 9:13 Then the EVER-LIVING continued, "It is because they have abandoned My laws that I placed before them, and have not listened to My voice, and have not walked according to it,
   
RF JER 9:14 but go after their own ideas, and after Balim, as their fathers taught them."
   
RF JER 9:15 Therefore thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the Goo of Israel, "I will feed this People with affliction, and give them laudanum to drink,
   
RF JER 9:16 and will scatter them among the heathen whom they or their fathers have not known, and will send a sword after them to destroy!"
   
RF JER 9:17 And the LORD OF HOSTS says, "Reflect! and call for the wailers, and let them come; and send for the skilful, and fetch them.
   
RF JER 9:18 "Let them hasten, and raise over us a lament, and let our eyes pour tears, and our eyelids well out water!
   
RF JER 9:19 for a sound of wailing is heard from Zion! Are we not plundered, debased, deeply debased; for the country rejects us, our homes cast us out!
   
RF JER 9:20 Listen, however, you women to the message of the EVER-LIVING, and let your ears accept the words of His mouth, and teach your daughters to lament, and the wife of your neighbour to wail,
   
RF JER 9:21 for death has mounted to our windows, has entered our palaces, to destroy the children in the streets, the young men from the squares!
   
RF JER 9:22 "Say thus," says the LORD, "Men shall fall like dung on the face of the field, and like sheaves after the mower, and none collect them!"
   
RF JER 9:23 Thus says the LORD, "Let not the scientific glory in their science, nor the strong in his strength, let not the rich glory in their wealth,
   
RF JER 9:24 but if they boast, let them boast in understanding and comprehending My wonders; for I, the EVER-LIVING, made mercy, justice, and righteousness, on earth, and I delight in them," says the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF JER 9:25 "Behold the days come," says the EVER-LIVING, "when I will punish all the circumcised with the uncircumcised!
   
RF JER 9:26 Mitzer, and Judah, and Edom, and all the Beni-Anion, and Moab, and all the shaven cheeks who inhabit the desert; for all the heathen, and all the House of Israel are corrupt at heart."
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