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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 13:1

The Parable of the Girdle.
The EVER-LIVING said this to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen girdle, and put it round your waist, but let it not go into water."

   
RF JER 13:2 I consequently bought the girdle as the EVER-LIVING commanded, and put it round my waist.
   
RF JER 13:3 Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to me again to say:
   
RF JER 13:4 "Take the girdle you bought, which is upon your waist, and rise, go to the Frath1 and hide it there in the cleft of a rock."
   
RF JER 13:5 I therefore went and hid it by the Frath as the EVER-LIVING had commanded me.
   
RF JER 13:6 And at the end of a considerable time the EVER-LIVING said to me, "Get up, and go to the Frath, and bring from there the linen girdle that the EVER-LIVING ordered you to hide there."
   
RF JER 13:7 So I went to the Frath 1 and dug, and took the linen girdle from the place where I had hidden it, and saw that the linen was spoiled, and fit for nothing.
   
RF JER 13:8 Then the word of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:
   
RF JER 13:9 "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will spoil the pride of Judah, and the many boasts of Jerusalem like that!
   
RF JER 13:10 This vile People, who refuse to listen to My words, and go on in their own ideas, and walk after seducing gods, to serve and to worship them, shall become like that girdle.
   
RF JER 13:11 For as the girdle sticks to the waist of a man, so I wished to cause the whole house of Israel, and the whole house of Judah to stick to Me," said the EVER-LIVING, "for them to be My People, and Fame, and Glory, and Honour; but they would not attend.
   
RF JER 13:12 Therefore say this to them, Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, Every bottle can be filled with wine! ' " When they will say to you, Are we not aware that every bottle can be filled with wine?'
   
RF JER 13:13 "Then say to them Thus says the EVER-LIVING: I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, and the kings sitting on David's throne, with the Priests, and the Preachers, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to drunkenness,
   
RF JER 13:14 when a man will assail his brother, and fathers their children indiscriminately,' " said the EVER-LIVING. "I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy to relieve them.'
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1 Euphrates.
   
RF JER 13:15 The Prophet Calls to Repentance.
Be not too proud to listen and hear, for the EVER-LIVING speaks.
   
RF JER 13:16 Give honour to your EVER-LIVING GOD, before it is dark, and before your feet stumble on the hills of twilight, and you long for light, but there is only desolation with the Shadow of Death, in the realm of gloom!
   
RF JER 13:17 But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride, and my eyes drop down tears, because the flock of the EVER-LIVING will be captured!
   
RF JER 13:18 Say to the king and his nobles, "Reflect! Turn! Throw down the beautiful turbans from your heads!
   
RF JER 13:19 The cities of the south are shut up, and there is none to open, Judah is a captive; all Jerusalem is a captive! "
   
RF JER 13:20 Raise your eyes and see! They come from the north!—Where is the flock entrusted to you?—Your beautiful sheep?
   
RF JER 13:21 What can you reply when He enquires of you? when you have instructed them against yourself, teaching to resist? Will not torments seize you like a woman in labour?
   
RF JER 13:22 The Lord's Address Resumed.
"But if you say to your heart, Why have these come?' For your many passions, your skirts are stripped violently from your heels. "
   
RF JER 13:23 Can the Kushite change his skin? or the leopard his spots? Then you will be able to do good, who are accustomed to do evil!
   
RF JER 13:24 Therefore I will scatter them like stubble running before the wind to the desert!
   
RF JER 13:25 This is their destined fate from Me," says the EVER-LIVING, "for those who reject Me, and rely upon falsehood.
   
RF JER 13:26 So I also will turn your petticoats over your face, and your shame shall be seen!
   
RF JER 13:27 I have seen your adulteries and neighing, your brothels contrived on the hills in the fields, your abominations, like to you, Jerusalem! You will not purify yourself!—How long will it last?"
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