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."
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 HOS 4:1||
Hear the Lord's message, you sons of Israel!
|RF HOS 4:2|| But there is perjury, lying and theft!
Adultery is rampant, and blood follows blood—
|RF HOS 4:3|| Therefore the Country is weak and is languid,
And the beasts of the field, and the birds of the skies,
And even the fish in the waters all faint!
|RF HOS 4:4|| Alas, no man warns! No man will reprove!
And your people like priests who revolt!
|RF HOS 4:5|| And you and your Preachers both stumble by day,
So at night I will lock up both your mother and you.
|RF HOS 4:6|| For want of reflection My people will perish;
For you have rejected all thought from yourselves.
So I reject you from the Priesthood to Me;—
And having abandoned the Laws of your GOD,
|RF HOS 4:7|| I will abandon your children Myself!—
As against Me they sinned in their power,
To contempt I will change all their honour.
|RF HOS 4:8|| As on the sin of My people they feed,
Those crimes they shall carry upon their own souls!
|RF HOS 4:9|| And as with the Mass, it shall be with the Priest,—
On each will I lay the result of their ways;
And turn back their paths on themselves,
|RF HOS 4:10|| They eat, but they never are filled;
They whore, but they do not increase!
For they pay no regard to the Lord!—
|RF HOS 4:11|| For whoredom, and wine, and strong drink
Have seized upon all of their hearts.
|RF HOS 4:12|| My People ask guidance of wood, and of sticks,—
For the spirit of whoredom deludes,
And they whore themselves far from their God!
|RF HOS 4:13|| On the top of the mountain they offer up gifts,
And they burn their perfumes on the Peaks!
Under Oak trees and Poplars and Pines,
For the sake of the cool shade they give;
So your daughters are whored,
And your brides are all foully defiled!
|RF HOS 4:14|| Should I not punish your daughters as whores?
And your brides as adulterous themselves?
Who wander about with the whores,
And with prostitutes offer up gifts?—
So the stupefied People must fall!
|RF HOS 4:15|| But if Israel whores yet let not Judah fall!
So come not to Gilgal, nor go to Beth-aven!
Or else never swear, " By the life of the Lord!"
|RF HOS 4:16|| For Israel bucks, like an obstinate cow,
When the Lord would lead her like a lamb to the plain
|RF HOS 4:17||Let Ephraim alone;—for his idols seduce.—|
|RF HOS 4:18|| Their drink is drunk out; they have whored with their whore,
And his Princes delight in their shame!
|RF HOS 4:19|| A furious wind will enfold in her wings,—
And their altars become their disgrace,