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 DEU 26:1||
When you come into the country which your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you to divide, and possess, and live in,
|RF DEU 26:2||you shall take the first fruit of all the produce of the ground that comes from the land which your EVER-LIVING GOD gives you, and put it in a basket and carry to the place where the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, chooses to fix His Name,|
|RF DEU 26:3||and go to the priest who may be in those days, and say to him; "I have today brought to the presence of the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, some of what the land which the EVER-LIVING promised to our fathers to give to us, has produced."|
|RF DEU 26:4||Then the Priest shall take the basket from your hand, and set it before the altar of your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF DEU 26:5||You shall then kneel and say in the presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD "My ancestor was a wandering Aramite and he went down to the Mitzeraim, as a foreigner, with a few persons; but he became there a great, strong and numerous nation.|
|RF DEU 26:6||Then the Mitzerites wronged us, and oppressed us, and imposed a cruel slavery upon us;|
|RF DEU 26:7||but we cried to the EVER-LIVING GOD of our fathers, and the EVER-LIVING heard our voice, and looked upon our affliction, and our sorrow, and our oppression;|
|RF DEU 26:8||and the EVER-LIVING brought us out from among the Mitzeraim with a strong hand, and a directing arm, and with great signs and wonders,|
|RF DEU 26:9||and revelations, and conducted us to this place, and gave us this country; —a land flowing with milk and honey.|
|RF DEU 26:10||So now, see! I have brought some produce of the ground which the EVER-LIVING has given to me, and have placed it before your EVER-LIVING GOD. "Then you shall bow down before it your EVER-LIVING GOD,|
|RF DEU 26:11||and enjoy yourself with all the good things that your EVER-LIVING GOD has given you, and your family,—yourself, and the Levite, and the stranger who is amongst you.|
|RF DEU 26:12||Then afterwards fully tithe the whole that is tithable of your produce in the third year. You shall tithe yearly, and give to the Levite, to the foreigner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, and they shall be fed in your villages, and be satisfied.|
|RF DEU 26:13||You shall also declare before your EVER-LIVING GOD "I have eaten the consecrated part with my family, and I have also given of it to the Levite, and to the foreigner, and the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commands which You have commanded me. I have not passed over from Your commands, and I have not evaded.|
|RF DEU 26:14||I have not used any part in self-indulgence; I have not consumed any part in depravity; I have not given any part to the dead; I have listened to the voice of the EVER-LIVING GOD; I have done all that He has commanded me.|
|RF DEU 26:15||Look down from Your Holy Dwelling, from Heaven, and bless Your People of Israel, and the land that You have given to us, as You promised to our fathers,—the land flowing with milk and honey."|
|RF DEU 26:16||This very day your EVER-LIVING GOD commands you to practice these institutions, and these decrees, and to preserve and do them, with all your heart, and with all your soul.|
|RF DEU 26:17||The EVER-LIVING has told you today He will be your GOD, and that you must walk in His paths, and preserve His institutions, and His commands; and His decrees,—and to listen to His voice.|
|RF DEU 26:18||The EVER-LIVING has also told you today to be His Separated People,—as He commanded you, and to preserve all His orders,|
|RF DEU 26:19||and to fix yourself high over all the heathen, so as to make yourself glorious, and famous, and beautiful; and that you should become a People sacred for your EVER-LIVING GOD —as He commanded you.|