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 JOB 1:1||
|RF JOB 1:2||He had seven sons and three daughters born to him,|
|RF JOB 1:3||and his possessions were seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, a very large estate, so that the man was greater than all the Beni-Kedem.|
|RF JOB 1:4||His sons were accustomed often to feast at the house of each other; and would send and invite their sisters to eat and drink with them.|
|RF JOB 1:5|| But when the days of festivity had gone round, Job would send and sanctify them in the morning, and offer burnt-offerings for the whole, for Job reflected,
"It may be my children have sinned, by not thanking God in their hearts."
Job continually behaved thus.
|RF JOB 1:6||But the Day came when the sons of God advanced to report themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser also was amongst them.|
|RF JOB 1:7|| And when the Lord asked the Accuser, " Where do you come from?" the Accuser answered the Lord, and said:
"From flying over the earth, and travelling in it."
|RF JOB 1:8||Then the Lord asked the Accuser, " Have you fixed your attention upon My servant Job? That there is not a man like him upon earth—honest and upright, who fears God, and avoids wrong?"|
|RF JOB 1:9||The Accuser, however, answered the Lord and said, "Does Job reverence God for nothing?|
|RF JOB 1:10||Have You not made a fence for him, and his family, and all that he has all round? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his property has extended over the country.|
|RF JOB 1:11||But perhaps if You stretched out Your hand, and destroyed all he possesses, he would curse You to Your face!"|
|RF JOB 1:12|| The Lord consequently replied to the Accuser, " Whatever he has shall be in your power! except that you shall not exert your hand upon himself."
So the Accuser departed from the presence of the Lord.
|RF JOB 1:13||Then another day arrived when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother,|
|RF JOB 1:14||when a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were ploughing and the she-asses grazing near them,|
|RF JOB 1:15||when the Shabim fell on and seized them, and have assaulted their attendants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to inform you!''|
|RF JOB 1:16||Whilst he was speaking another came and said, "The fire of God has fallen from the skies, and has consumed the flocks and their attendants, and destroyed them, except myself, and I only have escaped to inform you!"|
|RF JOB 1:17|| Whilst he was yet speaking another came, and said:
"The Kasdim collected in three troops, and rushed upon the camels, and seized them, and have assailed their attendants with the edge of the sword, except myself, and I only have escaped to tell you!"
|RF JOB 1:18||While he was speaking another came, and said: "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,|
|RF JOB 1:19||when a great storm came from over the Desert and seized the four corners of the house, and flung it down upon the youths, and killed them, except myself, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"|
|RF JOB 1:20||Then Job arose and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and threw himself upon the ground and worshipped, and said:|
|RF JOB 1:21|| "I came naked from my mother's womb;
And naked I shall return.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken,
Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
|RF JOB 1:22||In this Job did not sin, nor accuse God of injustice.|