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 10:1||
My body is weary of life;—
|RF JOB 10:2|| And I beg of God not to convict.
Inform me for what You contend?—
|RF JOB 10:3|| Is oppression a pleasure to You,
To despise the poor work of Your hand;
And prosper the plans of the bad?
|RF JOB 10:4|| Have You only the eyes of a man
Or see but as mortals perceive?
|RF JOB 10:5|| Are Your days like the days of mankind?
Or Your years like the period of man?
|RF JOB 10:6|| That You hunt to find out my defects,
And seek to discover my sin,
|RF JOB 10:7|| When You know that I am not depraved—
And that none can relieve from Your hand?
|RF JOB 10:8|| It was Your hand that formed me and made,—
And compacted—Then why now destroy?
|RF JOB 10:9|| Remember, You made me from clay,
That to dust You will make me return f
|RF JOB 10:10|| And did You not curdle like milk,
And fixed me together like cheese,
|RF JOB 10:11|| Then clothed me with skin, and with flesh,
And with bones and with muscles compact?
|RF JOB 10:12|| And gave me my Life, and my Reason,
Then last, fixed my Spirit in me?—
|RF JOB 10:13|| Tho' You hid all these things in Your heart,
I know the result was from You.
|RF JOB 10:14|| And that You would observe if I sinned;
And would not acquit from my guilt.
|RF JOB 10:15|| If wicked, alas! then for me!
If righteous, I raise not my head!
Be content with my shame! See my woe,—
|RF JOB 10:16|| Like a lion, he rises to seize!—
And You are turned from me estranged;—
|RF JOB 10:17|| Against me You heap up the proofs,
Increasing Your anger with me;
And against me Your armies are massed!—
|RF JOB 10:18|| So why did You bring from the womb?
Oh! would I had died, and none seen,
|RF JOB 10:19|| As tho' I had never had life,
And had gone from the womb to the grave!—
|RF JOB 10:20|| Are not my days fading and few?—
Oh! leave me a moment of rest,
|RF JOB 10:21|| Ere I go, whence I never return,
To the land of the black shadowed gloom,
|RF JOB 10:22|| To the land where the brightness is black,
Like the shadow of death,
Where there are no columns of light,
And whose glitter is black!