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 12:1||
The Third Reply to Job.
|RF JOB 12:2|| No doubt but that you are the men,
And that wisdom will die with yourselves!—
|RF JOB 12:3|| But I have a mind like your own,
And I am not inferior to you!—
But who does not know things like these?—
|RF JOB 12:4|| Yet I am a joke to my friends!
"Let him call to his God for reply!"—
The Upright and Just are despised!—
|RF JOB 12:5|| Those resting in light scorn a lamp,—
Which is prized by those feeling their steps.
|RF JOB 12:6|| Yet the tents of the plunderers prosper,
And God makes the ruffians secure;—
And God brings the wealth to the stores
Of those whose sole god is their power!
|RF JOB 12:7|| Even ask of the beasts to instruct,—
And the birds of the skies to inform,
|RF JOB 12:8|| Or the weeds of the earth who can teach,
Or the fish of the sea to relate,
|RF JOB 12:9|| Such rubbish as yours, who knows not?
For the hand of the Lord has done this,
|RF JOB 12:10|| In Whose hand is the breath of all life,
With the soul that resides in each man.
|RF JOB 12:11|| But cannot the ear taste of words,
As the palate distinguishes food?
|RF JOB 12:12|| Let it be; "That the old man is wise
And that those of long days understand,"
|RF JOB 12:13|| Yet with Him reside wisdom and power,
With Him are reflection and thought.
|RF JOB 12:14|| Look! He throws down, and none can rebuild,
Shuts up, and no man can release;
|RF JOB 12:15|| He holds back the waters—they fly—
He releases,—and then the land floods!
|RF JOB 12:16|| Both Strength and Perfection are His,
His are the Oppressor, and Oppressed!
|RF JOB 12:17|| He leads the contrivers to plunder;
But yet makes their punishment shine!
|RF JOB 12:18|| He expands the dominion of kings,
And girdles their loins with might;
|RF JOB 12:19|| But yet lets the priesthoods be captured,
And the mightiest He overwhelms!
|RF JOB 12:20|| From the eloquent, He takes the lip,
And deprives the old men of their sense;
|RF JOB 12:21|| On princes He pours out contempt,
And loosens the belt of the great!
|RF JOB 12:22|| Uncovers the depths of the gloom,
Brings light to the shadow of death;
|RF JOB 12:23|| He nations exalts and depresses;
Or the nations extends and they last;—
|RF JOB 12:24|| Yet takes sense from the heads of the earth,
And they wander in wastes without paths,
|RF JOB 12:25|| They grope in the dark without light,
And they stagger like men who are drunk.