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 19:1||
The Fifth Replay to Job.
|RF JOB 19:2|| How long will you worry my life?
And make me feel crushed by your words?
|RF JOB 19:3|| You have libeled me fully ten times,
And are yet not ashamed to revile?
|RF JOB 19:4|| But grant it be true, I have sinned,
My errors remain with myself.
|RF JOB 19:5|| Why indeed should you swell up against
And reproach me, with my own disgrace?
|RF JOB 19:6|| Admit, that God has oppressed me,
And His lasso has flung round my neck,
|RF JOB 19:7|| That unanswered, I cry in distress,
And appeal—but I have not a judge!—
|RF JOB 19:8|| That He blocks up the path I would go,
And spreads darkness over my roads;
|RF JOB 19:9|| Has stripped off my glory from me
And my turban has thrown from my head;
|RF JOB 19:10|| That He breaks me wherever I go,
And has pulled up my hopes like a tree;
|RF JOB 19:11|| That He kindled His fury at me,
That He treats me as one of His foes,
|RF JOB 19:12|| For His troops come advancing in mass,
Their rampart against me they pile,
And encamping, encompass my hall!
|RF JOB 19:13|| My kinsmen have flown far away.
My companions are scattered abroad,
|RF JOB 19:14||They cease to approach, and forget;—|
|RF JOB 19:15|| My guests and my maids think me strange,
They forget; I'm unknown in their sight!
|RF JOB 19:16|| My lad replies not if I call—
To him I must soften my voice!
|RF JOB 19:17|| And my feelings are strange to my wife,
And I plead to the sons of my breast;
|RF JOB 19:18|| Even children regard me with scorn,
When I rise up they ridicule me;
|RF JOB 19:19|| I am loathed by my intimate friends
And those whom I loved turn away;
|RF JOB 19:20|| My bones pierce my skin and my flesh,
I possess but the skin of my teeth!
|RF JOB 19:21|| Oh pity me! pity me, friends!
For GOD'S hand is heavy on me!
|RF JOB 19:22|| Like God would you persecute me,
Unsatisfied yet with my flesh?
|RF JOB 19:23|| Who will help me to write out my tale?
Who will help to record in a book?
|RF JOB 19:24|| Or with pen made of iron, on lead,
Or cut deep on a rock for all time?
|RF JOB 19:25|| For I know my Defender exists,
And at last will stand over my dust,
|RF JOB 19:26|| And after this skin is destroyed
I shall yet in my flesh gaze on God!
|RF JOB 19:27|| Whom I shall gaze on for myself,
Mine eyes see Himself,—not another,—
Fulfilling the hopes of my breast!
|RF JOB 19:28|| While you cry, " Why did we pursue
When the root of the fact he had found?"
|RF JOB 19:29|| And you tremble yourselves at the sword,—
For the sword is the fear of the bad,—
When at last you discover my judge!