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 2:1||
Another day arrived when the sons of God reported themselves to the Lord, and the Accuser reported himself amongst them to the Lord; when the Lord asked the Accuser,
|RF JOB 2:2|| " Where do you come from? "
And the Accuser answered the Lord and said, " From flying over the earth, and up and down in it."
|RF JOB 2:3||The Lord then asked the Accuser, "Have you fixed your attention on My servant Job, that there is none, like him on the earth, an honest and upright man, who fears God, and turns from wrong; who yet retains his virtues, although you induced Me to causelessly afflict him?"|
|RF JOB 2:4||The Accuser, however, replied to the Lord and said, "Skin to skin! A man will give all that he has for his life!|
|RF JOB 2:5||Perhaps if You were to extend Your hand now, and torture his bones and his flesh, he would curse You to Your face?"|
|RF JOB 2:6||So the Lord answered the Accuser and said, " Look! He is in your power, except that you shall regard his life."|
|RF JOB 2:7||The Accuser consequently went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with a painful ulcerous inflammation, from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.|
|RF JOB 2:8||And he took a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat down amongst the ashes.|
|RF JOB 2:9||His wife, however, said to him, "Will you stick to your virtues? Curse God; and die!"|
|RF JOB 2:10||But he replied to her, "You speak as one of the worthless women speak. We accepted comforts from God, so should we not also accept discomfort? " In all that Job did not sin with his lips.|
|RF JOB 2:11||Now three friends of Job heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, so each came from his house—Eliphaz the Themanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Namathite—and agreed to go and mourn with him, and comfort him;|
|RF JOB 2:12||but when they from a distance raised their eyes and could not recognize him, they lifted up their voices and wept, and each tore his robe, and flung dust on their heads, and were stupefied,|
|RF JOB 2:13||and sat with him for seven days and seven nights on the earth, but did not speak to him, for they saw that his despair was great.|