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 20:1||
The Second Address of Zophar.
|RF JOB 20:2|| Because I am driven by my mind,
And I rush from the passion within,—
|RF JOB 20:3|| Having heard an insulting reproof
I answer with spirited thought.
|RF JOB 20:4|| Know you not this from of old,
Since Adam was placed upon earth,
|RF JOB 20:5|| That the triumph of sinners is short
And the joys of the vile but an hour?
|RF JOB 20:6|| If he goes up as high as the skies
And his head reaches up to the clouds,
|RF JOB 20:7|| Like his dung he will perish for ever;—
Those who saw him will ask, " Where is he?
|RF JOB 20:8|| He will fly like a dream, nor be found,
And vanish like visions at night.
|RF JOB 20:9|| An eye-glance,—for it is no more,—
And he never returns to his place!
|RF JOB 20:10|| His children shall flatter the low,
And their hands will repay for his sin.
|RF JOB 20:11|| His vices will fill up his bones,
And with him lie down in the dust!
|RF JOB 20:12|| Tho' vice has been sweet to his taste,
Concealing it under his tongue;
|RF JOB 20:13|| Tho' he fondled and never forsook
But retained in the roof of his mouth;—
|RF JOB 20:14|| Yet the food in his bowels will turn
To the venom of asps in his breast.
|RF JOB 20:15|| He will vomit the plunder he gorged,
From his stomach his god will be cast!
|RF JOB 20:16|| He will suck in the poison of asps,
The sting of the adder will kill.—
|RF JOB 20:17|| He shall not see the pools or the streams
Of the rivers of honey and oil,
|RF JOB 20:18|| Nor consume the reward of his work;—
He carries the wealth, but owns not!
|RF JOB 20:19|| For he crushed and abandoned the weak,
Stole a house that he never had built,
|RF JOB 20:20|| For he never knew rest in his greed,
He never let slip his desire,
|RF JOB 20:21|| And nothing escaped from his knife:
His wealth, therefore, will not endure.
|RF JOB 20:22|| He has fear in amassing his hoard
That the hand of distress may approach.
|RF JOB 20:23|| While he goes to accomplish his greed
Fierce wrath is discharged upon him,
And is rained as he sits at his food.—
|RF JOB 20:24|| If he flies from the weapon of iron,
He is shot by a bow made of steel!
|RF JOB 20:25|| A swift arrow comes up to his back,
And it goes to his gall, with its barb!
|RF JOB 20:26|| All darkness is stored up for him,—
A fire unblown will consume;—
It is bad for those left in his tent!
|RF JOB 20:27|| The skies will uncover his sins,
And against him the earth will rise up,
|RF JOB 20:28|| And the wealth of his house flow away
Like the floods in the day of a storm!
|RF JOB 20:29|| Such from God is the fate of bad men
And their portion appointed from God.