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 22:1||
The Third Address of Eiphaz.
|RF JOB 22:2|| Can a man be essential to God
As a man of skill may to his like?
|RF JOB 22:3|| Does your righteousness profit the Highest?
Does He gain by your course being straight?
|RF JOB 22:4|| For fear of you, will He debate,
Or with you will He go to a judge?
|RF JOB 22:5|| Now! Is not your wickedness great,
And your vices without any end?
|RF JOB 22:6|| For your brother you robbed of his pledge
And have stripped from the naked his rags;
|RF JOB 22:7|| You quenched not the weary with drink,
From the famishing held back his bread!
|RF JOB 22:8|| But the powerful—to him gave the land!
And the haughty-faced dwelt upon it!
|RF JOB 22:9|| You sent starving widows away,
And the arms of the fatherless broke!
|RF JOB 22:10|| So, therefore, around you are snares,
And terrors unlooked for confound!
|RF JOB 22:11|| And darkness that you cannot see;
And torrents of water o'erwhelm!
|RF JOB 22:12|| Is not God in the Heavens on high,
Looking over the heads of the stars?
|RF JOB 22:13|| But you may ask, " What can God know?
"Or distinguish behind the black gloom?
|RF JOB 22:14|| " Black clouds are around,—He sees not;—
"For He walks in the sphere of the skies!"
|RF JOB 22:15|| You keep to the very old path
Which the vilest of mortals have trod;
|RF JOB 22:16|| Who were snatched off before their full time,
Whose foundations were swept by a flood;
|RF JOB 22:17|| Who cried to GOD, "Get far away!"
And, " What gain is the Almighty to us?"
|RF JOB 22:18|| "He fills up their houses with wealth."
(Begone your vile statements from me!)
|RF JOB 22:19|| No! The righteous look on and are glad,
And the virtuous laugh him to scorn;
|RF JOB 22:20|| "Our foeman," they cry, "is now wrecked,
And the fire will consume his remains."
|RF JOB 22:21|| Now make him your friend and have peace;
To you the results will be good.
|RF JOB 22:22|| Accept, now, the Law from His mouth,
And fasten His words on your heart.
|RF JOB 22:23|| To the Mighty Constructor return,
Depravity drive from your tent,
|RF JOB 22:24|| And throw your gold into the dust,
—Yes, your gold from the gravelly brooks,—
|RF JOB 22:25|| And let the Most High be your wealth,
And the glitter of silver to you!
|RF JOB 22:26|| For then the Almighty will love,
And your face you can lift up to God!
|RF JOB 22:27|| He will hear you whenever you pray
And He will accomplish your vows;
|RF JOB 22:28|| And He will effect your intent,
And the light will shine over your ways!
|RF JOB 22:29|| Though He humbles;—He can say, " Arise,"
When the eyes are cast down, then He saves,
|RF JOB 22:30|| Protecting the virtuous home,
Protecting your unsoiled hands!