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 23:1||
The Seventh Reply of Job.
|RF JOB 23:2|| Very bitter my thought is today!
But His hand overpowers my groans.
|RF JOB 23:3|| Who will help to discover and find?
I would go to the place where He dwells,
|RF JOB 23:4|| Arranging before Him my cause,
And with reasoning's filling my mouth.
|RF JOB 23:5|| I would learn the replies He would give,
And understand what He would say.
|RF JOB 23:6|| Would He fight me with powerful speech?
No! But He would be gentle with me,
|RF JOB 23:7|| For the honest can reason with Him;
So my cause would triumphantly win!—
|RF JOB 23:8|| Look! I go to the East; He is not!
To the West;—But I cannot perceive!
|RF JOB 23:9|| To the North, where He works,—But and not!
To the South, where He hides;—But unseen!
|RF JOB 23:10|| Yet He knows the course that I go.—
At the test I stand pure as gold;
|RF JOB 23:11|| I have fastened my feet in His steps,
Unwavering I kept to His path;
|RF JOB 23:12|| Not shirking the law of His lips,
In my breast I have stored His commands!
|RF JOB 23:13|| But HIM?—He is One!—Who can turn?
For what He desires, He does!
|RF JOB 23:14|| He will work out His objects with me;—
But how many are there with Him?
|RF JOB 23:15|| So, excluded His presence, I faint;
I reflect, and I tremble at Him!
|RF JOB 23:16|| For God has deprived me of heart,
The Almighty brought trouble to me.
|RF JOB 23:17|| Why was I not cut off ere the dark,
And before I was covered with gloom?