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 29:1||
The Ninth Reply of Job.
|RF JOB 29:2|| Who will make me as in former months,
As the times when God watched over me?
|RF JOB 29:3|| When His lamp brightly shone o'er my head,
And His light when I walked in the dark;
|RF JOB 29:4|| As I was in the days of my wealth,
When God counseled me in my tent;
|RF JOB 29:5|| And whilst the Almighty was mine,
And servants attended around;
|RF JOB 29:6|| When washing my footpath in cream,
When the rock poured me ponds full of oil.
|RF JOB 29:7|| When I went to the gate through the town,
When I spread out my seat in tho square;
|RF JOB 29:8|| The children on seeing me hid,
And the eider men rose up and stood;
|RF JOB 29:9|| The princes broke off from their speech,
And laid their hand over their mouth;
|RF JOB 29:10|| The voice of the nobles was still,
And their tongue was held close to its roof.
|RF JOB 29:11|| And when the ear heard me, it blest,
And the eye that looked on me approved;
|RF JOB 29:12|| For I rescued the wretch who appealed
And the destitute who had no help!
|RF JOB 29:13|| The perishing brought me their thanks,
And I gladdened the poor widow's heart.
|RF JOB 29:14|| In goodness I dressed, and was clothed,
I made justice my robe and my crown!
|RF JOB 29:15|| And I became eyes to the blind,
And I, also, was feet to the lame;
|RF JOB 29:16|| And a father I was to the poor,
And the cause of the friendless I searched.
|RF JOB 29:17|| I broke the jaw teeth of the vile,
And tore the prey out of their mouth!
|RF JOB 29:18|| So I thought I should die in my nest,
And add to my days like the sand!
|RF JOB 29:19|| That my roots would spread out to the streams,
And the dew drops would rest on my boughs;
|RF JOB 29:20|| And my honours be freshened for me,
And my bow keep its spring in my hand I
|RF JOB 29:21|| Then they waited to listen to me,
And were silent to hear my advice;
|RF JOB 29:22|| When I had spoke, no one replied,
And upon them my sentences dropped.
|RF JOB 29:23|| And they wailed for me as for rain,
And opened their mouths as for showers.
|RF JOB 29:24|| If I laughed at them, did they believe?
They turned not from the smile on my face!
|RF JOB 29:25|| I chose their course, sitting as chief,
And I stood as commander of troops.
I encouraged them when they despaired!—