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 34:1||Then Elihu continued to speak and said|
|RF JOB 34:2|| Attend, you Wise Men, to my speech,
You, Philosophers, listen to me!
|RF JOB 34:3|| About reasons the ear can decide,
As the palate the flavors of food.
|RF JOB 34:4|| We can choose out the right for ourselves
And distinguish within what is best.
|RF JOB 34:5|| Now Job has said;—"I have been right,
But God took the verdict from me!
|RF JOB 34:6|| Although I am right—should I lie?—
Without fault, I am tortured to death!"
|RF JOB 34:7|| Whoever of men is like Job,
Like water he swallows down sin,
|RF JOB 34:8|| Joins the path of pursuers of vice
And associates with profligate men?
|RF JOB 34:9|| For he says " That it profits not man
To make himself pleasing to God."
|RF JOB 34:10|| But listen, you wise men:
God could not be forced to do sin
Or the Almighty to execute wrong.
|RF JOB 34:11|| But man's actions return on himself
And the tracks of a man find him out!
|RF JOB 34:12|| Most certainly God never wrongs,
The Almighty does not pervert right!
|RF JOB 34:13|| And who for Him organized earth?
Or who for Him fixed all the spheres?
|RF JOB 34:14|| If He called back the heart and the breath
And the life, to Himself, all would cease,—
|RF JOB 34:15|| All flesh would expire at once,
And man would return to the dust!
|RF JOB 34:16|| If you have understanding, hear this,
And attend to the sense of my words:
|RF JOB 34:17|| Could one who hates law ever rule?
And if right—would you charge him with wrong?
|RF JOB 34:18|| Would you say to a king, "You're a rogue? "
Or to princes, " What villains you are!"
|RF JOB 34:19|| Much less, to who favors not kings
Nor repulses the face of the poor;
For His hand has created them all.
|RF JOB 34:20|| On a sudden they die at midnight!
Men tremble and then pass away,
And the mighty fall down without strength.
|RF JOB 34:21|| For His eyes are on every man's paths,
And he looks upon all of their steps;
|RF JOB 34:22|| Nor darkness, nor shadow of death,
Can hide those who wallow in sin!
|RF JOB 34:23|| So He need not lay much on a man
To bring him to God to be judged.
|RF JOB 34:24|| He can suddenly ruin the great
And others set up in their stead
|RF JOB 34:25|| For He is aware of their acts,
And o'erthrows in a night, and they fall.
|RF JOB 34:26|| He strikes them, because they are bad,
In the place where their splendour appeared;
|RF JOB 34:27|| Because they turned off from His paths
And paid no respect to His ways.
|RF JOB 34:28|| So the weak sent their cry up to Him;—
And the shriek of the wretched He heard.
|RF JOB 34:29|| When He pacifies, who can disturb?
When He covers a face, who can reign?
Alike to a Nation or Man,
|RF JOB 34:30|| Preventing a vile man to rule,
Preventing a nation's distress!
|RF JOB 34:31|| This should make them exclaim to their God,
"I have sinned,—but I will not persist;
|RF JOB 34:32|| I see nothing,—so teach me yourself,
If wrong,—I will cease from my acts."
|RF JOB 34:33|| Should He reward you, as you choose
With what you dislike or would wish?
I think not.—But say what you think.
|RF JOB 34:34|| Men of sense will declare as I do,
And the wise men will listen to me.
|RF JOB 34:35|| Job has spoken beyond what he knows,
And his speeches have not had good sense.
|RF JOB 34:36|| I wish to see Job fairly tried,
Not turned out among wicked men,
|RF JOB 34:37|| Tho' rebellion he joined to his sins,
Clapped at us,—and heaped words up at GOD!