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 40:1||The Lord also continued, and said:|
|RF JOB 40:2|| Is the Almighty's Appellant content?
Has the Critic of God a reply?
|RF JOB 40:3||Then Job answered, and said:|
|RF JOB 40:4|| I was foolish, what can I reply?
So my hand I lay over my mouth.
|RF JOB 40:5|| I spoke once;—but will not speak again.
Nay twice, but I will not repeat.
|RF JOB 40:6|| Jehovah's Second Address.
Again Jehovah answered Job out of the Whirlwind, and said:
|RF JOB 40:7|| Then gird up your waist like a man;—
I will ask you, and you instruct Me;—
|RF JOB 40:8|| How can you My judgments reverse;—
Convict Me and set yourself free?
|RF JOB 40:9|| Or is your arm equal to God's,
And can your voice thunder like His?
|RF JOB 40:10|| Deck yourself now with glory and might
And clothe you in splendour and power;
|RF JOB 40:11|| Fling round you your anger and wrath
And examine the proud and o'erthrow!
|RF JOB 40:12|| Examine and humble the fierce,
Depressing the bad by their acts.
|RF JOB 40:13|| And hide them together in dust,
And blindfold their faces from light;—
|RF JOB 40:14|| And I, then, will congratulate you
That your right hand can rescue yourself!
|RF JOB 40:15|| See Behemoth, My work, like yourself
He feeds upon grass like an ox,
|RF JOB 40:16|| His power is placed in his loins,
And force in his obstinate breast;
|RF JOB 40:17|| Like a cedar he flashes his tail,
His thighs are a muscular plait,
|RF JOB 40:18|| His bones are as pieces of steel,
Like forgings of iron his frame:—
|RF JOB 40:19|| He is chief of the products of God;—
He who made, can destroy with His sword!
|RF JOB 40:20|| Then the mountains produce him his food,
Where all beasts of the field sport about;
|RF JOB 40:21|| Under willows he lies down to sleep,
In the shade of the reeds and the fens;
|RF JOB 40:22|| The willow trees' shade is his tent,
And the bush of the valley surrounds.
|RF JOB 40:23|| He fears not the furious flood!
He is calm, tho' streams rush in his face!
|RF JOB 40:24|| Who can catch him, when laid on the watch?
Or who run a rope through his nose?