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 42:1||Then Job answered, and said:|
|RF JOB 42:2|| I know that Your power is supreme,
And Your purpose can not be withstood!
|RF JOB 42:3|| Who am I? Who hid fact without thought,
And spoke what I never could know
Of acts that I understood not,
|RF JOB 42:4|| When I said, " Listen, and I will speak,—
I will question, and You must reply!
|RF JOB 42:5|| I had heard of You once by my ear,
But now I have seen with my eyes,
|RF JOB 42:6|| So I am convinced, and repent
On the dust and in ashes reclined.
|RF JOB 42:7||Now it occurred that after JEHOVAH had addressed these discourses to Job, that Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Themanite, "My anger burns against you and your two friends, for you have not reasoned correctly about Me, like My servant Job.|
|RF JOB 42:8||So now choose for yourselves seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer a sacrifice for yourselves, when My servant Job will pray for you,—for I will accept his presence,—so that I may not do any injury to you because you have not reasoned correctly about me, like my servant Job."|
|RF JOB 42:9||Consequently Eliphaz the Themanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Namathite, went and did as the EVER-LIVING commanded them, and the EVER-LIVING accepted the presence of Job.|
|RF JOB 42:10||Then the EVER-LIVING removed the miseries of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the EVER-LIVING gave Job twice as much as he had formerly.|
|RF JOB 42:11||And his brothers and sisters came to him. with all his acquaintance, to congratulate him, and ate bread with him in his home, and condoled with him and comforted him over all the suffering that the Lord had laid upon him, and each of them gave him a lamb, and every one a ring of gold.|
|RF JOB 42:12||The EVER-LIVING thus blessed Job more than formerly, and he possessed fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.|
|RF JOB 42:13||He also had seven sons, and three daughters,|
|RF JOB 42:14||and called the first of them Jemima, and the second Kezia, and the name of the third was Karenhepuk,|
|RF JOB 42:15||and in all the country none were found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them fortunes as well as to their brothers.|
|RF JOB 42:16||Job lived after this a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and grandsons, and great-grandsons of the fourth generation.|
|RF JOB 42:17||Then Job died, an old man, and satiated with years|