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 8:1||
The First Address of Bildad.
|RF JOB 8:2|| How long will you babble such things,
Raising storms with the words of your mouth?
|RF JOB 8:3|| Is God a perverter of Law?
Will the Highest distort what is right?
|RF JOB 8:4|| If your children have sinned against Him,
By their sin He has driven them away.
|RF JOB 8:5|| While you—had you sought for your God
And to the Almighty had prayed—
|RF JOB 8:6|| If you had been pure and upright,
Even now He would rise up for you,
And prosper your righteous abode.
|RF JOB 8:7|| Altho' your beginnings were small,
Your future would grow very great.
|RF JOB 8:8|| For ask of the primeval race,
And their ancestral wisdom seek out
|RF JOB 8:9|| (We are ignorant—born yesterday—
Our days are a shadow on earth),
|RF JOB 8:10|| Will they not instruct you and tell
And bring out these words from their hearts,
|RF JOB 8:11|| " Can the flag grow without mire?
"Can bulrushes grow without streams?
|RF JOB 8:12|| "Whilst green, and while not yet cut down,
"They wither before any plant!
|RF JOB 8:13|| "So do all who abandon their God,
"And the hopes of the profligate fade,
|RF JOB 8:14|| "Whose confidence will be cut off,
"And his trust be a spider's frail web.
|RF JOB 8:15|| "If he leans on his web it will break,
If he clings, it will never endure!
|RF JOB 8:16|| "At sunrise he seems a fresh plant,
"O'er his garden he spreads out his boughs,
|RF JOB 8:17|| " His roots are deep down in a hill,
"And tighten their grip round the rocks;
|RF JOB 8:18|| "But if he is torn from his place
"It denies him with,' I know you not! '
|RF JOB 8:19|| "See! That is the joy of his course! "
Yet others will spring from his dust.
|RF JOB 8:20|| But God casts not the upright away,
Nor strengthens the hand of the bad.
|RF JOB 8:21|| He could yet fill your mouth with delight,
And make you exult with your lips,
|RF JOB 8:22|| And clothe all your haters in shame;—
But the tents of the wicked collapse!