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 9:1||
The Second Reply to Job.
|RF JOB 9:2|| I acknowledge that it is a truth
That no man can be just before God.
|RF JOB 9:3|| If one wished to contend against Him,
Not one in a thousand could speak.
|RF JOB 9:4|| Wise-hearted, Almighty in Force,
Who can resist him with success
|RF JOB 9:5|| Who casts down the hills unawares,
And o'erwhelms in His anger and wrath.
|RF JOB 9:6|| Who shakes the land out of its place,
And makes the supports of it rock;
|RF JOB 9:7|| At whose order the sun would not shine,
And He even can seal up the stars!
|RF JOB 9:8|| Who only can stretch out the skies,
And walk on the waves of the sea!
|RF JOB 9:9|| Who made the fixed star of the North,
The Bright-way and the Halls of the South;
|RF JOB 9:10|| Who does great and inscrutable things,
And wonders that no one can count!
|RF JOB 9:11|| He passes! But I see Him not!
He flits by, and I do not perceive!
|RF JOB 9:12|| When He snatches—who then can resist?
Who can say to Him—what would You do?
|RF JOB 9:13|| God turns not away from our wrath;
To Him the proud giants must bow.
|RF JOB 9:14|| Then how could I answer to Him?
Or against Him arrange all my thoughts?
|RF JOB 9:15|| Were I right I could never debate,
But must humbly entreat to my judge.
|RF JOB 9:16|| If I called, and He answered to me,
Am I sure He would list to my voice?—
|RF JOB 9:17|| Who sweeps me as though with a storm,
And strikes me with wounds without cause;
|RF JOB 9:18|| Who hinders me drawing my breath,
Who has gorged me with bitterest griefs;
|RF JOB 9:19|| As to Power?—How mighty He is!
As for right?—Who dare witness for me?
|RF JOB 9:20|| Am I righteous?—My mouth would convict;
Am I honest?—I may be deceived!
|RF JOB 9:21|| I am honest! Know I not my soul?
And yet I despise my own life!—
|RF JOB 9:22|| But this I assert as a fact,—
He destroys both the good and the bad.
|RF JOB 9:23|| He kills as with some sudden lash,
And laughs at the victims who shriek!
|RF JOB 9:24|| Gives the earth to the hand of the bad,
And muffles the mouth of the judge.
If it is not He? Then who does?—
|RF JOB 9:25|| But my days are more swift than a post!
They run forward, and never find rest;—
|RF JOB 9:26|| Like the ships of the pirates sail off;—
Like eagles that pounce on their prey!—
|RF JOB 9:27|| If I say, " I care not for my woes,
I will loosen my face, and will smile! ''
|RF JOB 9:28|| I am terrified still by my griefs, '
For I know that you will not release!
|RF JOB 9:29|| I know I am wicked myself;
Why then should I labour in vain?
|RF JOB 9:30|| If I wash myself white as the snow,
And make my hands clean with the soap,
|RF JOB 9:31|| You would plunge me again in a ditch,
And my clothing would shrink from myself.
|RF JOB 9:32|| For a man like myself could not speak,
Nor bring us together to plead,
|RF JOB 9:33|| For no one exists to decide,
And control both of us by his hand.—
|RF JOB 9:34|| From me let Him take off His rod!
And not by His terrors oppress,
|RF JOB 9:35|| For then I could speak and not fear,—
But not in the state I now am!