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 ECC 1:1||
THE SERMONS OF THE PREACHER, THE SON OF DAVID, THE KING, IN JERUSALEM.
|RF ECC 1:2|| Lecture 1: On the Pursuit of Knowledge.
VANITY of Vanities! says the Preacher; Vanity of Vanities, all is vanity!
|RF ECC 1:3||What remains to a man from all the work that he does under the sun?|
|RF ECC 1:4||A generation comes, and a generation goes, but the earth endures for ever!|
|RF ECC 1:5||And the Sun rises, and the Sun sets; and when the breeze of morn arises there he is!|
|RF ECC 1:6||The Wind travels to the South, and revolves towards the North, travelling in circles; and in its revolutions returns to its place of origin!|
|RF ECC 1:7||All rivers run to the Sea, but the Sea is not full. To that place from which the rivers came, there they return in due course!|
|RF ECC 1:8||All language is feeble;—a man cannot utter himself!—The sight is not satiated by seeing; and the ear is not filled by hearing!|
|RF ECC 1:9||What has been,—that will be; and what has been done, will be done;—for there is nothing new under the sun!|
|RF ECC 1:10||If it is ever said, "See! This is new!" It has often been in former times that were before us.|
|RF ECC 1:11|| For there is no record of past events, and there will be none of future ones, for them to be remembered by those who are still more future.
|RF ECC 1:12|| The Pursuit of Knowledge: The Preacher Declares Who He Is.
I the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem,
|RF ECC 1:13||and I devoted my mind to investigation, and to scientific Research, over everything that occurs under the skies.—It is a difficult exercise which God has imposed upon the sons of Adam, to develop themselves by it.|
|RF ECC 1:14||I examined all the things which they produced under the skies, and saw that all was vanity and vexation of spirit!|
|RF ECC 1:15||The crooked could not be straightened; and the wrong could not be righted.|
|RF ECC 1:16||So I said to my heart,—and said to myself,—I have enlarged and extended science beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem; and my mind has examined the result of Science, and Knowledge;|
|RF ECC 1:17||I also gave my mind to the investigation of Science, and the investigation of Madness and Folly. I learnt that their pursuit was feeding on wind!|
|RF ECC 1:18||Science is a great grief; and whoever increases Knowledge increases sorrow!|