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 10:1||
2. Dead Flies.
|RF ECC 10:2|| The wise man's heart is fixed at his right,—
The fool's heart, is at his left hand!
|RF ECC 10:3|| And the fool goes on his senseless way,
And tells all men that he is but a fool!
|RF ECC 10:4|| Lecture 14: On the Evils of Incompetent Governments.
If the temper of the Ruler rises up against you, do not persist in your position, for great offenses are remedied by submission.
|RF ECC 10:5||There is a wrong I have seen under the sun, as an error proceeding from the Government;|
|RF ECC 10:6||promotion is often given to the low,—while the high are depressed.—|
|RF ECC 10:7||I have observed slaves on horses, and Princes walking like slaves on the ground.|
|RF ECC 10:8|| Suggestions for our Conduct.
Who digs a pit, may fall into it;
Who breaks a fence, a snake may sting him
|RF ECC 10:9|| Who removes stones may be hurt by them;
Who fells trees is by them endangered;
|RF ECC 10:10|| If the iron is blunt, and edge not sharp,—
Exert your strength, and use good skill.
|RF ECC 10:11|| The serpent stings without a charmer,
And an unbridled tongue the same.
|RF ECC 10:12|| The words of a wise mouth profit,
But a fool's lips will swallow himself,—
|RF ECC 10:13|| The opening words of his mouth are folly;
And the last from his mouth wild madness!
|RF ECC 10:14|| But why foolishly multiply words?
Man knows not what came before him,
And what will succeed,—who can tell?
|RF ECC 10:15|| The endeavors of fools exhaust them,
When they know not the road to the town!
|RF ECC 10:16|| Woe to you, land, when your King is a Slave,
And your nobles are drunk in the morning!
|RF ECC 10:17|| Happy land, when your King is from Princes,
And your Nobles seek health from food not excess!
|RF ECC 10:18|| By neglecting, the rafters will rot,
And the house falls from idling hands.
|RF ECC 10:19|| A feast is made for enjoyment,
And Wine cheers the living;
And money is useful for all things!
|RF ECC 10:20|| Curse not the King in your thoughts;
And curse not the rich in your chamber
For a bird of the sky bears the sound,
And the owner of wings tells the speech!