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 12:1||
|RF ECC 12:2|| Ere the Sun and the Light become dim, and the Morn and the Stars,
And the clouds go away after rain!
|RF ECC 12:3|| When the Guards of the House will be trembling,
And the strongest of men will bow down;
And the grinders will cease as but few;
And the light of the windows be dim,
|RF ECC 12:4|| And doors closed to the feet and the shuffling step;
When the bird's voice alarms, and the singers depress,
|RF ECC 12:5|| When fears come from the above, and the roadway below;
And sleep flies away,—
And the grasshopper loads,
And Desire will fail;—
And Man seeks his Long Home,
And the Mourners will walk round the streets.—
|RF ECC 12:6|| Ere the silver cord's loosed, or the golden bowl broke;
Or the Cup is found smashed at the spring,
Or the Wheel is found lost at the Well,
|RF ECC 12:7|| And Man goes to the earth that he was,
And his Soul will return to the God Who gave it!
|RF ECC 12:8|| The End of Solomon's Lectures.
Note By The Ancient Editors.
Probably those employed under King Hezekiah to arrange these Lectures from the preserved manuscripts of his great ancestor, Solomon, for publication.
Old Editorial Comment.
"Vanity of Vanity," said the Preacher, "Vanity of Vanity!"
|RF ECC 12:9||But for the rest, the Preacher was skilful so far as teaching science to the People, and he was listened to, and selected many proverbs.|
|RF ECC 12:10||The Preacher sought to discover pleasing words, and wrote accurately truthful conclusions.|
|RF ECC 12:11||The discourses of philosophers are like pegs, and stakes, fixed by masterly shepherds. They keep the flock together.|
|RF ECC 12:12||But nevertheless my son be warned by this, that there is no end to the making of many books, and much learning is a weariness of the flesh.|
|RF ECC 12:13||When all is heard, this is the conclusion of the whole matter. "Reverence God, and keep His commands.—They are for all mankind.—|
|RF ECC 12:14|| For GOD will bring every act into judgment, along with every secret, whether Good or Bad!"
The End of the Book of Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher.