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 4:1||
Lecture 4: On Misgovernment.
|RF ECC 4:2||Therefore I congratulated the Dead, who died in the past, more than the living who are still alive.—|
|RF ECC 4:3||But, better than either is he who has not come to sensation;—who has not seen in Creation the suffering that is produced under the sun!|
|RF ECC 4:4||I also turned and examined all toil, and all the success produced by it;—that a man is envied for it by his neighbour. So it is also vanity and vexation of spirit!|
|RF ECC 4:5||Yet the idler folds his hands and eats his own flesh!—|
|RF ECC 4:6||Yet a handful with quietness is better than both hands full with anxiety and vexation of spirit!|
|RF ECC 4:7||Then I turned to examine this vanity under the sun.—|
|RF ECC 4:8||There may be a solitary without a companion; who possesses neither a son nor brother, yet there is no end to all his anxiety; nor are his eyes satiated with wealth;—nor does he ask, "For whom do I toil and deprive my life of enjoyment?" This also is vanity and a grievous trouble!|
|RF ECC 4:9||Two are better than one,—for there is a better reward to them for work.|
|RF ECC 4:10||And if the one falls his companion can lift him up; but alas! for one who falls when there is not another to help him to rise!|
|RF ECC 4:11||Then if two lie together they will be warm; but there is only one, where is the warmth?|
|RF ECC 4:12||And one may be defeated, where two associated could stand, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.|
|RF ECC 4:13||A poor and instructed youth is preferable to an ignorant and old king, who will never learn intelligence;—|
|RF ECC 4:14||who brings men from the house of a slave-dealer to govern;—whilst those born in his kingdom he brings to poverty!|
|RF ECC 4:15||I compared the whole of the living that walk under the sun with the next generation coming after them.—|
|RF ECC 4:16||There is no end to all the people,—to all who have been formerly,—yet their successors will not be cheered by it. —So this, is vanity and vexation of spirit!|