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 5:1||
Lecture 5: On Reverence in the Worship of God.
|RF ECC 5:2||Be not in a hurry with your mouth and your heart. Hasten not to pour out speech before God,—for God is in Heaven and you upon the Earth, —therefore let your words be few,|
|RF ECC 5:3||for the dream comes from many anxieties, and a fool's voice with many words.|
|RF ECC 5:4||When you vow a gift to God, delay not to pay it,—for He is not pleased with evasions.—Do what you have promised.—|
|RF ECC 5:5||It is better not to promise, than to be promising and not performing.|
|RF ECC 5:6||Do not allow your mouth to cause yourself to offend;—and do not say to the Messenger that it was a mistake.—Why should God be angered by your voice, and injure the work of your hands?|
|RF ECC 5:7||For in many dreams there are delusions and many readings. Therefore reverence God.|
|RF ECC 5:8||If you see oppression of the poor, and distortion of justice and right in a Province, do not be surprised at the perversion, for a higher than the highest watches,—and a Higher than them.—|
|RF ECC 5:9|| Yet the most excellent thing of all for a land is a King who is the Servant of his Country!
|RF ECC 5:10|| Lecture 6: On Avarice.
The love of money will never be satisfied with money;—nor he who loves wealth by its increase. That also is vanity.
|RF ECC 5:11||When wealth increases the consumers increase.—Then what benefit to its possessor?—except to look on it with his eyes?|
|RF ECC 5:12||The laborer's sleep is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the excess of the rich does not allow him to sleep.|
|RF ECC 5:13||There is a distressing misery I have seen under the sun;—wealth kept to the injury of its possessor;—|
|RF ECC 5:14||And that wealth perishing by an unfortunate accident;—when he has begot a son, and he possesses nothing!|
|RF ECC 5:15||As he comes naked from his mother's womb, he will turn to depart as he came, and he takes away nothing for all his labour to carry in his hand.—|
|RF ECC 5:16||Yes! this also is a grievous misery all bear,—that as they came, so they go,—and what continues is vexation of spirit.|
|RF ECC 5:17||He also eats all his days in darkness, and much anxiety, sickness, and vexation.—|
|RF ECC 5:18||Therefore, what I myself have concluded to be good and pleasant is, to eat and drink, and to see pleasure in all one's efforts that one attempts under the sun, for the number of the days that God gives to us;—for that is one's lot.|
|RF ECC 5:19||Also that every man to whom God has given wealth, and treasures, and power, should taste of them, and enjoy his lot, and take pleasure in whatever work GOD appoints for him,|
|RF ECC 5:20||so that he may not too much think upon the day of his life, when God removes him from the joys of his heart!|