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 7:1||
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE PREACHER.
|RF ECC 7:2|| Better go to the house of sorrow,
Than go to the house of feasting;
For that, is the end of all men,
And the living will lay it to heart.
|RF ECC 7:3|| Sorrow is better than laughter,
For by a sad face, the heart is improved.
|RF ECC 7:4|| The heart of the Wise seeks the house of Grief,
But the heart of the Fools, the house of Joy.
|RF ECC 7:5|| Better hear the reproof of the Wise.
Than attend to the singing of Fools!—
|RF ECC 7:6|| As crackling thorns sound under a pot,
So the laughter of Fools is vain!
|RF ECC 7:7|| Oppression can madden the wise,
And a bribe perverts the mind.
|RF ECC 7:8|| The end of a thing excels the beginning,—
And a gentle spirit excels a proud.
|RF ECC 7:9|| Excite not your spirit to anger,—
For anger resides in the bosom of fools!
|RF ECC 7:10|| Lecture 9: On the Folly of Discontent.
Do not ask why the former times were better than these?—for it is not wise to enquire why.—
|RF ECC 7:11||Science is good with an estate, and it is useful to those who see the sun,|
|RF ECC 7:12||for science is a defence, as money is a defence, and abundant knowledge of science may preserve the life of its possessor.|
|RF ECC 7:13||Consider the Creation of God. Who is able to straighten what He has bent?|
|RF ECC 7:14||In the day of prosperity be happy; and in the day of adversity reflect; for God made both this and that. To spare words, no man can discover anything about events after himself!|
|RF ECC 7:15||I have observed all this in my unhappy days,—that sometimes a good man perished by his goodness; and sometimes a bad man is preserved by his crimes!|
|RF ECC 7:16||Do not be over good, or make yourself over learned;—why should you overwhelm yourself?|
|RF ECC 7:17||Do not be very bad, and do not be foolish;—why should you kill yourself before your time?|
|RF ECC 7:18||It is well that you should lay hold of this, and also not withdraw your hand from that;—but whoever reverences God will escape from all.|
|RF ECC 7:19||Science helps the educated, more than ten strong men who may be in a fortress;|
|RF ECC 7:20||for there is not a clever man on earth who always does well, and never mistakes;|
|RF ECC 7:21||so do not give your attention to all the things that are spoken, or perhaps you may hear your servant curse you,|
|RF ECC 7:22||for your heart knows how often you yourself have cursed others.|
|RF ECC 7:23||I have ascertained all this scientifically. I declared I would become scientific.—But it was far from me.—|
|RF ECC 7:24||Where does extent go? and who can explore space?|
|RF ECC 7:25||I turned back, and decided to learn, and investigate and seek knowledge and skill, and to learn the wickedness of Folly, and Perversity, and Recklessness;—|
|RF ECC 7:26||and I discovered that a woman who has craft and vices in her heart, and snares in her hands, is worse than death! May the Good before God escape from her; but the Offensive be captured by her!|
|RF ECC 7:27||I have discovered these, says the Preacher, by comparing one with another, to discover motives,|
|RF ECC 7:28||with my mind continually thinking. I have discovered one man's motive in a thousand. But in all these I have not discovered a woman's!|
|RF ECC 7:29||I have only discovered this;—that GOD made Mankind right, but they have sought out many villainies!|