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 ISA 1:1||
The Vision which Isaiah-ben-Amoz foresaw over Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, I'otham, Ahaz, and Hezekhiah, the Kings of Judah.
|RF ISA 1:2|| ODE 1.
An Appeal to His Nation.
The LORD Himself speaks!—Heavens hear, and Earth listen! "I reared and trained sons, but from Me they revolt.—
|RF ISA 1:3||The Ox his owner knows,—the Ass his master's crib, But Israel knows nothing,—My People see not!|
|RF ISA 1:4||Woe! you wicked Nation;—Tribe loaded with sin,—You Race of revolters,—the children of vice,—Who abandoned the LORD Whom they hate, Who from Israel's HOLY turned back,—|
|RF ISA 1:5||On what spot can they strike you again: For each head is wounded and every heart sick,|
|RF ISA 1:6||And from the foot sole to the crown is no health, But only wounds, bruises and festering sores, Never cleansed or wrapped up, and not softened with oil"|
|RF ISA 1:7||Your land is a Desert,—Your cities are burnt, Your farms in your sight strangers eat, and the plunderers waste|
|RF ISA 1:8||Zion's maid sits forlorn like a tent in a field, A Hut in a Garden,—or City besieged.|
|RF ISA 1:9||"Unless the LORD'S Mercy had left us a few, We should perish like Sodom, be wrecked like Gomorah.|
|RF ISA 1:10||So hear the LORD'S sentence, you Judges of Sodom,—Attend to GOD'S laws, you Gomorahan race!|
|RF ISA 1:11||"What to ME," asks the LORD, "Is the wealth of your offerings,—I am sick of burnt Rams and the fat of fed beasts,—Blood of Bulls and of Lambs, and of Goats pleases not.—|
|RF ISA 1:12||When you come to My Presence who asks them from you, When trampling My courts?|
|RF ISA 1:13||"Bring no more vain offerings; your incense I hate it,—Your Month-feasts, and Sabbaths, and solemn assemblies, Abandon as useless, for I accept not.|
|RF ISA 1:14||My soul hates your Monthly and Festival Meetings; A load they are on Me,—I stagger to carry;—|
|RF ISA 1:15||When you there spread your hands, I turn My face from you, Though you multiply praying I never will listen, For blood fills your hands.|
|RF ISA 1:16||"Therefore wash yourselves clean, turn your sins from before you; Cease your practice of evil when close to My sight.|
|RF ISA 1:17||Learn to be righteous, and try to do justice,—Be just to the orphan, the helpless defend.|
|RF ISA 1:18||"Come now," says the LORD, "for the reason I give you If your sins were like red, they will whiten like snow, If purple as worms will become like to wool;—|
|RF ISA 1:19||If calmly you listen, the good Land shall feed you;—|
|RF ISA 1:20||But refuse, and rebel, and the sword will eat you!"|
|RF ISA 1:21|| ODE 2.
A Lament over Zion.
How could the Chaste City come out as a Harlot? Once Righteousness dwelt there,—but Murderers now!
|RF ISA 1:22||Your silver is drossy, your wine mixed with water.|
|RF ISA 1:23||Your Princes are rebels, Confederates with robbers, Love bribes and seek gifts, not the rights of the helpless, And the plea of the widow they bring not before them.|
|RF ISA 1:24||"Go," says the Life's Prince, the kind Shepherd of Israel, "I will clear off the tyrants, and punish My haters.|
|RF ISA 1:25||Will turn My hand on you, refine out your dross,|
|RF ISA 1:26||And reserving your best will restore as aforetime, Your Statesmen to govern, Then they will call you the City of Justice, The Home of the truth;—|
|RF ISA 1:27||Zion, freed by Justice, by Right from her Slavery,|
|RF ISA 1:28||While the Wicked are Crushed, and the LORD'S foes defeated,|
|RF ISA 1:29||And you blush for the Groves you desired, And feel shamed for the Gardens you chose;|
|RF ISA 1:30||When your oak leaves are withered, and gardens unwatered,|
|RF ISA 1:31||And your wealthy like tow, and their works like a spark, And all burnt up together, with no one to quench them."|