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 11:1||
Then a Branch will shoot out from the Stock of Jesse
|RF ISA 11:2|| And the Spirit of Wisdom, and Spirit of Foresight,
With the Spirit of Counsel and Power,—
The Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the LORD;—
And being inspired by the Fear of the LORD,
|RF ISA 11:3|| He will never decide by the glance of the eyes,
Nor punish by rumor that comes to His ears,
|RF ISA 11:4|| But He, by the Right will decide for the weak,
And with Justice will strike for the poor of the Earth.
By the rod of His mouth He will conquer the world,
And its Wickedness slay by the breath of His lips.
|RF ISA 11:5|| For Righteousness will be the belt of His waist,
And the Truth shall engirdle His robe!
|RF ISA 11:6|| Then the Wolf shall reside with the Lamb,
And the Leopard lie down with the kid,
And the Calf, and the Tiger and Lion agree,
And a little child lead them about.
|RF ISA 11:7|| And the Cow and the Bear will be friends,
And together their children shall lie,
And the Lion eat hay like the Ox!
|RF ISA 11:8|| Then the Infant can play at the hole of the Asp,
And even lay hand on the den of the Adder,—
|RF ISA 11:9|| They shall not hurt or harm on all My Holy Hill,
For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of GOD,
Like the waters flow over the sea!
|RF ISA 11:10|| Then the Tree of Jesse be the Banner of Tribes,
To whom Nations will rush and rely on His might;
It And My Prince will add twice to His power,
|RF ISA 11:11|| To collect the remains of His race who are left,
From Ashur and Mitzer, and Pathros,
And from Kush and from Ailam and Shinar,
And from Khamath, and out from the Isles of the Sea.
|RF ISA 11:12|| And then He will raise up a Flag to the Heathen,
And all Israel's wanderers, and Judah's Dispersion,
From the four Wings of the Earth will collect,
|RF ISA 11:13|| And turn off Ephraim's envy, and Judah's oppression,—
Nor Ephraim envy Judah, nor Judah vex Ephraim,
|RF ISA 11:14|| But westward will fly at the side of Philistia,
And together will plunder the Sons of the East,
And throw out their hands upon Edom and Moab
And bring to subjection the children of Amon,
|RF ISA 11:15|| And the LORD dry the tongue of the Mitzerite sea—
Shake His hand o'er the River in violent wind,
Make its seven streams fail, and be travelled in shoes,
|RF ISA 11:16|| And become a highway for the rest of His People,
Who are still scattered in Ashur,—
As to Israel it was in the day he came up out of Mitzer.