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 41:1||
|RF ISA 41:2|| Who roused the Hero from the East?
Who called him to his feet?
Who for him conquered Nations,
And threw their Leaders down
Like dust before his sword,
Like chaff before his bow?
|RF ISA 41:3|| He chased, and safely passed the path,
He made not for his feet!
|RF ISA 41:4|| Who made, and formed, and told,
All these things from the past?
I, the LORD who am the First,
And Myself who am the Last.
|RF ISA 41:5|| The Islands will see and fear;
Earth's bounds be filled with a dread,
|RF ISA 41:6|| Each to cheer his mate will come,
And say to him, "Be bold!"
|RF ISA 41:7|| The Sawyer tell the Smith,
"Smooth well with your strokes."
Then, "Solder well," will say,
"And firmly fix with nails!"
|RF ISA 41:8|| But you, My servant Israel, and Jacob whom I chose,
From my Friend Abraham's race,
I help you from earth's bounds,
|RF ISA 41:9|| I chose and called to you, and named you as my friend.
I chose, and not forsook.
Fear not;—you are my Race;
|RF ISA 41:10|| Dread not;—I am your GOD;
I strengthen you and aid, and help with kind right hand.
All fail and are disgraced contending against you;
|RF ISA 41:11|| All fail and meet defeat, if on you they make war;
The men assailing you become as nought and fade;
These who have ravaged you, if sought, you will not find;
|RF ISA 41:12|| Whoever fight with you will come to nought and pass;
For I, the LORD your GOD, can strengthen your right hand,
|RF ISA 41:13|| I tell you not to fear, for I myself will aid;
For I, your living GOD, will add strength to your hand.
|RF ISA 41:14|| Fear not, worm Jacob, death, for Israel I can help,—
"Says the LORD, who restores you, the HOLY of Israel.
|RF ISA 41:15|| I will make you my tearing-mill fitted with teeth,
To thrash and beat mountains, reduce hills to chaff,
|RF ISA 41:16|| And your wind-blast will drive them, the whirlwind will scatter;
While you joy in Jehovah, in ISRAEL'S HOLY are glad!
|RF ISA 41:17|| ODE 7.
God Will Help the Oppressed.
The poor and the wretched are seeking for water;
For their tongue parched with thirst there is none!
I, THE LIVING, will give, Israel's GOD not refuse,
|RF ISA 41:18|| On the hills open rivers, and springs in the vales;
Put wells in the desert, with pools in the dry land, And rippling streams.
|RF ISA 41:19|| To the desert give Cedar, Acacia, and Myrtle,
Plant Olive, Pine, Plane, and the Box in the Arbah,
|RF ISA 41:20|| That at once they may see, know, reflect, and perceive,
That the LORD'S hand has done it, and fear ISRAEL'S HOLY.
|RF ISA 41:21|| ODE 8.
Idols Called on to Answer God.
"Bring forward your plea," says the LORD.
"Bring your reasons," demands Jacob's King.
|RF ISA 41:22|| " Approach Foretell things that will happen, beforehand,
Inform what they are,—we will lay to our heart.—
And will hear you teach future events.
|RF ISA 41:23|| Tell events of the future and show you are gods;
Be kind, fierce, or gracious, and then we shall fear.
|RF ISA 41:24|| But you are nothing,—and your actions naught:—
Despised be the truster in you!"
|RF ISA 41:25|| ODE 9.
Prediction of Cyrus of Persia.
I roused him from the North; he comes;
He will call from the East on my name;
And tread Princes like mud, as a potter treads clay!
|RF ISA 41:26|| Who told it before, and made known?
Who before time correctly declared?
You informed not, nor told.—No! none heard you declare.
|RF ISA 41:27|| I first gave to Zion good news,
To Jerusalem sent the report,
|RF ISA 41:28|| When I searched none were there, and from you none advised;
When I asked, they replied not a word,
|RF ISA 41:29|| They are all of them vain, and their Makers are fools.
Their statues are empty winds.