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 42:1||
But My servant to whom I am guide,
|RF ISA 42:2|| He shouts not, and will not assail;
His voice is not heard in the street;
|RF ISA 42:3|| He will not break the reed that is bruised,
Nor put out the flickering lamp,
But will publish the Truth and the Right.
|RF ISA 42:4|| Not waver, and never will fail,
Until He fix right on the Earth,
For the Islesmen afar await Him.
|RF ISA 42:5|| ODE 10.
The Messiah Foretold.
Thus says the LIVING GOD, Who formed and spread the skies,
Who formed for Earth her fruits; gave men upon her, sense,
and those who walk her, breath.
|RF ISA 42:6|| And I, the LIFE, for Mercy send,
I make you strong and guide your hand;—
I send you to My Race a pledge,
A light to lead the Heathen souls,
|RF ISA 42:7|| To give the blind eyes sight again,
From bonds to set the prisoner free,—
From dungeons those who dwelt in gloom.
|RF ISA 42:8|| ODE 11.
The Eternal Power of God.
I am EVER-LIVING;—for that is My Name,
And My power to others I never will give;
Or My Glory to Idols.
|RF ISA 42:9|| Past events have arrived; now the future I tell,
Before its arrival to you I announce!
|RF ISA 42:10|| ODE 12.
A Song of Praise to God.
Sing to the LORD a new song!
Praise Him from the bounds of the Earth!
The Sea, and all that it contains,
The Isles and the dwellers in them.
|RF ISA 42:11|| You, Moorlands, rise up with your towns;
With the grazers inhabiting tents,
Cheer, you men of the crags,
From the Hill-tops hurrah in delight.
|RF ISA 42:12|| His glory assign to the LORD,
And His honour report to the Isles.
|RF ISA 42:13|| The LORD like a hero comes on,
Like a warrior He rouses in ire,
He shouts, yes, He roars, overpowers. His foes.
|RF ISA 42:14|| "Why need I for ever be silent?
I strain as if bearing a child,—
Together I snort, pant, and gasp!—
|RF ISA 42:15|| I will scorch up the Mountains and Hills,
And will dry all their grass,
And turn brooks to sea-sands,
And will dry up the pools.
|RF ISA 42:16|| But lead the blind by a road they knew not,
Direct them through pathways unknown.
Place light before them in the dark,
Turn crooked to straight for their road.
I will do this for them, not forsake."
|RF ISA 42:17|| ODE 13.
The Folly of Idolatry.
They fly back defeated,—
The trusters in Idols are shamed,—
Those who named their own Castings their Gods!
|RF ISA 42:18||Hear, you deaf and you blind think, and see!|
|RF ISA 42:19|| ODE 14.
Who so sharp as My Servant,
And skilled as the Agent I send?
Who was keen as instructed,
Yes! sharp as he worked for the LORD.
|RF ISA 42:20|| You saw clearly,—but cared not,
Open-eared,—but you heard not.
|RF ISA 42:21|| The LORD loved for His goodness.
Exalted His honour and might;
|RF ISA 42:22|| Yet this people are plundered, and robbed,—
All their heroes are netted,—and go to the dungeons.
Are plundered with none to release, Are a booty, and none cries " Give up!"
|RF ISA 42:23|| Who among you will hearken to this?
Will attend, and will hear, and turn back?
|RF ISA 42:24|| Who gave Jacob to robbers?
To the plunderers, Israel?
Did not the LORD give them both?
They offended, and wished not His paths,
They went and obeyed not His Laws;
|RF ISA 42:25|| So on them He poured fury and rage,
And His warrior's great might,
And lit fire around, but they cared not;
They burnt,—but they laid not to heart.