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 44:1||
|RF ISA 44:2|| Thus says your Maker, the LIFE,
And your Helper, Who formed from the womb;
|RF ISA 44:3|| "Have no fear, Jacob, My friend,
And the Righteous, in whom I delight;—
For the thirsty, I waters pour out,
And make on dry ground flowing rills,
I breathe out My wind on your seed,
And My blessing is over your crops;
|RF ISA 44:4|| The herbage springs up in your sight,
Like willows beside flowing streams.
|RF ISA 44:5|| This, will say:—` I belong to the LORD;
That, by Jacob's name I will be called; '
The next to the LIFE give his hand,
And be labeled with Israel's name."
|RF ISA 44:6|| ODE 17.
A Declaration of God's Foreknowledge.
Thus Israel's King, the LORD proclaims,
And his Redeemer, LORD OF HOSTS;
"I am the First and the last,
Except myself there is no GOD.
|RF ISA 44:7|| And who but I proclaimed and told
And fixed events from former times,
Foretelling future things?
|RF ISA 44:8|| Shake not, fear not, for is not this
What I informed and told?
You are My proof no GOD exists but ME,—
I know no other Rock!"
|RF ISA 44:9|| All Idol-makers rave;
Their statues cannot help,
And show it to themselves!
|RF ISA 44:10|| They neither see nor know;
Their Artist they degrade;
Those helpless metal gods!
|RF ISA 44:11|| See! all their friends they shame!
Their artists blush themselves;
They shame their fixers up;
All meet disgrace together!
|RF ISA 44:12|| A Smith the iron cuts,
And works it in the coals
And with his hammer forms.
He works with his strong arms;
He hungers and is weak;
Is faint, and thirsts for drink;
|RF ISA 44:13|| The Joiner chooses wood;
He draws a line in red;
He cuts it with his tool;
With compass marks it out,
A graceful human form,
A man to guard his house!
|RF ISA 44:14|| He Cedars fells for use;
He takes the pine and oak,
Selects the forest trees.
|RF ISA 44:15|| The fir plant grows by rain,
And is for man to burn,
He takes it and he warms;
He cooks and bakes his bread:—
For worship makes a god!
Adores the form he made!
|RF ISA 44:16|| Burns part of it in fire,
With part he cooks his meat,
And cuts a slice and eats!
He warms, and says " Ah-ah!
|RF ISA 44:17|| I'm warm,—I feel the fire!"
The refuse forms his God!
That Image he adores!
Bows down and prays his God,
And says, " Deliver me!
For you to me are God "
|RF ISA 44:18|| They know not, nor reflect;
They stop their eyes from sight;
They keep their hearts from sense
|RF ISA 44:19|| They lay it not to heart;
Know not nor think to say;
"I burnt a part with fire,
Baked on its coals my bread;
I roasted flesh and ate;
And made the rest a God!
A fool, I worship Wood!"
|RF ISA 44:20|| The fool devours dirt,
Deception veils his sense,
His mind cannot escape, or say,
"My right hand holds a lie!
|RF ISA 44:21|| Jacob remember these,
And Israel, as My friend;
I formed you for My friendship.
Forget not, Israel, ME.
|RF ISA 44:22|| I drove your faults like clouds,
Like fog dispersed your sins,
Return to Me redeemed.
|RF ISA 44:23|| Shout, Heavens, "The LORD has worked!"
Be shaken earth below;
Hills burst, and roar, you Woods,
With every tree in them.
The LORD sets Jacob free,
And Israel HE adorns!
|RF ISA 44:24|| Thus says the LORD " I freed you;
And formed you from the womb;
For I, the LIFE, made all,
Alone, I stretched the skies,
Myself spread out the land.
|RF ISA 44:25|| Alone producing Wonders,
I prophets move in dance,
And show their knowledge vain.
|RF ISA 44:26|| But confirm. My Servant's word
Will complete My Agents' news
That Jerusalem shall last,
And Judah's towns be built,
And her ruins rise again.
|RF ISA 44:27|| Who tells the Deep, ' be dry;
And let your Rivers waste;
|RF ISA 44:28|| Who calls His Shepherd, Cyrus,
Who will effect My plans;
Who Jerusalem will rebuild,
And found a Temple there,"