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 48:1||
|RF ISA 48:2|| Who are called the Sacred Town,
And rest on Israel's GOD,—
HIS NAME, The ALMIGHTY LIFE.
|RF ISA 48:3|| I foretold this from the first,
I announced, before it came,—
The event I made appear,
|RF ISA 48:4|| Because I knew you stiff,
And foresaw your iron neck,
And your forehead was of brass.
|RF ISA 48:5|| I told before they came,
Lest you say " My Idol made,
My Casting ordered them!
|RF ISA 48:6|| You heard all this before?
But you will not confess.
Now shall I tell you News?
And make the unknown known?
|RF ISA 48:7|| New made,—not known till now,
Lest you should say, "I knew,"
|RF ISA 48:8|| Yes! You heard not, you knew not,
Your ears could not have heard,
For I knew that you were false,
Called you Rebel from your birth,
|RF ISA 48:9|| For My Name I held My anger;
For My Honour held it back
From exterminating quite;
|RF ISA 48:10|| I refined,—but not for silver,
I in suffering's furnace tried,
|RF ISA 48:11|| For My sake—My sake I do it,—
For is there not a hope?
And I give not My heart away.
|RF ISA 48:12|| ODE 26.
An Appeal to Israel for Faith.
List to Me Jacob, and Israel My Called,
I exist, am the First, I am also the Last!
|RF ISA 48:13|| My hand built the earth,
And My right stretched the skies.
If I call,—they collect and stand up!
|RF ISA 48:14|| Come all you together, and hear,
Who informed you concerning these things?
He whom the LORD befriends will on Babel do his work
And on the Kasdim Race
|RF ISA 48:15|| as I, Myself, have told,
Yes, have called and brought him out,
And, will bring his path success.
|RF ISA 48:16|| Approach to Me—Hear this—
I told the Secret from of old,
Before the Event I named.
And now the MIGHTY LORD sends
To me, and him His Spirit.
|RF ISA 48:17|| ODE 27.
A Remonstrance to Israel.
Your Friend the LORD says thus,—Israel's HOLY,—I am LIFE,
Your GOD who leads to wealth, directs the path to march.
|RF ISA 48:18|| Had you kept My Commands your peace would be like brooks,
Your fortune rippling streams,
|RF ISA 48:19|| your race would be like sand,
And your offspring like its brood, and your name would never fail,
Nor waste before My face.
|RF ISA 48:20|| ODE 28.
Fly From Babel.
"Come out from Babel, fly from the Kasdim!"
With a loud voice proclaim it and let it be heard;—
Send it forth to the bounds of the earth;—
Say " The LORD has redeemed His friend Jacob!"
|RF ISA 48:21|| They thirst not in the deserts they traverse;
For them HE makes water to flow from the rock,
Splits the rocks and the waters rush out
|RF ISA 48:22||To the Wicked, the LORD gives no rest.|