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 50:1||
|RF ISA 50:2|| Why, when I come, meet I no one? I call and none replies,
What Reaper cut My hand away? Took My redeeming power?
At My rebuke the Sea dries up,—to deserts turn the streams.
The water gone, their fishes stink, and die because of thirst,
|RF ISA 50:3||And I can clothe the skies in black,—spread sackcloth as their cloak."|
|RF ISA 50:4|| ODE 35.
The Sufferings of Christ-A word of Comfort to the Weary.
The ALMIGHTY LIFE has given to me an educated tongue;
To help the weary with a word He roused me at the dawn,
At break of day He waked my ears to listen like a child.
|RF ISA 50:5||The MIGHTY LORD unclosed my ears,—I turned not back perverse,|
|RF ISA 50:6|| I gave my back to flogging, let my cheek be stripped of hair,
My face I never covered up from insults and from spit.
|RF ISA 50:7|| But the MIGHTY LORD sustained, so I was not disgraced;
I set my face like flint, for I knew I was not shamed.
|RF ISA 50:8|| My Judge is near at hand; let my accuser rise;
Who would assail my cause, let him come to my face:
|RF ISA 50:9|| See! the GREAT LORD assists, so who can injure me?
He strips them like a cloak devoured by the moth!
|RF ISA 50:10|| ODE 36.
Trust On God.
Who of you fear the LORD?
List to His Servant's voice.
You who in darkness walk,
And lampless, trust to HIM;
Trust on THE LIVING POWER,
And lean upon our GOD.
|RF ISA 50:11|| All you who light a fire,
With fuel heaped around,
Walk in your fire's light,
And by the coals you burn.—
My hand will bring you this
With sorrow to lie down!