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 53:1||But who will believe our report? over whom is the Lord's Arm revealed?|
|RF ISA 53:2|| For He grew before them a weak shoot, like a plant from dry ground,
Unadorned, without honour, He was not respected—nor sought, or desired.
|RF ISA 53:3|| Despised and neglected by men, a man in His sorrows acquainted with grief;
He was despised, like one hiding His presence from us, and we thought not of Him.
|RF ISA 53:4|| However, He carried our griefs, and He bore our sorrows,—
But we thought He was struck with. God's stroke and afflicted;
|RF ISA 53:5|| Yet He was convicted because of our crimes, and punished because of our vices;
And by His stripes we were healed!
|RF ISA 53:6|| All we like to sheep, went the path each before us;
And the LORD punished Him for the faults of us all.
|RF ISA 53:7|| He answered not insult, like a lamb led to death He unclosed not His mouth,
He was dumb, like a sheep to her shearers, nor opened His mouth.
|RF ISA 53:8|| He was seized against Justice and Right;
And what will be thought of His age that cut Him from the land of the living;—
Destroyed by the crime of my Race?
|RF ISA 53:9|| Who with Criminals fixed Him a grave,—but after His death with the Great;
For no Crime had He done, and no wrong by His mouth.
|RF ISA 53:10|| Yet the LORD pleased to depress Him with pain;
When He laid down His soul with the vile,
But yet. He will see His race spreading with Time.
And the LORD'S Will attained by His hand.—
|RF ISA 53:11|| The work of His life He shall see with content. By His instructions My Servant will make many righteous,
For He, Himself carried their sins.
|RF ISA 53:12|| So I gave Him the Many, and Nobles assigned as His spoil.
Instead of that wealth, He poured out His life to the death
And was branded with crime.
Yet the Sin of the Many He bore, and He prayed for the wicked.