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 55:1||
|RF ISA 55:2|| Why should you pay money, and not have the bread?
And why should you labour and never be fed?
Attend to and hear Me, and eat of the best,
And nourish your lives on the richest of food!
|RF ISA 55:3|| Attend with your ears and come forward to Me;
If you listen your souls will revive in yourselves!
And I will record a firm contract with you,
The strong and the true promise of David!
|RF ISA 55:4|| I give him a witness to Nations;
A Prince and Lawgiver to Peoples;
|RF ISA 55:5|| You shall call to a Nation you know not—
To you Pagans who knew not will run
Because of your GOD EVER-LIVING,
And Israel's HOLY Who honours!"
|RF ISA 55:6|| ODE 49.
An Exhortation to Seek the Lord.
To find the LORD, seek Him—call on Him while near!
|RF ISA 55:7|| Let the Wicked leave mischief, the Lustful his thoughts;
And return to the LORD, and then He will find pity,
And come to our GOD, Whose forgiveness is great.
|RF ISA 55:8|| For MY thoughts are not like to your thoughts,
And your ways are not Mine," says the LORD!
|RF ISA 55:9|| '' For as high as the heavens rise over the earth,
So My ways rise up higher than yours,
And My thoughts are thus higher than yours.
|RF ISA 55:10|| For as rain and snow fall from the skies,
And return not but moisten the earth,
Make it bear, and produce and grow grain,
And food for the farmer to eat,
|RF ISA 55:11|| Thus My word that proceeds from My mouth,
Returns not in vain, but will do what I wish,
And effect what I sent it to do.
|RF ISA 55:12|| So with Joy you shall march, and by safety be led;
Hills and Mountains before you burst out into song;
And all Trees of the field clap their hands!
|RF ISA 55:13|| Instead of the Briar will spring up the Cypress,
In place of the Bramble the Myrtle shall grow!
And be fame for the LORD,—a fixed Beacon for ever!"