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 58:1||
|RF ISA 58:2|| Yet daily they seek, and love learning My path,
Like a race doing right, not forgetting GOD'S law;
They seek My just laws,—and with joy approach GOD.
|RF ISA 58:3|| Say, We fast, but You see not,—
We starve,—but You know not!
Why? Because on your Fast day you meet for your pleasure,
|RF ISA 58:4|| And drive on your workmen'! You fast for contention;
Your fasting to strike with hard fists, is not fasting.
What a day!—when you make your loud voices be heard!
|RF ISA 58:5|| Is the Fast I approve such as this,—
Men to torture their bodies a day?
To hang down like a bulrush their head?
To make sackcloth and ashes their bed?
Call it fast-day' and pleasing the Lord?'
|RF ISA 58:6|| Is not this the Fast I approve?—
To free those who are wrongfully bound?
And to loosen your slaves from their yoke?
And to seek out and free the oppressed?
And that you should remove every wrong?
|RF ISA 58:7|| And to give to the famishing food?
The poor wanderers to bring to your house?
And those whom you see naked to clothe?
And to hide not yourself from your kind?—
|RF ISA 58:8|| Then your light would break forth like the morn,
And your wings up on high would spread out,
And before you your bounty would march,
With the LORD'S power guarding your rear.
|RF ISA 58:9|| You should call, and the LORD would reply,
You should shout, and He answer, I'm here!'
If oppression you cast from your breast,
And scorn's finger, and slandering lie.
|RF ISA 58:10|| When you share with the hungry your bread,
And you comfort the body in pain,
Your light will shoot out from the dark,
And your sunset to splendour be turned.
|RF ISA 58:11|| And THE LIFE would for ever direct,
And in Deserts your body refresh,
And the stiffness remove from your joints,
And make you like a field by a brook,
And near rippling unfailing streams.
|RF ISA 58:12|| Then your offspring shall build up the Ruins,
And raise old foundations anew,
And call you the Repairer of walls,'
The Restorer of safety to roads! '
|RF ISA 58:13|| If on Sabbath you hold back your foot,
And make My Holy Day your delight,
And declare that My Rest is a pleasure,
To worship the LORD with respect,
And by forming your path do it honour,
Not seeking your pleasure or trade.
|RF ISA 58:14|| Thus delighting yourself with the LORD,
You shall ride on the Heights of the Earth,
And feed on the portion of Jacob, your father,"
So, the LORD'S mouth has declared!