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 6:1||
In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Almighty seated upon a high and lofty throne, and His attendants filled the Temple.
|RF ISA 6:2||Seraphim stood around Him each with six wings. With two they covered their faces; with two they clothed their feet;|
|RF ISA 6:3|| and they flew with two; and one called to the other exclaiming
"Holy, holy, LORD OF HOSTS,
The Earth is full of Your splendour!"
|RF ISA 6:4||And the Guards at the doorways trembled at the sound of the Anthem, and a thick cloud filled the house.—|
|RF ISA 6:5||And I exclaimed, "Alas for me! for I shall die! since I am a man of sinful lips, and I live amongst a race of sinful lips!—Yet I have seen the Royal LORD OF HOSTS with my eyes!"|
|RF ISA 6:6||But one from amongst the Seraphim flew and took by his hand with the tongs a coal from off the Altar,|
|RF ISA 6:7||and touched me on the mouth and said, "Now this has touched your lips it has removed your frailty, and covered your sins."|
|RF ISA 6:8||Then I heard the voice of the LORD ask, "Whom shall I send? and who will go for us?" And I replied, "I am here; I will go"|
|RF ISA 6:9|| He said,—"Go! and say to this People,
Hearing, you hear, but never perceive;
Seeing, you see, but never will learn!—
|RF ISA 6:10|| For this People's heart has grown fat,—
Deaf-eared, they have blinded their eyes,
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
Understand with their heart,
And turn and be healed!'"
|RF ISA 6:11|| Then I asked, "At what time, Almighty?"
And He answered, "Not until their towns are ruins without inhabitants, and their houses have no men, and their farms are desolate wastes,
|RF ISA 6:12||and the LORD has driven away their race from the heart of the land by a great emigration.|
|RF ISA 6:13||Yet a tithe shall-remain in her and be fed, like a Plane or Oak when they shed their leaves, yet stand up with good sap to sustain them."|