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 61:1||
|RF ISA 61:2|| To proclaim times delighting the LORD,
And a Period of gift from our GOD,
And comfort to all those who mourn.
|RF ISA 61:3|| To give Zion's mourners a Gift,
And in place of their ashes a Crown;
Change their sorrow to Oil giving joy,
For a broken mind, clothe them in song,
And proclaim them true Oaks,—
The fair plants of the LORD.
|RF ISA 61:4|| They shall rebuild old ruins,—
The wrecks of the past,—
They shall raise and renew ruined towns,
Wrecks from ages of ages.
|RF ISA 61:5|| Then the strangers shall stand and shall shepherd your flocks,
Sons of Strangers shall plow and shall garden,
|RF ISA 61:6|| And you be called " Priests of the LORD,"
Your title,—"The SERVANTS of GOD!"
You shall feed on the wealth of the heathen,
And rule over their pride.
|RF ISA 61:7|| Instead of your shame and your double disgrace,
Cheer when you spoil them,
When double you seize in their land!
For to you lasting pleasure will come;
|RF ISA 61:8|| "For I am the LORD loving justice,
And plunder and crime I detest,
So I give them the wages they earned,
But make lasting My Treaty with you.
|RF ISA 61:9|| And your Race shall be known to the heathen,
And your shoots in the midst of the tribes.
All who see them will treat with respect
As the Race that is blessed by the LORD."
|RF ISA 61:10|| ODE 58.
The Messiah's Joy in His Office.
With joy I rejoice in the LORD,
My Soul will be glad in my GOD,
Who has clothed me in Salvation's robes.
And has spread Mercy's cloak over me,
Like a Bridegroom adorned with a crown,
Like a Bride who is decked with her gems!
|RF ISA 61:11|| For, as the Earth shoots up her plants,
And a Garden produces from seeds,
So the GREAT LORD makes righteousness grow,
And from all Nations joyfulness brings.