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 62:1||
For Zion, I will not be still,—
|RF ISA 62:2|| And the Heathen your pardon can see,
And all Kingdoms your splendour behold,
When to you shall be given a New Name,
Which the mouth of the LORD will impose,
|RF ISA 62:3|| And you be a beautiful crown in the head of the LORD,
An Imperial Staff in the hand of your GOD!
No more will they call you " Forsaken,"
|RF ISA 62:4|| No more shall they call your land " Waste,"
But you shall be named "My Delight,"
And your country the " BRIDE the LORD LOVES,"
And your land, like yourself be a wife!
|RF ISA 62:5|| As a youth weds a maid,
So your husband will shelter,
And as a Groom in his Bride,
Your GOD will rejoice over you.
|RF ISA 62:6|| The Watchmen over Jerusalem.
On Jerusalem's Walls I fix watchmen by day and by night,
They never keep silence reminding the LORD,—
They never are dumb,—
|RF ISA 62:7|| They will give Him no rest,
Till He fixes and places Jerusalem the Glory of Earth.
|RF ISA 62:8|| The LORD swore by His right and His powerful arm,
I will no more give your corn to your foes to devour;
Nor foreigners feast on the fruits that you cultured;
|RF ISA 62:9|| But your reapers shall eat and give thanks to the LORD,
And in My Holy Courts shall the gatherers consume."
|RF ISA 62:10|| The Restoration of Zion Near.
Pass, pass through the Gates, clear the road for the People;
Build, build up the highway, and clear it from stones;
And raise the flag over the Tribes.
|RF ISA 62:11|| Thus the LORD has proclaimed to the bounds of the earth,
"Tell Zion's Daughter your Saviour has come,
He brings His wage with Him,—His work has been done.
|RF ISA 62:12|| And they call you bless'd People set free by the LORD,
And name you The Sought-for, the Town-not-forsaken."