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 66:1||
The Omnipresence of God.
|RF ISA 66:2||For My hand made all these, And all these,—they are Mine," Says the LORD, "But I honour the meek, and the gentle in spirit, Who fear My commands."|
|RF ISA 66:3||He who offers an Ox,—but who murders a man For a Lamb,—who presents a hung dog,—Who offers swine's blood for a gift, For frankincense blesses an Idol; Such as these who select their own path, And whose soul in their falsehood delights;|
|RF ISA 66:4||I too will delight in their woes, And their terror will bring upon them. For I called but I had no reply, I spoke,—but they never would hear,—But did wrong in My sight, And that which I hated they chose."|
|RF ISA 66:5||But hear the LORD'S promise, you fearing His word, And report to your brothers, who hate and drive out, That His Power the LORD will display, And appear to your pleasure, but to their disgrace.|
|RF ISA 66:6|| ODE 69
Promise of a New Birth to Zion.
A shout sounds from the City, a voice from the Temple,—The LORD'S voice is sent out to punish His foes.
|RF ISA 66:7||Before she was anguished, she childed,—Before she had come to her torture, She brought forth a son.|
|RF ISA 66:8||Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen it like that? For the earth to produce in a day!—In a moment a Nation be born? Thus Zion travailed,—thus brought forth her sons!|
|RF ISA 66:9||"Shall I produce, and not cause to be born?" Asks the LORD? " If I cause the birth, why restrain?" Asks your GOD.|
|RF ISA 66:10||Be glad with Jerusalem, and laugh all her friends, Bring joy upon joy, all who mourned over her;—|
|RF ISA 66:11||You shall suck and be fed from her comforting breast; You shall press out sweet food from her plentiful store!|
|RF ISA 66:12||For thus says the LORD:—"Like a river I clothe her in peace, Wealth of Nations pour out like a brook You shall suck and be borne, And be danced on their knees!|
|RF ISA 66:13||As a man by his mother is cheered, I, Myself, will cheer you, And you in Jerusalem rejoice."|
|RF ISA 66:14||You shall see, and be glad in your hearts, And your vigour shall grow like the grass, And the LORD'S hand be shown to His Servants, And His wrath to His foes,—|
|RF ISA 66:15||For, see, the LORD coming like fire, And His Chariot rush on like the wind, To send forth His anger in heat, And His wrath like the flame of a fire;|
|RF ISA 66:16||For by fire the LORD will decide, And the whole of mankind by His heat, And the many the LORD will destroy.|
|RF ISA 66:17||"Those who give, and devote in the gardens to Akhad1Amongst eaters of flesh of the hog, Along with the rat and the mouse, Shall fall," says the Lord,|
|RF ISA 66:18||"For I know' their plans and their tricks." And then I will come to collect all the heathen, and tongues, Who will stand and shall gaze on My might.|
|RF ISA 66:19||And I will give to them a Standard, And send to the Nations in troops,—To Tarshish, and Pul and to Lud, who draw bows, To Tubal, and Ion, the far distant shores, Who have not heard My News, and have not seen My Power, And My Glory will tell to those Tribes;|
|RF ISA 66:20||And from all the heathen your brothers bring back, On horses and chariots, a gift to the LORD. And on waggons, and mules, and on camels, To Jerusalem, My Holy Hill," Says the LORD, "As Israel's sons bring their gifts, On fair trays to the House of the LORD!"|
|RF ISA 66:21||And from them I will take for My Levites and Priests," Says the LORD,|
|RF ISA 66:22||" When I make the New Skies, and New Earth, To stand before Me," Says the LORD, "So your Name and Race shall abide,|
|RF ISA 66:23||From New Moon to New Moon, And from Sabbath to Sabbath; And all men shall bow before Me," Says the LORD,|
|RF ISA 66:24|| "And shall go out and look on the bodies of men, Who revolted from Me, How their worms never die, And the fire is not quenched, And they are abhorred of mankind!
1. Ch. 66, v. 17. "Akhad " the supposed goddess of the Moon, the Greek "Hecate."
2 NOTE: Ch. 66, v. 18. Following Bp. Lowth and the Chaldee, Arabic and Septuagint versions, I insert the word "know Yoda, to give meaning to the text, where some early copies seemingly omitted it. —F F.