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 DAN 1:1||
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babel came in the third year of Jhoiakim King of Judah, to Jerusalem, and besieged it,
|RF DAN 1:2||and the ALMIGHTY gave Jhoiakim, King of Judah into his power, with part of the furniture of the House of God, and he carried them to the land of Shinar, to the House of his God, and he put the furniture into the treasury of his God.|
|RF DAN 1:3||Then the King commanded Ashphenaz, his High Chamberlain, to select some of the children of Israel, and some of the Royal Family, and some of the nobles.|
|RF DAN 1:4||Boys in whom there was no defect, and pleasing in appearance, and to educate in every science, and have them taught in knowledge, and trained in affairs,—who might have ability in them to attend in the Royal Palace; and to teach them the alphabet and language of the Kasdim.|
|RF DAN 1:5||The King also assigned them daily a portion of the Royal food, and wine from his own altar, and to educate them for three years, and at the end for them to attend before the King.|
|RF DAN 1:6||And there were amongst them, from the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishal, and Azariah.|
|RF DAN 1:7||But the High Chamberlain changed their names, and gave to Daniel, Beltishazar, and to Hananiah, Shadrak, and to Mishal, Meshach, and to Azariah, Abednego.|
|RF DAN 1:8||Daniel, however, decided in his heart not to pollute himself with the king's food, or wine from his cellar, so he requested of the High Chamberlain that he might not be defiled.|
|RF DAN 1:9||And GOD gave Daniel favour and acceptability with the High Chamberlain.|
|RF DAN 1:10||The High Chamberlain, however, said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my Master the King, who has appointed what your food and drink shall be, and he will observe your faces more gloomy than the lads who are around you, and I shall forfeit my head to the King!|
|RF DAN 1:11||"But Daniel replied to Meltzar who had been appointed High Chamberlain over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishal, and Azariah."|
|RF DAN 1:12||Pass by your servants, I pray, for ten days, and give us grain to eat, and water to drink.|
|RF DAN 1:13||And compare our appearance for yourself, with the appearance of the lads who eat the King's food, and do with your servants according to the result.|
|RF DAN 1:14||"So he listened to this request of his, and passed them for ten days, and at the end of the ten days|
|RF DAN 1:15||he made an examination of the result, which was they were better and fairer in body than all the lads who ate the Royal provisions.|
|RF DAN 1:16||So he gave them grain.|
|RF DAN 1:17||And GOD gave to these fair lads intelligence and skill in all books, and science; and to Daniel understanding about all visions and dreams.|
|RF DAN 1:18||And at the end of the period the King had commanded for their production, the High Chamberlain brought them to the presence of Nebuchadnezzar.|
|RF DAN 1:19||Then the King conversed with them, and found none amongst them all equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishal, and Azariah. So they attended in the Royal presence,|
|RF DAN 1:20||and in every matter of scientific knowledge that the King enquired of them about, he found them ten times better informed than all the Engineers and Mathematicians who were in his whole Empire.|
|RF DAN 1:21||And Daniel lived until the first year of King Cyrus.|