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 JOE 1:1||
The Message of the LORD that came to Joel-ben-Pethuel.
|RF JOE 1:2|| You Elders, come listen to this,
And attend, all who dwell in the land!
Has this ever been in your lifetime?—
Or occurred in the days of your fathers?
|RF JOE 1:3|| About it relate to your children,—
And let your sons tell it to their sons,
And they to the sons who succeed them.
|RF JOE 1:4|| What the grub left, now the locust has eaten!
And the Licker devours what the Locust had left
And the orts of the Licker the Swarmer consumes!
|RF JOE 1:5|| Awake, drunkard, and weep!
Howl, you drinkers of wine!—
For the sweet drink is cut from your mouths!
|RF JOE 1:6|| For a powerful people comes up to My land,
Who cannot be numbered; And with lion-like teeth;
And jaws like a tiger are theirs!
|RF JOE 1:7|| They have wasted My vine, And have shattered My fig,
And have stripped and exposed To the whiteness its twigs!
|RF JOE 1:8|| I weep like a girl who is clothed with a sack,
For the loss of the love of her youth!
|RF JOE 1:9|| The gift and the wine, from the LORD'S house is gone!
The Priests perish, who wait on the LORD!
|RF JOE 1:10|| The field grieves,—the ground mourns,—for the corn is destroyed!
The wine-bunch is dry, and the olive tree pines.
|RF JOE 1:11|| Faint, ploughmen,—and vinedressers wail!
For the barley and wheat!—
Harvest dies from the field!
|RF JOE 1:12|| The Vine is scorched up,
And the Fig-tree droops down;
And the Rimon, the Palm, and the Plum,
With all trees of the field are dried up!
And pleasure is burnt from the children of men!
|RF JOE 1:13|| Come gird you, and mourn, all you Priests,
Let who serve at the Altar bewail!
Go! lie down in sackcloth you servants of GOD,—
From God's House is withheld bread and wine!
|RF JOE 1:14|| Proclaim fasts! Preach restraint!
Let the elders collect,
All who dwell in the land,
At the House of the LORD,
And cry to your GOD,—to the LORD!
|RF JOE 1:15|| Alas! for the Day of the LORD has come near!
And from the ALMIGHTY destruction has come!
|RF JOE 1:16|| Are not our victuals cut off in our sight?
And laughter and joy from the House of our GOD?
|RF JOE 1:17|| The seeding is withered,
Pants under the clods,
The grain stores are ruins,—
The corn has decayed!
|RF JOE 1:18|| How the cattle are groaning!—
The flocks in the sheep pens are weeping!—For they have no food,
And the sheep flocks are wasted!
|RF JOE 1:19|| So I cry to you, LORD,—
For fire burns up the grass on the pastures! Flame has burnt all the trees of the land!
|RF JOE 1:20|| And to you low the cows in the field,
For the springs of the brooks are run dry,
And the fire has burnt up the grass of the pastures!