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 2:1||
A wail over Quick Coming Woes. Blow the Trumpet in Zion!
|RF JOE 2:2|| A day of thick darkness and gloom,—
A day of black clouds and of blackness,
Like darkness spread out on the Hills;—
A numerous People and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old,—
Nor after them will be repeated,
To the years of the ages on ages!
|RF JOE 2:3|| Before them a fire consumes,—
And after them bright flames are blazing!
The land like a Garden of Eden before,
And after, a desolate desert!
And there is no refuge against them
|RF JOE 2:4|| What terrible horsemen they seem!—
Like chariots onward fierce rushing
|RF JOE 2:5|| With a crash on the top of the mountains!—
They crackle like roarings of flame,
Like fire devouring the stubble!
Like a powerful army when charging in war
|RF JOE 2:6|| The Nations before them all quiver,—
All faces before them are livid!
|RF JOE 2:7|| Like heroes they rush on their way,—
They mount up the wall as do warriors,—
Advancing each one in his rank,—
And who never break out from their line,—
|RF JOE 2:8|| Or anyone jostle his fellow!—
They boldly march straight on their way,
And from the artillery shrink not!
|RF JOE 2:9|| They charge to the walls of a town!—
They rush on approaching the buildings!
Like robbers they climb to the windows,
|RF JOE 2:10|| Before them earth trembles, skies shake;—
The Sun and the Moon put on mourning!
The Stars also cease from their shining
|RF JOE 2:11|| Thus the LORD utters His voice
At the head of His army!—
His encampment is spread very wide,
And His order works very strongly;
And great is the Day of the LORD,—
And terrible!—Who can abide it?
|RF JOE 2:12|| But, now," says JEHOVAH, "return,—
And with all your hearts come near to Me,
With fasting, and weeping and grief;
|RF JOE 2:13|| Tear your hearts,—and not only your robes
And return to JEHOVAH your GOD."—
For He has compassion,—is kind,—
Slow to anger and great in His mercy;—
And it grieves Him to punish the sinful,—
|RF JOE 2:14|| Who knows but that He will turn back,
And leave us a blessing behind,
Of bread, and of wine for our LIFE-LIVING God?
|RF JOE 2:15|| The Call to Repentance.
Blow the Trumpet in Zion
Fix a Fast, and proclaim a restraint,—
|RF JOE 2:16|| Let the Nation collect to a solemn Assembly,—
Bring up the old, and collect all the young
Bring out the child at the breast,
With the Bridegroom and Bride from their chamber.
|RF JOE 2:17|| And weep at the Porch and the Altar,—
You Priests who attend on the LORD,
Let them cry, "O! LORD, pity Your people;
Give not Your estate to reproach,
For the Heathen to govern among them.
For why should they ask in the heathen,
' What has become of their GOD?"
|RF JOE 2:18|| Then the LORD will feel love for His country.
And for His poor people feel pity:
|RF JOE 2:19|| And answering the LORD will reply,—
"I will send you the corn and the wine,
And you of the oil shall have plenty;
You shall not be a scorn to the heathen,
|RF JOE 2:20|| But I will drive from you the Northmen,
And expel to a desert and waterless land,
With his van to the Sea of the East,
And his rear to the Sea of the West,
And his stink shall come up,
And his stink shall arise,
Although he has done mighty deeds!"
|RF JOE 2:21|| Fear not, my country, but laugh and be glad,
For the Loan can accomplish great things!
|RF JOE 2:22|| Fear not, you herds of the field,—
For the herbs of the pastures shall spring,
And the trees shall be loaded with fruits,
And the fig and the vine give their wealth
|RF JOE 2:23|| Let the children of Zion be glad
And rejoice in JEHOVAH your GOD,—
Who will give you the rain by its law,
And pour for you plentiful showers,
And the rain of the Spring, as before,
|RF JOE 2:24|| And fill up your garners with grain,
And pour out wine and oil for your cellars,
|RF JOE 2:25|| And repay you because of the years
That the locust, and licker, and gnawer,
And Grub have devoured,—
My Great Army I sent upon you.
|RF JOE 2:26|| And then you shall eat and be full,
And give thanks to the Name of the LIFE,
Your GOD Who does wonders for you,
That My people may never be shamed,
|RF JOE 2:27|| But learn that in Israel I dwell,
And that I am your LIFE-GIVING GOD;—
And that there is no one beside,
And My people need never be shamed!
|RF JOE 2:28|| And then after that I will pour My Spirit upon all mankind;—
And your sons and your daughters be glad;
And your Old Men be dreamers of dreams
And at visions your young men shall look!
|RF JOE 2:29|| And also on servants and slaves,
My Spirit I then will pour out,
|RF JOE 2:30|| And fix signs in the sky, and on earth,—
Blood, and Fire, and Columns of smoke!
|RF JOE 2:31|| The Sun shall to Darkness be turned,
And the Moon shall be changed into Blood,—
Ere the Day of the Lord will arrive,
That Great and that terrible Day!
|RF JOE 2:32|| All who call on the LORD'S Name will escape,—
For on Zion's hill, and in Salem, a refuge shall be,
As the LORD has declared,—
And whom the LORD calls will be safe!