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 HAB 1:1||The Burden that Habakuk, the Preacher saw.|
|RF HAB 1:2|| His Appeal to God.
How long, Lord shall I shout—
And You not attend to my cry?
To You I shriek out when oppressed.
But you listen not!
|RF HAB 1:3|| Why do I see passion and sin?
With bribery and wrong in my presence—
And contention, and strife rising up?
|RF HAB 1:4|| For the law is relaxed, and the right never wins,
But the wicked encircle the good,
So the criminal gains the decree!
|RF HAB 1:5|| Nations! look and reflect, and observe
For a work I will do in your days,
You will not believe it if told!
|RF HAB 1:6|| I will raise up the Kasdim, a nation ferocious
Who will march from a country afar,
To Seize dwellings that are not their own.
|RF HAB 1:7|| And with them are Terror and Fear,
They make law and rules for themselves;
|RF HAB 1:8|| Their horses are swifter than leopards,
And fiercer than ravening wolves!
Their proud cavalry rich from afar,
They come, they fly on like an Eagle
That rushes along to devour!
|RF HAB 1:9|| All of them came on for plunder!
Greedy faced as the wind of the east,
And they gather up slaves like the sand!
|RF HAB 1:10|| They scoff at Kings, laugh at the Princes,
and they jeer all fortifications,
For they take them by heaping up dust!
|RF HAB 1:11|| As the tempest sweeps by, and it passes,
So he sees by his trust on his God.
|RF HAB 1:12|| But are You not Lord from of old?
My Holy God! we shall not die,
You appointed him Lord by Decree,
And, My Rock, You empowered him to punish!
|RF HAB 1:13|| Your pure eyes never sanction the wrong,
And oppression You will not endure,
Then why do You look on the traitors,
And are dumb when the bad rob the good?
|RF HAB 1:14|| And make men like the fish of the sea,
And like reptiles with no one to rule?
|RF HAB 1:15|| He pulls them all out with his hook,
Sweeps his net or collects in his drag,
He therefore can laugh and rejoice
|RF HAB 1:16|| So worships his net, burns sweets to his drag,
For he prospers by them on good food.
|RF HAB 1:17|| Should he not therefore spread out his net,
And continually Nations destroy?