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 2:1||
The Prophet Watches.
|RF HAB 2:2|| And the Lord gave an answer and said,
"Write the vision quite plain on a board,
So that to it the reader may run,
|RF HAB 2:3|| For Quickly the vision will come,
And pants to its aim, nor deceives;
If it lingers, yet wait, for it comes,
It advances—it will not delay!
|RF HAB 2:4|| "Look! Inflated his soul is not true;
Though the righteous shall live by his faith,
|RF HAB 2:5|| And as treacherous wine elates man,
And lets him not rest in content,
But stretches his greed like the Grave,
And like Death he can never be filled,
And collects to himself all the nations,
And heaps up all peoples to him;
|RF HAB 2:6|| Will not they all make a satires on him?
And enigmas to turn to contempt
And say, 'Woe to him, who is great upon loans!
How long can he carry his debts?
|RF HAB 2:7|| Will they not suddenly rise for their interest?
And awake with their terrors for you?
|RF HAB 2:8|| Because you have spoiled many nations,
All the remnants of People shall spoil;
For the murder of man and oppressing the land,
And the City, and all who dwell there!
|RF HAB 2:9|| "Woe! he brought wicked gains to his house;
To build up his nest on the height!
But can he escape Sorrow's hand?—
|RF HAB 2:10|| You prepare only shame for your House,
Cutting off many Peoples, with loss to your soul;
|RF HAB 2:11|| For the stone from the wall has cried out,
And the beam of the timbers replied;—
|RF HAB 2:12|| 'Woe! He has built up his City by blood,
And contructed its bulwarks by crime!"
|RF HAB 2:13|| It is not from the Lord of Sabaoth,
That the Peoples are worn by the fire,
And the Nations exhausted in smoke,—
|RF HAB 2:14|| But so that the earth may be filled
With the knowledge and Glory of God,
As the waters spread over the Sea!
|RF HAB 2:15|| Denunciation of Tempters.
Woe! to you who give drink to your friends!
You who pour out your poison to them.
With the purposes that when they are drunk,
Then you may look down on their shame!
|RF HAB 2:16|| You gorge on disgrace more than honor!
Drink also yourself, and discover your shame,
The Lord's right hand cup will come also to you,—
And bring deep disgrace on your glory,—
|RF HAB 2:17|| Then Lebanon's horro will clothe
And the fear of its beasts will affright,
For men murdered, and wrongs to the land,
To the City, and all who dwelt there.
|RF HAB 2:18|| A denunciation of Idols.
How profits the Idol you made?
The cast form, with its teaching a lie?
That the maker trusts what he has formed,—
The dumb Idol he shapes for himself?
|RF HAB 2:19|| Why! He says to the timber, "Awake!"
"Arise" to the dumb block of stone!
Can silver and gold lacquer teach,
When no Spirit exists in its breast?—
|RF HAB 2:20|| But the Lord is in his Holy Home;
let the earth in His presence be still!