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 SA1 1:1|| (B.C. 1171.) Samuel's Parentage.
THERE was a certain man of Ramathaim-Zofim, in Mount Ephraim, whose name was Alkanah ben Jarkham, ben Aliahah, ben Tokho, ben Tzuf, the Afthrathite;
|RF SA1 1:2||and he had two wives, the name of the first was Hannah, and the name of the second Peninah, and Peninah had children, but Hannah had none.|
|RF SA1 1:3|| This man went up yearly from his village to worship, and to sacrifice to the LORD of HOSTS in Shiloh, where two sons of Eli Khofni 1 and Finikhas 2 were priests to the EVER-LIVING.
|RF SA1 1:4||When it was Alkanah's day for sacrifice, he gave to Peninah his wife, and to all, her sons and daughters, portions,|
|RF SA1 1:5||but to Hannah he only gave a single portion, although he loved Hannah, for the EVER-LIVING had closed her womb.|
|RF SA1 1:6||So she was vexed, anguished, and laboured with rage, because the EVER-LIVING shut up her womb.|
|RF SA1 1:7|| Alkanah's Wife Hannah prays for a Son.
He did this year after year when he went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING; so she was vexed and would not eat.
|RF SA1 1:8||Alkanah therefore said to her, "Wife Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart bad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"|
|RF SA1 1:9||Hannah however arose after eating and drinking in Shiloh,—and Eli the Priest sat upon the chair at the door of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,—|
|RF SA1 1:10||for her soul was bitter, and she prayed to the EVER-LIVING, and weeping she wept.|
|RF SA1 1:11||She also vowed a vow, and said, "Lord of HOSTS, if You will look on the anguish of Your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget Your handmaid, but grant to Your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the EVER-LIVING all the days of his life, and a razor shall not go over his head."|
|RF SA1 1:12||But while she continued to pray before the EVER-LIVING Eli watched her mouth.|
|RF SA1 1:13||Hannah however spoke from her heart, only moving her lips, and no sound was heard, consequently Eli thought she was drunk.|
|RF SA1 1:14||Eli therefore said to her, "Why have you made yourself drunk? Cast the wine from you!"|
|RF SA1 1:15||But Hannah answered him, "No, my Lord! I am only a woman of depressed spirit. I have not drunk wine nor strong drink, but I am pouring out my soul before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF SA1 1:16||Do not consider your hand-maid as a daughter of Belial because I speak so much, for I have uttered my many griefs and sorrows so far."|
|RF SA1 1:17||Then Eli replied and said, "Go in peace! and may the GOD of Israel give you the request you ask from Him."|
|RF SA1 1:18||And she answered, "May your servant find favour in your sight." The woman then went away, and ate, and afterwards her face was not the same.|
|RF SA1 1:19|| (B.C. 1170.) Samuel Born.
In the morning they got up and worshipped before the EVER-LIVING, and then returned to their home at Raamah, where Alkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the EVER-LIVING remembered her,
|RF SA1 1:20||and at the end of the year Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel 3 because I have asked him from the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF SA1 1:21||When the man Alkanah and all his family went up to sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING at the yearly sacrifice, and for his vows,|
|RF SA1 1:22||Hannah went not up with him, "for," she said to her husband, "not until I wean the boy, and take him up to the EVER-LIVING,—then he shall always stay there."|
|RF SA1 1:23||So Alkanah replied to his wife, "Do as seems good to you. Stay until you wean him, and may the EVER-LIVING confirm His promise to you!" Consequently the woman remained and nursed her son until she had weaned him.|
|RF SA1 1:24||Then she went up with him, when he was weaned, taking three bulls, and an epha of flour, and a skin of wine, and arrived at the House of the EVER-LIVING in Shiloh with the lad,|
|RF SA1 1:25||and killed the bull, and brought the lad to Eli,|
|RF SA1 1:26||and said, "My Lord, let your soul live. I, Sir, am the woman who stood here at the door to pray to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF SA1 1:27||I prayed for this lad, and the EVER-LIVING granted to me the request I asked.|
|RF SA1 1:28|| So now as I asked him from the EVER-LIVING I myself dedicate him to the EVER-LIVING all the days of his life, and he shall worship the EVER-LIVING here."
3 V. 20, "Heard of God."—F.F.