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 HAG 1:1||
IN the second year of King Darius in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the Command of the EVER-LIVING came by the medium of Haggai the Preacher to Zerubabel-ben-Shalathiel, "Governor of Judah, and to Joshua-ben-Jhozadak, the High Priest, to say;—
|RF HAG 1:2||"Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS! This people say, ' It is not the time to go to the House of the EVER-LIVING to rebuild it! '"|
|RF HAG 1:3||The command of the EVER-LIVING, however, came by means of Haggai the Preacher to say;—|
|RF HAG 1:4||"Is it a time for you to rest in your wainscoted houses,—when this HOUSE is in ashes?|
|RF HAG 1:5||So now," thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, "fix your hearts on your proceedings.|
|RF HAG 1:6||You sow much, but it produces little. You eat and are not satisfied. You drink, but are not quenched. You clothe, but are not warm. And the workman earns for a purse with holes!"|
|RF HAG 1:7||Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS. "Fix your hearts on your proceedings!|
|RF HAG 1:8||Go up to the hill and bring timber and build the HOUSE, and I shall be pleased and honoured by it," says the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF HAG 1:9||"You went for much, and found little; you brought that home, but I blew it away!—Why?"—the LORD OF HOSTS asks, "Why?—Because My House is a heap of ashes, while you all run to your own homes!|
|RF HAG 1:10||Therefore the skies withhold dew from you, and the earth withholds her produce.|
|RF HAG 1:11||So I proclaimed a drought upon the land, and upon the hills, and on the corn, and on the wine, and on the oil, and on whatever grows from the ground, and upon man, and upon beast, and on the works of your hands."|
|RF HAG 1:12||Then Zerubabel-ben-Shalathiel and Joshua-ben-Jhozadak the High Priest, and all the fragments of the People, consequently listened to the voice of their EVER-LIVING GOD, and to the address of Haggai the Preacher, which their EVER-LIVING GOD had sent to him. And the People paid reverence to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF HAG 1:13||Then Haggai the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING spoke about the Messages of the EVER-LIVING to the People, and said,—"The LIFE says I am with you."|
|RF HAG 1:14||The EVER-LIVING also roused the spirit of Zerubabel-ben-Shalathiel, the Governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua-ben-Jhozadak, the High Priest, and the spirit of all the fragments of the People, and they went and did work at the HOUSE of the LORD OF HOSTS, their GOD,|
|RF HAG 1:15||on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of the King Darius.|