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.
|KJVP NAH 2:1||
He that dashethH6327 in pieces is comeH5927 up beforeH5921 thy faceH6440: keepH5341 the munitionH4694, watchH6822 the wayH1870, make thy loinsH4975 strongH2388, fortifyH553 thy powerH3581 mightilyH3966.
|KJVP NAH 2:2||For the LORDH3068 hath turnedH7725 away the excellencyH1347 of JacobH3290, as the excellencyH1347 of IsraelH3478: for the emptiersH1238 have emptiedH1238 them out, and marredH7843 their vineH2156 branchesH2156.|
|KJVP NAH 2:3||The shieldH4043 of his mightyH1368 men is made redH119, the valiantH2428 menH582 are in scarletH8529: the chariotsH7393 shall be with flamingH784 torchesH6393 in the dayH3117 of his preparationH3559, and the firH1265 trees shall be terribly shakenH7477.|
|KJVP NAH 2:4||The chariotsH7393 shall rageH1984 in the streetsH2351, they shall justleH8264 one against anotherH8264 in the broadH7339 ways: they shall seemH4758 like torchesH3940, they shall runH7323 like the lightningsH1300.|
|KJVP NAH 2:5||He shall recountH2142 his worthiesH117: they shall stumbleH3782 in their walkH1979; they shall make hasteH4116 to the wallH2346 thereof, and the defenceH5526 shall be preparedH3559.|
|KJVP NAH 2:6||The gatesH8179 of the riversH5104 shall be openedH6605, and the palaceH1964 shall be dissolvedH4127.|
|KJVP NAH 2:7||And HuzzabH5324 shall be led awayH1540 captiveH1540, she shall be broughtH5927 up, and her maidsH519 shall leadH5090 her as with the voiceH6963 of dovesH3123, taberingH8608 upon their breastsH3824.|
|KJVP NAH 2:8||But NinevehH5210 is of oldH3117 like a poolH1295 of waterH4325: yet they shall fleeH5127 away. StandH5975, standH5975, shall they cry; but noneH369 shall lookH6437 backH6437.|
|KJVP NAH 2:9||TakeH962 ye the spoilH962 of silverH3701, takeH962 the spoilH962 of goldH2091: for there is noneH369 endH7097 of the storeH8498 and gloryH3519 out of allH3605 the pleasantH2532 furnitureH3627.|
|KJVP NAH 2:10||She is emptyH950, and voidH4003, and wasteH1110: and the heartH3820 meltethH4549, and the kneesH1290 smiteH6375 together, and muchH2479 painH2479 is in allH3605 loinsH4975, and the facesH6440 of them allH3605 gatherH6908 blacknessH6289.|
|KJVP NAH 2:11||WhereH346 is the dwellingH4583 of the lionsH738, and the feedingplaceH4829 of the youngH3715 lionsH3715, whereH834-H8033 the lionH739, even the old lionH3833, walkedH1980, and the lion?sH738 whelpH1482, and noneH369 made them afraidH2729?|
|KJVP NAH 2:12||The lionH738 did tearH2963 in pieces enoughH1767 for his whelpsH1484, and strangledH2614 for his lionessesH3833, and filledH4390 his holesH2356 with preyH2964, and his densH4585 with ravinH2966.|
|KJVP NAH 2:13||BeholdH2005, I am againstH413 thee, saithH5002 the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, and I will burnH1197 her chariotsH7393 in the smokeH6227, and the swordH2719 shall devourH398 thy youngH3715 lionsH3715: and I will cutH3772 off thy preyH2964 from the earthH776, and the voiceH6963 of thy messengersH4397 shall noH3808 moreH5750 be heardH8085.|