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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 PSA 103:1

STANZA 1.
Let my soul bless the LORD,
And His Holy Name with my whole breast.

   
RF PSA 103:2 Let my soul bless the LORD,
And never forget all His gifts.
   
RF PSA 103:3 Who forgave all my sins,
And all my depravities cured.
   
RF PSA 103:4 From corruption redeeming my life,
He crowned me with Mercy and Love;
   
RF PSA 103:5 He filled me with beauty and grace,
Like an Eagle, renewing my youth.
   
RF PSA 103:6 STANZA 2.
The LORD will effect what is right.
Give Justice to all the oppressed.
   
RF PSA 103:7 To Moses He made known his way,
And His power to Israel's Sons.
   
RF PSA 103:8 STANZA 3.
Gentle, and kind is the LORD,
With great Mercy forbearing from wrath,
   
RF PSA 103:9 He is not reproving for ever,
Nor will He eternally chide.
   
RF PSA 103:10 He does not to us' like our sins;—
Nor like vices, return on ourselves,
   
RF PSA 103:11 For as high as the Skies from the Earth,
His great mercy to all who fear Him.
   
RF PSA 103:12 As far as the dawn from the dark,
He from us will fling off our crimes;
   
RF PSA 103:13 As a father is kind to his Sons,
The LORD to His fearers is kind.
   
RF PSA 103:14 For He is aware of our make,
He remembers that we are but dust.
   
RF PSA 103:15 Like the grass are the days of a man,
Like a flower of the field, so he blooms, —
   
RF PSA 103:16 If a wind passes him, he is not,
And he never more knows of his home.
   
RF PSA 103:17 But for Ever GOD'S mercy exists,
And to Ever on those who fear Him;
And His goodness to Sons of their Sons,
   
RF PSA 103:18 Who keep, and remember His Laws,
And to those who obey His commands.
   
RF PSA 103:19 STANZA 4.
The LORD fixed His Throne in the Heavens,
And His Empire extends over all;
   
RF PSA 103:20 Let all the LORD'S Messengers bless him,—
Those who, mighty in power, do His will;
Who attend to His voice of command.
   
RF PSA 103:21 All you, His warriors, bless Him,
You agents performing His will;
   
RF PSA 103:22 All you whom He made bless the LORD,
On every part that you control,—
And I with my Soul bless the LORD.
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