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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 106:1

STANZA 1.
Exalt the LIFE, and praise the LORD,
Who is good, and His mercy is for ever.

   
RF PSA 106:2 STANZA 2.
Who can tell. Jehovah's Might?
His Glories who can tell?
   
RF PSA 106:3 Who keeps to blessed Justice,
At all times doing right!
   
RF PSA 106:4 STANZA 3.
Remember me, LORD, with Your Chosen
And enroll with the Race that You saved;
   
RF PSA 106:5 To look on Your friends in success,
To joy with Your Peoples' delight,—
With your country be glad
   
RF PSA 106:6 STANZA 4.
We have sinned, as our fathers had sinned;—
   
RF PSA 106:7 Our fathers in Mitzer, thought not on Your wonders;
Nor Your many mercies remembered,
But rebelled at the Sea,—at the Sea of the Weeds.
   
RF PSA 106:8 Yet He saved them because of His NAME,
And to publish His power.
   
RF PSA 106:9 To the Weed-Sea He spoke,—and it dried,—
And they marched in the depth, as a field,
   
RF PSA 106:10 When He saved from the hand of their foes,
And redeemed from their enemies' hand!
   
RF PSA 106:11 Their oppressors were whelmed in the Sea
Not one from among them was left!
   
RF PSA 106:12 Then they put their trust in His word,
And they gave to Him thanks in their song.
   
RF PSA 106:13 But soon they forgot of His acts,
They would not await His designs,
   
RF PSA 106:14 In the Desert they longed in their lust,
They abandoned their GOD in the Waste!
   
RF PSA 106:15 Yet He gave to them that which they asked,
But sent to their bodies disease.
   
RF PSA 106:16 STANZA 5.
Then Moses they vexed in the Camp,
With Aaron the Saint of the LORD;
   
RF PSA 106:17 And earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan,
And closed on the Tents of Abiram
   
RF PSA 106:18 And fire consumed in their meeting,—
The Wicked were burnt in its flame!
   
RF PSA 106:19 Yet in Horeb they made them a Calf,
To a statue they bowed themselves down,
   
RF PSA 106:20 And rejected their glory,
For a pictured bull fed upon grass!
   
RF PSA 106:21 Forgot GOD, their Saviour,
Who in Mitzer had done mighty things,
   
RF PSA 106:22 In Ham's country, wonders,—
At the Sea of Weeds terrors!
   
RF PSA 106:23 Then He spoke as about to destroy them,
But Moses His chosen stood up in the breach,
To turn back from ruin His wrath.
   
RF PSA 106:24 STANZA 6.
Then the land of Delight they despised;
They did not believe in His path,
   
RF PSA 106:25 And complained in their tents,—
Not attending the voice of the LORD.
   
RF PSA 106:26 Then He raised His hand against them,—
In the Desert their bodies to fling;
   
RF PSA 106:27 And to fling out their Race to the Heathen,
And scatter about in the lands.
   
RF PSA 106:28 Then they joined themselves to Bal-peor,
And to Dead Men their offerings ate!
   
RF PSA 106:29 Thus they provoked Him with their vice,
And upon them plague burst
   
RF PSA 106:30 Then Phineas arose to do right;
And arrested the plague;
   
RF PSA 106:31 And it gained him a fame,
Thro' ages, of ages, for ever.
   
RF PSA 106:32 Yet at Meribah's water they vexed,
When because of them Moses did wrong,
   
RF PSA 106:33 For his temper they roused,
and he spoke in his haste.
   
RF PSA 106:34 STANZA 7.
And the Peoples they did not destroy,
As the LORD had commanded to them,
   
RF PSA 106:35 But mixed with and learnt pagan crimes,
   
RF PSA 106:36 And worshipped their Idols!
And they became wrapped up in them,
   
RF PSA 106:37 And their Sons offered up,
And their Daughters, to Devils,
   
RF PSA 106:38 When to Cananite Idols they slaved,
And polluted the Country with blood;
   
RF PSA 106:39 And corrupted themselves by their acts,
And gave them to Idols to whore!
   
RF PSA 106:40 STANZA 8.
Then the LORD was enraged by His Race,
And by His inheritance vexed;
   
RF PSA 106:41 And He gave to the foreigner's hand;
Those who hated them ruled!
   
RF PSA 106:42 And their foemen afflicted,
And crushed under their hands!
   
RF PSA 106:43 Oft were the times He redeemed them
But their purpose was still to rebel;
And to lower themselves by their vice!
   
RF PSA 106:44 But yet He looked down on their sufferings,
Whenever He heard that they cried!
   
RF PSA 106:45 And remembered His Treaty with them,
And like His great kindness relieved!
   
RF PSA 106:46 And showed loving kindness to them,
In presence of all who enslaved.
   
RF PSA 106:47 ENVOY.
Save US, O Lord! our GOD!
And collect from the Nations,
To praise your HOLY NAME,
To rejoice in thanksgiving to You.
   
RF PSA 106:48 Bless the LORD GOD, O Israel;
From Ever to Ever and Aye.
(Rubric.—Let the People Reply)
"Amen! Alleluiah! "
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