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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 107:1

STANZA 1.
CARAVAN LEADER.
"Give praise to the LORD who is goodness,
For His mercy endures for ever "

   
RF PSA 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD exclaim,
Whom He redeemed from the hand of oppression,
   
RF PSA 107:3 Whom gathering He led from East, and from West,
From the North and the Sea.
   
RF PSA 107:4 STANZA 2.
They wandered in Desert and Waste,
For a City of Rest, but found none.
   
RF PSA 107:5 Their heart suffered hunger and thirst,
It wasted away in themselves;
   
RF PSA 107:6 Then they cried to the LORD in their grief;
Who out of their anguish released,
   
RF PSA 107:7 And directed them to the right path,
To march to the City of Rest! CHORUS.
   
RF PSA 107:8 "Give thanks to the LORD for His mercy,
And His works for the children of men."
   
RF PSA 107:9 STANZA 3.
CARAVAN LEADER.
For He feeds the desiring soul,
And fills hungry bodies with joy!
   
RF PSA 107:10 The slaves in the Shadow of Death,
And the prisoners of anguish and iron,
   
RF PSA 107:11 Who rebelled from the message of GOD,
And rejected advice from the Highest.
   
RF PSA 107:12 They were weak thro' the sin of their hearts;
They stumbled, and none could give help;
   
RF PSA 107:13 But they cried to the LORD in their grief,
And He rescued from all their distress.
   
RF PSA 107:14 He led out from the Shadow of Death,
And stripped them from all of their chains!
   
RF PSA 107:15 CHORUS.
"Give thanks to the LORD for His mercy,
And wonders He does for the children of men."
   
RF PSA 107:16 STANZA 4.
CARAVAN LEADER.
He has shattered the doors made of brass,
And has cut up the iron-made bars
   
RF PSA 107:17 Preparing a path from their grief,
And has from their suffering led out.
   
RF PSA 107:18 When their body rejected all food,
And they shook at the gateway of Death,
   
RF PSA 107:19 They cried to the LORD in their grief,
And He rescued from all their distress.
   
RF PSA 107:20 He sent out His word, and it healed,
And from their corruptions it freed!
   
RF PSA 107:21 CHORUS.
"Give thanks to the LORD for His mercy,
And wonders He does for the children of men!"
   
RF PSA 107:22 STANZA 5.
CARAVAN LEADER.
Now offer an offering of thanks,
And publish His Acts with a cheer;
   
RF PSA 107:23 You Sailors who traverse the Sea
On Oceans who work at Your Trade;
   
RF PSA 107:24 Who there see the works of the LORD,
And the Wonders He does on the Deep!
   
RF PSA 107:25 He speaks:—and the storm will rise up,
And tempest the billows arouse,
   
RF PSA 107:26 They rise up to the skies;—
In convulsions they fall!
Then their spirit melts in them for fear.
   
RF PSA 107:27 They reel, and they stagger as drunk,
And all their intelligence fails;—
   
RF PSA 107:28 Then they cry to the LORD in their grief,
And He leads them out from distress.—
   
RF PSA 107:29 He orders the storm to be still,
And the billows to quiet themselves.
   
RF PSA 107:30 And they smile as they see them abate,
And rejoice at the comfort received.
   
RF PSA 107:31 CHORUS.
"Give thanks to the LORD for His mercy,
And wonders He does for the children of men! "
   
RF PSA 107:32 Exalt in the people's assembly,
In the Hall of the Nobles give praise.
   
RF PSA 107:33 For He to the Desert gives brooks.
And water springs to the Dry-land!
   
RF PSA 107:34 Rich country He turns to salt marsh,
For the sins of those dwelling therein.
   
RF PSA 107:35 He can give to the Desert a lake,
And springs to the waterless grounds,
   
RF PSA 107:36 And there He can settle the hungry,
And found them a City to dwell;
   
RF PSA 107:37 And they cultivate fields, and plant farms,
And make them to yield up their fruits;
   
RF PSA 107:38 He blesses them and they grow great,
And their cattle are never decreased.
   
RF PSA 107:39 If they are reduced and depressed,
By oppression, and trouble, or grief,
   
RF PSA 107:40 He pours on their Princes contempt,
And they wander in wastes without paths!
   
RF PSA 107:41 But He raises the wretched and poor,
And guards them like sheep in His fold.—
   
RF PSA 107:42 The upright will see and be glad,
And wickedness shut up her mouth!
   
RF PSA 107:43 ENVOY.
The Wise should make note about this;
And on the LORD'S kindness reflect.
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