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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 119:1

STANZA 1.
Happy the straight in their paths, who walk in the Laws of the LORD;

   
RF PSA 119:2 Happy those who examine His proofs, who seek with whole heart;
   
RF PSA 119:3 For they practice no vices, but walk in His paths,
   
RF PSA 119:4 As You have commanded, to carefully keep Your Commands.
   
RF PSA 119:5 I wish I could settle my pathways, to keep Your Decrees;
   
RF PSA 119:6 Then I should not err in my searches about Your Commands;
   
RF PSA 119:7 In rightness of heart I could thank You Who taught me good rules.—
   
RF PSA 119:8 'Your Decrees I will keep, so forsake me not ever.
   
RF PSA 119:9 STANZA 2.
How can Youth gain noble life? By regard to Your Word.—
   
RF PSA 119:10 With my whole heart I seek not to stray from Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:11 In my heart I have hidden Your Words, so as not offend.
   
RF PSA 119:12 LORD You should be thanked, for You taught me Your Statutes;
   
RF PSA 119:13 With my lips I proclaim the Decrees of Your mouth.
   
RF PSA 119:14 In pursuing Your proofs, I delighted as if over wealth.
   
RF PSA 119:15 I reflect on Your Orders,—look out for Your ways.
   
RF PSA 119:16 I delight in Your Rules, I forget not Your Words.
   
RF PSA 119:17 STANZA 3.
If You give life to Your servant, Your Words I will keep.
   
RF PSA 119:18 Clear mine eyes when I look at Your wonderful Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:19 I am strange in the land,—hide not from me Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:20 My soul aches, desiring at all times Your Judgments.
   
RF PSA 119:21 Reprove haughty villains, who slip from Your Orders;
   
RF PSA 119:22 Turn from me abuse, and contempt, for I study Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:23 When Princes condemned me, Your servant thought of Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:24 For I felt delight in Your Proofs;—Your Counsels console.
   
RF PSA 119:25 STANZA 4.
My soul sticks to the dust; Revive it as promised.
   
RF PSA 119:26 I told You my ways, and You heard and You taught me Your Laws."
   
RF PSA 119:27 The course of Your Statutes I viewed, and I thought on Your Wonders.
   
RF PSA 119:28 My soul drooped with grief, but You raised, as You promised.
   
RF PSA 119:29 Turn me from false paths, and console by Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:30 I have chosen Truth's path,—Your Decisions sufficed me.
   
RF PSA 119:31 LORD, I clung to Your Proofs,—Let me not be disgraced.
   
RF PSA 119:32 I will run with Your Orders,—for You set free my heart!
   
RF PSA 119:33 STANZA 5.
Show, LORD, the path to Your Plans, and I'll keep it for ever.
   
RF PSA 119:34 Instruct,—and I will examine Your Laws, and will guard with whole heart.
   
RF PSA 119:35 Lead in Your Commands path, as my heart has desired.
   
RF PSA 119:36 Bend my heart to Your Laws, and never to greed.
   
RF PSA 119:37 Make my eyes pass from looking at vice;—but revive in Your path.
   
RF PSA 119:38 Fulfil to Your servant, who fears You Your promise.
   
RF PSA 119:39 Turn off the reproach that I fear, for Your Judgments enrich.
   
RF PSA 119:40 See! I desired Your Orders,—In Your Goodness revive me.
   
RF PSA 119:41 LORD, let Your mercy find me; You promised me safety,—
   
RF PSA 119:42 Then I can answer revilers again, for I trust in Your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:43 And never hide truth from my mouth, for I trust on Your Judgment,
   
RF PSA 119:44 And Your Laws I will keep in the present and always.
   
RF PSA 119:45 And then I can in freedom walk out, for I trust on Your Rules,
   
RF PSA 119:46 So I publish Your Proofs before Kings without shame.
   
RF PSA 119:47 So I will delight in Your Laws, which I love.
   
RF PSA 119:48 I lift my hand to Your Laws, and reflect Your Decrees.'
   
RF PSA 119:49 STANZA 7.
Remember Your word to Your servant, on which I have trusted.
   
RF PSA 119:50 I consoled in my sorrows; for Your promise revived.
   
RF PSA 119:51 The proud greatly deride, but I swerve not from Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:52 I always think of Your teaching, and I have its comfort.
   
RF PSA 119:53 I tremble because of the wicked rejecting Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:54 Your Decrees were my song, in my exile from home.
   
RF PSA 119:55 LORD, I remembered Your Name in the night, and I will keep Your Laws:—
   
RF PSA 119:56 They have come to me, because I have studied Your Orders.
   
RF PSA 119:57 STANZA 8.
My wealth, LORD, I declared, is regard to Your Words.
   
RF PSA 119:58 My whole heart sought Your face,—as You promised, be kind.
   
RF PSA 119:59 I thought on my ways,—turned my steps to Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:60 I prepared, and delayed not observing Your Orders,
   
RF PSA 119:61 Tho' the bad bound me in chains, I forgot not Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:62 I rose to, thank You at midnight, for Your perfect Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:63 I join all who fear, and regard Your Commands.
   
RF PSA 119:64 Your mercy, LORD, fills all the Earth, and so teach me Your Precepts.
   
RF PSA 119:65 STANZA 9.
LORD, do good to Your servant, as Your Word has said;
   
RF PSA 119:66 Teach me good sense and skill, for I hold fast Your Orders.
   
RF PSA 119:67 Before I had suffered I strayed,—but I afterwards kept Your Commands.
   
RF PSA 119:68 You are kind, and with Kindness, O teach Your Plans.
   
RF PSA 119:69 Villains caught me by treason: I with whole heart kept Your Precepts.
   
RF PSA 119:70 Their heart sours like milk, but I joy in Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:71 That I have suffered is good, because it has taught me Your Precepts.
   
RF PSA 119:72 To me your Laws are more than thousands of Silver and Gold.
   
RF PSA 119:73 STANZA 10.
Your hand made and formed; show and teach me Your Orders.
   
RF PSA 119:74 You taught, LORD, the Right and the Just, and You punished me right.
   
RF PSA 119:75 Your Decree, LORD, was just, and justly I suffered.
   
RF PSA 119:76 Now let Your Mercy console, as You promised Your servant,
   
RF PSA 119:77 Let Your pity come and revive, for I delight in Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:78 Shame the Villains who plot to oppress;—I appeal to Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:79 Let all who fear You come here, I will show them Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:80 My heart keeps to Your Rules,—so I fear no disgrace.
   
RF PSA 119:81 STANZA 11.
My soul pants to be safe,—But I trust to Your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:82 My sight fails for Your promise; when shall I have rest?
   
RF PSA 119:83 Tho' I am like a skin in the smoke,—I forget not Your Rules.
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1 NOTE.PSALM 119 V. 48 In this line I from the former line of the PSALM, and as omit three words of the Hebrew Text, especially by the repetition dislocating the " which I love," as being a metre of the poem.—F.F. transcriber's error, in repeating them again.
   
RF PSA 119:84 How can Your slave live? When will you punish my hunters?
   
RF PSA 119:85 Villains dig for me pits; they care not for Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:86 Your Commandments are Truth;—Falsehood hunts me, Oh help.
   
RF PSA 119:87 Tho' on earth almost killed, I gave not up Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:88 In Your pity revive, when I can keep to Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:89 STANZA 12.
LORD, for ever Your purposes stand in the Skies.
   
RF PSA 119:90 Your Truth built on earth, fixed for Ages of Ages!—
   
RF PSA 119:91 Your Laws stand today, for all things serve to You.
   
RF PSA 119:92 Had I not loved Your Laws, I had died in my woes.
   
RF PSA 119:93 I forgot not Your Precepts, by which I have life. O! save me,—
   
RF PSA 119:94 I am Yours,—for I seek for Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:95 The bad hope to kill me,—for I look for Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:96 I see an end to all made, but Your Orders stretch far.
   
RF PSA 119:97 STANZA 13.
How I loved all Your Laws,—always all day think of them!
   
RF PSA 119:98 I know more than my foes,—for Your Rules are still mine.
   
RF PSA 119:99 Than my teachers more skilled, for I think of Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:100 I see more than the old, for I study your precepts.
   
RF PSA 119:101 From bad paths kept my steps, because I guard Your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:102 I left not Your Doctrines, for me You directed.
   
RF PSA 119:103 Your words please my taste, more than honey my mouth.
   
RF PSA 119:104 Your Precepts I knew, so I hated bad ways.
   
RF PSA 119:105 STANZA 14.
Your Word lights my steps, and enlightens my paths.
   
RF PSA 119:106 I swore, and I stand fast, to keep Your good Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:107 I have suffered much; LORD revive as You promised.
   
RF PSA 119:108 Accept, LORD, my vows, and teach me Your Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:109 My life is in my hand, so Your Laws I leave not.
   
RF PSA 119:110 The vile laid for me traps; I swerved not from Your rules.
   
RF PSA 119:111 to Your Proofs I hold ever as my heart's great delight.
   
RF PSA 119:112 To work out Your Orders I bend all my heart.
   
RF PSA 119:113 STANZA 15.
I hate wandering thoughts; and I have loved Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:114 You are my shield of shelter, I trust on Your leading.
   
RF PSA 119:115 Drive off the bad from me; I seek my GOD'S Commands.
   
RF PSA 119:116 Life and help You had promised; defeat not my trust.
   
RF PSA 119:117 Refresh, and set me free, for I stand by Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:118 Tread down lying rogues, all who desert from Your Laws
   
RF PSA 119:119 You drove all vile from the Land, so I have loved Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:120 My frame shakes in terror, when I see Your Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:121 STANZA 16.
I do Right and Good: so give me not to the traitors.
   
RF PSA 119:122 Guide your servant to good; let not villains betray.
   
RF PSA 119:123 Mine eyes fail for Your help, and for Your perfect word.
   
RF PSA 119:124 Act kind to Your slave, and teach me Your Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:125 Give me sense, as Your slave, I shall know then Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:126 LORD, the time is to act, for, see, they break Your Laws!
   
RF PSA 119:127 But I love Your Orders, more than purest Gold.
   
RF PSA 119:128 I go straight by Your Precepts, hate all crooked paths.
   
RF PSA 119:129 STANZA 17.
Your proofs are grand, so my 'soul for them seeks.
   
RF PSA 119:130 Your Words give clear light to the greatest of minds.
   
RF PSA 119:131 My mouth gasps in thirst; as I seek for Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:132 Turn to me and be kind; I love Your Name and Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:133 Lead my steps by Your Words, and let no passion drive.
   
RF PSA 119:134 Free me from tricky men, and I will guard Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:135 Turn light on Your slave, and teach me Your Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:136 My eyes shed floods of tears, for some keep not Your Laws!
   
RF PSA 119:137 STANZA 18.
You are Righteous LORD, and right Your Decisions.
   
RF PSA 119:138 Your Goodness, Orders, Proofs, and Your Truth, very strong.
   
RF PSA 119:139 My anger was burning, for my foes neglected Your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:140 Your Truth well refined is, and so Your servant loves.
   
RF PSA 119:141 I am small and am low, but forget not Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:142 Your Right is always Right, and Your Laws are the Truth.
   
RF PSA 119:143 I have met grief and woe, but I joy in Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:144 Your Proofs are right for ever, they give sense and life.
   
RF PSA 119:145 STANZA 19.
I call with my whole heart; LORD, Your Orders I seek.
   
RF PSA 119:146 I call to You, "Save me!" and I will guard Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:147 Before Dawn breaks I shout, for I trust on Your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:148 Mine eyes outwatch the watch, to reflect on Your Truths.
   
RF PSA 119:149 Kind Lord, hear my voice; Your Commandment revives.
   
RF PSA 119:150 My hunters oppress,—they keep far from Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:151 You, Lord, are my friend, and all Your Orders right.
   
RF PSA 119:152 I knew Your Proofs early; for they last for ever
   
RF PSA 119:153 STANZA 20.
Look, answer, and help! for I leave not Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:154 Plead my cause and redeem;—Your promises revive.
   
RF PSA 119:155 The bad are not safe, for Your Rules they reject.
   
RF PSA 119:156 Lord, Your Kindness was great; Your Decree has revived.
   
RF PSA 119:157 A crowd pursue and vex, I swerve not from Your Proofs.
   
RF PSA 119:158 I saw the rogues and moaned, for they guard not Your Words.
   
RF PSA 119:159 I sought Your Plans, and loved; LORD, Your kindness revived.
   
RF PSA 119:160 Your Chief-Word is "The Truth," Your Will "Right for ever!"
   
RF PSA 119:161 STANZA 21.
Princes chase without cause, 'out my heart fears Your Words.
   
RF PSA 119:162 At Your Words I rejoice more than when finding wealth!
   
RF PSA 119:163 I loathed and hate lies, because I loved Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:164 I thank you every day, about Your good Decrees.
   
RF PSA 119:165 They thrive who love Your Laws, but not those who offend.
   
RF PSA 119:166 Lord, I wished for Your Help, so obeyed Your Commands.
   
RF PSA 119:167 My life sees Your Proofs, which I love very much.
   
RF PSA 119:168 I guard Your Plans, and Proofs, for You watch to my ways. STANZA 22.
   
RF PSA 119:169 LORD, I meet You cheering, for I know your Word.
   
RF PSA 119:170 Let my prayer come to You, redeem me as You said.
   
RF PSA 119:171 My lips bubble thanks, for You taught me Your Rules.
   
RF PSA 119:172 My tongue tells Your Words; for Your Orders are good!
   
RF PSA 119:173 O! let Your hand help, for on Your Plans I trust.
   
RF PSA 119:174 LORD, I long for Your help, and I joy in Your Laws.
   
RF PSA 119:175 My Soul revived thanks You who by Your Decree helped.
   
RF PSA 119:176 A lost sheep I strayed,—but Your servant You sought Who left not Your Commands.
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