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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 132:1

A Pilgrim's Song.
STANZA 1.
Remember, LORD, David when in all his troubles,—

   
RF PSA 132:2 Who vowed to the LIFE, to the MIGHTY of Jacob
   
RF PSA 132:3 I will not enter my house, or go up to my bed,
   
RF PSA 132:4 Or give sleep to mine eyes, or to my eyelids rest,
   
RF PSA 132:5 Till I find the LORD'S place, And the home of the MIGHTY."
   
RF PSA 132:6 STANZA 2.
'Twas in Ephrath reported,
was found in the Woodlands:—
   
RF PSA 132:7 Let us go to His Tents,
let us bow to His footstool;—
   
RF PSA 132:8 "Come up, LORD, to Your House,
with the Ark of Your Might,
   
RF PSA 132:9 Your Priests rightly clothed,
and Your Saints all rejoicing,
   
RF PSA 132:10 Your slave David leads,—
from Your Anointed turn not."
   
RF PSA 132:11 Psalms 132 A
Upon the conditions of the promise to David.
The LORD to David truly swore, and from it will not turn;
"Upon your Throne I will set one who from your body springs,
   
RF PSA 132:12 If your sons guard My Treaty,
and the Doctrines that I teach,
Then their sons of sons succeeding,
shall sit upon your Throne.
   
RF PSA 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion,
to make His dwelling there,
   
RF PSA 132:14 This is My Home for ever,
where I will dwell, because I love.
   
RF PSA 132:15 I will bless Her food with blessing,
and fill Her poor with bread;
   
RF PSA 132:16 Her Priests will clothe in safety,
and her happy Saints shall cheer.
   
RF PSA 132:17 There fix the horn of David,
and set my Messiah's light,
   
RF PSA 132:18 I will clothe his foes in shame,
but honour on him shine!"
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1 Note.—Psalms 132 A, v. 10. By the subject this 132nd Psalms , which now stands in the current copies of the Bible as one, seems to me clearly two separate anthems, confused together either by the Temple Editors, or subsequent transcribers; I therefore have ventured to restore it to the proper division as 132 A.F.F.
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