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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 135:1

STANZA 1.
Give praise to THE LIFE; Praise the NAME of the LORD;
The LORD'S servants give praise.

   
RF PSA 135:2 Who stand in the House of the LORD,
In the Courts of the House of our GOD.
   
RF PSA 135:3 STANZA 2.
Give praise to THE LIFE; For good is the LORD,
Chant to His Name for He comforts.
   
RF PSA 135:4 For Jacob He chose to Himself,
Israel THE LIFE chose for His treasure
   
RF PSA 135:5 So I have learnt,
How Great the LORD is,
And more than all GODs, the ALMIGHTY
   
RF PSA 135:6 All that the LORD wills,
He does in Skies and Earth,
In the Seas and all Deeps!
   
RF PSA 135:7 Raises fogs from the bounds of the Earth,
Brings Wind from His Stores to make showers.
   
RF PSA 135:8 He cut off Mitzer's first-born of Man and of Beast.
   
RF PSA 135:9 Sent Terrors and Portents amongst the Mitzraim,
To Pharoh and to all his men.
   
RF PSA 135:10 STANZA 3.
He defeated great Nations, and slew mighty Kings;
   
RF PSA 135:11 Sihon King of the Amorites, Og King of Bashan.
And the Chiefs of Canan,
   
RF PSA 135:12 Gave the lands they possessed,
To Israel for His People to hold.
   
RF PSA 135:13 CHORUS.
Your Name, LORD, is for Ever,
Your fame for Ages of Ages!
   
RF PSA 135:14 The LORD leads His People,
Gives His servants gifts!
   
RF PSA 135:15 STANZA 4.
The Heathen worships Silver,
And Gold formed by men's hands,
   
RF PSA 135:16 With mouths that cannot speak,
With eyes that cannot see,
   
RF PSA 135:17 With ears that cannot hear,
And noses without breath;—
   
RF PSA 135:18 Who make are like themselves,
With all who trust in them
   
RF PSA 135:19 STANZA 5.
Israel's House, thank the LORD,
Aaron's House, thank the LORD.
   
RF PSA 135:20 Levi's House, thank the LORD:
Fear the LORD, come bless the LORD.
   
RF PSA 135:21 Thank the LORI) from Zion;—
Jerusalem's People praise THE LIFE.
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