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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 139:1

To his Bandmaster.
A Psalm by David a Plea to the Lord.
LORD, You have tried me and known,

   
RF PSA 139:2 You know if I sit down or rise.
My Shepherd guard from far,
   
RF PSA 139:3 Prepares my field and couch,
My journeys, and my halts;
   
RF PSA 139:4 Before my tongue can speak,
O LORD! YOU know it all!
   
RF PSA 139:5 You formed my Past, and Now,
And placed on me Your hand!
   
RF PSA 139:6 PSALM 139A.
Your knowledge is wondrous to me,
I never can reach to its height.
   
RF PSA 139:7 I walk by Your Spirit,
Am led by Your mouth.
   
RF PSA 139:8 If I rise to the skies,—You are there.
You are there if I dive to the Grave!
   
RF PSA 139:9 Should I lift up Dawn's Veil,—
And plunge under the Sea,—
   
RF PSA 139:10 Your hand there could seize,
Your right-hand could hold!
   
RF PSA 139:11 If I say, "The darkness will hide,
Night shines not to betray."
   
RF PSA 139:12 Then Dark, is not Darkness to You,
And Night is as bright as the Day!
So Darkness and Light are the same!
   
RF PSA 139:13 For You have created my members,
You arranged me in my Mother's Womb.
   
RF PSA 139:14 I praise You because You enlighten,
My mind knows the Wonders You do.
   
RF PSA 139:15 My thoughts are not hidden from You,
Who made, and in secret Who wove,
When preparing for earth;
   
RF PSA 139:16 Your eyes saw me, as I was evolving,
The whole was inscribed on Your Plan,
And You formed my days when not one of them were
   
RF PSA 139:17 How precious Your thoughts are to me!
How powerful, GOD, their results!
   
RF PSA 139:18 If I counted the sands they are more,—
When I waken, I stand before You!
   
RF PSA 139:19 Oh I cut off the Bad, GOD of Truth,
And from me drive off men of Blood
   
RF PSA 139:20 Who meditate only revolt,
And contrive for Your Cities distress!
   
RF PSA 139:21 Those who hate You, LORD, do I not hate?
And loathe those who rise against You?
   
RF PSA 139:22 Those who hate You, I perfectly hate,—
As enemies they are to me!
   
RF PSA 139:23 GOD, try me and find out my heart,
Examine, and find out my ways,
   
RF PSA 139:24 And see if I stray in my path,—
And for ever lead me on Your road!
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