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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 147:1

An Anthem.
Bless THE LIFE, who is-Goodness, and chant to our GOD For His praise is pleasant and sweet.

   
RF PSA 147:2 Psalms 147 A.
An Anthem of the Dispersed.
LORD, rebuild Jerusalem;
Restore scattered Israel;
   
RF PSA 147:3 Heal the broken in heart,
And set their broken bones.
   
RF PSA 147:4 Psalms 147 B.
An Anthem on the power of God.
He settled the number of Stars;
He calls every one by their names,
   
RF PSA 147:5 Our Prince, great in Power and Might;
Whose intellect none can record;
   
RF PSA 147:6 The LORD who will lift up the feeble,
But flings the Bad down to the ground!
   
RF PSA 147:7 Psalms 147 C.
An Anthem of thanks.
Respond to the Lord with the Lute,
Chant to our GOD on the Harp,
   
RF PSA 147:8 Who covers the Sky with the clouds,
To produce for the earth His sweet showers,
To make the grass grow on the Hills,
   
RF PSA 147:9 And give to the cattle their food,
And feed the young ravens who cry.
   
RF PSA 147:10 Psalms 147 D.
An Anthem on the Nature of God.
Not in the strength of a horse He delights,
Nor is pleased with the legs of a man.—
   
RF PSA 147:11 But the LORD joys in those who fear Him,
Those who on His mercy rely!
   
RF PSA 147:12 Psalms 147 E.
An Anthem of Exhortation.
Jerusalem, give to the LORD thanks,
O Zion, give thanks to your GOD;—
   
RF PSA 147:13 Who strengthens the bars of your gates,
Who blesses your sons in your breast.
   
RF PSA 147:14 Who gives to your boundaries peace,
And feeds you with richest of wheat.
   
RF PSA 147:15 Who sends down His Message to earth,
His Order that quickly proceeds;
   
RF PSA 147:16 Who spreads out His blanket—like snow,
Like ashes He scatters hoar frost!
   
RF PSA 147:17 He sends out His ice like a sheet,
Ice, fixes the face of a lake!
   
RF PSA 147:18 He sends His command, and it melts;
Turns His wind, and the waters rush out!
   
RF PSA 147:19 To Jacob, He uttered His word;—
So, Israel, hear His Decrees;—
   
RF PSA 147:20 To all Nations, He did not do thus;—
His Decisions He taught not to them. Give thanks to THE LIFE.
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