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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 27:1

By David.
The LORD, is my light and my Victor, for whom should I fear?
Who dread, when You, LORD, are the strength of my life?

   
RF PSA 27:2 When the wicked assailed me, to eat up my flesh,
My opponents and foemen all stumbled and fell.
   
RF PSA 27:3 If an army assail me my heart will not fear;
If they rise up to war I shall go out content.
   
RF PSA 27:4 asked from the LORD one request,—
To rest in His House all my days;
To gaze on my LORD'S beauty in life,
And inside His Palace reflect.
   
RF PSA 27:5 In hard times, He concealed in His Tent;—
He hid-in the shade of HIS HALL, And lifted me into His fort;
   
RF PSA 27:6 Raised my head o'er encircling foes,
So I offer my gift in His Hall,
And chant songs and Psalms to the Lord.
   
RF PSA 27:7 Listen, LORD to my voice when I cry,
And have pity and answer to me;
   
RF PSA 27:8 For You said to my heart " Seek My face,"—
I therefore will seek Your face, LORD;
   
RF PSA 27:9 So hide not Your presence from me,
Nor depart from Your servant in wrath.
You helped,—so abandon me not,—
Nor forsake me, my GOD, who can save.
   
RF PSA 27:10 Though my Father and Mother forsake,
Yet the LORD will receive me again.
   
RF PSA 27:11 EVER-LIVING, teach me Your way.
Show me a straight path from my foes.
   
RF PSA 27:12 Give me not to my enemies' wish,
For false-witnesses rise against me,
And breathe out their lies
   
RF PSA 27:13 But for this I had trusted to see,
The LORD'S bounty while living on earth.
   
RF PSA 27:14 Yet trust on the LORD, and be bold;—
Encourage your heart, and still trust in the LORD.
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