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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 38:1

A memorial psalm of David.
STANZA 1.
LORD punish me not in Your haste,
Nor in Your hot anger correct;

   
RF PSA 38:2 For Your arrows have pierced into me,
And upon me the blow of Your hand.
   
RF PSA 38:3 In my flesh now no soundness remains,
Because of Your wrath; In my bones there is nothing of ease,
Because of my sin!
   
RF PSA 38:4 For my passions went over my head,
Like a burden too heavy to bear.
   
RF PSA 38:5 They debase and they rot me away,—
And because of my crimes,
   
RF PSA 38:6 I am bent and crushed down.
All the day I am walking in gloom,
   
RF PSA 38:7 For my vitals are full of disease,
And there is no health in my frame.
   
RF PSA 38:8 I am feeble and very depressed,
And groan from my anguish of heart.
   
RF PSA 38:9 All my wail is before You, my LORD,
And my sighs are not hidden from You.
   
RF PSA 38:10 My heart throbs, my vigour is gone,
And I have not the sight of mine eyes.
   
RF PSA 38:11 My loved ones and friends shrink away,
They rise and avoid my approach;
   
RF PSA 38:12 But those hunt, who desire my life,
And are seeking for injuries to me,
And meditate treason all day.
   
RF PSA 38:13 STANZA 2.
But I, like the deaf, hear it not;
And there is in my mouth no reproof.
   
RF PSA 38:14 I am like to a man who hears not,
And without a reproach in his mouth.
   
RF PSA 38:15 Yet my hope, LORD, relies upon You,—
You, my LORD and my GOD, are my help;—
   
RF PSA 38:16 For I thought they would triumph on me;
Would exult when my footsteps had slipped.
   
RF PSA 38:17 For now I am ready to halt,
And my anguish is always at hand.
   
RF PSA 38:18 I therefore confess to my faults,
And deeply I grieve for my sins.
   
RF PSA 38:19 But my enemies live and are strong,
And my treacherous haters increase;
   
RF PSA 38:20 And they who pay goodness with hurt,
Accuse me, though I did them good!
   
RF PSA 38:21 ENVOY.
LORD never forsake me;— My GOD leave me not.
   
RF PSA 38:22 Haste to help me, my Saviour and Prince.
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