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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 45:1

To the Conductor of the Flageolets.
A Mediation for the Choristers.—A Song of the Affections.
MAIDEN BRIDE.
"My heart o'erflows, with pleasant thought;—
I tell my doings to the King,—
A rapid writer's pen, my tongue."

   
RF PSA 45:2 DAVID.
"You're fairer than a child of Adam,
Your graceful lips express it well,
So may GOD bless for ever."
   
RF PSA 45:3 MAIDEN BRIDE.
"Your sword gird on your thigh,
For courage, fame, and honour;
For Honour, drive your Chariot,
   
RF PSA 45:4 And for the sake of truth,
Seek out and help the Right:—
It honours your right hand.
   
RF PSA 45:5 Your darts will Nations pierce,
Beneath you they will fall,—
   
RF PSA 45:6 Aim at your foeman's heart.
Your Throne, Prince, is for ever;—
Your Kingdom's Staff, the Right;
   
RF PSA 45:7 You love the right, and hate the wrong,
So GOD, your GOD, anoints
With sweeter oil than all your friends!
   
RF PSA 45:8 Your garments smell of cassia-myrrh;
From ivory jars, to make you glad."
   
RF PSA 45:9 DAVID.
"On you Kings' daughters wait,
A Queen stands at your right,
In lace of woven gold.
   
RF PSA 45:10 Hear, girl, look and attend;—
Forget your Tribe, and Home.
   
RF PSA 45:11 A King desires your love,—
Bow to him, as your LORD.
   
RF PSA 45:12 Tyre's daughter brings you gifts,
The wealthy nations come.'
   
RF PSA 45:13 THE PRIEST.
"Princess of Glorious Veil,
With Gold Embroidered Robes,
   
RF PSA 45:14 Approach the King with grace;
Come, follow, shepherd girls,
Where she leads on for you.
   
RF PSA 45:15 Advance with joy, and smile,—
She enters the King's Hall."
   
RF PSA 45:16 THE CHORUS TO THE BRIDE.
"Your Sons, instead of father,
Will sit provincial Lords.
   
RF PSA 45:17 Forget your name for ever,
And the Tribes will always love."
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