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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 51:1

To his Bandmaster.
A Psalm by David, when Nathan the Preacher came to him on account of his Adultery with Bathsheba.
STANZA 1.
Pity me GOD in Your mercy,
In great kindness blot out my crime.

   
RF PSA 51:2 Like rain-showers wash off my passions,
And purify me from my guilt,
   
RF PSA 51:3 For I will acknowledge my crime,
And before me are standing my sins;
   
RF PSA 51:4 I certainly sinned against You,
And committed this wrong in Your sight;
You therefore are right in Your message,
And are in Your sentence correct.
   
RF PSA 51:5 Alas! I was born with this passion,
And my mother conceived me for sin.
   
RF PSA 51:6 STANZA 2.
You delight in the truth that was hid,
My conscience You made me display;
   
RF PSA 51:7 But cleanse me and scour me with soap,
Yes, wash me till whiter than snow.
   
RF PSA 51:8 If You hear me I joy and am glad,
The bones You have broken will laugh.—
   
RF PSA 51:9 Oh, cover Your face from my sin,
And the whole of my passions blot out!
   
RF PSA 51:10 Create a clean heart for me, GOD;
And put a new mind in my breast.
   
RF PSA 51:11 And cast me not out from Your Presence,
Nor take Your pure spirit from me.
   
RF PSA 51:12 Restore me Your triumphant joy,
Support me with freedom of soul,
   
RF PSA 51:13 Then I'll teach the rebellious Your path,
And turn back the sinners to You.
   
RF PSA 51:14 O pardon me, GOD, for the murders;—
O give me salvation, my GOD!
When my tongue will proclaim You are right,
   
RF PSA 51:15 STANZA 3.
My Prince You have opened my lips,—
Your kindness my tongue shall proclaim.
   
RF PSA 51:16 You wished not for Offerings or Gifts,
And Burnt-offerings gave You no delight,
   
RF PSA 51:17 So I give to GOD my broken spirit;
A heart that is broke and depressed,
Will not be refused by that GOD.
   
RF PSA 51:18 Psalms 51 A.
A Prayer for Zion.
O! look with Your favour on Zion,
And build up Jerusalem's walls.
   
RF PSA 51:19 Then You will be pleased with right Offerings,
On Your Altar whole bulls they will lay!
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