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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 59:1

To his Bandmaster.
Written by David about the Villainy of Saul, who sent and Besieged him in his House to Kill him.
STANZA 1.
Release me, my GOD, from my foes,—
Protect me from those who assail;

   
RF PSA 59:2 Set me free from the doers of wrong,
And save from these blood-thirsty men;
   
RF PSA 59:3 For see how they hunt for my life,
Their forces against me collect,—
Not, LORD, for my fault or my sin!
   
RF PSA 59:4 STANZA 2.
They prepare to attack without cause,—
Arise, and come forward and see!
And You, O LORD GOD, of the Hosts,
   
RF PSA 59:5 Awaken, O Israel's GOD Unpitying visit these men,—
All those who deceive and betray!
   
RF PSA 59:6 STANZA 3.
They return with dusk,—grin like dogs,—
And then they encircle my house.—
   
RF PSA 59:7 And, look, how they foam at the mouth,
And the slaver runs down from their jaws!
   
RF PSA 59:8 But You, LORD, about them can smile,
You laugh all the day at the rogues.—
   
RF PSA 59:9 You are strong!—I will trust upon You;
For GOD is Himself, my defence.
   
RF PSA 59:10 My GOD with His mercy precedes,
My GOD protects me from my foes!
   
RF PSA 59:11 Slay them not, lest my People forget;
But disperse and o'erthrow by Your might,1
———
1 NOTE.—Psalms 59 v.11. ("The LORD is our shield!") I would suggest this exclamation is an old Rabbin's comment, for it breaks the verse.—F.F.
   
RF PSA 59:12 By their mouth's sin, and speech of their lips,—
Let them thus be all caught in their pride.
Let the cursing and lies they relate.
   
RF PSA 59:13 Be consumed in a fire and destroyed
And teach them that GOD has the rule,
To the furthest of bounds of the earth.
   
RF PSA 59:14 STANZA 4.
At dusk, they come back with their growls
Like dogs they encircle the house.—
   
RF PSA 59:15 They yell for the food they get not;—
   
RF PSA 59:16 But I myself sing of Your power,
And am cheered by Your mercy till morn,
For You are a Fortress to me,
And a refuge in times of distress.
   
RF PSA 59:17 My GOD as my Strength I will chant,
For GOD is my fortress, my GOD is my Trust!
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