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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 HAB 3:1 A Psalm of Habakuk in his Sorrows.
   
RF HAB 3:2 Lord, I have heard of your fame—and I fear;
Revive Lord your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years You revealed,—
And in anger your mercy remember.
   
RF HAB 3:3 A Psalm on the Power of God.
The Lord advanced from Theman,
And the Holy from Mount Paran;
His glory clothed the Skies,
And his granduer filled the Earth,
   
RF HAB 3:4 And bright rays of light were the darts in His hand;
And in them were hidden his might!
   
RF HAB 3:5 Command before him marched,
And flame beneath His feet.
   
RF HAB 3:6 He stood and he spotted the earth,
He looked,—and the Nations rose!
And the lofty peaks were shattered,
And the ancient Hills laid low!
His paths are everlasting,
Eternal paths are His!
   
RF HAB 3:7 I saw Kushan's tents in sorrow,—
Midian's land in terror shook!—
   
RF HAB 3:8 Lord, with rivers were you angry?
War Your fury against the Streams?
Were you wroth against the Sea?
That your horsemen rode on it?
With your Chariots of Salvation,
   
RF HAB 3:9 And Your bow exposed to the light?
At your promise made the Tribesmen,
The rivers burst from earth!
   
RF HAB 3:10 The Mountans saw and quivered,
The raging Sea ran back,
The Deep raised up its voice;
The Height raised up its hands.
   
RF HAB 3:11 Sun and Mon stood still in their circuit,
As Your arrows flew like the light,
And your spear with lightning flash!
   
RF HAB 3:12 You marched through the land in fury,
The Heathen thrashed in rage!
   
RF HAB 3:13 You came to save Your People;
With Your Messiah to win;—
   
RF HAB 3:14 Crushed the Chief of the House of Rebellion,
Trod on the base of his neck!—
Stabbed with their darts his squadrons,
Who to scatter rushed like a storm,
Who loved to devour the poor in secret!
   
RF HAB 3:15 Your horsemen marched on the Sea,
On the foaming watery waves!
   
RF HAB 3:16 I heard and my bowels shivered,
My lips were convulsed at the sound!
And weakness subdued my vigour,
And disturbances succeeded rest!
At the day the tyrant advanced
To assail our Race with troops!
   
RF HAB 3:17 Yet, though the Fig tree bloom not,—
And the Vine give no increase,—
Though the Okives' product ceases,—
And the Fields produce no food,—
And the flock be cut off from the fold,—
And no bullock is seen in the stall,—
   
RF HAB 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah,
Rejoice in my Saviour, God!
   
RF HAB 3:19 The Mighty Lord will support me,
And make my feet like a stag's,
And I will march on the Mountains
A Psalm.
To the Leader of my Singers.
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