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."
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 10:1||
How long, LORD, will You stand afar
|RF PSA 10:2|| When the haughty bad press on the poor,
And catch in the traps they have set.
|RF PSA 10:3|| The wicked in pride of soul boasts,
Approves greed, and despises the LORD,
|RF PSA 10:4|| Whom the wicked in pride never seeks,—
In his thought there is never a GOD
|RF PSA 10:5|| At all times his path is perverse,
He flings Your Decrees from himself,
And sneers at each one of their bonds.
|RF PSA 10:6|| His heart says he cannot be moved,
Nor ever experience distress.
|RF PSA 10:7|| Revolt and fraud thus fill his mouth,
And falsehood hides under his tongue;
|RF PSA 10:8|| In ambush he sits in the streets,
And in secret he murders the weak.
His eyes lick them up in advance,
|RF PSA 10:9|| Like a lion he lies in his lair, —
Lies still to lay hold of the weak,
And wrap them in folds of his net.
|RF PSA 10:10|| He bends, and he thrusts, and he fells,
O'erpowers the wretched by force,
|RF PSA 10:11|| His heart asserts, that "GOD forgets
He hides and He never can see
|RF PSA 10:12|| JEHOVAH, rise! lift up Your hand
And no longer forget of the poor;
|RF PSA 10:13|| For why should the villain mock GOD,
And think that You never will care?
|RF PSA 10:14|| See crime and wrong both advance,
So prepare for the use of Your hand,—
The helpless can only trust You
To give to the feeble Your strength,—
|RF PSA 10:15|| So shatter the criminal's arm,
And chase the wrong till it is not.
|RF PSA 10:16|| An Anthem.
LORD, our Eternal King,
Drive pagans from the Land,
|RF PSA 10:17|| Hear, LORD, the poor's desire;
Give quiet to their heart.
Incline Your ear to hear,
|RF PSA 10:18|| And help the weak to right,
And not permit again
To drive men from the land.'1
1 NOTE: Psalm 10 is evidently two distinct anthems of widely different ages, one by David, the other after the captivity, confused together by the Hebrew editors, who, as the Great Sanhedrim, selected and arranged the books of Psalms, as we now have them, for use in the services of the Temple and Synagogues, after the return of the Tribe of Judah from Babylon.—F.F.