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 145:1||
A Prayer of David's.
|RF PSA 145:2||I daily will bless, and will praise, For ever and ever Your NAME.|
|RF PSA 145:3|| STANZA 2.
The GREAT LORD is worthy of praise, His grandeur is passing research,
|RF PSA 145:4||Age shows to Age of Your works, Which proclaim You as being Supreme!|
|RF PSA 145:5||Of your Majesty, Power, and Might, I will think,—and Your wonderful Acts;|
|RF PSA 145:6||Of Your Power and glory they tell; And Your sublime nature recount;|
|RF PSA 145:7||The record they spread of Your Goodness, And they of Your rectitude sing.|
|RF PSA 145:8|| STANZA 3.
The LORD is forbearing and kind: Slow to wroth, and His pity great!
|RF PSA 145:9||The LORD is in every way good, And His mercy is on all He made.|
|RF PSA 145:10||All Your works praise You, Lord, And Your sanctified, offer You thanks,|
|RF PSA 145:11||Of Your Regal Honour they tell, And speak of Your Power Supreme;|
|RF PSA 145:12||To teach Adam's sons of Your grandeur,And the glorious light of Your realm;—|
|RF PSA 145:13||Your realm in the Kingdom Eternal! And Your rule in all ages of time!|
|RF PSA 145:14|| STANZA 4.
The LORD supports, all who are falling And those who have fallen, picks up.
|RF PSA 145:15||All the hungry eyes wait upon You, And You give their food in its time.|
|RF PSA 145:16||You open Your bountiful hand,—And fill all living creatures with joy!|
|RF PSA 145:17||The LORD is in all His ways just, And gentle to all He has made!|
|RF PSA 145:18||The LORD comes to all who will call, To all who call for Him in truth.|
|RF PSA 145:19||He delights to see all He has made, And he hears and will help when they shout;|
|RF PSA 145:20||Let all who love Him heed the LORD, For He will destroy all the Bad.|
|RF PSA 145:21|| ENVOY.
My mouth proclaims, Praise to the LORD, And HIS NAME let all living things bless And for ever and ever adore.