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 21:1||
To his Bandmaster.
|RF PSA 21:2|| For You gave the desire of his heart,
Nor refused the request of his lips.
|RF PSA 21:3|| Your blessing has led him along;
You have placed a gold Crown on his head;
|RF PSA 21:4|| You gave him the lives that he asked,
Extended and lengthened his days.
|RF PSA 21:5|| By Your aid his power is great;
You gave to him honour and fame.
|RF PSA 21:6|| With blessing You always endowed,
You delighted by joy of Your Face!
|RF PSA 21:7|| STANZA 2.
For the King puts his trust in the LORD,
And moves not from the Almighty's love.
|RF PSA 21:8|| So Your hand shall seize those who oppose,—
Your right hand find all those who hate,
|RF PSA 21:9|| And throw them like fuel to fire,
At the time when the LORD in His rage,
Consumes and devours them like flame;
|RF PSA 21:10|| Makes their produce to fail from the land,
And their race from the sons of Mankind,
|RF PSA 21:11|| For the evil they purposed to You,
Which they planned as a futile device.
|RF PSA 21:12|| So break all their backs by Your might,
And before them be valiant and bold.
|RF PSA 21:13|| Be exalted O LORD in Your strength,
And we will sing Psalms to Your might.