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 22:1||
To the Conductor of the Rams' Horns.
|RF PSA 22:2|| GOD answers not my daily cry,
And night can bring no rest to me.
|RF PSA 22:3|| STANZA 2.
But You are safe, enthroned on Israel's praise;
|RF PSA 22:4|| Our fathers hoped on You;
they hoped, and You relieved.
|RF PSA 22:5|| They shrieked,—and You set free,
They hoped and were not shamed,
|RF PSA 22:6|| But I'm a worm, and not a man,—
By men despised,—the people scorn.
|RF PSA 22:7|| All seeing laugh and mock,
They sneer, and shake the head,
|RF PSA 22:8|| "He hoped JEHOVAH would relieve,—
Now let Him save him if He choose!"
|RF PSA 22:9|| STANZA 3.
Yet You brought from the womb,
Placed on my mother's knees,
|RF PSA 22:10|| On You I trusted from my birth,—
My GOD from mother's breast.
|RF PSA 22:11|| Oh leave not in distress,
Come near to give me aid;
|RF PSA 22:12|| Ten thousand bulls surround,
The beasts of Bashan close;
|RF PSA 22:13|| Extending mouths for me,
The Lions tear and roar.
|RF PSA 22:14|| STANZA 4.
Like water, I'm poured out,
My bones torn from their joints,
My heart become like wax,
|RF PSA 22:15|| My strength, dry, rotten, wood;
My tongue sticks to my jaw,
My lips have dust of death
|RF PSA 22:16|| Mad dogs tear all around,—
They pierce my hands and feet;
|RF PSA 22:17|| I can count all my bones.—
They strain and stare at me,
|RF PSA 22:18|| Amongst them share my clothes,
And for my robe cast dice.
|RF PSA 22:19|| STANZA 5.
But you, LORD, are not far,
My GOD! Oh, haste to help!
|RF PSA 22:20|| My life guard from the sword,
My darlings from the dog.
|RF PSA 22:21|| Save from the Lion's mouth,
Protect from tossing horns;
|RF PSA 22:22|| And then I'll tell my friends Your name,
And thank among the crowd.
|RF PSA 22:23|| PSALM 22 A.
Look on the LORD and praise;
All Jacob's race extol,
And Israel's race adore.
|RF PSA 22:24|| The grieved He neither scorned nor loathed,
Nor hid His face from us,
But when we cried He heard.
|RF PSA 22:25|| In crowds I thank for this,
Pay vows with those who fear.
|RF PSA 22:26|| The poor shall eat and feed,—
Who seek the LORD give thanks.
Revive your hearts for aye;
|RF PSA 22:27|| Reflect, and trust the LORD.
The whole land bows to you,
With all the Pagan Tribes;
|RF PSA 22:28|| Because the LORD is King,
He o'er the Heathen rules.
|RF PSA 22:29|| They all shall eat, and bow
All great on earth to Him,
And all kneel in the dust,
Or their life will not live.
|RF PSA 22:30|| A race shall serve to us,
The prince declares to me,
|RF PSA 22:31|| Who goes and tells His plans
To men as yet unborn.