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 33:1||
|RF PSA 33:2|| STANZA 1.
Give praise to the LORD with the Harp,
Sing Him Psalms on the sweet mandoline.
|RF PSA 33:3|| Come on I sing to Him a new song,
And rejoice in Him with ringing cheers!—
|RF PSA 33:4|| For the word of the LORD is sincere,
And all His works rest upon truth;
|RF PSA 33:5|| He loves both the just and the right,
And His mercies replenish the earth.—
|RF PSA 33:6|| The Lord made the skies by His word,
And their Host by the breath of His mouth;
|RF PSA 33:7|| He collects the wild waves of the Sea,
From His treasures He gives out their foam.
|RF PSA 33:8|| STANZA 2.
Let all the earth reverence the LORD;
All fear Him who dwell in the spheres;
|RF PSA 33:9|| For HE spoke and they came into life,
He commanded, and then they appeared!
|RF PSA 33:10|| The LORD breaks the plans of the pagans,
And frustrates mere human designs
|RF PSA 33:11|| But the plans of the LORD last for ever,
The designs of His heart for all times.
|RF PSA 33:12|| Blest the nation whose GOD is the LORD,
And the people He takes for His own.
|RF PSA 33:13|| STANZA 3.
From the heavens the LORD looking down,
Examined the children of man;
|RF PSA 33:14|| And from the abode of His Rest,
GOD watched all the dwellers on earth:
|RF PSA 33:15|| He, who formed every heart of the whole,
Reflected on all they had done!—
|RF PSA 33:16|| By his army, a King did not win,
Nor a Hero prevail by his strength;
|RF PSA 33:17|| The horse often failed to preserve,
Or to fly by exerting his power;—
|RF PSA 33:18|| But the LORD looks on those who fear Him,
And those who rely on His love,
|RF PSA 33:19|| From death to deliver their life,
And restore them in periods of want.
|RF PSA 33:20|| CHORUS OF THE CONGREGATION.
Our souls therefore cling to the LORD
For He is our strength and our shield,
|RF PSA 33:21|| And by Him our hearts are made glad,
And we can in His HOLY NAME trust.
|RF PSA 33:22|| Let Your mercy LORD rest upon us,
For our hope has been fixed upon You.