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 34:1||
By David, in his Distress for Want of Food, when he went to Abimelech who Dismissed him and he Escaped.
|RF PSA 34:2|| My soul shall exult in the LORD,—
The wretched will hear and rejoice;
|RF PSA 34:3|| Exalting the LORD with myself,
And in union proclaiming His NAME.
|RF PSA 34:4|| STANZA 2.
I called to the LORD who replied,
And rescued me out of my fears.—
|RF PSA 34:5|| They will look out for Him and have light,
And their faces will not be cast down,
|RF PSA 34:6|| "The LORD heard this wretch, they will say,
And relieved him from all his distress."
|RF PSA 34:7|| STANZA 3.
The LORD'S Angels camp all around,
Those who fear Him, and serve Him like men.
|RF PSA 34:8|| How good the LORD is, taste and try;—
Men are happy who trust upon Him.
|RF PSA 34:9|| Let all His Saints look to the LORD,
For none who fear Him are in need.
|RF PSA 34:10|| The Tigers may pine and be starved,
But who seek for the LORD will find food.
|RF PSA 34:11|| STANZA 4.
"Come my children, and listen to me,
While I teach you to reverence the LORD.
|RF PSA 34:12|| What man takes delight in his life?
Who is longing to see happy days?
|RF PSA 34:13|| From wickedness hold back your tongue,
And your lips from the word that betrays.
|RF PSA 34:14|| Turn from insult and do what is kind;
Seek peace and pursue it alone.
|RF PSA 34:15|| For the LORD is observing the good,
And His ears have recourse to their cry.—
|RF PSA 34:16|| The LORD rejects doers of wrong,
And erases their memory from earth.
|RF PSA 34:17|| But the LORD will hear those who implore.
And delivers from all their distress
|RF PSA 34:18|| The LORD comes to the broken in heart,
And saves those whose mind is depressed.
|RF PSA 34:19|| The good may have frequently woes,
But the LORD will release from them all.—
|RF PSA 34:20|| He guards every one of his bones,
And provides that not one of them break.—
|RF PSA 34:21|| But the wicked are killed by their sin,
And the haters of good will despair.
|RF PSA 34:22|| ENVOY.
The LORD rescues the life of His servants,
And those who trust Him will not fail."