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 37:1||
|RF PSA 37:2|| For like grass they are quickly cut down,
And they wither, as do the green leaves.
|RF PSA 37:3|| But trust in the LORD and do good,
Rest safe in the land and be fed,
|RF PSA 37:4|| And make your delight in the LORD,
Who will grant the desire of your heart.
|RF PSA 37:5|| Wind on your path up to the LORD;
And trust Him because He can save,
|RF PSA 37:6|| And will bring out your right like the dawn,
Your acquittal like noon of the day!
|RF PSA 37:7|| Resign all, and rely on the LORD,—
Fret not at the prospering path,
Of the man who will practice deceit.
|RF PSA 37:8|| Cease anger, and leave off from wrath,
Nor be fretful, except against wrong;
|RF PSA 37:9|| For the wicked will all be cut off,
And who trust in the LORD hold the Land.
|RF PSA 37:10|| Wait awhile, and the bad will be not!
While you look at him, his home is gone!
|RF PSA 37:11||But the kind will inherit the land, And enjoy its perfection of peace.|
|RF PSA 37:12|| Tho' the wicked may rage at the good,
And gnash with their teeth against them.
|RF PSA 37:13|| The Almighty still laughs them to scorn,
For He sees that their day will come on:
|RF PSA 37:14|| STANZA 2.
The wicked draw sword, and bend bow,
To strike down the feeble and poor,
And murder the good on the path;—
|RF PSA 37:15|| But their sword will come to their own hearts,
And their bows will destroy their own selves;
|RF PSA 37:16|| And what little the righteous possess,
Is more than the wealth of the bad.
|RF PSA 37:17|| For the arms of the bad will be smashed,
But the LORD will the righteous support.
|RF PSA 37:18|| Of the honest the LORD knows the days,
Their possessions for ever will be,
|RF PSA 37:19|| Nor fail in the time of distress,
But in periods of famine be fed,
|RF PSA 37:20|| While the wicked will wither away,
And who hate the LORD, like a parched field
Will vanish in smoke and dissolve!
|RF PSA 37:21|| The bad borrows, and does not repay,
The righteous is generous and gives.
|RF PSA 37:22|| Whom He blesses inherit the earth,
And those whom He curses decay.
|RF PSA 37:23|| The man who steps on with the LORD,
Is safe, and his pathway is smooth;
|RF PSA 37:24|| If he stumbles he is not cast down,
For the LORD will hold him by His hand.
|RF PSA 37:25|| I have been young,—and now I am old,
And have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his children go begging their bread;
|RF PSA 37:26||All day he was kindly, and lent, And so his descendants are blest.|
|RF PSA 37:27|| Turn away from the wrong and do right,
And eternal your dwelling will be;
|RF PSA 37:28|| For the just are beloved by the LORD,
And He never abandons His Saints;
For eternity they are preserved,
But the Race of the bad is destroyed;
|RF PSA 37:29|| For the good will inherit the earth,
And upon it for ever will dwell.
|RF PSA 37:30|| For the mouth of the good utters sense,
And his tongue speaks for justice alone.
|RF PSA 37:31|| With the Laws of his GOD in his heart,
He never will cease to advance.
|RF PSA 37:32|| STANZA 3.
The wicked lay wait for the good,
And seek to procure his death.
|RF PSA 37:33|| But the LORD will not leave to their hand,
Nor let him be wronged by their judge.
|RF PSA 37:34|| Keep the path of the LORD and have hope,
He will help you to conquer the land.
And to cut off the wicked you fear.
|RF PSA 37:35|| I have seen how the wicked succeed,
And spread like a green growing tree;
|RF PSA 37:36|| Then I passed and I saw he was not,
And I sought him, but nowhere could find.
|RF PSA 37:37|| Watch the True, and regard the Upright,
For the end of those men is in peace.
|RF PSA 37:38|| But Transgressors will perish together,—
The future of sinners is wreck.
|RF PSA 37:39|| The righteous are served by the LORD,—
Their fortress in time of distress,—
|RF PSA 37:40|| JEHOVAH assists and protects,
And saves from the hand of the bad,
All who trust upon Him.