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 40:1||
To his Bandmaster.
|RF PSA 40:2|| And raised from the Pit of Despair,
Pulled my feet from the miry clay,
Placed on the firm rock of success,
|RF PSA 40:3|| And put a new song in my mouth.—
Many saw and gave thanks to our GOD,
And will reverence and trust in the LORD.
|RF PSA 40:4|| STANZA 2.
Happy man! who can trust in the LORD,
Nor turns to false slippery lies!
|RF PSA 40:5|| LORD how many the things You have made,
How grand Your designs for our sakes,
No man can relate them for You,—
They exceed every utterance by speech.
|RF PSA 40:6|| You approved not of offerings and gifts, —
You revealed to my ears,—
You asked not burnt offerings for sin,
|RF PSA 40:7|| So I answered, "Behold I have come,
As prescribed in the letter to me,
|RF PSA 40:8|| With delight, GOD, to work out Your will,
For Your law is endorsed in my breast.
|RF PSA 40:9|| I publicly preached about Right,
You know, LORD, my lips were not still,
|RF PSA 40:10|| I hid not Your good news in my heart,—
Your Truth, and Salvation proclaimed;
I concealed not Your mercy and Faith,
From the Public at large!
|RF PSA 40:11|| STANZA 3.
LORD hold not Your pity from me,
Let Your mercy and truth always guard.
|RF PSA 40:12|| For sufferings upon me are heaped,
Without number the frailties I bear,
To look at them I have no power;
They are more than the hairs of my head,
So I have abandoned my heart;—
|RF PSA 40:13|| Let it please You, my LORD, to relieve,
Everlasting make haste to my aid!—
|RF PSA 40:14|| Degrade and disgrace them at once,
Who hunt for my life to destroy,
Repulse and defeat those who joy in my woes;
|RF PSA 40:15|| Give them loss, in reward for their jeers,
Who uttered against me their laugh.
|RF PSA 40:16|| Let those sing and be glad who seek You,
Say always the LORD was my Saviour and Friend.
|RF PSA 40:17|| For tho' I am poor and in want,
About me my LORD cares, and guards,—
So delay not to save me, my GOD.