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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016

   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 65:1

To his Bandmaster.
A Psalm for singing of David.
GOD, to You silent reflection is praise;—
In Zion they pay to You vows,

RF PSA 65:2 O! Hearer of Prayer, For all flesh comes to You!
The emotions of passion were stronger than I,
But You can erase our sins.
RF PSA 65:4 Happy he whom You choose and approach,
He can dwell in Your Courts full of bliss;
In the House of Your Holy retreat.
You instruct us, revealing the right.
O trustworthy GOD who can save,
To all bounds of the Earth and wide Sea;
RF PSA 65:6 Who fixed by His power the mountains,
RF PSA 65:7 With majesty girdled around!
Who pacifies loud roaring Oceans,
Loud billows, and murmurs of nations!—
RF PSA 65:8 The dwellers far off fear Your signs
Making cheerful the dawn and the dusk.
RF PSA 65:9 When You visit, and moisten the earth,
A Lake full of water is GOD,
For producing the corn, You prepared—
RF PSA 65:10 It soaks the earth's furrows, and clods,
Whence plenty springs, blessed by Your showers.
RF PSA 65:11 STANZA 4.
The years advance crowned with Your wealth,
And Your waggons are dropping with oil.
RF PSA 65:12 Then the meads of the valley are dripping,
And the hills are encircled with glee;
RF PSA 65:13 The pastures are clothed by the flocks,
And the Valleys so covered with corn,
That they cheer!—and they sing!

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