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 66:1||
To his Bandmaster.
|RF PSA 66:2|| Sing Psalms to His Glorious NAME;
Give to Him honour and praise;—
|RF PSA 66:3|| say, "GOD, how grand are Your works,
With what power You crush all Your foes!
|RF PSA 66:4|| And all the Earth bows to You down,
And sings, chanting Psalms to Your Name!
|RF PSA 66:5|| STANZA 2.
Come, look on the products of GOD,
Displayed from on High to mankind,
|RF PSA 66:6|| When He turned the Sea into dry land,
That on foot they crossed over the stream,
And then we all gave thanks to Him.—
|RF PSA 66:7|| For ever He rules from on high,
His eyes on the Heathen are fixed;
And no rebel succeeds against Him!
|RF PSA 66:8|| STANZA 3.
Let the People give thanks to our GOD,
Let the sound of His praises be heard,
|RF PSA 66:9|| Who fixed our soul in our lives,'
And lets not our footsteps be moved!
|RF PSA 66:10|| For thou, O God, hast proved us:
thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. (KJV)
|RF PSA 66:11|| Psalms 66 A.
A Lament of the Babylonian Captives.
You made us be led to the net,
You put a great load on our loins,
|RF PSA 66:12|| You caused men to ride o'er our heads,
So we passed through the water, and fire,
But will afterwards bring us to rest,
|RF PSA 66:13|| When with offering I'll come to Your House,—
To You I will pay all my vows,
|RF PSA 66:14|| Which I with my lips have declared,
And my mouth promised when in distress.
|RF PSA 66:15|| I will offer rich offerings to You,
I will sacrifice rams, with perfumes.
|RF PSA 66:16|| STANZA 2.
Come, hear me relate what I saw,
And what GOD has done for my soul.
|RF PSA 66:17|| I cried out to Him with my mouth,
And high praise was under my tongue.
|RF PSA 66:18|| If He had seen Sin in my heart,
The ALMIGHTY would not have heard me;—
|RF PSA 66:19|| However, GOD heard my request,
And has granted the voice of my prayer.
|RF PSA 66:20|| ENVOY.
Thank GOD, who has not turned away;
I prayed, and His mercy revived.
2 NOTE.—Psalms 66 A. The sense and purport shows this to be an entirely separate Psalms to that of the first ten verses, which are a song of triumph, not of despair.—F.F.