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 79:1||
|RF PSA 79:2|| And as food to the birds of the skies,
Your Servants' dead bodies they give,
And the flesh of Your Saints, to the beasts of the earth!
|RF PSA 79:3|| They pour blood like water around,
And Jerusalem none can approach.
|RF PSA 79:4|| A contempt we became to our friends,—
To our neighbours, a laughter and scorn!
|RF PSA 79:5|| STANZA 2.
How long, LORD, will Your anger last,
Your wrath like hot fire consume?
|RF PSA 79:6|| Pour out on the Heathen Your rage,
Who acknowledged not You;
And on Kingdoms that seek not Your NAME!
|RF PSA 79:7|| For they eat up Jacob,
And ruin his Home.
|RF PSA 79:8|| STANZA 3.
Oh I think not on our sins that are past,
Make haste in Your mercy to guide,
Because we are deeply depressed.
|RF PSA 79:9|| Strengthen and save us,
O GOD! Because of Your GLORIOUS NAME,
Release from our faults, and forgive,
Because of Your love.
|RF PSA 79:10|| STANZA 4.
For why should the Heathen exclaim,
"Where now is their GOD?"
Let the Heathen be taught in our sight,
You avenge the spilt blood of Your saints.
|RF PSA 79:11|| Bring before You the prisoner's groans,
With Your strong arm release them from death.
|RF PSA 79:12|| And return our besiegers,
Seven-fold to their breasts,
For the insults with which they insult You, O Lord!
|RF PSA 79:13|| When Your People, and sheep of Your flock,
Will thank You for ever,
To ages of ages recording Your praise.