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 84:1||
To the Conductor of the Guitars.
|RF PSA 84:2|| My soul pines and faints for the Courts of the LORD,
Heart and body cry out to the GOD of my life
|RF PSA 84:3|| For the bird finds a home, and the swallow a nest,
Where they lodge their young
On Your altar, O Lord of Rest,
My King and my GOD!
|RF PSA 84:4|| How happy they dwell in your House,
They can praise you for ever!
|RF PSA 84:5|| STANZA 2.
Happy men, who rely; upon You!
On you, from the cliffs of their heart!
|RF PSA 84:6|| They pass thro' the Valley of Tears,
And find it a Valley of springs,
Which the showers have covered with pools.
|RF PSA 84:7|| They march on in vigour and strength,
Till in Zion they look upon GOD.
|RF PSA 84:8|| LORD, GOD of Rest, hear my prayer,—
Attend, GOD of Jacob, to me.
|RF PSA 84:9|| STANZA 3.
Look up! to our GOD, as our shield,
And attend to the face of Your guide.
|RF PSA 84:10|| Better one day. in Your Courts,
At the Door of the House of my GOD,
Than a thousand of life in the Dwelling of Sin;—
|RF PSA 84:11|| For the LORD is a sun and a shield,
The LORD can give honour and grace;
The LORD will not cease to do good,
To those who go forward in right.
|RF PSA 84:12|| THE ENVOY.
Oh! LORD of Rest, happy the man,
Who can trust upon You.