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 88:1||
To the Conductor of the Violins, as a Choral Song.
|RF PSA 88:2|| Let my Prayer come to Your Presence,
Bend Your ear to my cry.
|RF PSA 88:3|| STANZA 2.
My body is filled full of pains,
My life has gone down to the Grave,
|RF PSA 88:4|| I feel like descending the Pit,
My life like a man without strength.
|RF PSA 88:5|| I am stiff, like the wounded to death,
Who forgotten, are laid in the tomb,
And who are cut off from Your side.
|RF PSA 88:6|| I am sunk in the depth of the Pit;
In the gloom and the Shadow of Death.
|RF PSA 88:7|| Upon me Your anger is laid,
And I am o'erwhelmed by Your waves.
|RF PSA 88:8|| My friends You remove far away,
You make me a loathing to them;
I am prisoned, and cannot get out.
|RF PSA 88:9|| My eyes are dissolved by my grief,
I call on You, LORD, all the day,
To You throw out my hands!
|RF PSA 88:10|| STANZA 3.
How can the dead give You thanks?
If restored, they could rise and give praise.
|RF PSA 88:11|| Are Your Mercies proclaimed in the tomb?
And Your Truthfulness to the Destroyed?
|RF PSA 88:12|| To Darkness can they tell Your Works,
And Your Good in Forgetfulness-land?
|RF PSA 88:13|| But I, LORD, can cry out to You,
And pray before break of the morn.
|RF PSA 88:14|| Then why do You, LORD, leave my soul,
And hide up Your Presence from me?
|RF PSA 88:15|| I was wretched, and dying from youth,
I have carried your terrors myself;
|RF PSA 88:16|| Your Tempests have over me swept,
Your horrors encircle me round!
|RF PSA 88:17|| They surround like a flood all the day,
Together upon me they roll;
|RF PSA 88:18|| My friends You have driven afar,
Even close friends I cannot perceive.