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 89:1||
A Reflection of Aithan the Azrakhite.
|RF PSA 89:2|| Will say, "Your Mercy for ever is built,
Your Truth You have fixed in the skies!"
|RF PSA 89:3|| STANZA 2.
"With My chosen a Treaty I made,
I have sworn it to David My Slave,
|RF PSA 89:4|| Your heir I will settle for ever,
And for ages will build up your throne."
|RF PSA 89:5|| STANZA 3.
LORD I Your wonders the Heavens declare,
Your Truth to th' Assembly of Saints.
|RF PSA 89:6|| Who is like to the LORD in the Skies?
Who of GOD'S sons can equal the LORD?—
|RF PSA 89:7|| GOD is grand in the Council of Saints,
Great, and fearful, above all around.
|RF PSA 89:8|| LORD GOD of Hosts who is equal to You?—
Your Strength, LIFE, and Truth are around.
|RF PSA 89:9|| You ruled over the pride of the Sea,
Controlling the roar of its waves,
|RF PSA 89:10|| When Rahab1 You trod down to death,
And Your foes with a strong arm dispersed.
|RF PSA 89:11|| STANZA 4.
But Yours are the Heavens and Earth,
You formed the World's sphere and its times.
|RF PSA 89:12|| You created the North and the South;—
Tabor and Hermon, applaud to Your Name!
|RF PSA 89:13|| The hand of the Mighty is Yours,
Your hand is strong, and Your right hand is high.
1. Note.—Psalms 89.11. "Rahab" was a poetic name for Egypt, probably a title of Pharoh.—F.F.
|RF PSA 89:14|| STANZA 5.
Your Throne stands on Goodness and Right,
Before You, march Mercy and Truth!
|RF PSA 89:15|| Blest the People who know of their hope,
Who march in Your Splendour,
|RF PSA 89:16|| O Lord! In Your Name they can laugh all the day;
And can in Your Goodness exult;
|RF PSA 89:17|| For You are their Glory and Strength,
And your favour lights upon them.
|RF PSA 89:18|| For our shield is with the LORD,
And with Israel's Holy our King.
|RF PSA 89:19|| STANZA 6.
In a vision You spoke to Your Saint,
And said "I put strength in a man,
From the People My chosen I raised,
|RF PSA 89:20|| Yes, David I formed as My Servant,
I appointed by My Sacred Oil;
|RF PSA 89:21|| My hand shall be firmly with Him,
Yes! he shall be strong by My arm.
|RF PSA 89:22|| His foe shall not rise over him,
Nor the Son of the Wicked distress.
|RF PSA 89:23|| His assailants I cut from his face,
And all who hate him will defeat.
|RF PSA 89:24|| With him are My Mercy and Truth,
And I lift up his horn by My Power.
|RF PSA 89:25|| So I placed his left hand on the Sea,
And his right to the Rivers afar!
|RF PSA 89:26|| He shall say to me, ' You are my father;
My GOD, and my Tower of retreat!
|RF PSA 89:27|| ' Yes! I will make him Imperial,
The First of the Kings of the Earth!
|RF PSA 89:28|| I will guard him for ever by Mercy,
And secure My Treaty to him.
|RF PSA 89:29|| And his Heir shall endure forever,
And his throne like the Periods of Heaven.
|RF PSA 89:30|| STANZA 7.
"If his sons should abandon My Laws,
And by My Decrees cease to walk;
|RF PSA 89:31|| If they profane My Institutions,
And will not preserve My Commands
|RF PSA 89:32|| I will punish their sins with a rod,
And their faults with a lash;
|RF PSA 89:33|| But My mercy not take from his People,
Nor will I be false to My Truth.
|RF PSA 89:34|| My Treaty will never be broken,
Nor change from the words of My lips;
|RF PSA 89:35|| For I by My holiness swore,
I will never forget about David!
|RF PSA 89:36|| His heir shall endure for ever,
And near Me his throne, like the Sun.
|RF PSA 89:37|| Like the Moon, be established for ever,
Rejoicing in truth upon high."
|RF PSA 89:38|| STANZA 8.
But now You forsake and regret!
Against Your anointed You rage;
|RF PSA 89:39|| You break from Your bond with Your servant,
You throw his crown down to the ground!
|RF PSA 89:40|| And through all his fences You break,—
You have thrown down the walls of his vine.
|RF PSA 89:41|| All who travel the Highway can rob,
And he is to his neighbors a scorn;
|RF PSA 89:42|| His oppressors raise up their right hand,
And all of his foemen rejoice!
|RF PSA 89:43|| You have turned back the edge of his sword,
And he cannot prevail in the War.
|RF PSA 89:44|| His splendour You bring to an end,
And have thrown down his throne to the Earth!
|RF PSA 89:45|| You have cut off the days of his manhood,
And covered him up with contempt!
|RF PSA 89:46|| STANZA 9.
Till when will You hide, LORD, for ever?
Like fire, will Your anger consume?
|RF PSA 89:47|| Remember how short is my life,
Why create in vain all Adam's Sons?
|RF PSA 89:48|| What man lives, and never sees Death?
Can his body escape the Grave's hand
|RF PSA 89:49|| STANZA 10.
Lord where are Your Mercies of old,
That to David You swore by Your Truth?
|RF PSA 89:50||LORD, remember the griefs of Your slave, With such great Peoples loading my breast!|
|RF PSA 89:51|| How Your foemen insult You, O Lord,
When the steps of Your Chosen they curse.
|RF PSA 89:52|| (NOTE BY AN ANCIENT EDITOR.)
Bless the EVER-LIVING for ever, Amen, and Amen.