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 9:1||
To the Conductor of the Women Singers.
|RF PSA 9:2|| And with delight rejoice to You,
And sing Your Name, MOST HIGH.
|RF PSA 9:3|| Before Your face my foes fell back,
They fell and were destroyed.
|RF PSA 9:4|| STANZA 2.
You showed my cause was just,
Fixed in true light my Throne,
|RF PSA 9:5|| Destroyed the wicked tribes,
Erased their name from time.
|RF PSA 9:6|| You crushed my foemen down.
Threw down their Town and spoiled their fame.
|RF PSA 9:7|| The LORD for ever stays;
His Throne is fixed on Right,
|RF PSA 9:8|| By Right He rules the world;
By justice governs man.
|RF PSA 9:9|| The LORD protects the weak,
The poor who are oppressed.—
|RF PSA 9:10|| Who trust You know Your power,—
LORD, You leave not those who seek.
|RF PSA 9:11|| PSALM 9A.
An Invitation to Praise God.—An Anthem.
Let Zion sing Psalms to the LORD,
Proclaim to the Nations His fame;
|RF PSA 9:12|| Who remembers to seek for their blood,
Nor abandons their cry, when oppressed.
|RF PSA 9:13|| PSALM 9B.
Look, JEHOVAH, and pity my woes,
Snatch me from my foes,
and the portals of Death,
|RF PSA 9:14|| Your kindness I then can proclaim,
In the Gates of Bath-Zion reporting Your aid.
|RF PSA 9:15|| The bad sink in the pits they construct,
Catch their feet in the nets they have spread,—
|RF PSA 9:16|| Let them learn that JEHOVAH does right,—
In the work of their hand, let the wicked be caught.
|RF PSA 9:17|| STANZA 2.
Make the wicked turn back to the pit;
With all Nations forgetful of GOD;
|RF PSA 9:18|| For He never forgets the distressed,
Nor baffles the hope of the poor.
|RF PSA 9:19|| Arise, LORD, and let not men oppress;
Judge the Nations before Your own face,
|RF PSA 9:20|| Fix, JEHOVAH, Your terror on them,
Let the Heathen know they are but men.