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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 PRO 1:1 THE Proverbs of Solomon-Ben David, King of Israel,
   
RF PRO 1:2 which are to teach wisdom and correction, and to understand the ideas of intelligence;
   
RF PRO 1:3 how to acquire instruction, skill, righteousness, justice, and rectitude;
   
RF PRO 1:4 and to teach the young to gain prudence and discretion.
   
RF PRO 1:5 The Philosopher can listen, and add to his acquisitions, and the intelligent gain assistance
   
RF PRO 1:6 in understanding a proverb, and the meaning of the words of the Wise and their dark sayings!
   
RF PRO 1:7 BOOK OF PROVERBS. BOOK THE FIRST.
Motto.
Respect for the Lord is the first-fruit of Wisdom; and only fools despise correction.
   
RF PRO 1:8 David's Introductory address to his son Solomon.
"My son, hear your father's correction;
And reject not the words of your mother,
   
RF PRO 1:9 For they are a wreath for your head,
And chains for adorning your neck.
   
RF PRO 1:10 Rules of Life.
"Go not, my son, if the wicked entice,
   
RF PRO 1:11 If they say, 'Come, let us look out for blood,
And lurk for the careless and fools;
   
RF PRO 1:12 Let us swallow their lives like the grave,
And in mass, as they got to the pit!
   
RF PRO 1:13 We shall seize upon wealth of all kinds;
And with plunder can fill all our hands.
   
RF PRO 1:14 Come throw in your venture with us,
One purse then shall serve for us all!
   
RF PRO 1:15 "My son, go not out on their path!
And hold back your feet from their course,
   
RF PRO 1:16 For their footsteps rush on to distress,
And hasten to shedding of blood!
   
RF PRO 1:17 "The net surely is spread out in vain
In the sight of the lord of a wing!—
   
RF PRO 1:18 But those watch to shed their own blood,
They lay ambush against their own lives.
   
RF PRO 1:19 For that is the end of all plunder,—
Plunder captures the lives of its slaves.
   
RF PRO 1:20 An Invitation to the Crowd.
"Wisdom cries out aloud in the streets,—
   
RF PRO 1:21 She utters her voice in the squares;
At the top of the markets she cries,
At the wide open gates of the town,
She declaims in her speech!
   
RF PRO 1:22 The Speech of Wisdom.
"How long will you foolish love folly?
And scorners delight in your scorn?
And you ignorant hate to be taught.
   
RF PRO 1:23 Come, turn and examine my proofs,
For I pour out my spirit for you, To you I will teach my ideas!
   
RF PRO 1:24 "Tho' I cry, you will never attend;
Tho' I stretch out my hand none will grasp;
   
RF PRO 1:25 My councils you treat with neglect,
And you will not accept my reproofs,
   
RF PRO 1:26 So when you are in grief I will laugh
Will smile when your terror arrives,
   
RF PRO 1:27 When destruction comes on like a tempest,
And your sorrow sweeps on like a storm,
And your trouble and anguish have come!
   
RF PRO 1:28 "If you call me,—I will not reply!
You will seek,—but then never shall find,
   
RF PRO 1:29 In return for your hating instruction,
And refusing to reverence the LORD!
   
RF PRO 1:30 You did not desire1 my advice,
And you flung away all my reproofs;—
   
RF PRO 1:31 So eat of the fruit of your conduct,
Be satisfied with your own plans;
   
RF PRO 1:32 For the tricks of the cunning will kill them,
And deceptions of idiots destroy,
   
RF PRO 1:33 But my hearers in safety will dwell,
And rest without fear of distress.
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1 NOTE: I change the 3rd person plural of the Hebrew verb to the 2nd person plural to meet our English Idiom in addressing an audience.—F.F.
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