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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 10:1

The Maxims of Solomon.
A wise son makes his father glad,
A foolish son his mother grieves.

   
RF PRO 10:2 The gifts of Fortune cannot help
But Righteousness defends from death.
   
RF PRO 10:3 The LORD starves not the righteous soul,
But checks the bad man's lust.
   
RF PRO 10:4 The careless hand produces want,
The diligent makes wealth.
   
RF PRO 10:5 A prudent man will reap in summer;
A son of shame will sleep in harvest!
   
RF PRO 10:6 Blessings crown the righteous head,
Shame clothes the face of crime.
   
RF PRO 10:7 The memory of the Good is blest,
The fame of Bad will rot!
   
RF PRO 10:8 The wise in heart obey commands,
A jabbering fool revolts!
   
RF PRO 10:9 Who walks honestly, goes safely;
Who twists his ways, will be shunned!
   
RF PRO 10:10 Who winks his eye will give offence;
And the jabbering fool repels.
   
RF PRO 10:11 The mouth of the Good is a living spring,
But the face of the Bad hides crime.
   
RF PRO 10:12 Hatred awakes contentions;
But Love conceals offence.
   
RF PRO 10:13 Wisdom finds the lips of Reflection,
But the rod, the back of a fool!
   
RF PRO 10:14 The wise man stores up knowledge,
But the fool's mouth opens his breast!
   
RF PRO 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his fort;—
Their poverty wrecks the poor.
   
RF PRO 10:16 The wages of Virtue are Life;
The product of sin is Suffering.
   
RF PRO 10:17 Correction guards the path of Life,
Who rejects correction strays.
   
RF PRO 10:18 Who wraps up hate has lying lips,
Who spreads slander is a fool
   
RF PRO 10:19 Danger lurks in many words,
So the prudent shuts his lips.
   
RF PRO 10:20 Choice silver is the tongue of the good,
But the heart of the wicked worthless.
   
RF PRO 10:21 The lips of the good feed many '
But they die by the cowardice of fools.
   
RF PRO 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
And toil adds nothing to that.
   
RF PRO 10:23 To practice sin is sport to fools,—
But prudent men seek wisdom!
   
RF PRO 10:24 The terrors of the wicked catch him,
But the wish of the good will be done.
   
RF PRO 10:25 Like a passing storm, sin goes;
But goodness endures for ever I
   
RF PRO 10:26 Like acid to teeth, and smoke to the eyes,
Is a sluggard to him who sends him.
   
RF PRO 10:27 The fear of the LORD adds days,
But sin will shorten our years.
   
RF PRO 10:28 The hope of the good is to benefit,
But the wish of the bad is destruction.
   
RF PRO 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the good,
But horror to the doers of wrong.
   
RF PRO 10:30 The Good will not always be shaken,
Nor the Bad always dwell on the Earth.
   
RF PRO 10:31 The mouth of the Good utters wisdom,
But the perverted tongue destruction.
   
RF PRO 10:32 The mouth of the Good utters wisdom,
But the perverted tongue destruction.
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