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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 11:1

A deceptive scale disgusts the LORD,
But He delights in an honest weight.

   
RF PRO 11:2 Insolence comes,—then follows disgrace,
But Wisdom is with the lowly.
   
RF PRO 11:3 The Just are guided by Right;
But the cunning of rogues destroys them.
   
RF PRO 11:4 Wealth helps not in the day of wrath,
But Rectitude saves from Death.
   
RF PRO 11:5 Goodness smoothes the path of the True
But the wicked falls by his sin.
   
RF PRO 11:6 Goodness releases the honest,
But rascals are caught by their crimes.
   
RF PRO 11:7 The hope of the Bad ends in Death,
When his objects of passion vanish.
   
RF PRO 11:8 The Good is prepared for danger,
But it comes on the Bad in his stead.
   
RF PRO 11:9 A traitor wrecks his friend by his mouth,
But the faithful saves by his skill.
   
RF PRO 11:10 When the good prosper, the town exults,
But it shouts when the wicked fail!
   
RF PRO 11:11 Honest endeavors raise a state;
But it falls by the thought of the bad.
   
RF PRO 11:12 The base of heart defames his neighbour,
But a man of reflection is silent.
   
RF PRO 11:13 A rascal goes and reveals a secret,
But a faithful spirit conceals a thing.
   
RF PRO 11:14 Without a guide, a People falls,
But is saved by plenty of counsel.
   
RF PRO 11:15 Who guarantees a stranger smarts;
And who hates guarantees is safe.
   
RF PRO 11:16 A fair woman retains her honour,
As wealthy men retain their wealth.
   
RF PRO 11:17 A man kind-hearted enjoys his life,
But a cruel man torments himself.
   
RF PRO 11:18 The wicked earn a deceptive wage
But the righteous a true reward.
   
RF PRO 11:19 The Child of Virtue is Life;
The Offspring of Wickedness Death!!1
   
RF PRO 11:20 The LORD abhors the false of heart,
But he delights in the upright course.
   
RF PRO 11:21 Tho' hand join hand the bad escape not,
But the seed of the good are safe.
   
RF PRO 11:22 A golden gem in the snout of a hog,
Is a fair woman lost to discretion.
   
RF PRO 11:23 The hope of the upright is always good,
The hope of the wicked departs.
   
RF PRO 11:24 A man may scatter and still increase,
Or grasp at much, and be poor.
   
RF PRO 11:25 A generous soul is enriched,
And a waterer will be watered.
   
RF PRO 11:26 The people will curse the holder of corn,
But will bless the hand that sells.
   
RF PRO 11:27 The benefactor seeks delight,
And who seeks injury, meets it!
   
RF PRO 11:28 Who trusts in his wealth will fail,
But the good will flourish like grass.
   
RF PRO 11:29 Who disturbs his house inherits wind,
And the fool will serve the reflective.
   
RF PRO 11:30 The fruit of the good is a living tree,
And the wise man gathers lives.
   
RF PRO 11:31 You see the good repaid on earth,—
How much more the vile and the bad.
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1 NOTE. —The couplet could also be translated as follows:
Therefore Righteousness produces Life;
The Result of Wickedness is Death.—F.F.
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