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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 12:1

Instruction love; and love to learn;—
Who hates reproof is loutish!

   
RF PRO 12:2 The LORD shows favour to the good;
But will punish the mischievous man.
   
RF PRO 12:3 A man cannot build upon wrong,
But the foot of the good has a sure base.
   
RF PRO 12:4 A virtuous wife is her husband's crown,
But the vicious, a rot in his bones.
   
RF PRO 12:5 The design of the good is Justice;
The aim of the wicked Deceit.
   
RF PRO 12:6 The plans of the wicked seek blood,
But the plan of the good is to save.
   
RF PRO 12:7 The wicked fall, and vanish;
But the house of the righteous stands.
   
RF PRO 12:8 A man is honoured for a prudent mouth,
But the malicious in heart is despised.
   
RF PRO 12:9 The commoner who has a servant,
Is better than a prince without bread!
   
RF PRO 12:10 The good man cares for the life of his beast,
But the mercies of the bad are cruel.
   
RF PRO 12:11 Who farms his land will have bread;
But who follows a demagogue is senseless.
   
RF PRO 12:12 The wicked wish for wrongful plunder;
But the plant of the righteous bears.
   
RF PRO 12:13 The bad are caught by rebellious lips,
But the good are brought out of trouble.
   
RF PRO 12:14 A man can gain by the fruit of his lips,
And the work of his hands comes to him.
   
RF PRO 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his eyes,
But the wise will hear advice.
   
RF PRO 12:16 A fool displays his anger at once,
But the skilful will hide an insult.
   
RF PRO 12:17 A truthful witness breathes out good,
But the false one pours deceit.
   
RF PRO 12:18 Loose talk is a stabbing sword,
But the tongue of the wise will heal.
   
RF PRO 12:19 The true lip will last for ever;—
For a moment, the lying tongue.
   
RF PRO 12:20 The heart contriving evil deceives,
But the councils of peace bring joy.
   
RF PRO 12:21 No sorrow will oppose the good,
But the bad will be full of trouble.
   
RF PRO 12:22 The LORD abhors the lying lip,
But the practice of truth delights Him.
   
RF PRO 12:23 The skilful man conceals his knowledge;
The fool's heart proclaims his folly.
   
RF PRO 12:24 The hand of the diligent rules,
But the idle lies under tribute.
   
RF PRO 12:25 Grief depresses the heart of a man,
But a gentle word can cheer it.
   
RF PRO 12:26 The righteous excels his neighbour,
But the wicked lose their way.
   
RF PRO 12:27 The idle, cooks not his game,
But action is wealth to the active.
   
RF PRO 12:28 Righteousness brings us a happy life,
And her pathway leads not to death.
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