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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 13:1

A wise son will love correction,
But a scoffer hears not reproof.

   
RF PRO 13:2 A man's mouth eats good food,
But the soul of a rascal villainy.
   
RF PRO 13:3 He guards his life, who checks his mouth,
The wicked lipped kills himself!
   
RF PRO 13:4 The idler longs, while his body starves,—
But the active body will thrive.
   
RF PRO 13:5 The righteous hate false-speaking,
But the wicked revile and libel.
   
RF PRO 13:6 Righteousness keeps a straight-on course,
But wickedness turns to sin.
   
RF PRO 13:7 Some men seem rich, but have nought,
Or pretend to be poor, with wealth.
   
RF PRO 13:8 A man's life can be ransomed by wealth
But the poor man hears no threats.
   
RF PRO 13:9 The light of the righteous shines,
But the lamp of the wicked flickers.
   
RF PRO 13:10 The vanity of pride makes strife,
But wisdom possesses prudence.
   
RF PRO 13:11 Small losses diminish wealth,
It increases by small additions.
   
RF PRO 13:12 Hope deferred makes a man's heart sick;
But a wish attained is a tree of life!
   
RF PRO 13:13 He is bound by a pledge who breaks it;
But who attends to the law has peace.
   
RF PRO 13:14 Wisdom's rules are a well of life;—
To the rejecter, snares of death.
   
RF PRO 13:15 Good conduct procures us favour,
But the path of traitors is hard.
   
RF PRO 13:16 All the clever act with caution,
But the foolish displays his folly.
   
RF PRO 13:17 The agent of sin will find trouble,
But honesty's agent is safe.
   
RF PRO 13:18 Instruction scorned, brings want and shame,
But correction regarded,—honour.
   
RF PRO 13:19 To attain our wish is sweet to the mind,
So fools hate to abandon sin.
   
RF PRO 13:20 Walk with the wise, and be wise,
But the company of fools corrupts.
   
RF PRO 13:21 Suffering follows the wicked,
But benefit salutes the good.
   
RF PRO 13:22 Grandchildren succeed the good,
But the bad store wealth for the just.
   
RF PRO 13:23 Digging for springs increases food,
Yet some fail for want of judgment.
   
RF PRO 13:24 Who spares the rod will spoil his child,
But affection corrects him early.
   
RF PRO 13:25 The good eats to feed his life,
But the belly of the bad for greed.
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