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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 14:1

The wise wives build up their house,
But the foolish pull down with their hands.

   
RF PRO 14:2 The honest walk in the fear of the LORD,
But those of bad habits, despise.—
   
RF PRO 14:3 For foolish lips, is the lifted rod,
But the lips of the prudent guard them.
   
RF PRO 14:4 Without bullocks, the barn is empty,
But the strong steer produces plenty.
   
RF PRO 14:5 A truthful witness will never. fail,
But a false one pours out deception.
   
RF PRO 14:6 The Scorner seeks, but finds not Wisdom.
But the Reflector easily learns.
   
RF PRO 14:7 Walk away from a foolish man,
For you learn naught from his lips.
   
RF PRO 14:8 The wise examines his course with care
But their folly will mislead fools.
   
RF PRO 14:9 The depraved jeer at confessing sin,
But the upright do it gladly.
   
RF PRO 14:10 The heart knows its own distress,
And no stranger prevents its joy.
   
RF PRO 14:11 The house of the bad is destroyed,
But the tent of the good extends.
   
RF PRO 14:12 A course may seem straight before a man,
Whilst the results of that course are Death
   
RF PRO 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sad,
And the end of mirth is sorrow.
   
RF PRO 14:14 The coward is full of his plans,
But a brave man of his actions.
   
RF PRO 14:15 The silly will trust to every word,
But the prudent examines his progress.
   
RF PRO 14:16 The wise man fears, and flies from danger
But the fool goes on with presumption.
   
RF PRO 14:17 The quick-tempered acts like a fool,
And a mischievous fellow is hateful.
   
RF PRO 14:18 The stupid will inherit folly,
But the clever are crowned by knowledge
   
RF PRO 14:19 Make the wicked submit to the good,
And the bad at the gates of the righteous
   
RF PRO 14:20 Lessons of Daily Life.
His brother hates the poor,
But the rich has many friends.
   
RF PRO 14:21 He sins who despises his neighbour,
But who comforts the poor will prosper.
   
RF PRO 14:22 Do not the wicked work for wrong?
But the kind and true for good?
   
RF PRO 14:23 There is profit from every labour,
But the talk of the lips brings want.
   
RF PRO 14:24 Wealth is a crown to the Wise,
But folly crowns the Perverse!
   
RF PRO 14:25 A truthful witness rescues lives,
But the liar breathes out danger.
   
RF PRO 14:26 He safely hopes who fears the LORD,
And his children will have a refuge.
   
RF PRO 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a well of life,
And turns from the snares of Death.
   
RF PRO 14:28 An increasing race is a Monarch's honour,
A decreasing nation, a Prince's fall!
   
RF PRO 14:29 Slow anger shows great prudence,
But quick temper discloses folly.
   
RF PRO 14:30 A contented heart strengthens the frame,
But envy is a rot in the bones!
   
RF PRO 14:31 Who wrongs the poor insults his Maker,
But who honours Him pities the needy.
   
RF PRO 14:32 The Wicked is depressed in suffering,
But the Good has hope in his death.
   
RF PRO 14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the prudent,
But the secret of fools is published.
   
RF PRO 14:34 Righteousness exalts a Nation,
But sin will disgrace all Peoples.
   
RF PRO 14:35 A skilful Minister delights a king,
But his anger will come on the stupid.
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