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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
God's word is swift and powerful.



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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 15:1

A gentle answer turns back wrath,
But hard speech rouses fury.

   
RF PRO 15:2 Knowledge adorns the tongue of the Wise,
But the Fool's mouth pours out folly.
   
RF PRO 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are on every place,
Observing the bad and the good.
   
RF PRO 15:4 A pleasant tongue is a tree of life,
But a spiteful mouth is a wrecking storm;
   
RF PRO 15:5 A Fool refuses his father's advice,
But the sensible minds his reproof.
   
RF PRO 15:6 Wealth grows in the house of the good,
But the increase of the bad is sorrow.
   
RF PRO 15:7 The lips of the Wise sow Knowledge,
But the mind of the fool regards not.
   
RF PRO 15:8 The Wicked's offering disgusts the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright delights him.
   
RF PRO 15:9 The road of Sin disgusts the LORD,
But He loves the path of Right;
   
RF PRO 15:10 To Who leaves that way will suffer grief,
Who hates His reproof will die.
   
RF PRO 15:11 The Grave and the Lost are before the LORD,
With the hearts of the children of Adam.
   
RF PRO 15:12 The Scorner loves not his reprover,
So he does not do like the Wise.
   
RF PRO 15:13 A merry heart will gladden the face,
But a sad heart breaks the spirit.
   
RF PRO 15:14 The intelligent mind seeks learning,
But the mouth of fools eats folly.
   
RF PRO 15:15 All the days of the coward are griefs,
But the bold heart always feasts.
   
RF PRO 15:16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD,
Than wealth and an evil conscience.
   
RF PRO 15:17 Better a dinner of herbs, with love,
Than a fattened ox with hatred.
   
RF PRO 15:18 A passionate man excites contention,
But a forbearing settles strife.
   
RF PRO 15:19 The road of the Idler is hedged with thorns,
But the path of the Active is smooth.
   
RF PRO 15:20 A wise son will delight his father,
But a fool despises his mother.
   
RF PRO 15:21 Folly delights the empty mind,
But a sensible man goes straight
   
RF PRO 15:22 Plans with no basis are futile:—
They are only achieved by reflection.
   
RF PRO 15:23 A man can please by the word of his mouth,
For how sweet is an opportune word!
   
RF PRO 15:24 The path of the Wise leads up to life,
Who turn from it, slope to the grave.
   
RF PRO 15:25 The LORD throws down the house of the cruel,
But guards the bounds of the gentle.
   
RF PRO 15:26 The thoughts of the bad disgust the LORD,
But the words of the pure are sweet.
   
RF PRO 15:27 The corrupt official afflicts his house,
But the hater of bribes will live.
   
RF PRO 15:28 The Good will hesitate to speak,
But the wicked will pour out villainy.
   
RF PRO 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
But he hears the prayers of the good.
   
RF PRO 15:30 A cheerful heart enlightens the eyes,
And good news fattens the frame.
   
RF PRO 15:31 The ear that hears the instruction of life,
Resides in the breast of the Wise.
   
RF PRO 15:32 Who refuses correction, hates his life,
Who hears a reproof, buys sense!
   
RF PRO 15:33 Wisdom teaches the fear of the LORD,
And humility goes before honour!
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