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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 16:1

On the Divine Government.
Man can display his ideas, But the LORD gives the tongue a reply.

   
RF PRO 16:2 All a man's ways are right in his eyes,
But the LORD can examine his thoughts.
   
RF PRO 16:3 Confide all your works to the LORD
And he will arrange for your plans.
   
RF PRO 16:4 The LORD made all for his purpose,
Yes, the bad for the day of distress!
   
RF PRO 16:5 All the proud-hearted disgust the LORD,
Hand in hand they will not be guiltless.
   
RF PRO 16:6 Frailty is pardoned by kindness and truth,
But the fear of the LORD turns from evil.
   
RF PRO 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD,
Even his foes are at peace with him.
   
RF PRO 16:8 An honest little is better
Than a great dishonest increase.
   
RF PRO 16:9 A man's heart plans his object,
But the LORD controls the result.
   
RF PRO 16:10 The Duties of Governors.
Let Justice guard the royal lips,
Lest his mouth should err in deciding.
   
RF PRO 16:11 A just balance and scales are the LORD's;
For He made all the weights in the bag.
   
RF PRO 16:12 It is hateful for kings to sin;
For to do right supports the throne.
   
RF PRO 16:13 Honest lips should be pleasing to kings,
Who should love the straight-out speaker.
   
RF PRO 16:14 A king's wrath is a herald of death,
But a wise man can appease it.
   
RF PRO 16:15 In the light of a royal face is light;
And his favour, a rain-cloud in harvest.
   
RF PRO 16:16 In Praise of Wisdom.
Buy wisdom rather than finest gold,
Get thought, before choicest silver!
   
RF PRO 16:17 The right highway is to turn from sin,
He saves his soul who keeps that road!
   
RF PRO 16:18 Pride will precede destruction,
And a haughty spirit a fall.
   
RF PRO 16:19 Prefer a humble state with the gentle,
To sharing wealth with the fierce.
   
RF PRO 16:20 The skilful in business find success;
But who trusts in the LORD is happy.
   
RF PRO 16:21 Intelligence meets the wise heart,
And pleasant lips gain wealth.
   
RF PRO 16:22 Sense is a living spring to its owner,
But a Fool's instruction is folly!
   
RF PRO 16:23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth,
And brings a reward to his lips.
   
RF PRO 16:24 Kind words are like to a honeycomb,
Sweet to the mind and health to the frame.
   
RF PRO 16:25 A course may seem right to a man,
But the end of it may be death!
   
RF PRO 16:26 A man who works, works for himself,
For his mouth compels him to do so.
   
RF PRO 16:27 A loose fellow pours out sin,
And his lips are a scorching fire!
   
RF PRO 16:28 A spiteful man spreads strife,
And a whisperer separates friends.
   
RF PRO 16:29 A rascal deludes his neighbour,
And leads him to a course of loss.
   
RF PRO 16:30 Fixing his eyes and planning fraud,
With tight lips he works the wrong.
   
RF PRO 16:31 Gray hair is a beautiful crown,
If found in a righteous cause!
   
RF PRO 16:32 Forbearance is better than force,
And to hold one's temper than taking a city.
   
RF PRO 16:33 Dice are flung out from the box,
But their arrangement comes from the LORD.
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