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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 17:1

A dry crust is better, with peace,
Than a house of rich food with strife.

   
RF PRO 17:2 A wise servant rules a bad son,
And will take his share with the brothers,
   
RF PRO 17:3 The flaming furnace for silver and gold,
But the LORD is the tester of hearts.
   
RF PRO 17:4 The wicked seeks for evil lips;
The liar attends to a traitor's tongue!
   
RF PRO 17:5 Who laughs at the poor insults his Maker;—
Who delights in suffering, will suffer.
   
RF PRO 17:6 An old man's crown are the sons of his son;
And their father's the honour of children,
   
RF PRO 17:7 An eloquent lip becomes not a brute;
Nor do lying lips a noble.
   
RF PRO 17:8 Talent is a gem in the eyes of its owner,
To whatever it turns he prospers.
   
RF PRO 17:9 Who hides a fault will gain affection,
But to report, repels your friends.
   
RF PRO 17:10 A reproof impresses good sense,
More than a hundred stripes a fool!
   
RF PRO 17:11 The seditious seek sure mischief,
And sends an agent to punish himself!
   
RF PRO 17:12 Let a man meet a bear bereaved,
Before a fool in his folly!
   
RF PRO 17:13 Who repays a good turn with wrong,
Distress departs not from his house.
   
RF PRO 17:14 Starting strife is water poured out,
So refrain before strife is begun.
   
RF PRO 17:15 Acquitting the bad, and convicting the good,
Both alike are disgusting the LORD.
   
RF PRO 17:16 What use is cash in the hand of a fool,
To buy wisdom, when he has no sense?
   
RF PRO 17:17 At all times a friend will love you—
But a brother for distress, must be born.
   
RF PRO 17:18 A senseless man strikes hands,
As a bond on behalf of his friend.
   
RF PRO 17:19 He who loves to do wrong loves strife,
Who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
   
RF PRO 17:20 A spiteful heart finds nothing good;
And a vile tongue falls into trouble.
   
RF PRO 17:21 He grieves himself who begets a fool;
And a brute's father will not rejoice.
   
RF PRO 17:22 The best medicine is a cheerful heart;
But a loaded mind exhausts the frame.
   
RF PRO 17:23 The wicked takes a bribe from the purse,
To deprave the paths of justice.
   
RF PRO 17:24 The reflective have wisdom before them;
It is far from the eyes of a fool!
   
RF PRO 17:25 A foolish son provokes his father,
And embitters her who bore him.
   
RF PRO 17:26 It is never right to fine the good,
Or to strike the noble for justice.
   
RF PRO 17:27 The man who knows will spare his words,
And the temper of the wise is cool.
   
RF PRO 17:28 A silent fool is considered wise,
And the close-lipped are held to be knowing.
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