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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 18:1

A man seeks his own desires,
When raging against control.

   
RF PRO 18:2 A fool disregards reflection,
For it only discovers his heart!
   
RF PRO 18:3 With the entrance of sin comes disgrace,
And with shameful acts, reproach.
   
RF PRO 18:4 Deep streams are the words of man's mouth,
A deep brook, and well of wisdom.
   
RF PRO 18:5 Allow not the high stationed bad
To cheat the good out of their right.
   
RF PRO 18:6 The lips of the fool rush to strife,
And his mouth calls out for blows.
   
RF PRO 18:7 The mouth of a fool destroys him,
And his lips are a snare to his life.
   
RF PRO 18:8 A tale-bearer's words like dainties,
Go down to the stomach's depths.
   
RF PRO 18:9 Who idles over his work,
Is akin to the reckless waster.
   
RF PRO 18:10 The name of the LORD is a tower of strength;
The good run to it, and are safe.
   
RF PRO 18:11 The wealth of the rich is his castle,
And a lofty wall is his fancy!
   
RF PRO 18:12 Before a smash, man's heart is high;
But humility goes before honour.
   
RF PRO 18:13 To give an answer before you hear,
Is absurd,—and reproach to yourself.
   
RF PRO 18:14 A man's spirit sustains his wound;
But a broken spirit, who can bear?
   
RF PRO 18:15 A prudent man acquires knowledge,
And the ears of the wise seek learning.
   
RF PRO 18:16 The gift of a man gains way,
And brings him before the great.
   
RF PRO 18:17 The Plaintiff is right in his cause,
Till the Defendant comes on to examine,
   
RF PRO 18:18 Wagers are laid on the die,
But cause quarrels among the strong.
   
RF PRO 18:19 A brother wronged is more than a castle,
His contentions like bars of a fort.
   
RF PRO 18:20 A man's belly is filled by the fruit of his mouth,
He is fed by the fruit of his lips.
   
RF PRO 18:21 Death and life are in the tongue's power,
And its lovers will eat its fruit.
   
RF PRO 18:22 Who finds a wife, finds what is a good,
But a risky gift from the LORD!
   
RF PRO 18:23 The poor man's words are petitions,
But the rich man speaks with power.
   
RF PRO 18:24 A man of companions is ruined;
A friend sticks more fast than a brother.
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