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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.

   
ACF PRO 18:1 Busca satisfazer seu próprio desejo aquele que se isola; ele se insurge contra toda sabedoria.
   
ACF PRO 18:2 O tolo não tem prazer na sabedoria, mas só em que se manifeste aquilo que agrada o seu coração.
   
ACF PRO 18:3 Vindo o ímpio, vem também o desprezo, e com a ignomínia a vergonha.
   
ACF PRO 18:4 Aguas profundas são as palavras da boca do homem, e ribeiro transbordante é a fonte da sabedoria.
   
ACF PRO 18:5 Não é bom favorecer o ímpio, e com isso, fazer o justo perder a questão.
   
ACF PRO 18:6 Os lábios do tolo entram na contenda, e a sua boca brada por açoites.
   
ACF PRO 18:7 A boca do tolo é a sua própria destruição, e os seus lábios um laço para a sua alma.
   
ACF PRO 18:8 As palavras do mexeriqueiro são como doces bocados; elas descem ao íntimo do ventre.
   
ACF PRO 18:9 O que é negligente na sua obra é também irmão do desperdiçador.
   
ACF PRO 18:10 Torre forte é o nome do SENHOR; a ela correrá o justo, e estará em alto refúgio.
   
ACF PRO 18:11 Os bens do rico são a sua cidade forte, e como uma muralha na sua imaginação.
   
ACF PRO 18:12 O coração do homem se exalta antes de ser abatido e diante da honra vai a humildade.
   
ACF PRO 18:13 O que responde antes de ouvir comete estultícia que é para vergonha sua.
   
ACF PRO 18:14 O espírito do homem susterá a sua enfermidade, mas ao espírito abatido, quem o suportará?
   
ACF PRO 18:15 O coração do entendido adquire o conhecimento, e o ouvido dos sábios busca a sabedoria.
   
ACF PRO 18:16 Com presentes o homem alarga o seu caminho e o eleva diante dos grandes.
   
ACF PRO 18:17 O que pleiteia por algo, a princípio parece justo, porém vem o seu próximo e o examina.
   
ACF PRO 18:18 A sorte faz cessar os pleitos, e faz separação entre os poderosos.
   
ACF PRO 18:19 O irmão ofendido é mais difícil de conquistar do que uma cidade forte; e as contendas são como os ferrolhos de um palácio.
   
ACF PRO 18:20 Do fruto da boca de cada um se fartará o seu ventre; dos renovos dos seus lábios ficará satisfeito.
   
ACF PRO 18:21 A morte e a vida estão no poder da língua; e aquele que a ama comerá do seu fruto.
   
ACF PRO 18:22 Aquele que encontra uma esposa, acha o bem, e alcança a benevolência do SENHOR.
   
ACF PRO 18:23 O pobre fala com rogos, mas o rico responde com dureza.
   
ACF PRO 18:24 O homem de muitos amigos deve mostrar-se amigável, mas há um amigo mais chegado do que um irmão.
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