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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 19:1

Prefer a poor man going straight,
To a tricky rogue, tho' rich.1

   
RF PRO 19:2 An ignorant soul is not happy,
For that urges the feet to sin.
   
RF PRO 19:3 A man's vices pervert his course,—
Then his heart kicks against the LORD.
   
RF PRO 19:4 Wealth secures us many friends,
But companions depart from the poor.
   
RF PRO 19:5 A false witness will not be guiltless,
Nor a spouter of lies escape.
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1 NOTE. Ch. 19.1 This is the reading of various Hebrew MSS. and of the same maxim when repeated in Pro 26.6 and is evidently, by its clear point, what Solomon wrote. But the common reading of the A.V. and R.V. is, " Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool." Which, by the large addition of words to bring out even its vague meaning, is shown to be a scribe's error in the ordinary Hebrew printed copies. I have consequently adhered to the MSS. readings, which give a vigorous sense without need for me to add a word to the epigram.—F.F.
   
RF PRO 19:6 Many wait on the face of a prince,
And all are friends to a man who gives.
   
RF PRO 19:7 All a poor man's brothers hate him,
His friends even go far away;—
They are gone when he follows with words
   
RF PRO 19:8 Who buys reflection, loves himself,
Who keeps understanding find the profit,
   
RF PRO 19:9 A false witness will not be unpunished,
And a spouter of lies will fail.
   
RF PRO 19:10 Finery becomes not a clown,
Nor that a slave should rule over princes.
   
RF PRO 19:11 Good sense makes a man forbearing,—
And to pass by offences crowns him.
   
RF PRO 19:12 A king's wrath is a roaring lion,
But his favour like dew upon grass.
   
RF PRO 19:13 A reckless son distresses his father;—
A contentious wife is a drifting rain.
   
RF PRO 19:14 A house and wealth descend from parents,
But a sensible wife from the LORD.
   
RF PRO 19:15 Idleness drops to stupid sleep,
And the indolent person to hunger.
   
RF PRO 19:16 Who keeps to his orders, saves his life,
Who delays on his road may be killed.
   
RF PRO 19:17 He lends to the LORD who helps the poor,
Who will repay him as much again.
   
RF PRO 19:18 Correct your son while there is hope,
And bear not his death on your soul.
   
RF PRO 19:19 The furious-tempered will suffer hurt,
For if forgiven he never amends.
   
RF PRO 19:20 Hear advice, and take a warning,
And be wiser by the results.
   
RF PRO 19:21 Man has many plans in his mind,
But the LORD'S intention endures.
   
RF PRO 19:22 To do kindness makes a man liked;
And a poor man better than a liar.
   
RF PRO 19:23 The fear of the LORD brings life,
And whom it fills, will not feel grief.
   
RF PRO 19:24 The sluggard dips his hand in the dish,
But does not bring back to his mouth!
   
RF PRO 19:25 Punish a scorner, and fools learn sense;
But reproof to the wise breeds thought.
   
RF PRO 19:26 Who robs his father and drives his mother,
Is a son of shame and reproach.
   
RF PRO 19:27 Refrain, my son, to attend to advice
That leads from the words of Knowledge
   
RF PRO 19:28 A false witness scoffs at Justice,
And a wicked mouth swallows villainy.
   
RF PRO 19:29 But Justice is ready for scoffers,
And stripes for the rascal's back.
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