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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 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink maddens,
And all it deludes are not wise.

   
RF PRO 20:2 A king's wrath is a raging lion,
Who enrages him, risks his life.
   
RF PRO 20:3 It honours a man to keep from strife,
But every fool will begin it.
   
RF PRO 20:4 A sluggard who ploughs not because of cold.
Will beg in harvest for want.
   
RF PRO 20:5 Thought in man's heart is like deep water,
But a skilful man draws it out.
   
RF PRO 20:6 Men often meet a man who is kind;—
But a trustworthy man who can find?
   
RF PRO 20:7 Whoever goes straight in goodness,
His children are blest after him.
   
RF PRO 20:8 A king who sets justice beside his throne,
Expels all the bad from his sight.
   
RF PRO 20:9 Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart
I have washed myself from my sins?"
   
RF PRO 20:10 Different weights, and varying measures,
Both alike will disgust the LORD.
   
RF PRO 20:11 Even in childhood, a child is known,
If he loves to do wrong, or right.
   
RF PRO 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
Were both the work of the LORD.
   
RF PRO 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you become poor,
Open eyes and gain plenty of bread.
   
RF PRO 20:14 "It is worthless, worthless!" the buyer cries;
But when by himself, he praises.
   
RF PRO 20:15 There is gold, and plenty of pearls
But the lips of knowledge are precious things.
   
RF PRO 20:16 Take his cloak, who warrants a stranger;
And his pledge, who brings a loose girl.
   
RF PRO 20:17 Lying bread may be sweet to a man,
But fills his mouth with grit in the end.
   
RF PRO 20:18 Arrange your plans with counsel;
And make your war with precaution.
   
RF PRO 20:19 A tattler goes telling secrets,
So approach not his open lips.
   
RF PRO 20:20 Who reviles his father and mother,
In darkness puts out his lamp.
   
RF PRO 20:21 Wealth may be gotten quickly at first,
But the results of it do not last.
   
RF PRO 20:22 Say not, "I will revenge that wrong!"
But trust in the LORD who will help you.
   
RF PRO 20:23 Varying weights disgust the LORD;
And dishonest scales are wrong.
   
RF PRO 20:24 A man's career comes from the LORD,
For who of mankind knows his road?
   
RF PRO 20:25 It disgraces a man to deny his promise,
And after his vow to back out.
   
RF PRO 20:26 A wise king drives off the wicked,
And brings his blower against them.
   
RF PRO 20:27 The lamp of the LORD in the spirit of man,
Explores the caves of the breast.
   
RF PRO 20:28 Mercy and truth defend a king,
For his throne is founded on mercy.
   
RF PRO 20:29 Their strength is the glory of youthful men,
But grey heads the honour of the old.
   
RF PRO 20:30 To bind a wound protects from harm;
And sufferings the depths of the mind.
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