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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 21:1

The hand of the Lord holds the mind of a king,
He turns it towards whatever He wills.

   
RF PRO 21:2 All a man's ways are right in his eyes,
But the LORD will weigh his intents.
   
RF PRO 21:3 To practice right and justice,
Will please the LORD more than offerings.
   
RF PRO 21:4 A haughty eye, and a greedy heart,
Are the seeds of sin in the bad.
   
RF PRO 21:5 The plans of the active procure gain,
But those of the idle, want.
   
RF PRO 21:6 Who earn wealth by a lying tongue,
Hunt risk, and sudden death.
   
RF PRO 21:7 The plunder of the bad afflicts them,
And yet they refuse to do right!
   
RF PRO 21:8 The criminal's path is rough,
His, who practices right, is smooth.
   
RF PRO 21:9 Better live lone on the top of a house,
Than with brawling wives in its parlour!
   
RF PRO 21:10 The wicked heart desires evil;—
friend never pleases his eyes!
   
RF PRO 21:11 To punish a rogue instructs the weak,—
And the wise who reflect gain knowledge.
   
RF PRO 21:12 The Wicked house instructs the Good,
For the bad are o'erthrown by their sin.
   
RF PRO 21:13 Who stops his ear to the cry of the poor,
He will cry, and none will answer.
   
RF PRO 21:14 A timely gift appeases rage,
And a bribe in the pocket great wrath!
   
RF PRO 21:15 The righteous delight to do right,
And to blot out the doers of wrong.
   
RF PRO 21:16 The man who quits the pathway of sense,
Leaves his home for the sake of shadows.
   
RF PRO 21:17 The poor man who loves enjoyment,—
And wine and oil, will never be rich.
   
RF PRO 21:18 The wicked should ransom the righteous,
And the swindler be changed for the honest.
   
RF PRO 21:19 Better to live in a desert land,
Than with a nagging passionate wife.
   
RF PRO 21:20 Stored goods and oil remain with the wise,
But the stupid fellow will swallow.
   
RF PRO 21:21 The follower of Goodness and Mercy,
Finds Life and Profit and Honour.
   
RF PRO 21:22 Skill can assail a town of heroes,
And reduce its strongest fort.
   
RF PRO 21:23 Who can keep his mouth and his tongue,
Keeps the fortress containing his soul.
   
RF PRO 21:24 He is called an insolent bully,
Who acts in his ruffian fury.
   
RF PRO 21:25 The Folly of Idleness.
The desire of the idle kills him,
For his hands refuse to work,
   
RF PRO 21:26 He longs all day for his wish,
While the honest work and want not.
   
RF PRO 21:27 The Folly of Rascals.
The offering of sinners disgusts,
For they bring it with evil intent.
   
RF PRO 21:28 A witness for falsehood will stammer;
But a man who has heard, speaks firm.
   
RF PRO 21:29 A bully is bold in his face,
But the honest is calm before him.
   
RF PRO 21:30 No skill, and no understanding,
Or counsel can fight with the LORD.
   
RF PRO 21:31 Train the horse for the time of war;
Yet the victory comes from the LORD.
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