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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 22:1

On Prudence and Conduct of Life.
A good name is choicer than wealth;
Good repute than much silver and gold.

   
RF PRO 22:2 The rich and the poor mix together,
For the LORD is the Maker of them all.
   
RF PRO 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides,
The foolish go on and suffer.
   
RF PRO 22:4 The Lord has provided reward for the meek,
With riches, honour, and life.
   
RF PRO 22:5 The sullen has a thousand traps on his road,
But who keeps his temper is free.
   
RF PRO 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go;—
He will not desert it when old.
   
RF PRO 22:7 The rich rule over the poor;
And the borrower serves the lender.
   
RF PRO 22:8 Who sows for sin, will misery reap,
And the staff of his passions will break.
   
RF PRO 22:9 The beneficent eyed will be blessed,
For he gives his bread to the needy.
   
RF PRO 22:10 Expel a scoffer, and quarrelling goes;
And strife and abuse will depart.
   
RF PRO 22:11 The lover of a pure kind heart,
Has a royal friend at his lips.
   
RF PRO 22:12 The eyes of the LORD guard knowledge;
And defeat the plans of the villain.
   
RF PRO 22:13 The sluggard says, "A lion's outside!
I am sure to be killed in the streets!"
   
RF PRO 22:14 A deep pit is a loose woman's mouth,
Those who anger the LORD fall in it.
   
RF PRO 22:15 Folly enwraps the heart of the young;
The rod of correction removes it.
   
RF PRO 22:16 Who plunders the poor to enrich himself,
Must give to the rich and be ruined.
   
RF PRO 22:17 On the Value of Wisdom.
Attend, and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to My teachings;
   
RF PRO 22:18 For they comfort, if kept with you;
So place them and fix on your lips,
   
RF PRO 22:19 That your trust may be in the LORD,
I have taught you now,—yes, yourself.
   
RF PRO 22:20 Have I not written to you till now,
Concerning Instruction and Knowledge?
   
RF PRO 22:21 To teach you to weigh the words of truth,
And to answer enquiries aright?
   
RF PRO 22:22 The Three Rules.
1.
Rob not the weak for his weakness,
And repulse not the poor from your gate;
   
RF PRO 22:23 For the LORD will defend their claim,
And strip those, who strip them of life.
   
RF PRO 22:24 2.
Consort not with a quarrelsome man;
With a furious fellow go not;
   
RF PRO 22:25 For fear you should copy his paths,
And acquire a risk for your mind.
   
RF PRO 22:26 3.
Be not with those who strike hands,
Who make themselves bondsmen for debts.
   
RF PRO 22:27 If you have not the wherewith to pay,
Your bed will be taken from you.
   
RF PRO 22:28 So do not remove the old fence,
Which your fathers had built around.
   
RF PRO 22:29 On Industry.
Watch a man constant at work,
He will stand before kings,—not the low.
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