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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 24:1

The Folly of Envying the Bad.Feel no envy about wicked men,
Nor wish for yourself to be them,

   
RF PRO 24:2 When their heart is contriving a fraud,
Or their lips are discussing to cheat.
   
RF PRO 24:3 By Wisdom a house is built up,
And is founded by means of Good Sense;
   
RF PRO 24:4 And by knowledge its chambers are filled,
With comforts and all that is nice.
   
RF PRO 24:5 For the Wise can prevail over Strength;
And the skilled man can conquer the strong.
   
RF PRO 24:6 For with caution you must make your fight,
And your victory by plenty of thought.
   
RF PRO 24:7 The Uselessness of Envying Fools.
Wise thoughts are too high for a fool,
Let him open not his mouth in the Court.
   
RF PRO 24:8 His ideas can but injure himself,
They will call him a bungler of thought
   
RF PRO 24:9 The ideas of a fool are no worth,
And a scoffer disgusts human kind.
   
RF PRO 24:10 On need of Courage in Distress.
If you fail in a time of distress,
By an effort recover your strength.
   
RF PRO 24:11 Rescue those who are led out to death,
And who go to be slain if you can.
   
RF PRO 24:12 If you say, "What know we about him?"
Will not the Heart Searcher perceive,
And he know who has guard of your life,
Who returns to a man what he does?
   
RF PRO 24:13 On Wise Enjoyment.
Eat honey, my son, because sweet,
And nice in the roof of your mouth;
   
RF PRO 24:14 So is knowledge of Thought to your soul,
For you know that a future exists,
And therefore your hopes will not die.
   
RF PRO 24:15 Good Will Defeat Evil.
Villain! watch not the home of the good;
Assail not the place of his rest;
   
RF PRO 24:16 The good falls and will rise seven times,
But the wicked crash down to a smash.
   
RF PRO 24:17 Against Malicious Joy.
Be not glad when your enemy falls,
Rejoice not your heart at his loss;
   
RF PRO 24:18 Lest the LORD see, and it grieve His eyes,
And He turn back His anger from him.
   
RF PRO 24:19 Against Envying the Bad.
Enrage not yourself for the bad,
Do not envy the luck of the vile;
   
RF PRO 24:20 For there is no future for vice;
The lamp of the wicked goes out.
   
RF PRO 24:21 Honor God and the King.
My son! fear the LORD, and the King;—
With the changeful associate not.
   
RF PRO 24:22 For swift will their punishment rise,—
And who knows the injury of both?
   
RF PRO 24:23 Maxims for the Wise.
To regard station in judgment is wrong.
   
RF PRO 24:24 Who says to the wrong, "You are right,"
Peoples curse, and the Nations will hate.
   
RF PRO 24:25 But they will love all who oppose,
And come to present them with thanks,
   
RF PRO 24:26 And will put a sweet kiss on their lips,
In return for their comforting words.
   
RF PRO 24:27 On Forethought.
Do the work for yourself in the field,
And after that build up a house.
   
RF PRO 24:28 Against Slander.
Speak not what is false of your neighbour,
And be not seduced by your lips,
   
RF PRO 24:29 Say not, "As he did it to me;
I will do to the man what he did."
   
RF PRO 24:30 The Home of the Sluggard.
I passed by the farm of the sluggard,
By the garden of him without sense,
   
RF PRO 24:31 And saw thistles were all that it grew.
And nettles had covered its face,
And the wall built to fence it had fallen.
   
RF PRO 24:32 So I looked and I laid it to heart;
I observed, and a lesson received;
   
RF PRO 24:33 "A little more sleep, and a little more slumber,
With a little more folding the hands to lie clown;
   
RF PRO 24:34 "So your poverty comes,—an invader,
And your want like a man with a shield!
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