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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 25:1 These also are the Proverbs of Solomon which the editors of Hezekiah, King of Judah, selected.
   
RF PRO 25:2 Proverbs of Solomon.
'Tis the honour of God to conceal an event, But the honour of Kings to search out.
   
RF PRO 25:3 The height of the skies, and the depth of the earth, And the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
   
RF PRO 25:4 On removing the dross from the silver, The metal comes out for use;
   
RF PRO 25:5 So remove all the bad from a king, And his throne will then rest on the good.
   
RF PRO 25:6 Against Ostentation.
Show not display in the sight of a king, Nor assume the position of honour,
   
RF PRO 25:7 For better be asked, "Come up here," Than put down in the sight of the prince, Whose eyes have been looking on you!
   
RF PRO 25:8 Against Quarrels.
Go not in haste into strife, Reflect what may be the result, Should your neighbour prevail against you;
   
RF PRO 25:9 So discuss the affair with your neighbour; But to another reveal not the thing,
   
RF PRO 25:10 Lest he should report your mistake, And you cannot withdraw what you said.
   
RF PRO 25:11 On Wise Social Intercourse.
Like golden apples on silver plates, it Is a word for a word in its turn.
   
RF PRO 25:12 Like a ring of gold with a precious gem, To a listening ear is a wise instructor.
   
RF PRO 25:13 Like an ice-cooler in time of harvest, Is a trusty messenger to his sender, For his master's mind is refreshed.
   
RF PRO 25:14 A man is clouds, and wind without rain, Who falsely boasts he is liberal.
   
RF PRO 25:15 A prince is persuaded by patience; And a soft tongue will break down the strong.
   
RF PRO 25:16 If you find honey, eat but a little, Lest you surfeit of it, and be sick.
   
RF PRO 25:17 Restrain your foot from the house of your friend, Lest he be disgusted and hate you
   
RF PRO 25:18 Like a club, and sword, and sharp arrow, Is a man false accusing his neighbour.
   
RF PRO 25:19 An aching tooth and a foot out of joint, Is trust on a traitor in danger!
   
RF PRO 25:20 Like the stripping of clothes on a wintry day; And vinegar poured on a trembling nerve; Is singing songs to an aching heart.
   
RF PRO 25:21 If your enemy hungers, feed him; If he thirsts, give water to drink,
   
RF PRO 25:22 And a fire besides for his needs;—And then the LORD will repay you.
   
RF PRO 25:23 The north wind produces a shower, And a slandering tongue, an angry face.
   
RF PRO 25:24 Better to dwell on the top of a roof, Than with a quarrelling wife in a parlour.
   
RF PRO 25:25 As cold water to weary men, Is good news from a distant land.
   
RF PRO 25:26 As a muddled brook and a ruined well Is the good afraid of the bad.
   
RF PRO 25:27 To eat much honey is not well, Or for the honoured to seek for honour.
   
RF PRO 25:28 As a scattered town, without a wall, Is a man of ungoverned temper.
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