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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 27:1

On the Uncertainties of Life.
Boast not of yourself for to-morrow,
You know not what that day may bring!

   
RF PRO 27:2 Let a stranger praise you, not your mouth,
Another, and not your own lips.
   
RF PRO 27:3 A stone is heavy, and sand a load,
But a fool's fury more heavy than both.
   
RF PRO 27:4 Fury is fierce, and a raging flood;
But who can stand before jealousy?
   
RF PRO 27:5 Better open reproof, than hidden love:—
   
RF PRO 27:6 The reproofs of a friend preserve;
But an enemy's kisses betray.
   
RF PRO 27:7 The sated loathes a honeycomb,
To the hungry, bitter is sweet!
   
RF PRO 27:8 Like a bird strayed from its nest,
Is a man exiled from his home:
   
RF PRO 27:9 Oil and perfumes delight the heart,
And a good friend advising a man.
   
RF PRO 27:10 Forsake not your friend, or your father's friend;
Nor enter your brother's house
In the day of your distress;
For a friend is better near
Than a brother who keeps afar.
   
RF PRO 27:11 Be wise my son, and delight my heart,
As an answer to him who insults.
   
RF PRO 27:12 The prudent sees danger, and hides;—
The reckless go on, and suffer.
   
RF PRO 27:13 Take his cloak who is bail for a stranger;
A pledge from a loose woman's friend.
   
RF PRO 27:14 He who rises at early dawn
With shouts to give thanks to his friend,
Will be thought to be cursing him.
   
RF PRO 27:15 A drizzling shower on a rainy day,
And a quarrelsome wife are a pair.
   
RF PRO 27:16 Restrain her? Restrain the north wind!
And the scent on your hand!—If you can!
   
RF PRO 27:17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man does the face of his friend.
   
RF PRO 27:18 Who tends the fig-tree, eats its fruit;
And who guards his master is thanked.
   
RF PRO 27:19 As water shows a face to a face.
So the heart of man, shows to man.
   
RF PRO 27:20 The Grave and Destruction are never filled,
And the eyes of man are unsated.
   
RF PRO 27:21 Silver by smelting, gold by a furnace,
But man is proved by what he praises.
   
RF PRO 27:22 If you pound a fool in a mortar with wheat
His follies will not depart from him!
   
RF PRO 27:23 The Result of Carefulness.
Carefully learn the state of your flocks;
Set your heart on the care of your herds;
   
RF PRO 27:24 For wealth will not last for ever,
Nor a crown for ages of ages. On Autumn.
   
RF PRO 27:25 When the hay is mown, the pasture grows,
And the mountain crops are gathered;
   
RF PRO 27:26 The lambs then find you clothing,
And you sell fat goats from the field,
   
RF PRO 27:27 And rich milk from the goats to feed you,—
To feed your house, and nourish your girls,
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