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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 28:1

The Results of Crime.
The wicked fly when none pursue,
But the good are bold as a lion.

   
RF PRO 28:2 By crimes of a land, its Rulers change,—
But by human prudence endure.
   
RF PRO 28:3 A poor man who oppresses the poor,
Like a sweeping storm brings want.
   
RF PRO 28:4 On Good and Bad Conduct.
Forsakers of law, praise the bad:
But who keep the law, reprove them.
   
RF PRO 28:5 Bad men understand not justice;
But who seek the LORD understand.
   
RF PRO 28:6 More happy the poor honest man,
Than one of bad habits, though rich.
   
RF PRO 28:7 A prudent son will regard the law,
But the friend of the vicious degrades his father.
   
RF PRO 28:8 Who gets rich by extortion and fraud,
Collects for the kind to the poor.
   
RF PRO 28:9 Who turns his ear from hearing the law,
His prayer itself is an offence.
   
RF PRO 28:10 Who leads the honest to evil paths,
Will fall to that pit himself;
But the upright inherit success.
   
RF PRO 28:11 In his own eyes the rich is wise,
But the sensible poor expose him.
   
RF PRO 28:12 When the good are crowned, there is cheering
When the bad succeed, men will hide!
   
RF PRO 28:13 Who conceals his sin, does not prosper;
Who confesses and leaves it, has mercy.
   
RF PRO 28:14 The man who fears is safe,
But the rash falls into danger.
   
RF PRO 28:15 A roaring lion, and hungry bear,
A bad ruler is to the poor.
   
RF PRO 28:16 An oppressive prince is senseless;
But who hates to tax, prolongs his days.
   
RF PRO 28:17 A man who is guilty of murder,
Flies to a pit that cannot hide.
   
RF PRO 28:18 Who acts honestly is safe;
But crooked ways soon fail.
   
RF PRO 28:19 He has plenty of bread who tills his land,
But is poor indeed who follows delusions.
   
RF PRO 28:20 A faithful man has many blessings;
But who hastes to be rich, will suffer.
   
RF PRO 28:21 False pretenses are not good,
Nor to sin for a mouthful of bread.
   
RF PRO 28:22 A greedy man runs after wealth,
Nor reflects that want may come.
   
RF PRO 28:23 Who corrects men, like me, finds favour,
Far more than a flattering tongue.
   
RF PRO 28:24 Who thinks to rob father and mother not wrong,
Has joined with the men of Destruction.
   
RF PRO 28:25 A greedy mind incites to contend,
But who trusts on the LORD will prosper.
   
RF PRO 28:26 Who relies on his heart is a fool,
But who walks by experience is safe.
   
RF PRO 28:27 He who gives to the poor will not want,
Who averts his eyes will be cursed.
   
RF PRO 28:28 When the bad succeed, men hide;
But the good increase, when they perish.
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