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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 29:1

A man when reproved, who stiffens his neck,
When broken will find no help.

   
RF PRO 29:2 When the good succeed the people rejoice;
But when the bad govern, men groan,
   
RF PRO 29:3 A man who loves Wisdom, brings joy to his father;
But the friend of harlots surrenders his wealth.
   
RF PRO 29:4 A king strengthens his land by justice,
But a man of taxation exhausts it.
   
RF PRO 29:5 A man who flatters his neighbour,
Is spreading a net for his feet.
   
RF PRO 29:6 There is a trap, in a bad man's sin;
But the good can sing and rejoice.
   
RF PRO 29:7 The good will examine the pleas of the weak,
The bad troubles not to enquire.
   
RF PRO 29:8 The seditious set states in a flame,
But the wise will remove discontent.
   
RF PRO 29:9 If a wise man discuss with a fool,
By frowns or by smiles, he persuades not.
   
RF PRO 29:10 The murderous have hate of the honest,
But the upright will find his esteem.
   
RF PRO 29:11 A blockhead shows all his intention,
But the wise keeps it quietly back.
   
RF PRO 29:12 If a ruler attends to deceptions,
All his officials turn villains.
   
RF PRO 29:13 The poor and oppressors encounter,
They are both in the eyes of the LORD.
   
RF PRO 29:14 The king who faithfully governs the poor,
Will establish his throne for ever.
   
RF PRO 29:15 The rod, and reproof, give wisdom,
But an untrained child disgraces his mother.
   
RF PRO 29:16 When the wicked succeed, vice grows,
But the righteous will witness their fall.
   
RF PRO 29:17 Chastise your son, and he will comfort,
And give a relief to your mind.
   
RF PRO 29:18 Without Revelation a Nation fades,
But it prospers by knowing the law.
   
RF PRO 29:19 A slave will not be corrected by words,
Though he knows, he will not comply.
   
RF PRO 29:20 Do you see a man quick in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
   
RF PRO 29:21 Who humors his slave from a youth,
Will be despised by him at last!
   
RF PRO 29:22 A passionate man incites to strife,
And the master of fury to sin.
   
RF PRO 29:23 The pride of a man will depress him,
But a mind that submits will gain honour.
   
RF PRO 29:24 Who shares with a thief, hates his life;
Hears the oath, but will never inform.
   
RF PRO 29:25 Human terror precipitates loss;
But who trust in the LORD will be safe.
   
RF PRO 29:26 Many seek for the favour of rulers,
But man's justice should come from the LORD.
   
RF PRO 29:27 A vile man disgusts to the good,
And the bad loathe the ways of the just!
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