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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 30:1

THE SPEECHES OF AGUR-BEN-JAKEH;
THE RIGHTEOUS;

THE MESSAGE HE DELIVERED TO THE ATHEIST AND WASTER.

   
RF PRO 30:2 Though I am but an ignorant man,
And have not the genius of Adam;
   
RF PRO 30:3 Although I have never learnt Wisdom,
Nor know of the science Divine,
   
RF PRO 30:4 Of who mounts the skies and descends,
Who gathers the wind in his grasp,
Who spreads out the seas like a sheet,
Who fixes the bounds of the earth,—
What is His Name? and the name of His Son?—
Do you know?
   
RF PRO 30:5 Rely on the promise of GOD,—
He shields all who trust upon Him,—
   
RF PRO 30:6 Add nothing to what He commands.
Lest for falsification you suffer.
   
RF PRO 30:7 The Desire of the Wise.
I will ask two things from you,—
Take them not from me till death,—
   
RF PRO 30:8 Move delusion and falsehood afar,
Nor poverty give me, nor wealth,
But feed with the bread that I need,—
   
RF PRO 30:9 Not full, for fear I forget,
And cry, "Tell me, Who is the LORD?
Or I become poor, and should steal,
And rebel at the name of my GOD.
   
RF PRO 30:10 Advice as to Conduct.
To his Master, accuse not a servant,
Lest he curse you, and you are in wrong.
   
RF PRO 30:11 On Depravity and Deceit.
There is an age that curses its fathers,
And that cares not its mothers to bless;
   
RF PRO 30:12 An age in its own eyes perfect,
But never cleansed from its filth!-
   
RF PRO 30:13 An age,—how haughty its glances!
And its eyelids,—how lifted up
   
RF PRO 30:14 An age,—with swords for its teeth,
And for its jaw-teeth,—sharp knives,
To devour the weak of the earth,
And the wretched among mankind.
   
RF PRO 30:15 On Greed.
Lust possesses two daughters,
Who cry "Give! Give!"
There are three that are never glutted,
A fourth that says not " Enough."
   
RF PRO 30:16 The grave, and the closed-up womb;
The earth unsated with water;
And fire, that says not " Enough! "
   
RF PRO 30:17 On Filial Disobedience.
The eye that laughs at its father,
That disdains to obey its mother,
The crow of the vale shall pick out
And the eagle's young shall eat it.
   
RF PRO 30:18 Four Problems.
To me these three are a wonder;
And a fourth I understand not;
   
RF PRO 30:19 The path of an eagle in air;
The road of a snake on a rock;
The course of a ship through the sea;
And the power of the man over woman;
   
RF PRO 30:20 And the way of a faithless wife,
When she wipes her mouth and exclaims,
"I have not committed a sin"
   
RF PRO 30:21 Unendurable things.
A land trembles under these three,—
And under a fourth rests not;—
   
RF PRO 30:22 Under a slave when he rules;
And a brute who is gorged with his food;
   
RF PRO 30:23 And a hateful woman when married;
And a servant heir to her mistress.
   
RF PRO 30:24 Four Wise Creatures.
These four are small on the earth,
But they are the wisest of wise;—
   
RF PRO 30:25 The Ants are a People not strong,
Yet in summer they store up their bread;
   
RF PRO 30:26 Rabbits, are not a powerful race,
But they settle their homes in the rocks;
   
RF PRO 30:27 The Locusts have not any king,
Yet they all go out by their troops;
   
RF PRO 30:28 A Spider you catch with your hands;
Yet she dwells in the mansions of kings!
   
RF PRO 30:29 The Four Stately Creatures.
These three are stately in step;—
And a fourth is grand in its walk;
   
RF PRO 30:30 The Lion, the strongest of beasts,
That turns not his face from the whole;
   
RF PRO 30:31 A greyhound, as well as a goat,
And a king at the head of his troops!
   
RF PRO 30:32 A Final Caution.
If you have displayed your folly,
And if you have blundered,—keep still.
   
RF PRO 30:33 For churned milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose brings blood,
So churning anger produces strife.
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