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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 4:1

David Continues his Lessons to Solomon.
Listen, sons, to a father's instruction,
And reflection attentively learn;—

   
RF PRO 4:2 For good doctrine I utter to you,
So never abandon my rules.
   
RF PRO 4:3 For I was my father's dear son,
Who because of my mother he loved,
   
RF PRO 4:4 So he taught me himself, and he said,—
"Now let your heart cling to my words,
Regard my instructions and live.
   
RF PRO 4:5 Get Wisdom; and get Understanding,
Nor forget her, nor swerve from her speech,
   
RF PRO 4:6 Nor abandon; and then she will guard;—
And love her,—and she will preserve.
   
RF PRO 4:7 "Let Wisdom be first; purchase wisdom;
And Reflection with all you possess;
   
RF PRO 4:8 Exalt her,—and she will exalt you,—
And honour you, when you salute;—
   
RF PRO 4:9 Place a beautiful wreath on your head,
And give a magnificent crown.
   
RF PRO 4:10 "Listen, son, and attend to my words,
They will add to the years of your life.
   
RF PRO 4:11 "I teach you the pathways of Wisdom;
I direct to the smoothest of roads,
   
RF PRO 4:12 Where, walking, your foot will not stumble,
And if running you will not fall down,
   
RF PRO 4:13 Seize Instruction, and let her not go,
Keep her fast; because she is your life.
   
RF PRO 4:14 "Never enter the path of the wicked;—
Nor advance by the road of the bad.
   
RF PRO 4:15 Avoid it, and pass it not over,
Turn away from ascending, and shun;
   
RF PRO 4:16 For they sleep not unless they have wronged;
And sleep leaves them unless they betray,
   
RF PRO 4:17 For their bread, is the eating of Crime,
And outrage the wine that they drink!
   
RF PRO 4:18 "But the path of the good, morning light,
Advancing to shine to full day!
   
RF PRO 4:19 While the road of the wicked is dark,
And they know not the time of their fall!
   
RF PRO 4:20 "My son! now attend to my words.
And bend down your ears to my speech.
   
RF PRO 4:21 And let it not slip from your eyes,
And guard in the depth of your heart!
   
RF PRO 4:22 They are life to whoever may find;
And health to all parts of his frame.
   
RF PRO 4:23 Guard ever your thoughts with all care,
For from them come the issues of life.
   
RF PRO 4:24 "Expel from yourself a false mouth,
And cast from yourself a loose life.
   
RF PRO 4:25 Let your eyes to your object look straight,
And your glance be direct before you.
   
RF PRO 4:26 And ponder the path for your feet,
And let all your courses be firm.
   
RF PRO 4:27 Swerve not to the right or the left,—
But turn off your foot from the wrong.
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