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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 5:1

A Warning Against Vice.
"My son! to my wisdom attend,
And bend down your ear to my thoughts;

   
RF PRO 5:2 Keep to reflection and knowledge,
Which they will provide for your lips.
   
RF PRO 5:3 "Though a loose wanton's lips may drop honey,
And her mouth may be smoother than oil,
   
RF PRO 5:4 Her results are more bitter than wormwood,
More sharp than a double-edged sword!
   
RF PRO 5:5 Her steps only lead down to Death,
Her pathways conduct to the Grave.
   
RF PRO 5:6 Lest you find out the pathway of life,
Her paths are untraceably wound.—
   
RF PRO 5:7 "But listen, my children, to me,
And turn not away from my words;
   
RF PRO 5:8 From her let your steps turn away,
And approach not the door of her house.
   
RF PRO 5:9 Lest you give to Seducers your wealth,
And to those without mercy your years.
   
RF PRO 5:10 Lest strangers be fed by your strength,
And your wealth in a foreigner's home,
   
RF PRO 5:11 And you groan at results to yourself,
With your body and manhood destroyed,
   
RF PRO 5:12 And exclaim, 'How I hated instruction,
And rejected reproof from my heart!
   
RF PRO 5:13 Nor would learn from the voice of my teacher,
Nor bend to instruction my ears!
   
RF PRO 5:14 I have almost been always in sin!
In the midst of the crowd and the court.'
   
RF PRO 5:15 An Exhortation to Chastity.
"Drink water drawn from your own well,
And streams from the depth of your spring;
   
RF PRO 5:16 From your fountains that flow in your court,
That run into pools with their streams.
   
RF PRO 5:17 And reserved for your own use alone,—
Not for you, and for strangers as well.—
   
RF PRO 5:18 And let your spring always be blessed,
And rejoice with the wives of your youth,
   
RF PRO 5:19 With the lovely gazelles, graceful ever;
At all times be entranced by their breasts,
And dream at all times of their love.
   
RF PRO 5:20 "Why, my son, be entranced with the love,
And embrace to a breast that is strange?—
   
RF PRO 5:21 For man's ways are observed by the LORD,
Who carefully weighs all his paths.
   
RF PRO 5:22 His own vices capture the bad,
And hold him enchained in his sins;
   
RF PRO 5:23 By his want of reflection he dies,
And his numberless follies betray."
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