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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 6:1

Advice on Business Affairs.
"My son, are you bond for a friend?
Or for strangers have signed with your hand?

   
RF PRO 6:2 Or are snared by the words of your mouth?
Or caught by the words of your lips?
   
RF PRO 6:3 Try this way, my son, to get free,—
Since you are in the hand of your neighbour,
Go humble yourself to your friend,
   
RF PRO 6:4 And never give sleep to your eyes,
Nor give to your eyelids a rest,
   
RF PRO 6:5 Till you leap like a deer from his net,
And a bird from the hand that had caught.
   
RF PRO 6:6 The Parable of the Ant.
"Go, Sluggard, look at the Ant,
Consider her ways, and be wise!
   
RF PRO 6:7 Who has no Leader, Guardian, or King,
   
RF PRO 6:8 Yet lays up her bread in the summer,
And heaps up in harvest her food!
   
RF PRO 6:9 "How long will you lie down, you sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
   
RF PRO 6:10 'A little more sleep, and a little more slumber,
A little more folding the hand for a sleep,'
   
RF PRO 6:11 So your poverty comes like a robber,
And your want like a man with a shield.
   
RF PRO 6:12 The Characteristics of Vice.
"A loose fellow—a man of no worth,—
Goes about with a profligate mouth;
   
RF PRO 6:13 With winking of eyes, with a shuffling of feet,
With his finger he mischief provokes:—
   
RF PRO 6:14 Always planning, and letting loose sin
   
RF PRO 6:15 But his punishment comes unexpected,
With a sharp irreparable break.
   
RF PRO 6:16 What the Lord Hates.
"There are six things the LORD Himself hates,
And a seventh is abhorred by His soul;
   
RF PRO 6:17 Haughty eyes, and a tongue that deceives;
And hands shedding innocent blood;
   
RF PRO 6:18 A heart that plans out vile deceptions;
Feet ready to rush to do wrong;
   
RF PRO 6:19 A breather of lies for defrauding;
And the sender of strife among friends!
   
RF PRO 6:20 On Filial Duty and Warnings against Debauchery.
"My son! guard your father's commands,
And your mother's rules do not reject;
Continually wrap round your heart,
   
RF PRO 6:21 And make them the scarf of your neck.
They will be in your course as a guide,
   
RF PRO 6:22 And watch you when lying asleep,
And converse with you when you awake.—
His command is a lamp, and her rules are a light,
   
RF PRO 6:23 And reproofs to instruct in the pathway of life,
   
RF PRO 6:24 To guard you from women defiled;—
From the strangers with flattering tongues.
   
RF PRO 6:25 "In your heart never long for their charms,
And be not ensnared by their smiles.—
   
RF PRO 6:26 A whore brings to a morsel of bread;
The adulteress hunts the dear life!
   
RF PRO 6:27 "Can a man put a fire in his breast,
And not be consuming his clothes?
   
RF PRO 6:28 Can a man upon burning coals walk,
And by them his feet not be scorched?
   
RF PRO 6:29 Thus who goes to the wife of his friend,
Escapes not from her without loss.
   
RF PRO 6:30 They despise not a thief if he steals,
To fill the demand of his life;
   
RF PRO 6:31 But if found he repays sevenfold,
All he has in his house they will take.
   
RF PRO 6:32 But the coward corrupting a wife
Produces a rot to his life '
   
RF PRO 6:33 He finds but disease and disgrace,
And his infamy cannot be hid!
   
RF PRO 6:34 For jealousy makes a man mad;
Unsparing in time of revenge,
   
RF PRO 6:35 No recompense he will regard,
No rest for the greatest of bribes!
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