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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 7:1

"My son, give regard to my words,—
Lay up with yourself my commands;

   
RF PRO 7:2 Regard my commandments,—and live,—
And my rules like the ball of your eye.
   
RF PRO 7:3 Let them girdle your fingers around,
Inscribe on the book of your heart;
   
RF PRO 7:4 Say to Wisdom, 'My sister are you;
And Discernment address as your friend,
   
RF PRO 7:5 Who will guard you from women depraved;
From the stranger with slippery tongue."
   
RF PRO 7:6 Once from my house, thro' the lattice,
At the time of the evening I looked,
   
RF PRO 7:7 And, watching, I saw in the Broadway,
With the young men a youth without sense,
   
RF PRO 7:8 Who passed thro' the street to her corner,—
He stalked on the way to her house,
   
RF PRO 7:9 In the twilight, the dusk of the day,
In the gloom of the night, towards dark;
   
RF PRO 7:10 Then I saw a woman approach him,
A dressed harlot,—and crafty of heart,
   
RF PRO 7:11 (Such are noisy, and cannot be quiet,
And their feet never rest in the house,
   
RF PRO 7:12 But are now in the streets,—in the squares,—
And lurking in every nook),
   
RF PRO 7:13 And she eagerly seized him and kissed,
And pouted her mouth, and addressed;"
   
RF PRO 7:14 'I have offered my offering of thanks,—
today I have paid what I vowed;
   
RF PRO 7:15 And so I have come out to meet you,—
To seek for your face, and have found!
   
RF PRO 7:16 I have spread pretty rugs on my couch,—
Of Egypt the bright-colored chintz.
   
RF PRO 7:17 I have charmingly scented my chamber,
With cinnamon, sandal, and myrrh!—
   
RF PRO 7:18 "' Come in! let us riot with loves!
And delight with the darlings till dawn;—
   
RF PRO 7:19 For the master is not in my home,—
He has gone on a journey afar!
   
RF PRO 7:20 He took with him a bag full of cash;—
He comes home on the day of new moon.'
   
RF PRO 7:21 She seduced him by prattling much;—
She deludes by her pattering lips!—
   
RF PRO 7:22 He went, like an ox to be slain;
Went and leaped like a stag to a net,
   
RF PRO 7:23 Till his liver is pierced by her dart;—
As a bird he makes haste to the trap,
And knows not, it is or his life!
   
RF PRO 7:24 But you, my son, listen to me;
And attend to the words of my mouth,
   
RF PRO 7:25 Incline not your heart to her path,
Nor turn yourself to her arcade.
   
RF PRO 7:26 For many fall wounded by her,
And her murdered would make a great host;—
   
RF PRO 7:27 Her house is the path to the grave;
It leads down to the Chambers of Death!"
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