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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 8:1

The Invitation of Wisdom.
"And then does not Wisdom invite!
And Intellect utter her voice?

   
RF PRO 8:2 From the top of the mounds by the roads,—
She stands at the junction of streets.
   
RF PRO 8:3 At the gates; at the front of the walls,
When the entrances open, she shouts;
   
RF PRO 8:4 "' Men! it is to you that I call!
And to Adam's sons utter my voice!—
   
RF PRO 8:5 You foolish,—reflect and have sense;
You stupid,—reflect in your heart!
   
RF PRO 8:6 Hear, for I speak with manifest sense,
And with honesty open my lips;
   
RF PRO 8:7 And my palate articulates truth,
And my lips are abhorring the false.
   
RF PRO 8:8 All the words of my mouth are for right,
None in them are bent, or perverse;
   
RF PRO 8:9 To intellect, they are all straight,
And plain to the seeker of fact,—
   
RF PRO 8:10 Seize my instructions,—not money!—
And knowledge before refined gold!
   
RF PRO 8:11 For Wisdom is fairer than pearls,
And all pleasures equal not hers!
   
RF PRO 8:12 "I, Wisdom, am dwelling with skill,
And know the discoveries of thought.
   
RF PRO 8:13 Fear the LORD, and dislike wicked pride,
For pride, bad ways, and libel I hate;
   
RF PRO 8:14 But Counsel and Safety are mine;
And mine are Reflection and power;
   
RF PRO 8:15 Kings reign, and the Princes do right,
   
RF PRO 8:16 And the Governors govern by me,
With all Judges controlling the land;
   
RF PRO 8:17 And I love whoever loves me,
And who earnestly seeks me shall find. "'
   
RF PRO 8:18 Both honour and riches are mine,
With enduring wealth and content,
   
RF PRO 8:19 Better products than high-refined gold,
And more choice than what silver can buy.
   
RF PRO 8:20 In Rectitude's high road I walk,
In the midst of the pathway of Right,
   
RF PRO 8:21 To make those that love me have wealth,
And that I may fill up their stores."
   
RF PRO 8:22 The LORD formed me, the first of His plans,
Before He began to create;
   
RF PRO 8:23 And I was enthroned from of old,
Ere the first preparations of earth;
   
RF PRO 8:24 When Space was not made I revolved;
Before the deep springs of the sea;
   
RF PRO 8:25 Before that the mountains were set,
I revolved ere existed the heights;
   
RF PRO 8:26 Ere the earth and its circuit was made,
And before the first dusts of the worlds"
   
RF PRO 8:27 When He formed the suns I was there,
When their circuits were settled in space!
   
RF PRO 8:28 When arranging the clouds from above,
When controlling the fountains in space;
   
RF PRO 8:29 When He fixed His decree for the sea,
That the waters should not pass the shore;
When He fixed His decree for the land,
   
RF PRO 8:30 I was there with delight, day by day.—
I rejoiced in His presence the while;
   
RF PRO 8:31 I rejoiced in the circling of earth,
And rejoiced in the children of men!"
   
RF PRO 8:32 ' So now, children, listen to me!
They are happy who keep to my ways,
   
RF PRO 8:33 Submitting yourselves to be taught,
Be wise, and turn never from me.
   
RF PRO 8:34 The man who hears me will succeed,
Who stands at my gate day by day,
Who waits till I open its doors;—
   
RF PRO 8:35 For who finds me, discovers true life,
For he is approved by the LORD.
   
RF PRO 8:36 But who misses me hurts his own soul;
All who hate me are lovers of death."
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