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."
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 3:1||
The Results of a Virtuous Life.
|RF PRO 3:2|| For long days and years to your life,
And peace to yourself they will add."
|RF PRO 3:3|| Abandon not Kindness and Truth,
But twine as a wreath on your neck,
And write on the page of your heart;
|RF PRO 3:4|| Then you will find favour and fame,
In the sight both of GOD and of men.
|RF PRO 3:5|| "And trust on the LORD in your heart,
And rely not upon your own skill;
|RF PRO 3:6|| Acknowledge Him in all your ways,
And then He will make your paths smooth.
|RF PRO 3:7|| And in your own eyes be not wise,—
Fear JEHOVAH and turn off from wrong;
|RF PRO 3:8|| For it will be health to your nerves,
And come like a drink to your bones.
|RF PRO 3:9|| "Pay respect to the LORD from your wealth.
And the first fruits of all you produce,
|RF PRO 3:10|| Then your barns will be full of your crops,
And your stores will be bursting with fruit.
|RF PRO 3:11|| "Son, despise not the LORD who corrects,
Nor hate Him because He reproves,
|RF PRO 3:12|| For the LORD reproves those whom He loves,—
Like a father his own darling child!
|RF PRO 3:13|| The Wealth of Wisdom.
"How happy the man who finds Wisdom!
And the man who Reflection attains
|RF PRO 3:14|| For her cargo is better than silver,
And her produce surpasses fine gold!
|RF PRO 3:15|| For she is more precious than pearls,
And no pleasures are equal to hers!
|RF PRO 3:16|| In her Right, is extension of days,
In her Left, she has honour and wealth;
|RF PRO 3:17|| Her tracks are of pleasantness ways,
All her paths are the pathways of peace!
|RF PRO 3:18|| Who owns her,—owns a Tree giving Life;
Who retains her,—possesses success!
|RF PRO 3:19|| How God Founded the World.
"The LORD founded by Wisdom the Earth,
By Intelligence fixed up the Skies
|RF PRO 3:20|| And expanded the Space by His Knowledge,
And makes the clouds drop down the showers.
|RF PRO 3:21|| "Son I let them not slip from your eyes,
Seek Enterprise joined with Good-sense,
|RF PRO 3:22|| For they are the life of your soul,
And they will add grace to your neck.
|RF PRO 3:23|| You then can walk forward in safety,
And your footsteps will never be caught;
|RF PRO 3:24||If sleeping, you will not feel terror.|
|RF PRO 3:25||Nor the rush of the storm when it comes.|
|RF PRO 3:26|| For the LORD will be still your supporter,
And guarding your feet from a fall.
|RF PRO 3:27|| On the Life of Practical Virtue.
"Withhold not your help from the needy,
When GOD gives your hand power to do;
|RF PRO 3:28|| Say not to your friend, 'Go away,
to-morrow I'll give,' when you have!
|RF PRO 3:29|| Contrive not a wrong to your neighbour,
When he trustfully rests at your side.
|RF PRO 3:30|| "Assail not a man for a trifle,
Except in return for a wrong.
|RF PRO 3:31|| To be like the villain desire not,
And never delight in his ways.
|RF PRO 3:32|| For the LORD has disgust at the scoundrel,
But the honest have Him for a friend.
|RF PRO 3:33|| "The LORD curses the house of the bad,
But blesses the home of the good.
|RF PRO 3:34|| "With scorners, He is Himself scornful,
But gives to the youthful His grace.
|RF PRO 3:35|| "The Wise will inherit respect,
But the Fools will reside in contempt!"