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 5:1||
A Warning Against Vice.
|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."