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."
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 EXO 1:1||
THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES, COMMONLY CALLED EXODUS. (ALA SHAMOTH.)
|RF EXO 1:2||Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;|
|RF EXO 1:3||Issakar, Zebulon, and Benjamin;|
|RF EXO 1:4||Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher;|
|RF EXO 1:5||all the persons proceeding from the loins of Jacob, were seventy individuals; Joseph was already in Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 1:6||Now Joseph and all his brothers died, and all their children.|
|RF EXO 1:7||But the sons of Israel were fruitful and bred and increased, and became very, very powerful and the land was filled with them.|
|RF EXO 1:8|| A foreign Conqueror rules Egypt and fears Israel.
Then a Foreign Conqueror arose over the Mitzeraim who knew nothing of Joseph,
|RF EXO 1:9||and said to his nation, "This people, the sons of Israel, are more in number and stronger than to ourselves,|
|RF EXO 1:10||therefore let us deal skillfully with them, to prevent them increasing, for it is possible they might turn upon us in war and conquer, for they hate us, and may be fighting against us and expel us from the land:"|
|RF EXO 1:11||They consequently placed labour masters over them to force them to build, and they built fortresses for Pharaoh—Pithom and Ramasses.|
|RF EXO 1:12||But the more they oppressed them the more they increased; therefore they trembled and feared before the sons of Israel.|
|RF EXO 1:13||Consequently the Mitzerites endeavored to crush the sons of Israel, so they embittered their lives by cruel labour,|
|RF EXO 1:14||in the forges, and in the brick-kilns, and in every labour upon the land, by every means possible trying to crush them.|
|RF EXO 1:15||The king of the Mitzeraim also summoned the midwives of the Hebrews, of whom the name of the chief was Shifra, and the name of her lieutenant Phua,|
|RF EXO 1:16||and decreed; "When you deliver the Hebrew women examine their children; if it is a son, kill him; but if a daughter, let her live."|
|RF EXO 1:17||But the midwives feared GOD, and did not do as the king of the Mitzeraim ordered them, but preserved the children alive.|
|RF EXO 1:18||The king of the Mitzeraim therefore summoned those midwives again and enquired from them, "Why have you not executed the law, but have preserved the children's lives?"|
|RF EXO 1:19||When the midwives replied to Pharaoh, "Because they are not like Mitzerite women when in labour, but lively, so that before the time the midwives have come to them they are delivered."|
|RF EXO 1:20||Therefore GOD showed kindness to those midwives. So the people increased and were very strong;|
|RF EXO 1:21||and seeing that the midwives were God-fearing he imprisoned them.|
|RF EXO 1:22||Pharaoh then commanded this people, saying, "Every boy that is born throw him into the river, but let the girls live."|