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.
|AMP EXO 1:1||
THESE ARE the names of the sons of Israel who came into Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:
|AMP EXO 1:2||Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,|
|AMP EXO 1:3||Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,|
|AMP EXO 1:4||Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.|
|AMP EXO 1:5||All the offspring of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt.|
|AMP EXO 1:6||Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation.|
|AMP EXO 1:7||But the descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was full of them.|
|AMP EXO 1:8||Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph.|
|AMP EXO 1:9||He said to his people, Behold, the Israelites are too many and too mighty for us [and they outnumber us both in people and in strength].|
|AMP EXO 1:10||Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply more and, should war befall us, they join our enemies, fight against us, and escape out of the land.|
|AMP EXO 1:11||So they set over [the Israelites] taskmasters to afflict and oppress them with [increased] burdens. And [the Israelites] built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.|
|AMP EXO 1:12||But the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that [the Egyptians] were vexed and alarmed because of the Israelites.|
|AMP EXO 1:13||And the Egyptians reduced the Israelites to severe slavery.|
|AMP EXO 1:14||They made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar, brick, and all kinds of work in the field. All their service was with harshness and severity.|
|AMP EXO 1:15||Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, of whom one was named Shiprah and the other Puah,|
|AMP EXO 1:16||When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live.|
|AMP EXO 1:17||But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but let the male babies live.|
|AMP EXO 1:18||So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this thing and allowed the male children to live?|
|AMP EXO 1:19||The midwives answered Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; they are vigorous and quickly delivered; their babies are born before the midwife comes to them.|
|AMP EXO 1:20||So God dealt well with the midwives and the people multiplied and became very strong.|
|AMP EXO 1:21||And because the midwives revered and feared God, He made them households [of their own].|
|AMP EXO 1:22||Then Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son born [to the Hebrews] you shall cast into the river [Nile], but every daughter you shall allow to live.|