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 10:1||
Therefore the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Go to Pharaoh, for I will strike his heart, and the heart of his ministers, with two other evidences in their midst,
|RF EXO 10:2||that you can record for the ears of your sons and your sons' sons, how I brought you up from the Mitzeraim, and the evidences that I produced among them that they might know that I am the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EXO 10:3||Moses and Aaron consequently went to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of the Hebrews; Until when will you refuse? resisting to My face to release My people to serve Me?|
|RF EXO 10:4||However if you continue refusing to release My people, I will bring locusts shortly into your dominions,|
|RF EXO 10:5||and they shall hide the sight of the ground, so that you shall not be able to see the ground; and they shall eat the remains of the fragments of what has been left to you from the hail; and shall eat all your fruit trees from the field;|
|RF EXO 10:6||and shall fill your palace, and the palaces of your ministers, and the houses of all the Mitzerites, in such a way as you have never seen, or your fathers, or the fathers of your fathers from the day they lived upon the earth to this day.' Then he ceased and went away from Pharaoh.|
|RF EXO 10:7||Then Pharoh's ministers said to him, "How long is this thing to go on with us, to ensnare us? Release these men to serve their EVER-LIVING GOD.—Do you not know that Mitzer is already destroyed?"|
|RF EXO 10:8||Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he accordingly said to them;—"Go! Serve the EVER-LIVING, your GOD—Who, and what do you wish should go with you?"|
|RF EXO 10:9||So Moses replied; "With our young, and our old, we shall go; with our sons and our daughters; with our sheep, and our cattle, we shall go; so that we may hold a holy festival to our GOD."|
|RF EXO 10:10||He however exclaimed; "The EVER-LIVING must be with you, then, when I let you go with your children;—look out for evil is before you!|
|RF EXO 10:11||It shall never be so!—But you may go now, and make a pilgrimage, and serve your EVER-LIVING—for that is what you asked." And they were driven from the presence of Pharaoh.|
|RF EXO 10:12||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Stretch out your hand over the land of the Mitzeraim for the locusts, and they shall come up upon the land of Mitzer, and shall eat everything green in the country; all that the hail has left."|
|RF EXO 10:13||So Moses extended his rod over the country of the Mitzeraim, and the EVER-LIVING drove an east wind over the country all that day and all the night until the morning came, and the east wind carried the locusts;|
|RF EXO 10:14||and the locusts came up over all the country of the Mitzeraim, and seized upon all the dominions of the Mitzeraim very grievously. Before them there were no such locusts, and never since have there been such.|
|RF EXO 10:15||They even hid the ground from sight, and blackened the earth, and ate every green thing upon the ground, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left, and no verdure was left on the trees, or grass on the fields, in all the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 10:16||Then Pharaoh hastened, and Summoned Moses and Aaron, and said; "I have sinned against the EVER-LIVING GOD, and against you!|
|RF EXO 10:17||Therefore pardon now my sin, only this once, and entreat the EVER-LIVING GOD to turn from me also this death."|
|RF EXO 10:18||So they went out from Pharaoh and entreated the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EXO 10:19||and the LORD caused a very strong west wind to blow, and it swept off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. There was not a locust in all the dominions of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 10:20||But the EVER-LIVING strengthened the heart of Pharaoh, and he would not release the children of Israel.|
|RF EXO 10:21||Afterwards the EVER-LIVING said to Moses, "Stretch your hand towards the sky, and darkness shall come upon all the land of the Mitzeraim; and a darkness that may be felt."|
|RF EXO 10:22||Therefore Moses stretched his hand to the skies, and thick darkness came upon all the land of the Mitzeraim for three days.|
|RF EXO 10:23||No one saw his brother, and no one rose from his place for three days. But to all the children of Israel there was light for their operations.|
|RF EXO 10:24||Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and said; "Go! Serve the EVER-LIVING. Only your sheep and cattle must stay; your children, also, may go with you."|
|RF EXO 10:25||But Moses replied; "You must also give to our hands sacrifices and offerings that we can make to our EVER-LIVING GOD,|
|RF EXO 10:26||and therefore our herds must go with us; not a hoof must be left; for we must take from them to serve our EVER-LIVING GOD. And we cannot be knowing what we must serve the EVER-LIVING with until we arrive there."|
|RF EXO 10:27||The Lord, however, hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he was not willing to release the People.|
|RF EXO 10:28||Therefore Pharaoh replied to him, "Get off from me! and take care to yourself never again to see my face! for on the day you look again on my face you shall die!"|
|RF EXO 10:29||When Moses answered; "As you have spoken right, I never will look on your face again!"|