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 11:1||
Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "I will bring yet another blow upon Pharaoh, and upon the Mitzeraim, after which he will release you. They all will release you, driving you from here.
|RF EXO 11:2||Therefore privately instruct the People that they must demand every man from his neighbour, and every woman from her neighbour, articles of silver and articles of gold."|
|RF EXO 11:3||The EVER-LIVING also gave the People favour in the eyes of the Mitzerites; for the man Moses was very powerful in the land of Mitzer, in the eyes of the ministers of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of the People.|
|RF EXO 11:4||After that Moses proclaimed; "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, At midnight I will pass through the land of the Mitzeraim,|
|RF EXO 11:5||and kill all the first-born in the land of Mitzer, from the first-born of Pharaoh, who sits upon the throne, to the first-born of the slave who sits behind the mill; as well as the first-born of the cattle;|
|RF EXO 11:6||and a great cry will go up from all the land of Mitzer, when these are not; and those are perished.|
|RF EXO 11:7||But from all the children of Israel there shall not be hurt a dog's tongue, that you may know that the EVER-LIVING distinguishes between the Mitzerites and Israel.|
|RF EXO 11:8||Then all your ministers shall descend, and bow down to me saying, 'Go away, you, with all the People who are following you,' and after that I will depart." Thus he went from before Pharaoh in burning anger.|
|RF EXO 11:9||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Since Pharaoh will not listen to you, I will increase my evidences in the land of the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 11:10||Therefore Moses and Aaron effected all these evidences before Pharaoh; yet the EVER-LIVING hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he would not release the children of Israel from his country.|