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 12:1||Consequently the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses and to Aaron in the land of the Mitzeraim, commanding;|
|RF EXO 12:2||"This month shall be to you the Chief Month; it shall be the first month of the year to you.|
|RF EXO 12:3|| Institution of the Passover.
"Speak to all the families of Israel commanding that in the tenth month they shall take for themselves each one a lamb for a father's house, a lamb for a family.
|RF EXO 12:4||But if the family is too small for a Iamb, then let him and the neighbour to his house, according to the number of persons who are to eat, share in the lamb:|
|RF EXO 12:5||It must be a perfect he lamb of a year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats;|
|RF EXO 12:6||and you must keep it by you until the fourteenth day of this month, then kill it. All the Assembly of the Families of Israel must kill it between the dusks.1|
|RF EXO 12:7||Then they shall take of the blood and sprinkle upon the two door-posts, and upon the lintel of the houses where they eat it.|
|RF EXO 12:8||And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire. They shall eat it with unfermented bread and bitter herbs.|
|RF EXO 12:9||They shall not eat any of it parboiled, or boiled in a boiler, but only roasted with fire, its head, and limbs, and ribs;|
|RF EXO 12:10||and they shall not reserve any of it till the morning, but what is left of it at the morning they shall consume with fire.|
|RF EXO 12:11||And they shall eat it in this way;—girt with their belts, their shoes on their feet, and their sticks in their hands; and they shall eat it rapidly. It is a Passing-over to the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EXO 12:12||for I will pass through the land of the Mitzeraim in that night, and strike all the first-born of the Mitzerites from man to beast. Upon all the GODs of the Mitzerites also I will execute judgment. I the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 12:13||But the blood upon your houses shall be a safeguard to you, that you are there; when I see the blood, then I will pass over you; and there shall not be a life injured in my destruction of the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 12:14||Therefore this day shall be to you for a Remembrance, and a Festival. It shall be a Festival to the EVER-LIVING in your generations, an ordinance forever. You shall sanctify it.|
|RF EXO 12:15||"You shall eat unfermented bread for seven days; that is: in the first day you shall remove ferment from your houses; for all who eat fermented bread, then, that person shall be excommunicated from Israel, from the first day to the seventh day.|
|RF EXO 12:16||So the first day shall be proclaimed holy, and the seventh day shall be proclaimed holy for you. You shall not do any work upon them; except for what every person must eat; you shall only do that.|
|RF EXO 12:17||Therefore, guard these days of unfermented bread, for on these days I led out your armies from the land of the Mitzeraim with power, consequently keep this period as an everlasting institution in your generations;|
|RF EXO 12:18||beginning at the fourteenth day of the month at the dusk to eat unfermented bread, until the twenty-first of the month at dusk.|
|RF EXO 12:19||During seven days, ferment shall not be brought into your houses; for everyone eating of fermented bread, that person shall be excommunicated from the families of Israel, whether a foreigner or a native of the country.|
|RF EXO 12:20||You shall not eat of any in your dwellings. You shall eat biscuits."|
|RF EXO 12:21||Moses therefore proclaimed to all the magistrates of Israel, saying; "Blow the trumpet, and select for yourselves a lamb for your families, and kill the Passover;|
|RF EXO 12:22||and take a bunch of hysop and clip it in the blood which ensues, and sprinkle the lintel and the two door-posts with the blood which ensues, and none of you shall go out from the door of his house until daybreak;|
|RF EXO 12:23||for at dusk the EVER-LIVING will strike the Mitzerites, but when he sees the blood on the lintel, and upon the two door-posts, then the EVER-LIVING will pass over the door, and will not allow injury to come to that house to strike it.|
|RF EXO 12:24||"You shall also keep this command as an Institution for you and your sons forever.|
|RF EXO 12:25||Also when you have arrived at the land which the EVER-LIVING will give you, as He promised, you shall there also regard this service.|
|RF EXO 12:26||And when your children shall say to you; 'What is this service for?' you shall reply,|
|RF EXO 12:27||'This is the sacrifice of the Passover to the EVER-LIVING, Who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Mitzer, when He struck the Mitzerites, and protected our houses. Therefore, the People shall bow down and worship.'"|
|RF EXO 12:28||So the children of Israel went and did as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses and Aaron:—they did it.|
|RF EXO 12:29||When that midnight came, the EVER-LIVING struck all the first-born in the land of the Mitzeraim, from the first-born of Pharaoh, who sat upon the throne, to the first-born of the prisoner in the dungeon; and all the first-born of cattle.|
|RF EXO 12:30||Then Pharaoh and all his ministers arose in the night, with all the Mitzerites, and there was a great shriek among the Mitzeraim, for there was not a house in which there was not someone dead!|
|RF EXO 12:31||Consequently he sent to Moses and Aaron by night, and said; "Rise up! Go away from among my People; both yourselves and the children of Israel. Go! serve the EVER-LIVING, as He has commanded you.|
|RF EXO 12:32||And take your sheep and your cattle, as you demanded, and march. But therefore bless me!"|
|RF EXO 12:33||The Mitzerites also pressed on the People to hasten them to go out from the country, "for," they said, "we shall all be dead!"|
|RF EXO 12:34||So the People took up the dough before it was fermented with yeast, rolled up in their knapsacks on their shoulders.|
|RF EXO 12:35||The children of Israel also had done as Moses ordered, and had demanded from the Mitzerites ornaments of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;|
|RF EXO 12:36||and the EVER-LIVING gave them favour in the eyes of the Mitzerites. Thus they demanded from them, and escaped from the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 12:37||Then the children of Israel marched from Ramases to the Encampment, about six hundred thousand men, beside children;|
|RF EXO 12:38||many strangers also went up with them, and very great herds of sheep and cattle.|
|RF EXO 12:39||They also baked the dough which they had brought from the Mitzeraim into biscuits, before it was fermented, for the Mitzerites drove them, and they were not able to ferment it, as well as also being ordered not to do it.|
|RF EXO 12:40|| Period. Of Israel's Residence in Egypt.
Now the period of the residence of the children of Israel, during which they stayed amongst the Mitzerites, was four hundred and thirty years.
|RF EXO 12:41||And it was at the end of the four hundred and thirtieth year, upon the self-same day, that all the armies of the EVER-LIVING came out from the land of the Mitzeraim;|
|RF EXO 12:42||it is a night to be observed to the EVER-LIVING; for He brought them out from the land of the Mitzeraim. It is the Night, the Night of observance to the EVER-LIVING, for all the children of Israel and their descendants.|
|RF EXO 12:43||The EVER-LIVING had said to Moses and Aaron; "This is the Feast of the Passover:|
|RF EXO 12:44||but every person bought with money when he has been circumcised may eat of it.|
|RF EXO 12:45||and son of a foreigner shall not eat of it;|
|RF EXO 12:46||"It shall be eaten by single families; they shall not carry any of its flesh outside of the house; and a bone of it shall not be broken.|
|RF EXO 12:47||Every family in Israel shall offer it;|
|RF EXO 12:48||and if there resides with you a foreigner, and he would offer the Passover to the EVER-LIVING, let him cause every male to be circumcised. He may then approach to offer it, when he shall be like' a native of the country, but any uncircumcised person shall not eat of it.|
|RF EXO 12:49||One law shall be for the native, and for the foreigner, who is among you'|
|RF EXO 12:50||So all the children of Israel did as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses and Aaron; they did it.|
|RF EXO 12:51||Thus it was on the self-same day the EVER-LIVING caused the children of Israel to go out from the land of the Mitzeraim, with their armies.|