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 13:1||The EVER-LIVING also commanded to Moses;|
|RF EXO 13:2||"Consecrate to Me every first-born proceeding from every womb of the children of Israel, both of man and beast. It is Mine."|
|RF EXO 13:3||Therefore Moses said to the people, "Remember this day when you came out of the land of the Mitzeraim, from the house of bondage; for with a strong hand the EVER-LIVING brought you from there:—so you shall not eat fermented bread.|
|RF EXO 13:4||The time when you came out was in the month of harvest;|
|RF EXO 13:5||consequently, when the EVER-LIVING brings you to the land of the Canaanites, and the Hitites, and Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which He swore to give to you;—a land flowing with milk and honey;—then you shall perform this service in this month.|
|RF EXO 13:6||For seven days you shall eat biscuits, and on the seventh day shall be a festival to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 13:7||You shall eat biscuits for seven days; and fermented bread shall not be seen with you; nor shall ferment be seen in all your boundaries.|
|RF EXO 13:8||You shall inform your children of this day, saying, 'This is for the Passing-over the EVER-LIVING made for us, in bringing us out from the Mitzeraim.'|
|RF EXO 13:9||Thus it will be to you like a mark on your hand, and as a remembrance between your eyes, so that the reverence for the EVER-LIVING may be before you; for with a strong hand the EVER-LIVING led you out from the Mitzeraim;|
|RF EXO 13:10||therefore you shall observe this institution for a witness for ever and ever."|
|RF EXO 13:11||And when the EVER-LIVING has brought you to the land of Canaan, which He promised to you and to your fathers that He would give you,|
|RF EXO 13:12||then you shall devote every first-born of the womb to the EVER-LIVING; and every first offspring of cattle which shall come to you as a male, to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 13:13||But every first-born of an ass, you shall redeem with a lamb; or if you do not redeem it, then break its neck. Every eldest male, however, of your children you shall redeem.|
|RF EXO 13:14||"When any of your sons, then, shall ask you hereafter, saying; Why is this?' You shall reply to him, 'The EVER-LIVING brought us out from the Mitzeraim with a strong hand, from the house of bondage.|
|RF EXO 13:15||And when Pharaoh refused to release us, then the EVER-LIVING slew all the first-born in the land of the Mitzeraim, from the first-born of man, to the first-born of beast,—therefore I sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING all the first male offspring of the womb, and all the first-born of men I redeem.|
|RF EXO 13:16||Thus they will be like marks upon your hand, and as frontlets between your eyes, that with a strong hand the EVER-LIVING brought you from Mitzer.'|
|RF EXO 13:17|| History of the Exodus continued.
However, when Pharaoh had released the People, GOD did not conduct them out by way of the country of the Philistines, although it was the nearest; for GOD said; "If I should conduct the People to the sight of war, they will return to the Mitzeraim.
|RF EXO 13:18||"Therefore GOD turned the People to the way by the desert of the Sea of Weeds. The children of Israel, however, marched in readiness for battle from the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 13:19||Moses also took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had administered an oath to the children of Israel saying, "The EVER-LIVING will visit you; and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.|
|RF EXO 13:20||So they marched from the Encampment, and pitched on the borders of the desert;|
|RF EXO 13:21||and the EVER-LIVING went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to direct them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to light them in the way by day and night.|
|RF EXO 13:22||The pillar of cloud never departed by day, nor the pillar of fire by night from before the People.|