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 14:1||Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses, saying;—|
|RF EXO 14:2|| "Command the children of Israel, that they must turn and encamp before Pi-Hakhiroth 1 between Migdol and the sea, in front of Bal-zephon. You shall encamp directly opposite the sea!
1 "The mouth of the hollows, or shallows," when translated.—F.F.
|RF EXO 14:3||Upon which Pharaoh will exclaim, The children of Israel have confused themselves as to the country! The desert shuts them in I '|
|RF EXO 14:4||And I will embolden the heart of Pharaoh and he will pursue you, and then I will be honored by Pharaoh and by all his forces, and the Mitzerites shall know that I am the EVER-LIVING." They accordingly did it.|
|RF EXO 14:5||When it was reported to the king of the Mitzeraim that the People had fled, then the heart of Pharaoh and of his ministers changed about the People; and they said, "What is it that we have done? Why have we released the People from serving us?"|
|RF EXO 14:6||Consequently he had his own chariot harnessed, and took his forces with him,|
|RF EXO 14:7||and took six hundred officers' chariots, and all the chariots of the Mitzeraim with three men upon each of them.|
|RF EXO 14:8||Thus the EVER-LIVING emboldened the heart of Pharaoh king of the Mitzeraim, and he pursued after the children of Israel. But the children of Israel went out with a high hand.|
|RF EXO 14:9||The Mitzerites, however, pursued after them, and came up with them encamped by the sea;—all the horse chariots of Pharaoh and his forces,—at Pi-nakhiroth, before Bal-zephon.|
|RF EXO 14:10||As Pharaoh approached, the children of Israel raised their eyes, and saw the Mitzerites marching after them; and they were terrified; so the children of Israel cried out to the EVER-LIVING;|
|RF EXO 14:11||and they said to Moses; "Because there were no graves among the Mitzeraim, have you brought us out from Mitzer into the desert to die?|
|RF EXO 14:12||Was not this what we said to you in Mitzer; 'Let us alone and we will serve the Mitzerites'? For it is better for us to serve the Mitzerites, than that we should die in the desert!"|
|RF EXO 14:13||Moses, however, replied to the People; "Fear not! Stand still! and you shall see the victory of the EVER-LIVING, which He will effect for you today! For although you see the Mitzerites today, you shall not see them again for ever and ever!|
|RF EXO 14:14||The LORD will fight with them, and you shall keep silent!"|
|RF EXO 14:15||The EVER-LIVING then said to Moses; "Why do you cry to Me? Command the children of Israel to march.|
|RF EXO 14:16||And you, raise your staff, and extend your hand over the sea, when it will divide itself, and the children of Israel can go through it as upon dry land.|
|RF EXO 14:17||But I, Myself, will embolden the hearts of the Mitzerites, and they shall follow after them.|
|RF EXO 14:18||Then I shall be honoured by Pharaoh and by all his forces, by his charioteers and horsemen, and the Mitzerites shall learn that I am the EVER-LIVING by My conquering over Pharaoh and his horsemen."|
|RF EXO 14:19||Then the Messenger of GOD who went before the camp of Israel marched, and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud also marched from before them and stood at their rear,|
|RF EXO 14:20||and went between the camp of the Mitzerites, and the camp of Israel, and became a cloud and darkness—even of the light of the night,—so that the one approached not to the other all the night.|
|RF EXO 14:21||When Moses stretched his hand over the sea, the EVER-LIVING caused a strong east wind to blow and rolled back the waters all that night, and made the sea like dry land, and made a plain in the waters.|
|RF EXO 14:22||Then the children of Israel passed through the sea on the dried-up part, and the waters were to them a protection 1 on their right hand and upon their left.|
|RF EXO 14:23||The Mitzerites also pursued and went after them; all the horse chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, into the midst of the sea.|
|RF EXO 14:24||But when the morning-watch arrived the EVER-LIVING looked down from the Pillar of Fire and Cloud on to the army of Mitzeraim|
|RF EXO 14:25||and broke off the wheels from their chariots, and confused the ranks of the drivers, so that the Mitzerites exclaimed; "Let us fly from the presence of Israel, for the EVER-LIVING fights for them against the Mitzerites."|
|RF EXO 14:26||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, and the waters shall return upon the Mitzerites, over their chariots and over their horsemen."|
|RF EXO 14:27||So Moses extended his hand over the waters, and the waters returned at the beginning of the morning to their regular flow, and the Mitzerites fled from their approach. Thus the EVER-LIVING overwhelmed the Mitzerites in the midst of the sea,|
|RF EXO 14:28||and the waters returned and struck the chariots and the horsemen, and all the forces of Pharaoh that went after them into the sea;—not one of them remained.|
|RF EXO 14:29||But the children of Israel went along upon the dry land in the midst of the sea, and the water was a protection to them on the right and on the left.|
|RF EXO 14:30||Thus the EVER-LIVING saved Israel at that time from the hand of the Mitzerites, and Israel saw the Mitzerites dead on the shore passed through of the sea;|
|RF EXO 14:31|| and Israel also saw the great power by which the EVER-LIVING dealt with the Mitzerites, therefore the People feared the EVER-LIVING, and trusted in the LORD, and Moses His servant.
1 Or "Circumvalation"—that is, like a moat or ditch on each side of the shallow from which the waters had been driven off by the east wind.—F.F.