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 16:1||
|RF EXO 16:2||But all the families of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the Desert;|
|RF EXO 16:3||and the children of Israel said to them;—"Why do you kill us by the hand of the EVER-LIVING? In the land of the Mitzeraim we sat by the flesh pots to gorging! Why have you brought all the congregation to this Desert to die of hunger?|
|RF EXO 16:4||Therefore the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "I will rain bread for them from the skies; and the people shall go out to collect it day by day, so that I may try if they will walk in My laws or no.|
|RF EXO 16:5||But upon the sixth day they must prepare what they bring in, which shall be twice as much as the daily portion."|
|RF EXO 16:6||Moses and Aaron consequently said to all the children of Israel; "Tomorrow morning you shall know that the EVER-LIVING brought you out of the land of the Mitzeraim,|
|RF EXO 16:7||for in the morning you shall see the power of the LORD by His listening to your complaints against the EVER-LIVING, and us, regarding what you have complained against us.|
|RF EXO 16:8||And," Moses continued, "the EVER-LIVING will give you flesh to eat in the evening, and bread in the morning to your fill; because the EVER-LIVING has heard your complaints, that you have complained against Him and us;—for you not only complain against us, but against the LORD."|
|RF EXO 16:9||Then Moses said to Aaron; "Command all the families of the children of Israel to appear before the EVER-LIVING, for He has heard their murmurs."|
|RF EXO 16:10||to Consequently Aaron commanded all the families of the children of Israel, and they presented themselves in the desert, and saw the splendour of the EVER-LIVING appear in the cloud.|
|RF EXO 16:11||Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses, saying;—|
|RF EXO 16:12||"I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them and say; 'In the evening you shall eat flesh; and in the morning you shall be filled with bread:—so that you may know that I am your EVER-LIVING GOD."|
|RF EXO 16:13||When evening arrived therefore quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning a layer of dew surrounded the camp.|
|RF EXO 16:14||But when the layer of dew exhaled from the surface of the desert, grains like scales,—grains like hoar-frost, covered the ground.|
|RF EXO 16:15||When the children of Israel saw it, they said each to his brother,—"Man hoa? "1 for they did not know what it was. But Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the EVER-LIVING has given for you to eat.|
|RF EXO 16:16||And this is the thing that He commands; You are to collect each of you according to his requirements a homer for each individual member of the living persons, that you entertain in your tents."|
|RF EXO 16:17||The children of Israel accordingly did so, and collected it from the desert much and little.|
|RF EXO 16:18||But when they measured by the homer there was no excess to the much, or deficiency to the little; each had according to the consuming mouths,|
|RF EXO 16:19||for Moses had said to them, "Let not any remain until the morning."|
|RF EXO 16:20||But some listened not to Moses, but reserved it by them until the morning, when it bred worms; Moses however was angry with them.|
|RF EXO 16:21||Therefore they collected it morning by morning, according to the consuming mouths, for when the sun arose it melted.|
|RF EXO 16:22||But when the sixth day came they collected a double quantity of bread, two homers, to each, and all the heads of families came to Moses and reported it.|
|RF EXO 16:23||When he replied to them; "That is what the EVER-LIVING commanded, You shall rest a Holy Rest to the EVER-LIVING tomorrow. What you have to bake, bake it, and what you have to boil, boil it, and all the remainder keep by you until the morning."|
|RF EXO 16:24||So they laid it up until the morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink and worms were not in it.|
|RF EXO 16:25|| Then Moses said, "Eat it today, for today is a rest to the EVER-LIVING;—you shall not go out into the field.
1 Translated, "What is it? "—F.F.
|RF EXO 16:26||You shall collect it six days, but the seventh day is a rest; you shall not do it then."|
|RF EXO 16:27||Yet it happened that on the seventh day a man went out to collect,—but he found none.|
|RF EXO 16:28||The EVER-LIVING therefore said to Moses, "Until when shall I entreat them to observe My commands and laws?|
|RF EXO 16:29||Let them see that the EVER-LIVING has given them the rest, for He has given to them on the sixth day bread for two days. Let each stay at his home. Let none go out from the camp on the seventh day."|
|RF EXO 16:30||So the People stayed at home on the seventh day.|
|RF EXO 16:31||Thus the House of Israel called it "Mana"1 and it was like a seed of coriander, white; and the taste of it like cakes and honey.|
|RF EXO 16:32||Moses also said, "This is the rule that the EVER-LIVING commands to be practiced continually, to be kept for your generations, so that you may see the bread which I caused you to eat in the desert, whilst I brought you out from the land of Mitzer."|
|RF EXO 16:33||Therefore Moses said to Aaron; "Take a basket, and put into it a full homer of Mana, and place. it before the presence of the EVER-LIVING, to preserve for their posterity."|
|RF EXO 16:34||So as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses, Aaron laid it up in the presence, as a witness, in the treasury.|
|RF EXO 16:35||And the children of Israel ate the mana for forty years. Until they came to the land to rest, they ate the mana; until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.|
|RF EXO 16:36|| (But a homer is the tenth part of an epha)2
1 "What is it? "—F.F.
2 V. 36 is an old editor's note, not part of the original text.—F.F.