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 17:1||
Marching in thirst.
|RF EXO 17:2||There the people contended with Moses, saying, "Give us water, and quench our thirst." Moses, however, replied; "Why do you mutiny against me? Why do you try the EVER-LIVING?"|
|RF EXO 17:3||But the People thirsted then for water, and the People complained against Moses, and said; "Why did you bring us out from Mitzer, to kill us, with our children and cattle, with thirst?"|
|RF EXO 17:4||Then Moses cried to the EVER-LIVING, saying; "What shall I do with these People? For they are ready to stone me!"|
|RF EXO 17:5||But the EVER-LIVING answered Moses; "Pass along before the face of the People and take with you the Magistrates of Israel. Take also in your hand the rod with which you struck the river, and march.|
|RF EXO 17:6||I will stand before your face there at the Rock in the Waste, and you shall strike upon the rock, and water shall come out from it, and quench the people." And Moses did so in sight of the nobles of Israel,|
|RF EXO 17:7||and named the spot "Trial" and "Strife," 1 because of the dispute with the children of Israel, and because of their trial of the EVER-LIVING, saying, "Does the EVER-LIVING exist with us, or not?"|
|RF EXO 17:8|| The Amalekites Attack Israel.
The Amalekites at this time came with the Rephidites and made war with Israel.
|RF EXO 17:9||Consequently Moses said to Joshua, "Choose your own men and go out to fight with the Amalekites tomorrow, and I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of GOD in my hand."|
|RF EXO 17:10||Joshua, therefore, did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. But Moses and Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill;|
|RF EXO 17:11||and when Moses held up his hand, Israel became victorious, but when he lowered his hand, Amalek was victor.|
|RF EXO 17:12||So when the hand of Moses became weary, they took a stone and placed it under him and he rested upon it, and Aaron and Hur supported his hand, first one and then the other, so that his hand was stretched out until sunset,|
|RF EXO 17:13||when Joshua defeated Amalek and his people, by the edge of the sword.|
|RF EXO 17:14|| The EVER-LIVING afterwards said to Moses; "Write this and record it in a book, and instruct Joshua that I will blot the memory of Amalek from under the skies."
1 Masah and Meribah.
|RF EXO 17:15|| Moses then built an altar, and called its name "The Throne of the EVER-LIVING," 1
1. Yohvah Nisi
|RF EXO 17:16||and he said;—"With the hand upon the throne of JACOB, Fight Amalek for the LORD from age to age!"|