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 2:1||
The Birth of Moses, and Adoption by Pharoh's Daughter.
|RF EXO 2:2||And his wife conceived and bore a son. When she looked on his beauty, she hid him for three months.|
|RF EXO 2:3||But being no longer able to hide him, she made a boat of bulrushes and pitched it with pitch and resin and placed it in the reeds, on the bank of the river.|
|RF EXO 2:4||But his sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.|
|RF EXO 2:5||Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river, and her maids walked along the bank of the stream; and they noticed the boat amongst the rushes. So she put out her hand and took it.|
|RF EXO 2:6||When she opened it she saw the lad, and he cried; and she grieved over him, and said, "It is one of the Hebrew children."|
|RF EXO 2:7||Then his sister asked the daughter of Pharaoh, "Shall I go and seek for you a nursing woman of the Hebrews, so that she may nurse the lad for you?"|
|RF EXO 2:8||And the daughter of Pharaoh replied to her "Go "; so she went immediately and called the mother of the child;|
|RF EXO 2:9||to whom Pharoh's daughter said, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will pay you the cost." Its mother therefore took the child and nursed it.|
|RF EXO 2:10||When the lad grew up he was taken to the daughter of Pharaoh as a son, and she called his name Mosheh,1 for she said "I drew him out of the water."|
|RF EXO 2:11|| The Prince Moses Thinks of His Nation.
But it was long after this, when Moses had become great, that he went out to his brothers, and examined into their condition. Then he saw a Mitzerite strike a Hebrew, who was related to him.
|RF EXO 2:12||Then he turned this and that way, and not seeing anyone, he struck the Mitzerite, and concealed him in the sand.|
|RF EXO 2:13||At another time when he was inspecting, there were two men, Hebrews, quarrelling, so he said to the wrong-doer, "Why do you strike your neighbour?"|
|RF EXO 2:14||But he replied, "Who appointed you as foreman and judge over us? Are you going to murder me as you murdered the Mitzerite?" Then Moses was afraid and said to himself, "That affair is known then?"|
|RF EXO 2:15|| The matter was also reported to Pharaoh who endeavored to execute Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh, and turned to the land of Midian, where he rested beside a well.
1 Moses=" From the Water" —F.F.
|RF EXO 2:16|| Moses and the Priest of Midian.
It happened that the Priest of Midian had seven daughters, and these girls came to draw and fill the watering troughs to give drink to their father's sheep.
|RF EXO 2:17||Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses arose and prevented them and watered their sheep.|
|RF EXO 2:18||So when they returned to Rauel, their father, he asked, "How is that you have returned so quickly today?"|
|RF EXO 2:19||They answered him; "A Mitzerite protected us from the hand of the shepherds and also drew and gave water to our sheep."|
|RF EXO 2:20||Then he replied to his daughters, "Where is he? Why have you left the man there? Invite him, and let him eat bread."|
|RF EXO 2:21||Thus Moses began to stay with the man, who gave Ziforah his daughter to him,|
|RF EXO 2:22||and she bore a son, and he called his name Gershon,1 "for," he said, "I am a stranger in a foreign land."|
|RF EXO 2:23|| A New Tyrant Arises in Egypt.
A long time after these events, that king of the Mitzeraim died. But the children of Israel were still oppressed in their servitude, and their cries from their slavery reached GOD.
|RF EXO 2:24||GOD therefore heard their groaning; and GOD remembered His covenant with Abraham, and with Isaac, and with Jacob;|
|RF EXO 2:25|| therefore GOD looked upon the children of Israel; and GOD revealed Himself.
1 Hebrew. "A-stranger-here."—F. F.