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 20:1||
The Ten Commandments.
|RF EXO 20:2||"I am your EVER-LIVING GOD, Who brought you out from the Mitzeraim, from the house of bondage.|
|RF EXO 20:3|| COMMANDMENT I.
There shall be no other GOD to you, except MYSELF."
|RF EXO 20:4|| COMMANDMENT II.
"You shall not make for yourselves any image, or likeness of anything that is in the heavens above; or that is upon the earth beneath; or that is in the waters lower than the earth;
|RF EXO 20:5||you shall not worship them or serve them, for I, your EVER-LIVING GOD, am a jealous GOD, visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me;|
|RF EXO 20:6|| but I show mercy for thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
|RF EXO 20:7|| COMMANDMENT III.
"You shall not take the Name of your EVER-LIVING GOD in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless the taking of His Name in vain.
|RF EXO 20:8|| COMMANDMENT IV.
"Remember the seventh day to keep it holy.
|RF EXO 20:9||Six days you may labour, and do all your business,|
|RF EXO 20:10||but the seventh day is a Rest to your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall not then do any business, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maid-servant, or your cattle, or your stranger who is within your gates;|
|RF EXO 20:11||for in six ages the EVER-LIVING made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, but rested at the seventh age; therefore the EVER-LIVING blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.|
|RF EXO 20:12|| COMMANDMENT V.
Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the EVER-LIVING GOD will give to you.
|RF EXO 20:13|| COMMANDMENT VI.
You shall not murder.
|RF EXO 20:14|| COMMANDMENT VII.
"You shall not commit adultery.
|RF EXO 20:15|| COMMANDMENT VIII.
"You shall not steal.
|RF EXO 20:16|| COMMANDMENT IX.
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
|RF EXO 20:17|| COMMANDMENT X.
"You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife; or his manservant, or his maid-servant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbour's."
|RF EXO 20:18|| The Terror of Israel.
And all the People perceived the sounds and the flamings, and the trumpet voice, and the smoke from the mountain;—so the people feared and shook in themselves, and stood at a distance, and said to Moses,
|RF EXO 20:19||"You speak with us, and we can listen: but let not GOD speak with us, for fear we should die."|
|RF EXO 20:20||Moses, however, answered to the People, "Fear not! for GOD has come to you to try you, and to test whether you will fear Him henceforward, and not sin."|
|RF EXO 20:21||So the People stood afar off, but Moses approached the thick darkness where GOD was.|
|RF EXO 20:22||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Say this to the children of Israel, you have seen that from the heavens I have spoken with you.|
|RF EXO 20:23||Never make for yourselves a GOD of silver, or a GOD of gold. You shall not make them for yourselves.|
|RF EXO 20:24||You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall offer upon it your sacrifices and your thank offerings, your sheep, and your oxen. In every place where I record MY NAME, I will come to you and bless you.|
|RF EXO 20:25||But if you make an altar of stone to Me, it shall not be of cut stones, for if you carve with a cutter upon it, then it will be polluted.|
|RF EXO 20:26||And you shall not pile up pyramids for an altar so that your nakedness may not be discovered when you go up to it."|