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 22:1||
"If a man steals a bullock or a sheep, and slaughters it, or sells it, he shall compensate with five bullocks in place of the ox, or four sheep in place of the sheep.
|RF EXO 22:2||"If a thief is found breaking in, and is struck and dies; there is not blood-guilt for him.|
|RF EXO 22:3||If the sun was shining on him, he may redeem his blood. If he has nothing then he shall be sold for stealing.|
|RF EXO 22:4||"If you find his theft in his hand, as a bullock, or an ass, or sheep, alive, he shall be fined by two. The Laws of Property.|
|RF EXO 22:5||"If the farm or vineyard of a man is burnt, and ruffians from his village burn his farm, or part of his farm, or a part of his vineyard, it shall be compensated.|
|RF EXO 22:6||"If you make a fire, and it fires the bushes, and consumes the standing corn, or a homestead, or a farm; it shall be compensated from the burner to the burnt.|
|RF EXO 22:7||"Whoever places with his neighbour money or goods as trustee, and they are stolen upon the premises of that person, if the thief is discovered he shall repay twice as much.|
|RF EXO 22:8||If the thief is not found, then the master of the premises shall approach the House of GOD and swear he has not put his hand upon the property of his neighbour;|
|RF EXO 22:9||upon anything lost, upon ox, or ass, or sheep, or clothing, or anything strayed, and shall say that as a witness to GOD, he brings twice as much as was-lost to GOD. He shall recompense his neighbour double.|
|RF EXO 22:10||"If a man entrusts to his neighbour an ass, or ox, or sheep, or any cattle, to take care of, and it dies or is torn, to or tears,|
|RF EXO 22:11||there shall be an oath to the LORD between the two, that he has not put his hand upon the property of his neighbour, and its owner shall take it, and not be compensated.|
|RF EXO 22:12||But if it has been stolen from him, he shall compensate its owner.|
|RF EXO 22:13||If it is torn he shall bring the torn pieces as a proof. He shall not compensate."|
|RF EXO 22:14||And if a man hires it of his neighbour, and it is broken or dies, and its owner is not with it, he shall be compensated.|
|RF EXO 22:15||If its owner is with it, he shall not be compensated; if it was hired, he went for the wages.|
|RF EXO 22:16|| Laws of Morality.
"And if a man seduces a girl who has not been betrothed to him, and lies with her so that she conceives, she shall be his wife.
|RF EXO 22:17||But if her father is unwilling to give her to him, he shall pay money as a dowry for the girl She shall not live as a slave.|
|RF EXO 22:18||(kjv) Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.|
|RF EXO 22:19||"Whoever lies with a beast shall be put to death.|
|RF EXO 22:20||"No sacrifice shall be burnt to GODs, except to the EVER-LIVING only.|
|RF EXO 22:21||"You shall not persecute or oppress foreigners; for you were foreigners in the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 22:22||"You shall not annoy any widow or orphan.|
|RF EXO 22:23||If you wrong them, so that they cry to me, I shall hear their cry,|
|RF EXO 22:24||and My anger will burn, and I will slay you by the sword, and your own wives shall be widows, and your own children orphans.|
|RF EXO 22:25||"If you lend money to My People, My poor among you; you shall not be to them like a usurer. You shall not put upon them usury.|
|RF EXO 22:26||If your neighbour deposits with you as a pledge a garment, at the setting of the sun you shall return it to him|
|RF EXO 22:27||for it is his only covering with which he clothes his body, in which he lies down; and it may be he will cry to Me, when I will hear, for I am merciful.|
|RF EXO 22:28|| The Laws of Reverence Towards GOD.
"You shall not blaspheme GOD, and shall not curse the princes of your nation.
|RF EXO 22:29||You shall not delay to give to Me the first produce of your farm, and vineyard.|
|RF EXO 22:30||You shall do the same with your cow, and your sheep. It shall be seven days with its mother, and on the seventh day you shall give it to Me. 4|
|RF EXO 22:31||"As you shall be holy men to Me, you shall not eat of torn flesh, that has been torn in the field. You must throw it to the dogs.|