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 23:1||
"You shall not make a false oath. You shall not set your hand to commit fraud. You shall not be a false witness.
|RF EXO 23:2||"You shall not go with the powerful to do wrong; and you shall not plead for the powerful to make excuse for their wrong-doing.|
|RF EXO 23:3||And you shall not turn away from the poor man when he pleads.|
|RF EXO 23:4||"When you meet with the cow, or ass of your enemy straying, you shall take it back to him.|
|RF EXO 23:5||"When you see the ass of your enemy fallen under its load, and you can ease and free it for him, you shall help to free it with him.|
|RF EXO 23:6||"You shall not pervert justice from the destitute when he pleads.|
|RF EXO 23:7||"Keep far off from false pretence. You shall not kill the innocent, and the righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.|
|RF EXO 23:8||And you shall not receive bribes, for bribes blind open eyes, and pervert the words of the righteous.|
|RF EXO 23:9||"And you shall not oppress a foreigner, for you know the feelings of a foreigner; since you were foreigners in the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 23:10|| Laws of Agriculture.
"For six years you shall sow the earth, and gather its produce,
|RF EXO 23:11||but in the seventh you shall manure it, and spread it out, and the destitute of your people shall eat, and the rest the animals of the field shall eat. You shall do the same with your vineyards and olive plantations.|
|RF EXO 23:12||Six days you shall do all your business, but the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your ass may take comfort, and your servants and foreigners refresh themselves.|
|RF EXO 23:13||"And all that I say to you you shall regard; for you shall not remember a name of other GODs, and it shall not be heard from your mouth.|
|RF EXO 23:14||"Three times in a year you shall make a festival to Me.|
|RF EXO 23:15|| Laws About Sacred Festivals.
"The feast of unfermented bread1 you shall keep for seven days. 1 Biscuits. You shall eat biscuits, as I commanded you, at the season of the month of harvest,' for in it you came out of Mitzer, and you did not see My presence in vain.
|RF EXO 23:16||"And you shall make the feast of the first-fruits of harvest, when you sow in the field and the feast of harvest-home at the end of the year when you gather in your produce from the fields.|
|RF EXO 23:17||"Three times in the year all your men shall come before Me, the ALMIGHTY LORD."|
|RF EXO 23:18||You shall not sacrifice with fermented bread a blood-sacrifice to Me; and the fat of My feast shall not be kept till the morning."|
|RF EXO 23:19||The best of the first-fruits of your ground you shall bring to the hand of your EVER-LIVING GOD. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk."|
|RF EXO 23:20||Then I will send My Messenger before your face to guard you in your way, and to bring you to the place where I will fix you.|
|RF EXO 23:21||Regard his presence, and listen to his voice. Grieve him not, that he may not rise to punish you, for My POWER is around him.|
|RF EXO 23:22||But if you listen to his voice, and do all that I shall command, then I will love you, but I will distress your distressers.|
|RF EXO 23:23||For My Messenger shall march before you, and bring you to the Amorites, and the Hitites, and the Perizites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and destroy them.|
|RF EXO 23:24|| Prohibition of Paganism and Idolatry.
"You shall not worship their GODs, and not serve them, and you shall not make like them, but you shall destroy, and you shall break their pillars;
|RF EXO 23:25||and you shall serve your EVER-LIVING GOD, and He will bless your bread, and your water, and will turn war away from around you.|
|RF EXO 23:26||You shall not be childless, and sterile in your land. You shall fulfil your days.|
|RF EXO 23:27|| Promises to the Faithful.
"I will send My terror before your face, and will terrify every Nation when you arrive at them; and I will make all your enemies to turn their back to you.
|RF EXO 23:28|| And I will send the Destroyer before you, and drive out the Hitites and the Canaanites and the Hivites from before your approach.
|RF EXO 23:29||I will not drive them away in a year from before you, lest the earth should become waste, and the beasts of the field should increase upon you.|
|RF EXO 23:30||I will drive them out little by little before you, until you multiply and can inherit the country.|
|RF EXO 23:31||And your two boundaries shall be from the Sea of Weeds at the Sea of Philistia through the desert to the River,1 which I will give to your hand, and I will drive the inhabitants of the country from before you.|
|RF EXO 23:32||You shall not make a treaty with them, or a covenant with their GODs.|
|RF EXO 23:33||They shall not reside in your land, for fear they would cause you to sin against Me, so that you would serve their GODs, for I am the EVER-LIVING, for you to reverence."|