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 24:1||
Moses and Aaron and the Princes Ascend Sinai.
|RF EXO 24:2||But Moses shall approach alone to the EVER-LIVING; for they must not approach, nor the people go up with him."|
|RF EXO 24:3||So Moses went and reported to the people the whole of the commands of the EVER-LIVING, and the whole of His decrees; when all the people answered with one voice, and said; "All the commands which the EVER-LIVING commands, we will do."|
|RF EXO 24:4|| Moses Records thes Laws.
Moses afterwards wrote down all the commands of the LORD and arose in the morning, and built an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
|RF EXO 24:5||And he commissioned representatives of the children of Israel who went out and offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace-offerings to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 24:6||Moses also took part of the blood and put it in basins, and part of the blood he sprinkled upon the altar.|
|RF EXO 24:7|| Then he took the book of the Covenant, and read it in the hearing of the People, and they said; "All that the EVER-LIVING has commanded, we will do and listen to."
|RF EXO 24:8||Moses consequently took the blood and sprinkled it upon the People, and said, "This is the blood of the Covenant which the EVER-LIVING has settled with you, in all these commands."|
|RF EXO 24:9|| The Chiefs Ascend Sinai.
Afterwards Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and the seventy princes of Israel went up,
|RF EXO 24:10||and saw the GOD of Israel, and under His feet was like the dazzle of sapphire stones, and the splendour of the clear sun;|
|RF EXO 24:11||but upon the nobles of the children of Israel, He did not extend His hand. They however gazed upon GOD; and they ate and drank.|
|RF EXO 24:12|| Moses called to Sinai.
Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Come up to the mountain to Me, and stay there, and I will give you stone slabs, with the Laws and Commandments which I have written for your instruction."
|RF EXO 24:13||Therefore Moses arose with Joshua his attendant, and Moses went up the mount to GOD.|
|RF EXO 24:14||But the princes said, "Let us remain here, until you return to us, and also Aaron and Hur with us,—Why should the words of the EVER-LIVING come to us?"|
|RF EXO 24:15||Consequently Moses ascended the hill, and a cloud covered the hill,|
|RF EXO 24:16||and the splendour of the EVER-LIVING rested upon the hill of Sinai; and the cloud covered it six days. Then He called to Moses on the seventh day out of the cloud,|
|RF EXO 24:17||and the glory of the EVER-LIVING appeared like a consuming fire on the head of the mountain to the eyes of the children of Israel.|
|RF EXO 24:18||Moses, therefore, went into the midst of the cloud, and ascended the hill. And Moses was upon the hill forty days and forty nights.|