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 3:1||
GODs Revelation in the Burning Bush.
|RF EXO 3:2||where a Messenger of the EVER-LIVING appeared to him, in a flame of fire, in a bush. When he looked, he saw that the bush burnt with fire, yet the bush was not consumed!|
|RF EXO 3:3||Then Moses said; "I will draw near and examine this great wonder, why the bush is not burnt up."|
|RF EXO 3:4||But the LORD saw that he approached to examine it, so GOD called to him from the midst of Sinai, and said, "Moses! Moses!" and he answered, "I am here."|
|RF EXO 3:5||Then He said, "Approach not! Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place upon which you stand is Holy!"|
|RF EXO 3:6|| "Then He continued; "I AM the GOD of your fathers:—the GOD of Abraham, and the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob! "
Then Moses hid his face, for he feared to gaze upon GOD.
|RF EXO 3:7||The Lord then said, I have seen the suffering of My PEOPLE who are in Mitzeraim and I have heard their shrieks before their drivers, and I have understood their sorrows,|
|RF EXO 3:8||and I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Mitzerites, and to take them up from that country to a good land, and a spacious; to a land flowing with milk and honey,—to replace the Canaanites, and the Hitites, and the Amorites, and the Perizites, and the Ivites, and Jebusites.|
|RF EXO 3:9||For the cries of the children of Israel have now come to Me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Mitzerites oppress them;|
|RF EXO 3:10||therefore you must go, and I will send you to Pharaoh, to bring My PEOPLE, the children of Israel, up from the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 3:11||But Moses replied to GOD; "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh? and that I should lead the children of Israel up from among the Mitzeraim?"|
|RF EXO 3:12||He answered, however; "Because I will be with you;—therefore go. For I have sent you to lead the people from the Mitzeraim, and they shall serve GOD upon this mountain!"|
|RF EXO 3:13||Then Moses said to GOD; "Supposing I should go to the children of Israel, and should say to them, 'The GOD of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they should ask me, 'What is His name?'—what am I to say to them?"|
|RF EXO 3:14||When GOD responded to Moses, "I AM WHAT I AM! Therefore say I AM' has sent me to you."|
|RF EXO 3:15||And GOD further spoke to Moses; "You shall say thus to the children of Israel;' The EVER-LIVING GOD of your forefathers;—the GOD of Abraham, and the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name from Eternity, and I remember this from generation to generation.|
|RF EXO 3:16||Go and assemble the Chiefs of Israel, and say to them, The EVER-LIVING GOD of your fathers has appeared to me, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and said; I have visited you, and I will save you from the Mitzerites.|
|RF EXO 3:17||Therefore I command you to go from among the Mitzerites to the land of the Canaanites, and the Hitites, and the Amorites, and the Perizites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey; '|
|RF EXO 3:18||and they will listen to your voice. Then go, you and the Chiefs of Israel, to the king of the Mitzeraim, and say to him, The EVER-LIVING GOD of your servants has commanded us, therefore we pray let us go a three days' journey into the desert and offer sacrifice TO OUR EVER-LIVING GOD.'|
|RF EXO 3:19||But I know that the king of the Mitzeraim will not permit you to go, except by a strong hand. Consequently|
|RF EXO 3:20||I shall stretch out My hand and strike the Mitzerites with all the wonders that I will do within their bounds, and afterwards he will send you away.|
|RF EXO 3:21||Then I will give this People favour in the eyes of the Mitzerites, so that it shall be when they march, they shall not march unprovided,|
|RF EXO 3:22||but every woman shall demand of her neighbour and from the guests in her house, ornaments of silver, and ornaments of gold, and clothing, and put them upon her sons and daughters, and shall strip the Mitzerites."|