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 32:1||
The People make an Idol.
|RF EXO 32:2||Then Aaron replied to them, "Pull off the earrings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, sons, and daughters, and bring them to me."|
|RF EXO 32:3||All the people pulled off the rings of gold which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron,|
|RF EXO 32:4||and he took them from their hands, and modelled for it with a tool, and made a calf by casting, and said; "Israel! these are your GODs who brought you up out of the land of the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 32:5||Then Aaron paid it reverence and built an altar before it. Aaron also proclaimed and said "A feast to the POWER tomorrow."|
|RF EXO 32:6||So they arose early on the morrow and offered sacrifices, and presented thank offerings. Then the People sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play.|
|RF EXO 32:7||The LORD however said to Moses, "Go! Descend!—For your People whom you led out of Mitzer have corrupted themselves!|
|RF EXO 32:8||They have soon turned from the path which I commanded them! They have made for themselves a cast-metal calf and they are worshipping it! And they sacrifice to it, and say; 'This is your GOD, Israel! that brought you up from the land of the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 32:9||And the LORD said to Moses, "I fear for this People for it is a people of stiff neck.—|
|RF EXO 32:10||So now let Me alone, and My anger will burn against them, and consume them, and I will make from you a great nation."|
|RF EXO 32:11||But Moses fell upon his face before his EVER-LIVING GOD, and said; "Why, LORD, should Your anger burn against Your people, whom You have brought up out of the land of the Mitzeraim with great power and with a strong arm?|
|RF EXO 32:12||Why should the Mitzerites say; He brought them out for evil, to kill them among the mountains, and to exterminate them from the face of the earth?'—Turn away Your anger and forgive Your people.|
|RF EXO 32:13||Remember Abraham, and Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, what you swore to them by YOURSELF, and promised them that their race should be as numerous as the stars of heaven; and also of this land which You promised to give to their descendants to inherit forever."|
|RF EXO 32:14||So the EVER-LIVING had compassion upon the sin which His people had done against Him.|
|RF EXO 32:15|| The Laws of GOD Broken.
Then Moses turned and descended from the hill, with the two tables of the Law in his hands;—both tablets written upon both sides with writing.
|RF EXO 32:16||And GOD had made those tablets; and GOD wrote the writing that was engraved upon the tablets.|
|RF EXO 32:17||When Joshua heard the voice of the people at sin, he said to Moses "There is the sound of war in the camp.|
|RF EXO 32:18||But he replied; "It is not the sound of contention with swords;—nor is it the sound of contention in charging, that I hear the roar of!"|
|RF EXO 32:19||And when they approached the camp, and saw the calf, and the dancing, then the anger of Moses burnt, and he flung the two tablets from his hands, and broke them under the mountain.|
|RF EXO 32:20||(He afterwards took the calf which they had made and burnt it in the fire, and ground it until it was like dust, and threw it upon the face of the water, and made the children of Israel drink it.)|
|RF EXO 32:21||Then Moses ` demanded of Aaron, What have this People done to you, that you should bring upon them this great sin?"|
|RF EXO 32:22||But Aaron replied, Let not my Prince's anger burn! You know this people, how bad they are!|
|RF EXO 32:23|| said and they to me, 'Make GODs for us, who can go before us—for as for this fellow Moses, who brought us up from the land of the Mitzeraim, we know not what has become of him.'
1 V. 20, in parentheses, does not refer to the immediate act of Moses, but to his subsequent action after suppressing the revolt. The narrative starts again at v. 21. See V.30, Ch. 32. —F.F.
|RF EXO 32:24||So I said to them, Bring me gold,' and they brought it, and gave me it, and I threw it into the furnace, and this calf was produced!|
|RF EXO 32:25||Then Moses saw that the People were in revolt, and had involved Aaron in their insurrection.|
|RF EXO 32:26||Therefore Moses stood up at the gate of the camp, and cried; "Who is for my EVER-LIVING GOD?" when all the sons of Levi joined him.|
|RF EXO 32:27||And he said to them, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Israel; 'Let every man bind his sword upon his thigh! Go through and return from gate to gate of the camp and kill every man his brother, and every man his neighbour, and every man his friend!"|
|RF EXO 32:28||So the sons of Levi did it, as Moses commanded, and there fell of the people in that day three-thousand men.|
|RF EXO 32:29||Moses afterwards said; "Your hands today have worked for the EVER-LIVING; thus each man has gained for himself a blessing through his son, and through his brother."|
|RF EXO 32:30||Some days afterwards, however, Moses said to the people themselves; "You have sinned a great sin; so now I will offer to the EVER-LIVING a ram as an expiation on account of your sin."|
|RF EXO 32:31||Therefore Moses turned to the EVER-LIVING and said; "Certainly this People have sinned a great sin, when they made a GOD of gold for themselves;|
|RF EXO 32:32||but yet remove their sin; and if not, strike me out of Your Book which You have written."|
|RF EXO 32:33||Then the EVER-LIVING answered Moses, "What is their sin to ME? I will strike them from My Book.|
|RF EXO 32:34||But now go, lead the People to where I command you, and My Messenger shall go before your face, and in the day of visitation I will visit upon them their sin."|
|RF EXO 32:35||Thus the EVER-LIVING punished the People for what they had done, regarding the calf that Aaron had made.|