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 34:1||
Command to make New Tablets for the Commandments.
|RF EXO 34:2||and when dawn comes, go up at dawn to the Mount Sinai, and sit with Me upon the top of the hill.|
|RF EXO 34:3||But no man shall come up with you; for no man must be seen in all the hill, nor sheep, or beast approach to the hill."|
|RF EXO 34:4||Moses accordingly cut two tablets of stone like the former, and arose at morning, and ascended Mount Sinai, as the EVER-LIVING commanded him, and took in his hands the two tablets of stone.|
|RF EXO 34:5||Then the EVER-LIVING descended in the cloud and sat there with him; and he called on the Name of JEHOVAH,|
|RF EXO 34:6||when the EVER-LIVING passed over before his face, and he cried out "EVER-LIVING! LIVING GOD of GENTLENESS and PITY, SLOW TO ANGER, but GREAT in MERCY and TRUTH;|
|RF EXO 34:7||preserving mercy to thousands; taking away passion, and rebellion; and forgiving sin;—but not ceasing to visit the passions of the fathers upon their children, and upon the children of their children to the third and the fourth generation!"|
|RF EXO 34:8||Then Moses hastily rose and fell to the earth and worshipped,|
|RF EXO 34:9||and said: "If now I have found favour in Your sight, ALMIGHTY, come, I pray, ALMIGHTY, near to us, for they are a stiff-necked People, and pardon our passions and sins, and give us our inheritance."|
|RF EXO 34:10||And He replied; "Now I make a covenant with all your People. I will produce wonders such as have not been from creation in all the earth, or in any nation; and every people among whom you are, shall see the work of the EVER-LIVING, for what I will do by you will be splendid.|
|RF EXO 34:11||Attend to what I have communicated to you today;—Then I will drive before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hitites, the Perizites, the Hivites, and Jebusites."|
|RF EXO 34:12||Keep yourselves from making treaties with the residents of the land when you come to it, for fear they should be a snare in your midst.|
|RF EXO 34:13||Therefore overthrow their altars; and break down their pillars; and cut down their shrines,|
|RF EXO 34:14||for you shall not worship another GOD, for the EVER-LIVING is jealous of HIS NAME; He is a jealous GOD."|
|RF EXO 34:15||Beware of making alliances with the inhabitants of the land, for fear you whore after their GODs, and sacrifice to their GODs, and approach to eat at their altars;|
|RF EXO 34:16||or take from their daughters for your sons, for their daughters will whore after their GODs; and your sons whore after their GODs.|
|RF EXO 34:17||Nor shall you make a metallic GOD for yourselves.|
|RF EXO 34:18|| Repetition of Social Law.
"You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread for seven days: You shall eat biscuits as I have commanded you, at the assembly in the harvest month,' for in the month of harvest I brought you from among the Mitzeraim.
|RF EXO 34:19||"All breaking the womb is Mine; and every male of your possessions,|
|RF EXO 34:20||of cattle or sheep bursting it; but an ass bursting it, you shall redeem with a sheep; and if you do not redeem it you shall break its neck. All your eldest sons you shall redeem, for you shall not see My presence empty-handed.|
|RF EXO 34:21||"You shall labour six days, but on the seventh you shall cease from ploughing, and rest in harvest.|
|RF EXO 34:22||You shall also make a festival of rest for yourselves at the first fruits of the wheat harvest; and a festival at the completion of the solar circuit of the year.|
|RF EXO 34:23||"Three times in a year all your men shall appear before the Presence of the LORD, the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel,|
|RF EXO 34:24||for I will drive out the heathen before you, and will extend your boundaries, therefore no man of your land shall neglect to go up three times in a year to see the Presence of your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF EXO 34:25||You shall not shed the blood of My sacrifices away from it; and you shall not leave until the morning the sacrifice of the Passover.|
|RF EXO 34:26||You shall also decorate the house of your EVER-LIVING GOD with the first fruits of your fields when you come up. "You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk."|
|RF EXO 34:27||Finally the EVER-LIVING said to Moses,—"Write these commands, for upon the basis of these Commands I have made a covenant with you, and with Israel."|
|RF EXO 34:28|| The Time Moses Stayed on Sinai.
And he was there with the EVER-LIVING forty days and forty nights, and ate no bread, nor drank water, but wrote upon the tablets the commands of the Covenant;
|RF EXO 34:29|| THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
The Splendor of the Face of Moses.
Then Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the Tables of the Testimony in the hands of Moses. On his descent, however, from the hill, Moses did not know that blinding rays of light2 from his face, prevented their speaking to him!
|RF EXO 34:30||But Aaron, and all the children of Israel saw those rays of light from his face, and they were afraid to approach him.|
|RF EXO 34:31||Moses, however, called to them, when Aaron turned to him, with all the leaders of the Assembly, and Moses addressed them|
|RF EXO 34:32||and after that all the children of Israel approached, and he communicated all that the EVER-LIVING had commanded him in Mount Sinai.|
|RF EXO 34:33||But that Moses might speak to them, he put a veil over his face.|
|RF EXO 34:34||But when Moses went to speak with the EVER-LIVING he removed the veil from his face, until he returned, and came and related to them what he had been commanded.|
|RF EXO 34:35|| So the children of Israel feared in the presence of Moses, for rays of splendour preceded Moses, therefore Moses placed the veil over his face when he went to speak with them.
2 Literally" Horns of Light."—F.F.