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 5:1||
Then Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharoh;—"Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel; Send out My People that they may hold a festival to Me in the desert.'"
|RF EXO 5:2||But Pharaoh replied, "Who is the EVER-LIVING that I should listen to His voice, to send out the Israelites? I know nothing of the EVER-LIVING; and I shall not send the Israelites out!"|
|RF EXO 5:3||They, however, replied; "The GOD of the Hebrews has summoned us. Let us go therefore three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice to our EVER-LIVING GOD, for fear He should assail us with plague or fever."|
|RF EXO 5:4||The King of the Mitzeraim said to them; "Why do you, Moses and Aaron, break off the people from their work? Go yourselves to the buildings!|
|RF EXO 5:5||And," Pharaoh went on to say, "the people are now too many for the land, yet you would take them away from building!"|
|RF EXO 5:6||Pharaoh consequently commanded, on that day, to the drivers and overseers, saying,—"|
|RF EXO 5:7||You shall not continue to give straw to these people for the bricks they make, as heretofore; but let them go and collect straw for themselves.|
|RF EXO 5:8||Yet the number of the bricks which they had to make heretofore lay upon them; you shall not diminish from them, for they are idle, therefore they cry out saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our GOD.|
|RF EXO 5:9||'Increase the work upon these men, and make them do it, and not listen to absurd speeches."|
|RF EXO 5:10||The drivers and overseers of the people consequently went and reported it to the people, saying thus;|
|RF EXO 5:11||"Pharaoh has ordered us no more to give you straw. Therefore go, collect straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, for there is to be no diminution of your labours whatever."|
|RF EXO 5:12||So the people were scattered all over the land of the Mitzeraim to seek stubble instead of straw.|
|RF EXO 5:13||Yet the drivers ordered them, saying, "Complete your appointed work day by day in the production of bricks."|
|RF EXO 5:14||And the overseers who were set over the children of Israel were flogged by the drivers of Pharaoh, who demanded; "Why have you not completed the stipulated number of bricks as formerly was done, before this?"|
|RF EXO 5:15||Then the overseers of the children of Israel appealed to Pharaoh, asking; "Why have you done this to your slaves?|
|RF EXO 5:16||No straw is given to your slaves, yet they say to us, Make the bricks,' and your slaves are beaten, and your people injured."|
|RF EXO 5:17||He, however, replied, "You are idle! you are idle! Therefore you say, Let us go and sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING.'|
|RF EXO 5:18||So now be off, you slaves, for straw shall not be given to you, but you shall make the number of your bricks!"|
|RF EXO 5:19||Consequently the overseers of the children, of Israel saw they were in a bad position, when he said, "You shall not diminish from the number of bricks day by day;"|
|RF EXO 5:20||so they assailed Moses and Aaron for inciting them to go to present themselves to Pharaoh,|
|RF EXO 5:21||and said to them; "May the EVER-LIVING look upon you, and decide how you have made our breath stink in the opinion of Pharaoh, and in the opinion of his ministers, and have put a sword into their hands to slay us!"|
|RF EXO 5:22||Then Moses turned to the EVER-LIVING and said; "ALMIGHTY! why have You caused suffering to this People, and why have You sent me thus?|
|RF EXO 5:23||And why have You sent me to Pharaoh saying I will take this People from their suffering? when You have not delivered them?"|