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 6:1||
Then the EVER-LIVING replied to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh, so that, with a strong hand he shall send off, and with a strong hand he shall drive them from this country."
|RF EXO 6:2|| Appropriation of the Name Jehovah to GOD.
Afterwards the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses and said to him; "I am THE EVER-LIVING.
|RF EXO 6:3||And I appeared to Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob; as GOD ALMIGHTY; and by My name of the EVER-LIVING 1 I did not make Myself known to them;|
|RF EXO 6:4||but however I made a covenant with them to give to them the land of Canaan, the land of their foreign-hood, when they were foreigners in it.|
|RF EXO 6:5|| I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel who are enslaved by the Mitzerites, and I have remembered My 'covenant;
1 V. 3. "Johovah." See on this name of the Almighty Prof. Lee's Hebrew Lexicon, voc. s, Jehovah, Where it is shown to indicate Christ. as the Manifestation of GOD Who spoke with the Patriarchs, Moses, and the Prophets, and that it was first used as a Divine name, to Moses at the bush. See also my note on ch. iv. V. 24.—F.F.
|RF EXO 6:6||therefore say to the children of Israel, I AM, the EVER-LIVING, will cause you to come out from among the burdens of the Mitzerites; and I will deliver you from your slavery, and will redeem you with a directing arm, and with great judgments;|
|RF EXO 6:7||and will take you to Myself for a People, and will be a GOD to you, and you shall know that I, your EVER-LIVING GOD, have brought you out from among the burdens of the Mitzerites.|
|RF EXO 6:8||I will, also, bring you to the land which I raised My hand to give to Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob, and grant you its possession. I AM, the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EXO 6:9||Consequently Moses repeated this to the children of Israel, but they would not listen to Moses for their anguish of spirit, and from their hard slavery.|
|RF EXO 6:10|| The Repeated Message to Pharoh.
The EVER-LIVING again spoke to Moses, saying;
|RF EXO 6:11||"Go! tell to Pharaoh King of Mitzer that he must dismiss the children of Israel from his country."|
|RF EXO 6:12||But Moses replied against the EVER-LIVING, and said; "The children of Israel themselves would not listen to me; so certainly Pharaoh will not listen to me. I am, also, dull in speech."|
|RF EXO 6:13|| Reiterated Command to approach Pharoh.
The EVER-LIVING, however, commanded Moses and Aaron again, and sent them to the children of Israel, and to Pharaoh King of the Mitzeraim to demand the release of the children of Israel from the land of the Mitzeraim.'
1 The verses from 14 to 25 are clearly inserted here by mistake of an old transcriber, or were a note of some editor. I therefore append them at the foot of the page.—F. F
|RF EXO 6:14|| The Ancestral Chiefs of Israel.
These are the heads of the Ancestral Houses of the sons of Reuben, the eldest of Israel:—Hanok, and Hazran, and Karmi,—these were of the families of Reuben.
|RF EXO 6:15||And the sons of Simeon; Imuel, and Iman, and Ahad, and Jakin, and Zokhar, and Shaul, the son of the Canaanitess;—these were the families of Simeon.|
|RF EXO 6:16||And these were the names of the sons of Levi;—by their order of birth;—Gershon, and Kahath, and Merari, and the years of the life of Levi were a hundred and thirty-seven years:—|
|RF EXO 6:17||The sons of Gershon, Lihni, and with Shimai, with their families.|
|RF EXO 6:18||And the sons of Kahath were Atnram, and Itzar, and Habron, and Azriel; and the years of the life of Kahath were a hundred and thirty-three years.|
|RF EXO 6:19||And the sons of Merari were Mahli, and Mushi; these were the families of Levi by their birth.|
|RF EXO 6:20||When Amram married he took his cousin Jokabad to him, and she bore to him Aaron and Moses, and the years of the life of Amram were a hundred and thirty-seven years.|
|RF EXO 6:21||And the sons of Izachar were Korah, and Nafag, and Zikri,|
|RF EXO 6:22||and the sons of Azniel Mishael and Alzaphan, and Sithri|
|RF EXO 6:23||But Aaron married as his wife Alishama the daughter of Aminadab, the sister of Nahashon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihud; Eliezar and Aithamar.|
|RF EXO 6:24||And the sons of Korah were Asir, and Alkanah, and Abiasaf. These were the families of Korahites.|
|RF EXO 6:25||But Eliezar the son of Aaron took a wife from the daughters of Putiel, and she bore to him Finehas. These were the chief fathers of the Levites by their families.|
|RF EXO 6:26||Thus the EVER-LIVING spoke to Aaron and Moses to lead the children of Israel out of the land of the Mitzeraim by their armies.|
|RF EXO 6:27||He caused them, Moses and Aaron, to demand from Pharaoh King of the Mitzeraim to allow the children of Israel to go out of Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 6:28||The EVER-LIVING was speaking daily to Moses in the land of the Mitzeraim. Thus the LORD commanded Moses;|
|RF EXO 6:29||"I am the EVER-LIVING! Speak to Pharaoh King of the Mitzeraim all that I command you."|
|RF EXO 6:30||But Moses replied, in the face of the EVER-LIVING, "I am only slow of tongue, so Pharaoh will not listen to me!"|