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 8:1||
Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Go to Pharaoh and say to him;—'Thus says the EVER-LIVING! Send My People away to serve Me;
|RF EXO 8:2||but if you will not send them, then I will plague all your dominions with frogs,|
|RF EXO 8:3||and the river shall swarm with frogs, and they shall crawl up, and come into your palace, and to your chamber, to your couch, and up to your bed; and to the palaces of your ministers, and of your people, and to your daughters.|
|RF EXO 8:4||In this way the frogs shall come up upon your people, and ministers.'"|
|RF EXO 8:5||Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses, "Command your brother Aaron; 'Extend your hand with your rod over the rivers, and streams, and lakes, so that the frogs may come up over the land of Mitzer.'"|
|RF EXO 8:6||Aaron consequently extended his hand over the waters of Mitzer, and frogs came up and plagued the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 8:7||The scientists, however, did the same by their engineering, and also brought up frogs upon the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 8:8||Pharaoh, however, summoned Moses and Aaron, and said; "Entreat the EVER-LIVING, that He may turn away the frogs from my sight, and from my touch, when I will release the People, and they shall sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EXO 8:9||But Moses replied to Pharaoh; "You threatened me you would kill me! Why should I pray for you, and your ministers, and your people, to drive away the frogs from you, and from your palace; except that there may be a few in the river?"|
|RF EXO 8:10||He however entreated, "Do it tomorrow." And he returned; "It shall be done as you say, so that you may know that there is no LORD except our GOD.|
|RF EXO 8:11||Therefore the frogs shall turn back from you, and from your palace, and from your ministers, and from your people—except that in the river there shall be a few."|
|RF EXO 8:12||Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the EVER-LIVING about the frogs, as he had promised to Pharaoh,|
|RF EXO 8:13||and the EVER-LIVING did as Moses had said and killed the frogs in the houses, and in the streets, and in the fields,|
|RF EXO 8:14||and the heaps of them corrupting, rotted,—and the country stunk.|
|RF EXO 8:15||But when Pharaoh perceived the smell of them, then he hardened his heart, and would not listen to them; as the EVER-LIVING had foretold.|
|RF EXO 8:16||Consequently the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Say to Aaron, Extend your rod, and beat the dust of the earth, and it shall become lice in all the land of the Mitzeraim.'"|
|RF EXO 8:17||And he did so. When Aaron extended his hand with his rod in it and struck the dust of the earth, it became lice in all the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 8:18||The scientists also tried by their contrivances to produce the same, and bring forth lice, but they were not able. These lice assailed both men and beasts.|
|RF EXO 8:19||Then the scientists reported to Pharaoh:—"This is the product of GOD," but Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not listen to them—as the EVER-LIVING had foretold.|
|RF EXO 8:20||Therefore the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Arise at daybreak and stand before Pharaoh, when he goes to bathe, and say to him:—' Thus says the EVER-LIVING, Release My People that they may serve Me!|
|RF EXO 8:21||for if you do not release My People, I Myself will release against you, and your ministers, and your people, and your daughters, gad-flies; and the gad-flies shall fill the houses of the Mitzerites, and also the land upon which they are.|
|RF EXO 8:22||But at the same time it shall be different in the land of Goshen, where My People dwell, for the gad-flies shall not be there, so that you may know that I am the EVER-LIVING in the midst of the earth.|
|RF EXO 8:23||"' I will also make a distinction between My People and your People. This shall occur tomorrow."|
|RF EXO 8:24||And the EVER-LIVING did it. For swarms of gad-flies came into the palace of Pharaoh, and the palaces of his ministers, and to all the land of the Mitzeraim. The gad-flies spread over all the country.|
|RF EXO 8:25||Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said; "Go! Sacrifice to your GOD in this country."|
|RF EXO 8:26||But Moses replied; "We were not instructed to do so. For if we were to sacrifice the idol of the Mitzerites in their sight, would they not stone us?|
|RF EXO 8:27||We must go three days journey into the desert, and sacrifice to our EVER-LIVING GOD as He has commanded us."|
|RF EXO 8:28||Then Pharaoh answered;—"I will send you, and you shall sacrifice to your EVER-LIVING GOD in the desert, only in separating go not a long journey.—Now pray for me!"|
|RF EXO 8:29||And Moses answered; "I will go out from you and pray, and entreat the EVER-LIVING, and He will turn away the gad-flies from Pharaoh, and from his ministers, and from his people, tomorrow. Nevertheless Pharaoh will continue to oppose, and will not allow the People to go away to sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EXO 8:30||Moses accordingly went out from the presence of Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD,|
|RF EXO 8:31||and the EVER-LIVING answered Moses and removed the gad-flies from Pharaoh, and from his ministers, and from his People, and none remained.|
|RF EXO 8:32||Pharaoh, however, hardened his heart even after this, and would not release the People.|