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 9:1||
Consequently the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Go to Pharaoh, and tell him; Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of the Hebrews,—Let My People go and serve Me.
|RF EXO 9:2||However, if you are unwilling to release them, and you are again obstinate with them,|
|RF EXO 9:3||then the hand of the EVER-LIVING shall bring upon your herds that are in the field, and upon your horses, and asses, and camels, and cattle and sheep, a very severe punishment.|
|RF EXO 9:4||But the EVER-LIVING will distinguish between the herds of Israel, and between the herds of the Mitzerites, and in all the herds of Israel nothing shall die."|
|RF EXO 9:5||The EVER-LIVING, however, fixed a period, "After a while the EVER-LIVING will do this thing in the country."|
|RF EXO 9:6||The EVER-LIVING accordingly brought the event at the period, and killed a number of the cattle of the Mitzerites, but of the cattle of the Israelites not any died.|
|RF EXO 9:7||Pharaoh, also, sent to examine, and discovered that of the cattle of the Israelites none had died, yet Pharaoh hardened his heart, and would not let the People go.|
|RF EXO 9:8||Subsequently the EVER-LIVING said to Moses and Aaron; "Take up for yourselves hands full of ashes from the smeltery furnaces, and let Moses fling them to the sky in the sight of Pharaoh,|
|RF EXO 9:9||and they shall become a fine dust over all the land of Mitzer, and it shall settle upon man and beast, to inflame and produce boils in all the land of the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 9:10||They took, therefore, ashes from a smeltery, and presented themselves before Pharaoh, and Moses flung them skyward, and they produced inflammatory boils upon man and beast,|
|RF EXO 9:11||and the scientists were not able to stand before Moses, for the inflammation came upon the scientists, as well as upon the other Mitzerites.|
|RF EXO 9:12||But the EVER-LIVING hardened Pharoh's heart; so he would not listen to them;—as the EVER-LIVING had foretold to Moses.|
|RF EXO 9:13||Afterwards the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; "Arise at dawn, and go and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him; Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of the Hebrews, Release My People to serve Me!|
|RF EXO 9:14||Or else, this time, I will fling with all My might upon your heart, and on your ministers, and on your people, so that they may learn that there is 'none, except MYSELF, in the whole earth.|
|RF EXO 9:15||For now I will send my hand against and strike you; yourself and your people, with the object of destroying you from the earth.|
|RF EXO 9:16|| And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. (KJV)
This verse omitted from F.F. original text. Inserted here is the KJV of the text.
|RF EXO 9:17||If you oppose yourself to My People, to prevent them from going,|
|RF EXO 9:18||I will rain, at the date appointed in the future, very fierce hail, such as has not been in Mitzer from the day it was founded until now.|
|RF EXO 9:19||Therefore send your cattle to shelters, and all that you have in the field. Every man and beast that remains in the field, and is not gathered into houses, the hail will come down upon them, and kill them."|
|RF EXO 9:20||Those of the ministers of Pharaoh who feared the message of the EVER-LIVING, collected their servants, and their cattle into the houses,|
|RF EXO 9:21||but those who did not lay the message of the EVER-LIVING to heart, left their servants and cattle in the field.|
|RF EXO 9:22||The EVER-LIVING afterwards said to Moses, "Extend your hand to the skies, and there will come hail in all the land of the Mitzeraim, upon man, and upon beast; and upon all that is in the field, in the land of the Mitzeraim."|
|RF EXO 9:23||So Moses extended his rod to the skies, and the EVER-LIVING uttered His voice; and fire ran along the ground, and the EVER-LIVING poured hail upon the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EXO 9:24||And there was hail, and continuous fire mixed with the hail, very cruel, such as had never been like it in all the land of the Mitzeraim from when it became a nation.|
|RF EXO 9:25||The hail also struck in all the land of the Mitzeraim whatever was in the field, from man to beast, and all the vegetation of the field was struck by the hail, and all the trees of the field broken,|
|RF EXO 9:26||except in the land of Goshen where the children of Israel were,—there the hail was not.|
|RF EXO 9:27||After this Pharaoh sent and invited Moses and Aaron, and said to them; "I have sinned this time! The EVER-LIVING has done right, and I and my people have done wrong.|
|RF EXO 9:28||Pray to the EVER-LIVING; for mighty are the utterances of GOD,—and the hail;—and I will release you, and no more continue to prevent!"|
|RF EXO 9:29||But Moses answered him, "When I am outside of the city, I will spread out my hands to the EVER-LIVING, when the voices will cease, and the hail will not continue; so that you may learn that the earth belongs to the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EXO 9:30||and that you and your ministers may learn at last to fear before the presence of the EVER-LIVING GOD."|
|RF EXO 9:31||So the flax and the barley were cut up, for the barley was in ear and the flax in flower;|
|RF EXO 9:32||but the wheat and rye were not cut up, for they were of later growth.|
|RF EXO 9:33||When Moses went from the presence of Pharaoh outside the city, he spread his hands before the EVER-LIVING; and the voices ceased, and the hail storm poured not earthward.|
|RF EXO 9:34||But when Pharaoh perceived that the rain and hail and voices had ceased, he continued to sin, and hardened his heart,—he and his ministers.|
|RF EXO 9:35||So Pharoh's heart was obstinate, and he would not release the children of Israel;—as the EVER-LIVING foretold, by the hand of Moses.|