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.
|AMP GEN 24:1||NOW ABRAHAM was old, well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.|
|AMP GEN 24:2||And Abraham said to the eldest servant of his house [Eliezer of Damascus], who ruled over all that he had, I beg of you, put your hand under my thigh; [Gen 15:2]|
|AMP GEN 24:3||And you shall swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I have settled,|
|AMP GEN 24:4||But you shall go to my country and to my relatives and take a wife for my son Isaac.|
|AMP GEN 24:5||The servant said to him, But perhaps the woman will not be willing to come along after me to this country. Must I take your son to the country from which you came?|
|AMP GEN 24:6||Abraham said to him, See to it that you do not take my son back there.|
|AMP GEN 24:7||The Lord, the God of heaven, Who took me from my father's house, from the land of my family and my birth, Who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, To your offspring I will give this land--He will send His Angel before you, and you will take a wife from there for my son.|
|AMP GEN 24:8||And if the woman should not be willing to go along after you, then you will be clear from this oath; only you must not take my son back there.|
|AMP GEN 24:9||So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.|
|AMP GEN 24:10||And the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking some of all his master's treasures with him; thus he journeyed to Mesopotamia [between the Tigris and the Euphrates], to the city of Nahor [Abraham's brother].|
|AMP GEN 24:11||And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening when women go out to draw water.|
|AMP GEN 24:12||And he said, O Lord, God of my master Abraham, I pray You, cause me to meet with good success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.|
|AMP GEN 24:13||See, I stand here by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming to draw water.|
|AMP GEN 24:14||And let it so be that the girl to whom I say, I pray you, let down your jar that I may drink, and she replies, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also--let her be the one whom You have selected and appointed and indicated for Your servant Isaac [to be a wife to him]; and by it I shall know that You have shown kindness and faithfulness to my master.|
|AMP GEN 24:15||Before he had finished speaking, behold, out came Rebekah, who was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Nahor the brother of Abraham, with her water jar on her shoulder.|
|AMP GEN 24:16||And the girl was very beautiful and attractive, chaste and modest, and unmarried. And she went down to the well, filled her water jar, and came up.|
|AMP GEN 24:17||And the servant ran to meet her, and said, I pray you, let me drink a little water from your water jar.|
|AMP GEN 24:18||And she said, Drink, my lord; and she quickly let down her jar onto her hand and gave him a drink.|
|AMP GEN 24:19||When she had given him a drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they finish drinking.|
|AMP GEN 24:20||So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well and drew water for all his camels.|
|AMP GEN 24:21||The man stood gazing at her in silence, waiting to know if the Lord had made his trip prosperous.|
|AMP GEN 24:22||And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold earring or nose ring of half a shekel in weight, and for her hands two bracelets of ten shekels in weight in gold,|
|AMP GEN 24:23||And said, Whose daughter are you? I pray you, tell me: Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge there?|
|AMP GEN 24:24||And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah and [her husband] Nahor.|
|AMP GEN 24:25||She said also to him, We have both straw and provender (fodder) enough, and also room in which to lodge.|
|AMP GEN 24:26||The man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord|
|AMP GEN 24:27||And said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, Who has not left my master bereft and destitute of His loving-kindness and steadfastness. As for me, going on the way [of obedience and faith] the Lord led me to the house of my master's kinsmen.|
|AMP GEN 24:28||The girl related to her mother's household what had happened.|
|AMP GEN 24:29||Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man at the well.|
|AMP GEN 24:30||For when he saw the earring or nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and when he heard Rebekah his sister saying, The man said this to me, he went to the man and found him standing by the camels at the well.|
|AMP GEN 24:31||He cried, Come in, you blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have made the house ready and have prepared a place for the camels.|
|AMP GEN 24:32||So the man came into the house; and [Laban] ungirded his camels and gave straw and provender for the camels and water to bathe his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.|
|AMP GEN 24:33||A meal was set before him, but he said, I will not eat until I have told of my errand. And [Laban] said, Speak on.|
|AMP GEN 24:34||And he said, I am Abraham's servant.|
|AMP GEN 24:35||And the Lord has blessed my master mightily, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks, herds, silver, gold, menservants, maidservants, camels, and asses.|
|AMP GEN 24:36||And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has.|
|AMP GEN 24:37||And my master made me swear, saying, You must not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell,|
|AMP GEN 24:38||But you shall go to my father's house and to my family and take a wife for my son.|
|AMP GEN 24:39||And I said to my master, But suppose the woman will not follow me.|
|AMP GEN 24:40||And he said to me, The Lord, in Whose presence I walk [habitually], will send His Angel with you and prosper your way, and you will take a wife for my son from my kindred and from my father's house.|
|AMP GEN 24:41||Then you shall be clear from my oath, when you come to my kindred; and if they do not give her to you, you shall be free and innocent of my oath.|
|AMP GEN 24:42||I came today to the well and said, O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if You are now causing me to go on my way prosperously--|
|AMP GEN 24:43||See, I am standing by the well of water; now let it be that when the maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, I pray you, give me a little water from your [water] jar to drink,|
|AMP GEN 24:44||And if she says to me, You drink, and I will draw water for your camels also, let that same woman be the one whom the Lord has selected and indicated for my master's son.|
|AMP GEN 24:45||And before I had finished praying in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her [water] jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, I pray you, let me have a drink.|
|AMP GEN 24:46||And she quickly let down her [water] jar from her shoulder and said, Drink, and I will water your camels also. So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also.|
|AMP GEN 24:47||I asked her, Whose daughter are you? She said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the earring or nose ring on her face and the bracelets on her arms.|
|AMP GEN 24:48||And I bowed down my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, Who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter to his son.|
|AMP GEN 24:49||And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master [showing faithfulness to him], tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right or to the left.|
|AMP GEN 24:50||Then Laban and Bethuel answered, The thing comes forth from the Lord; we cannot speak bad or good to you.|
|AMP GEN 24:51||Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the Lord has said.|
|AMP GEN 24:52||And when Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord.|
|AMP GEN 24:53||And the servant brought out jewels of silver, jewels of gold, and garments and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and her mother.|
|AMP GEN 24:54||Then they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and stayed there all night. And in the morning they arose, and he said. Send me away to my master.|
|AMP GEN 24:55||But [Rebekah's] brother and mother said, Let the girl stay with us a few days--at least ten; then she may go.|
|AMP GEN 24:56||But [the servant] said to them, Do not hinder and delay me, seeing that the Lord has caused me to go prosperously on my way. Send me away, that I may go to my master.|
|AMP GEN 24:57||And they said, We will call the girl and ask her [what is] her desire.|
|AMP GEN 24:58||So they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.|
|AMP GEN 24:59||So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse [Deborah] and Abraham's servant and his men.|
|AMP GEN 24:60||And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, You are our sister; may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your posterity possess the gate of their enemies.|
|AMP GEN 24:61||And Rebekah and her maids arose and followed the man upon their camels. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went on his way.|
|AMP GEN 24:62||Now Isaac had returned from going to the well Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me], for he [now] dwelt in the South country (the Negeb).|
|AMP GEN 24:63||And Isaac went out to meditate and bow down [in prayer] in the open country in the evening; and he looked up and saw that, behold, the camels were coming.|
|AMP GEN 24:64||And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel.|
|AMP GEN 24:65||For she [had] said to the servant, Who is that man walking across the field to meet us? And the servant [had] said, He is my master. So she took a veil and concealed herself with it.|
|AMP GEN 24:66||And the servant told Isaac everything that he had done.|
|AMP GEN 24:67||And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.|