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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 26:1

"You shall also make for the tent ten curtains of twisted linen, and azure, purple, and blue, ornamented artistically with two kerubs.

   
RF EXO 26:2 The width of each curtain shall be eighteen cubits, and the height of it four cubits. The extent of each curtain shall be the same to all the curtains.
   
RF EXO 26:3 Two curtains shall be attached one to the other; and five curtains attached one to the other.
   
RF EXO 26:4 You shall also make loops of azure on the edge of each of the curtains in the selvage to join them; and make the same in the selvage of the two curtains to join them.
   
RF EXO 26:5 Make five loops to each curtain; thus make five loops on the selvage of the two curtains that are joined by the opposite loops to the first one.
   
RF EXO 26:6 And make five golden hooks to unite the curtains, each to the other by hooks, so that they may be one tent.
   
RF EXO 26:7 "Also make curtains of goat-skin as a covering for the first tent. Make eleven curtains of them.
   
RF EXO 26:8 The length of the first curtain to be thirty cubits, and the breadth four cubits. Make each one of the eleven curtains the same.
   
RF EXO 26:9 Then join five of the curtains together, and six curtains together, for the doublings of the sixth curtain in the front of the tent.
   
RF EXO 26:10 You shall also make fifty loops upon the edge of the first curtain, upon the selvage at the juncture; and fifty loops upon the edge of the second curtain.
   
RF EXO 26:11 And make hooks for the loops and unite them for the pavilion and let it be one.
   
RF EXO 26:12 But part of the curtains must hang down from the roof of the pavilion; half the curtains of the roof you shall hang over the back part of the tent,
   
RF EXO 26:13 with a cubit on this side, and a cubit on that side, for the fold in the length of the curtains of the pavilion shall hang down over the sides of the tent on this side, and that side, to conceal it.
   
RF EXO 26:14 You shall in addition, make a covering to the tent of red ram skins; and a covering of skins of badgers all over it.
   
RF EXO 26:15 "You also make the boards of the Sanctuary of acacia wood, planed; ten cubits the length of each board, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each plank.
   
RF EXO 26:16 You shall set clasps upon the first plank at the edges of each of its counterparts.
   
RF EXO 26:17 You shall do the same to all the planks of the Sanctuary.
   
RF EXO 26:18 And make the planks for the Sanctuary twenty planks for the face to the right;
   
RF EXO 26:19 with forty sockets of silver to fix under the twenty planks. Two sockets under each plank to fix the clutches into.
   
RF EXO 26:20 "And upon the second side of the Sanctuary, to face the north, twenty planks,
   
RF EXO 26:21 and forty sockets of silver, two sockets under each plank, and two clutches under each plank.
   
RF EXO 26:22 "And to the breadth of the Sanctuary, westward, you shall make six planks,
   
RF EXO 26:23 with two planks made for a corner of the Sanctuary at its lengths.
   
RF EXO 26:24 And there shall be rings to fasten them: for the one shall have a ring on the top of it, to meet the ring of the other. This shall be for the two corners:
   
RF EXO 26:25 that is eight planks, with their sockets of silver; sixteen sockets; two sockets for each plank.
   
RF EXO 26:26 "Make also cross-bars of acacia wood, five to a plank at one side of the Sanctuary; and five cross-bars for the second side of the Sanctuary;
   
RF EXO 26:27 and five cross-bars to the planks at the side of the Sanctuary stretching west; and fix the cross-bars in the middle of the planks,
   
RF EXO 26:28 with bolts from one junction to the other junction.
   
RF EXO 26:29 And overlay the planks and their rings with gold. Make also of gold, rests for the cross-bars, and plate the cross-bars with gold.
   
RF EXO 26:30 And erect the Sanctuary according to the plan I showed you in the mount. "Make besides a veil of azure, and
   
RF EXO 26:31 purple and blue, and red, and twisted linen. Ornament it with an embroidery of kerubim,
   
RF EXO 26:32 and place it upon four supports of acacia, overlaid with gold, with pins of gold, upon four sockets of silver.
   
RF EXO 26:33 And hang the veil below the hooks, and bring there, within the veil to the Holy of Holies, the Ark of the Witnesses.
   
RF EXO 26:34 Then put the covers upon the ark in the Holy of Holies.
   
RF EXO 26:35 And place the table outside the veil, and put the lamp upon the table at the south side of the Sanctuary, and place the table towards the north side."
   
RF EXO 26:36 Then make a skreen for the door of the tent; of azure and purple, and blue, and have it embroidered with spun flax.
   
RF EXO 26:37 Also make five standards of acacia for the skreen, and plate them with gold, and have pins of gold, and cast for them five sockets of brass.
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