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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 27:1

"Make besides an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height three cubits.

   
RF EXO 27:2 And make horns to it upon its four sides. The horns shall project from it. You shall also sheathe it in brass.
   
RF EXO 27:3 And make buckets for the ashes, and shovels, and brushes, and tongs. Make all its instruments of brass.
   
RF EXO 27:4 Make also a net like a lattice of brass, and form on the network four projections of brass, on its four corners,
   
RF EXO 27:5 and fix it below the fire-place of the altar by its projections, so that the grating may be in the center of the altar."
   
RF EXO 27:6 Make also staves for the altar, staves of acacia wood, and plate them with brass;
   
RF EXO 27:7 so that the staves may go into projections, and let the staves be upon the two sides of the altar, to carry it by.
   
RF EXO 27:8 Make it with hollow panels such as were shown to you in the mountain. You shall make them the same.
   
RF EXO 27:9 Form of the Sanctuary.
"Make the court of the Sanctuary to face towards the south. The curtains of the court of spun linen, one hundred cubits in length on one face,
   
RF EXO 27:10 with twenty standards, and twenty sockets, of brass, with spikes to the standards, and hooks of silver.
   
RF EXO 27:11 "And then on the length of the north side one hundred cubits of curtains, and twenty standards, with their twenty sockets of brass, with spikes for the standards, and hooks of silver.
   
RF EXO 27:12 "Let the breadth of the court to face the west be fifty cubits of curtains, ten standards, and ten sockets.
   
RF EXO 27:13 "And the breadth of the court to face the east, towards the sun-rise, fifty cubits,
   
RF EXO 27:14 with fifteen cubits of curtains to the gateway, with three standards, and three sockets.
   
RF EXO 27:15 And from the other shoulder fifteen cubits with three standards, and three sockets.
   
RF EXO 27:16 But for the gate of the court let there be a mask of twenty cubits, made of azure, and purple, and crimson, and blue, and red, and embroidered spun linen, with four standards and four sockets.
   
RF EXO 27:17 All the standards around the court shall have silver connecting rods and pins of silver, and sockets of brass.
   
RF EXO 27:18 The length of the court a hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty by fifty: and the height five cubits of spun linen with standards of brass;
   
RF EXO 27:19 with all the furniture of the Sanctuary, and all the service, and all its nails, and all the nails of the court of brass.
   
RF EXO 27:20 "You shall further command the children of Israel that they-must bring to you pure pressed olive oil for the lamps, for a continual offering,
   
RF EXO 27:21 in the pavilion of the Testimony, outside the veil which is over the evidences, providing it for Aaron and his sons to serve till the morning before the EVER-LIVING, as an everlasting institution for their descendants, among the children of Israel.
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