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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 36:1

Bezalal and Ahaliab consequently worked, with all the skilful men to whom the EVER-LIVING had given intelligence and understanding, to assist them in their operations, for the production of all the furniture for the sanctuary, which the EVER-LIVING had commanded.

   
RF EXO 36:2 Thus Moses appointed Bezalal and Ahaliab, and all the skilful men to whom the EVER-LIVING had given an intelligent mind, with everyone whose mind invited them to go to the work to effect it;
   
RF EXO 36:3 and they received in the presence of Moses all the offerings that the children of Israel had brought to make the appliances for the services of the sanctuary. They fetched their part from the treasury morning by morning,
   
RF EXO 36:4 and every skilled worker brought back the articles For the sanctuary which he had made from his workshop;
   
RF EXO 36:5 until they reported to Moses, saying, "The material which the people have brought is more than the requirements for the furniture that the EVER-LIVING commanded to be made from it."
   
RF EXO 36:6 Moses, therefore, ordered to make a proclamation in the camp to inform every man and woman not to bring further material to offer for the sanctuary.
   
RF EXO 36:7 So the people ceased to bring it, for the material was sufficient for all the appliances that had to be made, and in excess.
   
RF EXO 36:8 So the workmen made the furniture for the tent; Ten curtains of spun linen, and azure, and purple, and blue-red, with pictures of Kerubim formed in damask.
   
RF EXO 36:9 The length of the curtains was eighteen cubits each, and the width four cubits, each curtain;—the same to each curtain;
   
RF EXO 36:10 and the end of one curtain was joined to the other, and the next curtain's edge was joined to the following;
   
RF EXO 36:11 for they made loops upon the selvage of each of the curtains at the end of the edges. Thus they made the curtains with attachments to join the two.
   
RF EXO 36:12 They made fifty loops on each curtain; and fifty loop attachments were made upon the second curtain which joined it to the next, opposite to the loops, one for one.
   
RF EXO 36:13 They also made fifty hooks of gold to join the curtains one to the other, so as to form one tent.
   
RF EXO 36:14 They also made curtains of goatskins for the canopy over the tent, which were divided into twenty curtains.
   
RF EXO 36:15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits broad for each curtain; all the twenty curtains were made equal;
   
RF EXO 36:16 and they joined five of the curtains together, and six of the curtains together;
   
RF EXO 36:17 and made fifty loops on the lip of a curtain, at its edge to fasten with, and made fifty loops upon the lip of the second curtain for fastenings.
   
RF EXO 36:18 They also made hooks of brass to join the canopy to form it into one piece.
   
RF EXO 36:19 Then they made the Hall of Assembly of red ram-skins, with a verandah of badger skins over all of it.
   
RF EXO 36:20 They also made the planks for the tabernacle of acacia wood planed.
   
RF EXO 36:21 The length of a plank was ten cubits, and a cubit and a half broad, for each plank.
   
RF EXO 36:22 There were two hands to each plank at the joinings on one side and the other. They made the same to all the planks of the tabernacle.
   
RF EXO 36:23 Twenty planks were made for the tabernacle on the side towards the south.
   
RF EXO 36:24 And forty bases of silver were formed under the twenty planks; —two bases under a plank with two hands on them.
   
RF EXO 36:25 And for the opposite side towards the north, they made twenty planks,
   
RF EXO 36:26 with forty bases of silver, two bases for each plank.
   
RF EXO 36:27 But the width of the tabernacle to the west was six planks;
   
RF EXO 36:28 and two planks made the corners of the tabernacle at the corners.
   
RF EXO 36:29 And there were clutches fitting together and uniting them. Thus both were fastened at their edges.
   
RF EXO 36:30 Thus there were eight planks, and sixteen silver bases, two bases, and two bases, under each plank.
   
RF EXO 36:31 He also made bars of acacia wood, five bars for the planks at the first side of the tabernacle; and five bars to the planks at the other side of the tabernacle,
   
RF EXO 36:32 and five bars to the planks of the tabernacle at its length towards the west;
   
RF EXO 36:33 and bars were made for the uprights placed between the sets of planks from end to end.
   
RF EXO 36:34 The planks, however, were plated with gold, and their buttons were made of gold with lock-holes to each one, and the bars were plated with gold.
   
RF EXO 36:35 The veils also were made of azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen, with damasked Kerubims worked on them.
   
RF EXO 36:36 They also made four posts of acacia, and plated them with gold, with pins of gold, and cast for them four bases of silver.
   
RF EXO 36:37 They also made a skreen for the door of the sanctuary of azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen, worked as embroidery.
   
RF EXO 36:38 And the five pillars and the pins, with the chapiters on their heads, and the rods were of gold, but the five bars were of brass.
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