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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 38:1

Then he made of acacia wood the Altar of Burnt Offerings. Its length was five cubits, and its breadth five cubits, square; and its height three cubits.

   
RF EXO 38:2 He also made horns upon its four faces; its horns were all alike and he plated them with brass.
   
RF EXO 38:3 Besides he made all the instruments for the altar; the cauldrons, and the brushes, and the sprinklers, and the rakes, and the shovels, he made of brass.
   
RF EXO 38:4 He also made for the altar a netted sieve of brass under its fireplace, with projections at its edges;
   
RF EXO 38:5 and he cast four tabs of brass for the borders of the sieve—as receptacles for staves,
   
RF EXO 38:6 which he made of acacia wood, and covered them with brass,
   
RF EXO 38:7 and placed the staves in the tabs at the sides of the altar, to carry it by; —he made them to fit into valves.
   
RF EXO 38:8 He also made the bath and its pedestals of brass, with the mirrors for the use of whoever served before the Hall of Assembly.
   
RF EXO 38:9 He also made the court at the side towards the south. The curtains for the court were a hundred cubits of spun linen.
   
RF EXO 38:10 The pillars twenty, and to the bases twenty. The spikes of the pillars and the pins were of brass, but the rods of silver.
   
RF EXO 38:11 And on the he north face it was a hundred cubits, with twenty pillars and twenty bases. The spikes of the pillars were brass, but the rods of silver.
   
RF EXO 38:12 But on the west face, the curtains were fifty cubits, ten pillars and the bases, with spikes for the pillars, but the rods were of silver.
   
RF EXO 38:13 And upon the eastern face, the sun rise, fifty cubits:
   
RF EXO 38:14 fifteen cubits of curtains to the gate-posts, six pillars and six bases,
   
RF EXO 38:15 but from the other gate-post, on this side and that, to the gate of the court, curtains for fifteen cubits; six pillars and bases.
   
RF EXO 38:16 All the curtains around the court were of spun linen,
   
RF EXO 38:17 and the bases of the pillars were of brass, but the spikes of the pillars and the rods were of silver, and the capitals of the pillars of silver; with rods of silver for all the pillars of the court.
   
RF EXO 38:18 The skreen for the gate of the court, however, was made of embroidery of azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen; and its length was twenty cubits, and in height at the fold-back five cubits, to the juncture with the curtains of the court;
   
RF EXO 38:19 with four pillars and four bases of brass; but the pins of silver, and the capitals of the heads of the pillars of silver,
   
RF EXO 38:20 with all the other things for the tent and the court around of brass.
   
RF EXO 38:21 The Officials of the Tabernacle.
These were the officers of the tent, —the Hall of Assembly—which were appointed by the mouth of Moses, for the service of the Levites, under Aithamar, the son of Aaron the priest,
   
RF EXO 38:22 with Bezalal the son of Auri, the son of Hor of the tribe of Judah to make everything that the EVER-LIVING had commanded by Moses;
   
RF EXO 38:23 and with them Ahaliab the son of Ahhismak of the tribe of Dan, to engrave, and damask, and embroider, in azure, and purple, and blue, and red; and in spinning.
   
RF EXO 38:24 Amount of Gold and Other Metals used in the Tabernacle.
The whole of the gold that was used in the furniture of the sanctuary was twenty-nine talents, and nine hundred and thirty shekels, by the sacred weight.
   
RF EXO 38:25 And of silver from the chiefs of the congregation one hundred talents and one thousand seven hundred and fifty-seven shekels by the sacred weight.
   
RF EXO 38:26 The half shekel poll-tax by the sacred weight, from those who were passed into the regiments, from twenty years of age and over that, was six hundred. and thirty thousand, five hundred and fifty.
   
RF EXO 38:27 And there were used one hundred talents of silver in casting the bases of the sanctuary; and the bases of the doors;—a hundred bases from a hundred talents:—a talent to a base.
   
RF EXO 38:28 They also used a thousand, seven hundred, and seventy-five for the spikes to the pillars, and the capitals on their heads, and the rods for them.
   
RF EXO 38:29 Besides, the brass offered was seventy thousand talents, and four hundred shekels,
   
RF EXO 38:30 which were used for the bases of the doors of the Hall of Assembly and the brass of the door-posts, and the Brazen Altar, and the lattice work of brass for it, and the whole of the instruments of the altar,
   
RF EXO 38:31 with the bases of the court around, and the bases of the gates of the court, and all the rest of the tent, and the remainder of the court around.
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