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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 NUM 28:1

The Shewbread ordered, and Daily Offerings.
Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses and said;

   
RF NUM 28:2 "Command the children of Israel and say to them; You shall take care to present to Me the Shewbread, as an acceptable offering, at the proper times.
   
RF NUM 28:3 Also give them this order about the offering which they are to make to the EVER-LIVING of the two perfect lambs of a year old daily, as a perpetual burnt-offering.
   
RF NUM 28:4 They shall offer one lamb at daybreak, and offer the second in the afternoon;
   
RF NUM 28:5 with the tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin of beaten oil;
   
RF NUM 28:6 sacrifices such as were made constantly at Mount Sinai, for a delightful offering to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF NUM 28:7 With a drink-offering of a quarter of a hin for each lamb to pour as a drink-offering to JEHOVAH.
   
RF NUM 28:8 And sacrifice the second lamb in the afternoon as a grateful, pleasant perfume to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF NUM 28:9 "But upon the Sabbath day two perfect lambs of a year old, with two tenths of fine flour mixed with the oil and the drink-offering.
   
RF NUM 28:10 That shall be the burnt-offering for the Sabbath, as well as the perpetual burnt-offerings with their drink-offerings.
   
RF NUM 28:11 "And on the first of the month you shall present as a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, two bullocks from the fold, and one ram, with seven perfect he-lambs of a year old,
   
RF NUM 28:12 and three tenths of fine flour mixed with oil as a food-offering for a bullock; and two tenths of fine flour mixed with oil as a food-offering with a single ram,
   
RF NUM 28:13 and a tenth of an asheran of fine flour mixed with oil to one lamb, as a sacrifice of pleasant scent to the EVER-LIVING, drink—
   
RF NUM 28:14 and their offerings shall be half a hin for a bullock, and the third of a hin of wine for the ram, and a quarter of a hin of wine for a lamb. This shall be the burnt-offering month by month for every month of the year;
   
RF NUM 28:15 with one ram of the goats for a sin-offering to the EVER-LIVING. It shall be offered along with the perpetual burnt-offering and the drink offering.
   
RF NUM 28:16 "In the first month also,—on the fourteenth day of the month,—is the Passover of the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF NUM 28:17 and on the fifteenth day of this month shall be a festival of seven days, when biscuits shall be eaten.
   
RF NUM 28:18 On the first day proclaim a holy rest. You shall do no labouring work,
   
RF NUM 28:19 but present as a sweet burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, two bullocks from the herd, and a ram, and seven lambs of a year old. Perfect ones shall be chosen;
   
RF NUM 28:20 with a food-offering of three tenths of fine flour mixed with oil, for each bullock, and two tenths offered with the ram.
   
RF NUM 28:21 A single tenth shall be offered with each lamb of the seven lambs.
   
RF NUM 28:22 One he-goat also for a sin-offering, to expiate for you;
   
RF NUM 28:23 you shall offer these beside the sacrifice at daybreak, which is offered continually.
   
RF NUM 28:24 Do the same daily for seven days offering bread as a sweet, delightful perfume to the EVER-LIVING. It must be offered besides the perpetual burnt-offering, and drink-offering.
   
RF NUM 28:25 Proclaim also that the seventh day shall be holy to you. You shall do no labouring work in it.
   
RF NUM 28:26 "And upon the Day of First-fruits you shall present a bread-offering from the land to the EVER-LIVING, when a holiday shall be proclaimed as a rest for you. You shall not do any labouring work in it;
   
RF NUM 28:27 but present, as a burnt-offering, delightful to the EVER-LIVING, two bullocks from the herd and a ram with seven Iambs of a year old,
   
RF NUM 28:28 and as a bread-offering, three tenths of fine flour mixed with oil for each bullock, and two tenths with a ram,
   
RF NUM 28:29 with a tenth of an asheran for each lamb, of the seven lambs;
   
RF NUM 28:30 and a he-goat to expiate for you 'beside perpetual sacrifices and
   
RF NUM 28:31 the bread-offerings you offer daily, there shall be these with their drink-offerings.
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