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."
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 25:1||
The Instructions on Sinai.
|RF EXO 25:2||"Tell the children of Israel that they must bring offerings to Me. From anything their heart induces them, they may offer.|
|RF EXO 25:3||And these are the offerings they may offer for themselves, gold, silver, and brass,|
|RF EXO 25:4||and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and red; spun goats' hair,|
|RF EXO 25:5||and red ram skins, and badgers' skins, and acacia wood;|
|RF EXO 25:6||oil for the light for the lamps, with oil to anoint, and incense to perfume;|
|RF EXO 25:7||(kjv) Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.|
|RF EXO 25:8||and make for Me a Sanctuary, and I will dwell amongst them.|
|RF EXO 25:9||Exactly according to the pattern I have shown you, you shall form the dwelling, and form all its furniture,—thus you shall make it.|
|RF EXO 25:10||"You shall also make an ark of acacia wood, of two cubits and a half long and two cubits and a half breadth, and a cubit and a half high,|
|RF EXO 25:11||and you shall plate it with pure gold inside and out, and wreathe and make a border of gold around it.|
|RF EXO 25:12||You shall also cast rings of pure gold, and place on the four corners of it. That is, two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.|
|RF EXO 25:13||And you shall make staves of acacia wood, and plate them with gold,|
|RF EXO 25:14||and put the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark by them.|
|RF EXO 25:15||The staves shall remain in the rings;—they shall not be removed from them.|
|RF EXO 25:16||You shall then put into the ark the evidences that I will give to you.|
|RF EXO 25:17||You shall also make a cover of pure gold of two cubits in length and a cubit and a half in breadth.|
|RF EXO 25:18||You shall besides make two covers of gold, shaped as dishes, in two divisions for the covers.|
|RF EXO 25:19||Make the cases thus;—one for each side, and a kerub for that division of the cover. You shall make it with kerubim upon the two divisions.|
|RF EXO 25:20||Thus the kerubim will be stretching their wings as overshadowing the covers with their wings with the wings of each towards his brother over the covers. The kerubim shall be face to face.|
|RF EXO 25:21||"Then you shall place the covers upon the top of the ark, and you shall put into the ark the evidences that I will give to you.|
|RF EXO 25:22||Then I will instruct you there, and I will speak to you from off the covers, from between the two kerubim, which are upon the ark, all that I command you for the children of Israel.|
|RF EXO 25:23||"You shall also make a table of acacia wood, two cubits long and a cubit broad, and a cubit and a half|
|RF EXO 25:24||high, and plate it with pure gold, and make a border of gold around it.|
|RF EXO 25:25||Construct thus a border like a coping around it, and make points of gold upon the surrounding border.|
|RF EXO 25:26||Also make for it four staves of gold, and put the staves in the four sockets which are above the legs.|
|RF EXO 25:27||These four sockets shall be above the border, for the staves to carry the table by.|
|RF EXO 25:28||So you shall make the staves of acacia wood, and plate them with gold, to carry the table.|
|RF EXO 25:29||You shall also make dishes, and spoons, and bowls, and the cups in which the wine is,|
|RF EXO 25:30||of pure gold, and place upon the table the shewbread before Me continually.|
|RF EXO 25:31||"You shall also make lamps of pure gold. Make the lamp with spreading branches, with a stalk rising upwards like a blossom, with a bowl on it.|
|RF EXO 25:32||Let there be six stalks going from the sides of it. Three stalks for lamps on one side of it, and three stalks for lamps on the other side of it.|
|RF EXO 25:33||Three nobs with almonds on each stalk, a flower and a bowl; the same for each of the three stalks that are provided for the lamps,|
|RF EXO 25:34||and for the fourth lamp a nob with an almond, a nob and a bowl, and a nob under two of the stalks between them,|
|RF EXO 25:35||and a nob under two of the stalks between them, and a nob under two of the stalks between them, for the six branches that come from the lamp.|
|RF EXO 25:36||The nobs and the stalks between them shall be, all of them, each one, turned from pure gold.|
|RF EXO 25:37||"You shall also make seven reflectors to throw the light in front of themselves.|
|RF EXO 25:38||And dishes and snuffers of pure gold.|
|RF EXO 25:39||You shall use a talent of pure gold for it, and all its instruments.|
|RF EXO 25:40||And be careful to make them according to the pattern I showed you on the mountain.|