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 28:1||
The Institution of a Priesthood.
|RF EXO 28:2||Also make sacred robes for Aaron, your brother, to honour and beautify him.|
|RF EXO 28:3||And speak to all the skilful-minded, who have a skilful intellect, that they should make those robes for Aaron, to consecrate him as a Priest to Me.|
|RF EXO 28:4||And these are the robes which they shall make; a breastplate, and ephod, and a cloak, and a cape of embroidery; with a turban and girdle.—These are the sacred robes to be made for Aaron your brother, and for his sons, as Priest to Me."|
|RF EXO 28:5||They must also bring gold and azure, and purple, and blue, and red, and thread."|
|RF EXO 28:6||Make the ephod of gold, azure, purple, blue, red, and spun linen embroidery.|
|RF EXO 28:7||The two shoulder pieces shall be joined to it on the two sides, and fastened;|
|RF EXO 28:8||and the embroidery, which they work upon the ephod, shall be of gold, azure, and purple, and blue, red, and spun flax.|
|RF EXO 28:9||Then you shall take two onyx stones and engrave upon them the names of the sons of Israel;|
|RF EXO 28:10||six of their names upon one stone, and the names of the other six of them upon the second stone, in order of their birth.|
|RF EXO 28:11||You shall make the engraving like a seal. Having engraved the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel, you shall cause them to be surrounded with settings of gold;|
|RF EXO 28:12||and set the two stones upon the two shoulders of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel, and Aaron shall carry their names before the EVER-LIVING upon his two shoulders for a remembrance.|
|RF EXO 28:13||Make, as well, settings of gold,|
|RF EXO 28:14||and two chains of pure gold. Make them with edgings, as a wreath is made, and fix the chains on to the settings."|
|RF EXO 28:15||Also make a breastplate of Justice, of embroidery like the ephod. Make it of gold, azure, and purple, and blue, red, and spun linen combined.|
|RF EXO 28:16||It shall be square; a double span long, and a span wide, with settings in it:|
|RF EXO 28:17||a setting of four stones in a row. "A ruby, a topaz, and a diamond for the first row."|
|RF EXO 28:18||The second row, an emerald, a sapphire, a jasper."|
|RF EXO 28:19||The third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst."|
|RF EXO 28:20||The fourth row, an amber, an onyx and pearl. "They shall be in settings of gold with their fastenings:|
|RF EXO 28:21||and the stones shall have the names of the twelve sons of Israel, their names engraven like a seal; each shall have one name of the twelve tribes.|
|RF EXO 28:22||"Also make for the breastplate linked chains, of pure gold, as a wreath.|
|RF EXO 28:23||Also make for the breastplate two buttons of gold, and fix the two buttons on the two edges of the breastplate,|
|RF EXO 28:24||and fix the two wreaths of gold upon the two buttons at the edges of the breastplate,|
|RF EXO 28:25||and the two ends of the two wreaths you shall fasten on to the two settings, and put them upon the shoulders of the ephod, upon its front face.|
|RF EXO 28:26||"Also make two buttons of gold, and place them on the two sides of the breastplate, upon its edges, where the ephod turns over to its inside.|
|RF EXO 28:27||Besides, you shall make buttons of gold and fix them upon the two shoulders of the ephod, extending from the front of it to the juncture at the top of the girdle of the ephod,|
|RF EXO 28:28||and shall bind on the breastplate by its button to the hook of the ephod, so that the breastplate shall not fall from off the ephod.|
|RF EXO 28:29||Thus Aaron will carry the names of the sons of Israel, upon the breastplate of justice, upon his heart, when he goes to the Sanctuary, as a remembrance before GOD continually.|
|RF EXO 28:30||"Also fix on to the breastplate the Urim and Thumim, 1 so that they may be over the heart of Aaron when he goes before the EVER-LIVING, and Aaron shall carry justice for the children of Israel before the EVER-LIVING continually.|
|RF EXO 28:31||"Also make for the cape of the ephod loops of azure,|
|RF EXO 28:32||and let there be eyelets at the middle of the edge; at the seam around it, made like the weaving for the eyelets of a coat of mail, so as not to tear away.|
|RF EXO 28:33||"Also make upon the hem pomegranates of azure, and purple, and blue, and red, on the hems around, and bells of gold beside them around;|
|RF EXO 28:34||a bell of gold and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the cape around.|
|RF EXO 28:35|| And they shall be upon Aaron when ministering, so that their sound may be heard at his going into the Sanctuary before the EVER-LIVING, and coming from Him, so that he may not die.
1 "Light and Truth" is the meaning when translated, the lesson of which I need not dwell upon.—F.F.
|RF EXO 28:36||"Make also a Flower of pure gold, and engrave upon it like the engraving of a seal, Holiness to the LORD,'|
|RF EXO 28:37||and fasten to it an azure cord, that it may be held upon the turban, in the front of the turban,|
|RF EXO 28:38||and be above the brow of Aaron, so that Aaron may carry their weaknesses to the Sanctuaries when he sanctifies the children of Israel, sanctifying them with every offering: so it shall be above his brow continually, to bring favour to them from the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 28:39||"Also embroider a robe of white linen, and make a turban of white linen, and make an embroidered sash."|
|RF EXO 28:40||Make also robes for the sons of go Aaron; and make for them sashes, and make them mitres, to honour and adorn them.|
|RF EXO 28:41||And clothe with them Aaron your brother, and his sons with them. Then consecrate them, and put a ring on their hands and sanctify them, and they shall be My Priests.|
|RF EXO 28:42||Also make drawers for their legs, to cover their naked body from the waist, and to extend down the thighs.|
|RF EXO 28:43||These shall be worn by Aaron and his sons when they go into the Tent of the Congregation, or to clothe them at the altar, when serving religion, so that they may not excite passion and die. This is a perpetual order to him, and his descendants after him.|