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 35:1||
Moses Addresses the Parliament of Israel.
|RF EXO 35:2||You shall do your work for six days, but the Seventh Day shall be a Holy Rest for you. You shall rest to the EVER-LIVING. Every one doing business on it shall die.|
|RF EXO 35:3||No man shall labour in all your habitations upon the Day of Rest."|
|RF EXO 35:4||Moses continued to speak to all the parliament of the children of Israel, saying;—"|
|RF EXO 35:5|| This is also a commandment which the EVER-LIVING commanded, saying:—'Let everyone of willing heart bring an offering from themselves to the EVER-LIVING!'''
Gifts to God from the people.
All of free heart consequently brought an offering from themselves to the EVER-LIVING of gold, silver, and brass;
|RF EXO 35:6||and azure and purple, and blue, red, and spun linen; and|
|RF EXO 35:7||ram skins, dyed red, and badger skins, and acacia wood:|
|RF EXO 35:8||and oil for the lamps, and perfumes for the Oil of Consecration, and incense for the veils,|
|RF EXO 35:9||and onyx stones, and stones for the settings of the ephod, and breastplate.|
|RF EXO 35:10||Whilst those of skill among them came and made all that the EVER-LIVING commanded.|
|RF EXO 35:11||The enclosures of the tent, and its veils; the hooks, and the planks, the crossbars, the standards and the bases;|
|RF EXO 35:12||the ark and the staves for it; the covers, and the covering veil;|
|RF EXO 35:13||the table, and its staves, and all its appurtenances; and the Shewbread:|
|RF EXO 35:14||and the reflectors for the lamps, and the appurtenances for them; and the burners, and the oil for the lights;|
|RF EXO 35:15||and the incense altar, and its staves; and the Oil of Consecration, and the perfumes for the aromatics; and the veil for the door, at the opening of the sanctuary.|
|RF EXO 35:16||The altar of burnt offering, and its base of brass; the staves and the whole of the instruments; the bath and its bases.|
|RF EXO 35:17||The curtains for the court and its standards, and their bases, and the skreen for the gate of the court.|
|RF EXO 35:18||The stakes for the sanctuary, and the stakes for the court, and the rest.|
|RF EXO 35:19||The robes for the service, when serving in the Holy-place; the sacred robes for Aaron the priest, and the robes for his sons, the priests.|
|RF EXO 35:20||Then the whole of the chiefs of the children of Israel came before Moses,|
|RF EXO 35:21||and brought whatever their heart suggested, and all that their spirit dictated to them, they brought as an offering to the EVER-LIVING, to supply the Hall of Assembly, and its appurtenances, and for the sacred robes.|
|RF EXO 35:22||Thus the chiefs coming to Moses,—all who were of liberal heart, —brought ear and nose rings, and brooches, and beads and all things made of gold, and everything which was adorned with gold to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 35:23||Every man, also, who possessed azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen, and red goat skins, and badger skins brought them.|
|RF EXO 35:24||Many nobles brought gifts of silver and brass, as presents to the EVER-LIVING, or of anything they possessed. Some brought acacia wood for the works.|
|RF EXO 35:25||And the skilful women brought yarn in their hands, azure yarn, and purple, and blue-red, and linen.|
|RF EXO 35:26||All the men also who were skilful in spinning, invited by their hearts, gave goat-hair yarn.|
|RF EXO 35:27||Other men brought precious stones to set the ephod and the breastplate;|
|RF EXO 35:28||and perfumes, and oil for the lights, and for the Consecration Oil, and perfumes for the incense.|
|RF EXO 35:29||Every man and woman with a liberal heart brought all the things that the EVER-LIVING commanded, by the hand of Moses, to be made as gifts to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EXO 35:30|| Appointment of Architects and Mechanics for the Sanctuary.
Then Moses said to the children of Israel, "The EVER-LIVING has called Bezalal, the son of Auri, the son of or of the tribe of Judah,
|RF EXO 35:31||and has filled him with genius, skill, intelligence and knowledge, and a mechanical mind,|
|RF EXO 35:32||and inventive faculties for working in gold, and silver, and brass;|
|RF EXO 35:33||and to cut stones for jewellery; and to shape timber for use, and for all engineering work.|
|RF EXO 35:34||He has also given as a fitting assistant to him, Ahaliab the son of Ahhismak, of the tribe of Dan,|
|RF EXO 35:35||filling them with intelligence to work in every kind of contrivance, in jewellery, and embroidery, in azure, and purple; in blue, and red, and flax; and to weave all materials, and to make patterns."|