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 39:1||
And of the azure, and purple, and blue-red, they made the service robes, to serve in the sanctuary, as well as the holy robes for Aaron, as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
|RF EXO 39:2||They also made the ephod of gold, azure, purple, and blue-red, and spun linen.|
|RF EXO 39:3||And there were strips of gold and wire twisted in the working among the azure, and among the purple, and among the blue-red, and among the linen threads that made the damasking.|
|RF EXO 39:4||They made shoulder pieces that joined upon the two halves by a seam.|
|RF EXO 39:5||They also made the breastplate of the ephod, to be worn over, it, of gold, azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen, as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:6||Besides they made two onyx stones surrounded with gold settings, engraved like the engraving of a seal with the names of the sons of Israel;|
|RF EXO 39:7||and placed them upon the shoulders of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel,—as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:8||They also made the breastplate of damasked work, as they made the ephod, of gold, and azure, and purple, and blue-red, and spun linen.|
|RF EXO 39:9||The breastplate was made a square doubled,—a span long and a span broad, doubled;|
|RF EXO 39:10||and it was filled with four rows of stones: The first row was; A ruby, a topaz and a diamond.|
|RF EXO 39:11||The second row was: An emerald, a sapphire and an opal.|
|RF EXO 39:12||The third row was: A ligure, an agate and an amethyst; And the fourth row was:|
|RF EXO 39:13||A tarshish, an onyx, and a Jasper. Surrounded by settings of gold to fix them;|
|RF EXO 39:14||thus there were twelve stones with the names of the sons of Israel; with the names graven like a seal; each with one name of the twelve tribes.|
|RF EXO 39:15||They also made for the breastplate chain 'borderings of plaited work of pure gold.|
|RF EXO 39:16||Beside which they made two gold fastenings, and two buttons of gold, and fixed the two buttons upon the two sides of the breastplate,|
|RF EXO 39:17||and placed the two chains of gold upon the two buttons at the sides of the breastplate,|
|RF EXO 39:18||and the two ends of the two chains they fixed upon the two buttons, and fastened them upon the two shoulders over the front of them.|
|RF EXO 39:19||They also made two gold buttons and placed them upon the two edges of the breastplate, upon the lips which went over the ephod inwards.|
|RF EXO 39:20||Besides they made two buttons of gold and fixed them upon the two shoulders of the ephod before and behind to unite together at the top of the ephod with the breastplate;|
|RF EXO 39:21||and they laced the breastplate, from button to button to the ephod with laces of azure, to secure the breastplate to the ephod, so that the breastplate might not fall off from the ephod;—as the EVER-LIVING had commanded to Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:22||They also made a mantle for the ephod, of azure woven velvet;|
|RF EXO 39:23||and the mouth of the mantle was in the middle of it, like a coat of mail, with a binding around it so that it might not tear.|
|RF EXO 39:24||And they made on the hem of the mantle pomegranates of azure, and purple, and blue-red, with embroidery;|
|RF EXO 39:25||and also made bells of pure gold, and fixed the bells between the pomegranates, upon the hem around the mantle between the pomegranates;|
|RF EXO 39:26||a bell and a pomegranate upon the hem around the mantle;—as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:27||They also made vests of woven linen work for Aaron and his sons,|
|RF EXO 39:28||and turbans of linen, and mitres of linen, and white drawers of spun linen;|
|RF EXO 39:29||with girdles of spun linen, and azure, and blue-red, as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:30||They also made the flower of the Holy Crown of pure gold, and engraved upon it, with the engraving of a seal, "Holiness to the EVER-LIVING,"|
|RF EXO 39:31||and fixed a cord of azure upon it to fasten it upon the top, as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.|
|RF EXO 39:32||Thus were completed all the appliances for the Hall of Assembly. They were made in the manner that the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses. Therefore they brought the tent to Moses;—|
|RF EXO 39:33||the sanctuary and all its furniture, its hooks, its planks, its bars, its pillars and bases;|
|RF EXO 39:34||and the awning of red ram skins, and the awning of' badger skins, and curtains for the skreen;|
|RF EXO 39:35||with the Ark of Witnesses, and its staves, and its covers;|
|RF EXO 39:36||and the table, and all its furniture; and the Shewbread, 1|
|RF EXO 39:37||with the Lamp of Splendour, and its reflectors, and its series of lamps, and the whole of its appliances; and the oil for the lamps;|
|RF EXO 39:38||with the altar of gold, and the Oil of Consecration, and the sweet incense; and the skreen of the veil of the pavilion.|
|RF EXO 39:39||The brazen altar; and the brass grating for it; its staves, and all its instruments; the bath and its buckets;|
|RF EXO 39:40||the curtains of the court, its pillars and their bases; and the skreen for the gate of the court; its ropes and pegs, and the rest of the appliances for the uses of the tent of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF EXO 39:41||The ornamented robes for service in the sanctuary; the sacred robes for Aaron, the priest, and the robes for his sons, the priests;|
|RF EXO 39:42||according to all that the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses, the children of Israel made the whole for the service.|
|RF EXO 39:43|| Then Moses inspected all the work, to see if they had made all of it according to the command of the EVER-LIVING. They had done so, and Moses blessed them.
1 Bread of the Presence.—F.F.