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 40:1||
Command to Erect the Tent.
|RF EXO 40:2||Upon the first of the month you shall set up the tent of the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF EXO 40:3||and place there the Ark of Witnesses, and cover the ark with the veil.|
|RF EXO 40:4||Then you shall bring the table, and arrange its appliances, and bring the Golden Lamp, and set up its reflectors;|
|RF EXO 40:5||and place the golden altar of incense before the Ark of the Witnesses, and fix the skreen of the doors to the tabernacle.|
|RF EXO 40:6||Then place the altar of burnt-offering opposite the door of the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF EXO 40:7||and set the bath between the Hall of Assembly and the altar, and put water in it.|
|RF EXO 40:8||Afterwards fix up the court around, and put the skreen to the gate of the court;|
|RF EXO 40:9||and then take the Oil of Consecration and consecrate the tent, and everything in it, and sanctify it, and the whole of its furniture; when it shall be sacred.|
|RF EXO 40:10||"The altar shall be Holy of Holies;"|
|RF EXO 40:11||"Next consecrate the bath and its buckets, and sanctify it.|
|RF EXO 40:12||Then present Aaron and his sons at the door of the Hall of Assembly, and wash them with water,|
|RF EXO 40:13||and clothe Aaron in the sacred robe, and consecrate him. Thus you shall make him holy, and he shall be a priest to ME.|
|RF EXO 40:14||Afterwards present his sons and clothe them with vests,|
|RF EXO 40:15||and consecrate them, as you consecrated their father, and they shall be priests to ME; and the consecration shall be an appointment of them as priests forever in their descendants."|
|RF EXO 40:16||Moses consequently did all that the EVER-LIVING commanded him. He effected it.|
|RF EXO 40:17||Thus it was in the first month, in the second year, on the first of the month, they erected the tent.|
|RF EXO 40:18||And Moses set up the tent, and fixed its bases, and placed its planks, and fixed its curtains, and erected its pillars,|
|RF EXO 40:19||and spread the canopy over the Tabernacle, and put the awning of the Tabernacle over its roof; as the EVER-LIVING commanded him.|
|RF EXO 40:20||Then he took and put the witnesses into the ark, and placed the staves to the ark, and put the covers upon the top of the ark,|
|RF EXO 40:21||and brought the ark to the tent, and hung the veil of the skreen, and veiled off the witnesses; as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:22||Then he placed the table in the Hall of Assembly, at the north side of the Tabernacle outside of the veil,|
|RF EXO 40:23||and arranged upon it the prepared bread before the EVER-LIVING;—as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:24||Next he placed the lamp in the Hall of Assembly, upon the table opposite at the south side of the Tabernacle,|
|RF EXO 40:25||and raised the lights before the EVER-LIVING; as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:26||Then he placed the golden altar in the Hall of Assembly before the veil,|
|RF EXO 40:27||and offered sweet incense upon it;—as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:28||Then he put the skreen to the door of the Tabernacle,|
|RF EXO 40:29||and set the altar of burnt-offering at the door of the tent of the Hall of Assembly, and offered upon it the burnt offering, and the gift;—as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:30||Then he placed the bath between the Hall of Assembly and the altar, and put water in it to wash with,|
|RF EXO 40:31||and Moses washed himself his feet and hands there, with Aaron and his sons,|
|RF EXO 40:32||before going into the Hall of Assembly, and approaching the altar, they washed themselves;—as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF EXO 40:33||They also erected the court around the Tabernacle, and the altar and fixed the skreen at the gate of the court. Then Moses ceased from his labours.|
|RF EXO 40:34||Then the cloud covered the Hall of Assembly, and the splendour of the EVER-LIVING filled the tabernacle,|
|RF EXO 40:35||and Moses was not able to go into the Hall of Assembly for the cloud rested upon it, and the splendour of the EVER-LIVING filled the tent.|
|RF EXO 40:36||Afterwards when the cloud arose from off the Tabernacle, the children of Israel marched in all their marches;|
|RF EXO 40:37||and if the cloud did not arise, then they did not march until the day when it arose;—|
|RF EXO 40:38||for the cloud of the EVER-LIVING was upon the Tabernacle by day, and there was a fire by night. It was in the sight of the house of Israel in all their marches.|