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 LEV 10:1||
Nadab and Abihu Slain for Disobedience to God.
|RF LEV 10:2||therefore fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.|
|RF LEV 10:3||Consequently Moses said to Aaron, "What was it that the EVER-LIVING spoke, saying, 'In approaching Me I will be sanctified, and respected before all the People'?" And Aaron was silent.|
|RF LEV 10:4|| Then Moses called to Mishal, and to Altzaphan, sons of Azial, the uncle of Aaron, and said to them;—
"Approach! and take up those from the presence of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp."
|RF LEV 10:5||So they approached, and carried them in their vestments to the outside of the camp, as Moses had ordered.|
|RF LEV 10:6||Then Moses said to Aaron and to Aliazar, and to Aithamar, his sons, "You shall not uncover your heads, and you shall not strip off your robes, lest you should die, and anger come upon all the congregation; but your relatives of all the house of Israel, shall weep for the burning that the EVER-LIVING has burnt.|
|RF LEV 10:7|| You shall also not come out of the Hall of Assembly, lest you should die,—for the oil of consecration to the EVER-LIVING is upon you."
So they did as Moses ordered.
|RF LEV 10:8|| The Priests Forbidden to Drink Intoxicants before to the Sanctuary.
Then Moses spoke to Aaron and commanded;—
|RF LEV 10:9||"You or your sons with you shall not drink of wine or an intoxicant when you are going to the Hall of Assembly,—so that you may not die. This is an everlasting institution for your posterity.|
|RF LEV 10:10||"For you shall distinguish between the Sacred and the Common, and between Sin and Purity,|
|RF LEV 10:11||so that you may teach the sons of Israel all the Institutions which the EVER-LIVING dictated to them by means of Moses."|
|RF LEV 10:12||Moses also spoke to Aaron, and Aliazar, and Aithamar, his sons;—"Take again another food-offering for a present to the EVER-LIVING, and eat it with biscuits at the side of the altar, for it is Holy of Holies,|
|RF LEV 10:13||therefore you shall eat it in the Holy Place, for it is a portion to you, and a portion to your sons from the presents to the EVER-LIVING, for so I have been commanded.|
|RF LEV 10:14||But you may eat the waved breast, and the raised leg in a clean place, you and your sons, and your daughters with you; for they are given from My altar as a portion to you and to your children as thank-offerings from the children of Israel.|
|RF LEV 10:15||The raised leg and the waved breast, with the presents of the fats which they bring to be waved, you shall wave before the EVER-LIVING, and they shall be for you and your children for a perpetual portion,—as the EVER-LIVING has commanded."|
|RF LEV 10:16||But when Moses inquired for the goat for the sin-offering, he found it had been burnt; therefore he was angry with Aliazar and Aithamar, the sons of Aaron, again, and said;—|
|RF LEV 10:17||"Why have you not eaten the sin-offering in the Holy Place?—for it is Holy of Holies,—and it was given to you to bear the frailty of the congregation, to expiate for them before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 10:18||Look! its blood was not brought into the sanctuary. You ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary as I commanded."|
|RF LEV 10:19||Then Aaron spoke to Moses, "On the day they presented their sin offering, and their burnt-offering before the EVER-LIVING, you instructed me about it, and I ate the sin-offering that day. Let that compensate in the eyes of my Lord."|
|RF LEV 10:20||So Moses listened and it compensated in his eyes.|