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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 13:1

Sanitary Laws of Contagious Diseases.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses and Aaron saying;—"

   
RF LEV 13:2 When a man has on the skin of his flesh a swelling or scab, or scurf, and there is on the skin of his flesh an irritation, he shall go to Aaron the priest or to one of the medical priests,
   
RF LEV 13:3 and shall show the priest the spot on the skin of his body, and the hair in the spot turned white. Should the spot appear hollow under the skin of his body, it may be a contagion, and the priest shall diagnose it, for it is a disease.
   
RF LEV 13:4 "But if a white scurf is upon the skin of his body, which does not appear to be below the skin, and the hair is not changed to white, then the priest shall isolate the patient for seven days;
   
RF LEV 13:5 and upon the seventh day the priest shall examine the patient, and if the mark appears to him to stand still, without the spot spreading, the priest shall isolate him for a second seven days;
   
RF LEV 13:6 but the priest shall examine him on the seventh day the second time, and if the mark is mitigated, and the spot has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall cleanse off the scurf from it, and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
   
RF LEV 13:7 But if the eruption spreads, and with scabs on the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest to be pronounced clean, then he shall show himself again to the priest,
   
RF LEV 13:8 and the priest shall examine him, and if the eruption has spread on his skin, the priest shall declare him diseased with a contagion.
   
RF LEV 13:9 "When a man has been attacked by a contagion, he shall go to a priest,
   
RF LEV 13:10 and the priest shall examine him, and if he sees a white swelling in his skin, and if the hair has turned white, and corrupting flesh lives in the swelling,
   
RF LEV 13:11 it is chronic leprosy on the skin of his body, and he is unclean. The priest shall not isolate him, but he is unclean.
   
RF LEV 13:12 "But if the disease spreads on the skin, and the irritation covers the whole of his skin with an attack from his head to his feet, he shall show all to the eye of the priest,
   
RF LEV 13:13 and the priest shall examine it; and if the irritation covers the whole of his body, and the eruption is bright, all of it, turned white,—he is clean;
   
RF LEV 13:14 but if at any time raw flesh appears, he is contagious;—
   
RF LEV 13:15 therefore he shall show the raw flesh to the priest, and be declared contagious;—the raw flesh is a contagion; it is contagious.
   
RF LEV 13:16 But if the raw flesh ceases and turns white,—he shall also go to the priest,
   
RF LEV 13:17 and the priest shall examine it, and if the eruption has turned white and bright, the priest shall declare him free from contagiousness.
   
RF LEV 13:18 "When there is on the body a burning ulcer to be cured,
   
RF LEV 13:19 and there may be on the inflamed part a white swelling, or a white-reddish scurf, it shall be shown to the priest,
   
RF LEV 13:20 and the priest shall examine it, and if he sees a sinking of the skin and the hair turning white, the priest shall declare him unclean with a contagion of spreading inflammation.
   
RF LEV 13:21 "But if when the priest examines him, there is no white hair, and there is no sinking in the skin, but there is degeneration, then the priest shall isolate him for seven days,
   
RF LEV 13:22 and if it spreads in the skin, then the priest shall declare him diseased by a contagious attack.
   
RF LEV 13:23 But if afterwards, the inflammation abating, the irritation ceases to burn in the ulcers the priest shall declare him clean.
   
RF LEV 13:24 "When there is in the flesh an acute inflammation, and there is rawness on the inflammation, with white scurf, and red and white pimples;
   
RF LEV 13:25 when the priest examines him, and observes the hair to be turning white, on the scurf, and he observes pitting in the skin, it is an attack of inflammatory ulceration, and the priest shall pronounce him diseased. It is a contagious disease."
   
RF LEV 13:26 But if on examining it, the priest does not perceive white hair on the inflammation, nor a pitting in the skin, but it is fiery;—then the priest shall isolate him for seven days;
   
RF LEV 13:27 but when the priest shall reexamine him on the seventh day, if it is spreading over the skin, the priest shall declare him unclean. It is a contagious disease.
   
RF LEV 13:28 But if afterwards the inflammation abates, and does not spread on the skin, but the inflammation of the swelling is relaxed; then the priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is only an attack of inflammation."
   
RF LEV 13:29 And when a man or woman may have spots on the head or chin,
   
RF LEV 13:30 the priest shall examine the spot, and if he sees on examining it a sinking in the skin, and with it a small yellow hair; then they are unclean, until the priest has extirpated it. It is a disease of the head or chin."
   
RF LEV 13:31 But when the priest examines, if the attack is extirpated, and discovers after examination that there is no depression on the skin, and strong black hair on it, then the priest shall isolate the patient he has cured seven days.
   
RF LEV 13:32 But the priest shall examine the patient on the seventh day, and if it has not spread during the seclusion and there is not on him a yellow hair, and he observes not upon the isolated person a depression in the skin,
   
RF LEV 13:33 the priest shall cause the patient to be shaved, and the priest shall isolate the patient for a second seven days.
   
RF LEV 13:34 But the priest shall examine the patient on the seventh day, and if it has not spread upon the patient's skin, and he observes that there is not a pitting of the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; and he shall wash his clothes and be clean.
   
RF LEV 13:35 "But if it spreads upon the patient's skin, after he has been pronounced clean,
   
RF LEV 13:36 the priest shall re-examine him, and if he observes a spreading on the skin of the patient, the priest need not examine for the yellow hair; he is unclean.
   
RF LEV 13:37 But if when the patient stands for re-inspection and black hair has sprung up on him, the patient is cured. The priest shall pronounce him clean.
   
RF LEV 13:38 "And if a man or woman has in the skin of their body a bright shining with whiteness,
   
RF LEV 13:39 then the priest shall examine, and if he observes in the skin of their body a bright shining, with whiteness, it is an eruption flowering in the skin. It is clean.
   
RF LEV 13:40 "And if a person is sprinkled with baldness on his head he is clean.
   
RF LEV 13:41 And if at the front of his face his head is sprinkled, it is fore-baldness. He is clean.
   
RF LEV 13:42 But if there should be upon his bald head or forehead, a whitish-red outbreak, it is an ulcerous attack, whether on the crown or the forehead;
   
RF LEV 13:43 so the priest shall examine it, and if he observes a rising white-reddish eruption upon the crown or the forehead when he examines the scurf on the skin of the body,
   
RF LEV 13:44 the man is diseased,—he is unclean—the priest shall declare him unclean by a disease of the head; but the attack is constitutional.
   
RF LEV 13:45 His clothes shall be torn, and his head shall be uncovered, and he shall not curl his beard; but shall cry Unclean, Unclean
   
RF LEV 13:46 all the time he is suffering it, he is unclean. He must be isolated, outside the camp; must be made to remain outside.
   
RF LEV 13:47 "The clothing, also, that may be upon him is infected by the disease; whether woolen clothing, or cotton clothing;
   
RF LEV 13:48 whether warped and welted with wool or cotton, or of skin, or of any preparation of skin;
   
RF LEV 13:49 and if there is a greenish or reddish stain, on the clothing, or skin, whether of warp or weft; or any article of skin is marked by the discharge, it shall be examined so by the priest.
   
RF LEV 13:50 The priest who examines the patient shall then isolate the sufferer for seven days;
   
RF LEV 13:51 but shall re-examine the patient on the seventh day, when if the infection has discharged upon the clothing, whether in warp or weft, or on the skin of any article made of skin for use, it is an attack of itch.' It is unclean.
   
RF LEV 13:52 Consequently he shall burn that clothing whether warped and weft, whether of wool or cotton, or of any article of skin, in which the infection may be, for it is infected with itch;—it must be burnt in fire.
   
RF LEV 13:53 But if when the priest examines it, he observes that the infection has not spread in the fabric of warp and weft, or in the leather or any article of leather,
   
RF LEV 13:54 then the priest shall order them to wash whatever has the infection upon it, and isolate them for a second seven days.
   
RF LEV 13:55 But the priest shall examine the infected articles after the washing, and if he observes that the infection has not disappeared from sight, and the stain has not gone, it is unclean. They shall consume it in fire. It is corroded by vermin or microbes.
   
RF LEV 13:56 "But even if when the priest examines, and observes a mitigation of the attack, after the washing of it, yet there is a wearing away from the garment, or from the skin, or from the warp, or from the weft,
   
RF LEV 13:57 and he perceives that the garment of warp and weft, or any article of leather, is still fretted, they shall burn in fire everything in which the infection remains.
   
RF LEV 13:58 But the clothing of warp and weft, or any article of leather which has been washed and the infection has departed from them, shall be washed a second time, and be clean.
   
RF LEV 13:59 "These are the laws respecting infection in clothing of wool or cotton, of warp and weft, or any article of skin, as to cleanness or uncleanness."
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1 Literally "with irritation an attack."—F.F.
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