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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 16:1

Laws for the Ministering Priests.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, while offering in the presence of the LORD, when He killed them.

   
RF LEV 16:2 The EVER-LIVING then said to Moses; "Say to Aaron your brother, that he must not come at all times from the sanctuary of the house to within the veil before the expiatories which are over the ark, lest he should die; for I appear in the cloud upon the coverings."
   
RF LEV 16:3 This is how Aaron must go to the sanctuary; with a bull, the son of the fold, for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering;
   
RF LEV 16:4 his body clothed with the sacred robes, and his trousers shall be upon his body, and girt with his waist belt, and turbaned with his turban, and with the sacred robes; and his body and clothing washed in water;
   
RF LEV 16:5 and he shall take two goats for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering, for the Chiefs of the Children of Israel.
   
RF LEV 16:6 "And Aaron shall present the bull he has with him for the sin-offering, and expiate for the sins of himself, and the family of his own house;
   
RF LEV 16:7 then take the two goats and place them before the EVER-LIVING, at the door of the Hall of Assembly;
   
RF LEV 16:8 where Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats;—to allot one to the EVER-LIVING and allot the other as a scapegoat.
   
RF LEV 16:9 Aaron shall afterwards sacrifice the goat which the lot came upon for the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF LEV 16:10 and the goat which the lot came upon for a scapegoat, he shall place alive before the EVER-LIVING, to expiate with it, by sending it as a scapegoat into the field.
   
RF LEV 16:11 "Aaron shall next sacrifice the bull on account of his own sins, and expiate for himself, and on account of his own house; and slay the bull for his own sins.
   
RF LEV 16:12 Then he shall take a shovelful of burning coals from off the altar before the EVER-LIVING, and fill his hand with sweet incense powder, and bring it from the house to the veil,
   
RF LEV 16:13 and put the incense on to the fire before the EVER-LIVING, and the cloud from the incense shall cover the veil that is over the witnesses, and he shall not die.
   
RF LEV 16:14 "Let him next take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle with his forefinger before the veil towards the east; and before the expiatories he shall sprinkle the blood seven times with his finger;
   
RF LEV 16:15 then slay the goat that is for the sins of the nation, and bring some of its blood from the house to the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle some of it upon the veil, and before the veil,
   
RF LEV 16:16 and expiate for the sins of the children of Israel, and for their rebellions with all their sins; and do the same to the Hall of Assembly which is erected in the midst of their sins;
   
RF LEV 16:17 and no person shall be in the Hall of Assembly when he goes to expiate in the sanctuary, when he expiates on account of himself, and on account of his house, and for the whole congregation of Israel.
   
RF LEV 16:18 Then he shall come to the altar that is before the EVER-LIVING and expiate for himself, and take some of the blood of the bull, and some of the blood of the ram, and put upon the horns at the side of the altar,
   
RF LEV 16:19 and sprinkle some of the blood with his forefinger seven times, and purify it, and sanctify himself from the sins of the children of Israel.
   
RF LEV 16:20 When he has finished expiating for the sanctuary, and the Hall of Assembly, and the altar:—he shall then present the live goat;
   
RF LEV 16:21 and Aaron shall lay his two hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess upon it the whole of the frailties of the children of Israel, and the whole of their faults, and the whole of their sins, and lay them upon the head of the goat, and send it by the hand of a man of My People into the desert;
   
RF LEV 16:22 and that goat shall carry upon itself the whole of their frailties to the land of forgetfulness; thus the goat shall be sent to the desert.
   
RF LEV 16:23 "Aaron shall next go to the Hall of Assembly, and strip off from himself the robes with which he was clothed at his going to the sanctuary, and leave them there;
   
RF LEV 16:24 and bathe his body in water in the Holy Place, then put on his robes, and come and offer the burnt-offering for himself, and the burnt-offering for the nation, and expiate on account of himself and on account of the nation;
   
RF LEV 16:25 and burn the fat of the sin-offerings with incense upon the altar.
   
RF LEV 16:26 The Scapegoat Man's Duty.
"The man who drove out the scapegoat shall afterwards wash his clothes, and bathe his body in water, and then he may go into the camp.
   
RF LEV 16:27 The Priests Duty continued, and Burning the Sin Offering outside the Camp.
"Next the bull of the sin-offering, and the ram of the sin-offering, some of whose blood was brought for expiating to the sanctuary, shall be brought to the outside of the camp, and burnt with fire;—the skin, and the flesh, and the dung.
   
RF LEV 16:28 But the person who burns them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his body in water; previous to returning to the camp.
   
RF LEV 16:29 The Reason for the Festival.
"This shall be a perpetual Institution for you in the seventh month, in the tenth day of the month, that you may humble yourselves, and do no business, either the native, or the foreigner living amongst you,
   
RF LEV 16:30 for on that day there is an expiation made for you, to purify you from all your sins before the EVER-LIVING; you must be pure.
   
RF LEV 16:31 It shall be to you a Rest of Rests, when you shall humble your lives: an Institution forever.
   
RF LEV 16:32 At that time the priest who has been consecrated, and who has been appointed as priest in the place of his fathers, and has put on himself the sacred robes,
   
RF LEV 16:33 shall thus expiate for the Holy of Holies, and the Hall of Assembly; and also expiate for the altar, and for the priests, and expiate for all the people of the congregation.
   
RF LEV 16:34 And this shall be a perpetual Institution for you, to expiate for the whole of the children of Israel on account of all their sins, once every year." And it was done as the EVER-LIVING had instructed Moses.
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