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 19:1||
The Laws of Moral Duty.
|RF LEV 19:2||"Speak to all the chiefs of the children of Israel, and say to them, Be holy; for I your EVER-LIVING GOD am Holy.|
|RF LEV 19:3||"Each of you reverence your mother and father; and keep My Sabbaths; I am the EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:4||"You shall not turn to idols; and you shall not make metal GODs for yourselves. I am the EVER-LIVING your GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:5||And when you offer a thank-offering, you shall offer it to your EVER-LIVING STRENGTH.|
|RF LEV 19:6||You shall eat it in the day of sacrifice and the day after; but the remainder to the third day you shall burn with fire.|
|RF LEV 19:7||And if anyone eats of it on the third day, it is worthless, and will not be accepted,|
|RF LEV 19:8||and the eater of it shall bear his fault, for he profanes the holiness of the EVER-LIVING so that person shall be excluded from his family.|
|RF LEV 19:9||"And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not continue cutting to the sides of your field, cutting and gleaning; you shall not cut to the gleanings.|
|RF LEV 19:10||And you shall not strip your vineyard; nor shall you glean the scatterings of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor, and the foreigner. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:11||"You shall not rob; and you shall not deceive; and you shall not lie each to his neighbour;|
|RF LEV 19:12||and you shall not swear by My Name to a lie; and disgrace the Name of your GOD. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:13||"And you shall not oppress; and you shall not plunder; nor retain the wages of a workman with yourself until the morning.|
|RF LEV 19:14||"You shall not curse the deaf; and before the blind you shall not place a stumbling-block; but you shall fear your GOD. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:15||"You shall not do wrong instead of justice. You shall not despise the face of the lowly, and honour the face of the great. You shall judge your neighbour in righteousness.|
|RF LEV 19:16|| "You shall not go about slandering your neighbour.
"You shall not lie in wait for the blood of your neighbour. I am the EVER-LIVING."
|RF LEV 19:17|| "You shall not hate your brother in your heart.
"You may reprove your neighbour, but not bear against him.
|RF LEV 19:18||"You shall not take revenge upon the child of your neighbour; but you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:19|| "You shall preserve My Institutions.
"You shall not yoke together different kinds of cattle;
"You shall not sow in your field mixed kinds of seed;
"And you shall not put on yourself cloth woven of different materials.
|RF LEV 19:20||"And anyone who lies with a woman in pouring of seed, and she was enslaved as a slave to the man, and was not free as a free woman, or at liberty,—punishment shall not be given to her; she shall not be killed; for she was not free.|
|RF LEV 19:21||But she shall bring to the EVER-LIVING to the door of the Hall of Assembly a ram for a sin-offering,|
|RF LEV 19:22||and the priest shall expiate for her before the EVER-LIVING with the ram as a sin-offering, for the sin which she has sinned, and the sin which she has sinned shall be forgiven.|
|RF LEV 19:23||"When you arrive in the land, and plant any tree for food, you shall consecrate its fruit. It shall remain upon it three years for a consecration. You shall not eat of it.|
|RF LEV 19:24||But in the fourth year all its fruits shall be devoted as thanks to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:25||But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit; its produce shall be for yourselves. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:26|| "You shall not eat anything with its blood.
"You shall not worship serpents.
"You shall not worship clouds.
|RF LEV 19:27||"You shall not cut off the beard on your cheeks; and you shall not destroy the beard of your chin.|
|RF LEV 19:28||"You shall not make tattooings on your flesh for spirits, nor put written brands upon yourselves. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:29||"You shall not pollute your daughters to whoredom; by causing them to whore, and filling the country with wickedness.|
|RF LEV 19:30||"You shall keep My Sabbaths, and you shall reverence My sacred things. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:31||"You shall not turn to spirits; or to fortune-tellers, to inquire of them, to sin with them. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:32||"You shall rise up before the grey-headed, and pay respect to the presence of a judge, and reverence to your GOD. I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 19:33||"And when a foreigner resides in your land you shall not oppress him.|
|RF LEV 19:34||As it is with you natives, so it shall be with the foreigners among you; you shall love them as yourselves; for you were foreigners in the land of the Mitzeraim. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 19:35||"You shall not do wrong, in measuring as to length, weight, or measure.|
|RF LEV 19:36||You shall have a true scale, true weights, a true bushel, a true gallon. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD Who brought you out of the land of the Mitzeraim,|
|RF LEV 19:37||therefore you shall keep the whole of My Institutions, and all My Decrees, and practice them. I am the EVER-LIVING."|