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 20:1||
The Law Against Idolatry.
|RF LEV 20:2||"Speak to the children of Israel, to each one of the sons of Israel, and to the foreigners,—the foreigners among Israel. Whoever gives their offspring to Molok, they shall be killed;—the People of the country shall stone them with stones.|
|RF LEV 20:3||And I will place My face against that person, and will cut him off from his people for giving his offspring to Molok, to defile MY HOLINESS, and to pollute MY HOLY NAME.|
|RF LEV 20:4||And if, to conceal it, the people of the country cover their eyes from the person who gives his offspring to Molok, to destroy him in death,|
|RF LEV 20:5||I, however, will set My face against that person, and destroy him, and cut him off, with all those who whore after him, whoring after Molok; from the midst of their people.|
|RF LEV 20:6|| Laws of Domestic Morality.
"The person also who turns to spirits, and to wizards1 to whore after them;—I will put My face against that person, and will excommunicate him from the midst of his people;
|RF LEV 20:7||for you shall make yourselves holy, and be holy, for I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 20:8||Therefore you shall preserve My Institutions, and practice them. I the EVER-LIVING must make you Holy.|
|RF LEV 20:9||"Whatever person outrages his father or his mother, let him be put to death. The blood of the outrager of his father or mother is upon himself.|
|RF LEV 20:10||"The man who commits adultery with a wife; the man who commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, shall be killed;—both the adulterer and adulteress.|
|RF LEV 20:11||"The man who copulates with a wife of his father, uncovering the sexuality of his father;—they shall both die;—their blood is on themselves.|
|RF LEV 20:12|| "The man who copulates with his daughter-in-law;—both, who have done that villany, shall die. Their blood is upon themselves.
1. Hebrew: Fortune-tellers.—F.F.
|RF LEV 20:13||"And the man who copulates with a male, with the copulation of a woman, commits abomination. They shall both die. Their blood is on themselves.|
|RF LEV 20:14||"And the man who takes a woman and her mother. It is wickedness. They shall burn him in fire with them. That wickedness shall not be in the midst of you.|
|RF LEV 20:15||"And the man who copulates with a beast shall be killed; and the beast shall be slaughtered.|
|RF LEV 20:16||"And the woman who approaches to a beast, to copulate with it, with the copulation of a woman, both the beast and she shall be killed. Their blood is on themselves.|
|RF LEV 20:17||"And the man who takes his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother, and sees her sexuality, and she sees his sexuality,—they are disgraceful, and shall be excommunicated in the sight of their people. He shall bear his sin for uncovering the sexuality of his sister.|
|RF LEV 20:18||"And a man who copulates with a sick woman, and uncovers the nakedness of her fount upon her,—and uncovers the fount of her blood; both shall be cut off from association with their people.|
|RF LEV 20:19||"You shall not uncover the sexuality of the sister of your mother, or the sister of your father, for they are his flesh. Whoever uncovers them shall bear their sin.|
|RF LEV 20:20||"The man who copulates with his aunt, uncovering the sexuality of his aunt, they shall each bear their sin. They shall be killed openly.|
|RF LEV 20:21||"And the man who takes the wife of his brother, in uncovering the sexuality of his brother; they shall be exposed.|
|RF LEV 20:22||"Thus you shall keep all My Institutions, and all My Decrees, and shall practice them, and then the land that I will bring you to as a residence will not spew you out.|
|RF LEV 20:23||Thus you shall not conduct yourselves according to the customs of the heathen whom I shall drive out from before you, for they practiced all these things in their land,|
|RF LEV 20:24||therefore I promised you you should inherit their country, and I will give to you the inheritance of that land flowing with milk and honey. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD, Who will destroy them from among the nations.|
|RF LEV 20:25||"You shall also distinguish between the clean animals and the unclean, and between the unclean birds and the clean; and you shall not pollute your lives with animal or bird, or any reptile of the field, which I have pointed out to you as unclean;|
|RF LEV 20:26||but you shall be healthy before Me, for I, the EVER-LIVING, am HOLY, and have separated you from the nations, to be for MYSELF.|
|RF LEV 20:27||Therefore the man or woman who possesses a spirit, or a foreteller, shall be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones. Their blood is upon themselves."|