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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 21:1

Laws as to the Mourning of Priests.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses commanding, "Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, and command them, that they shall not defile themselves for their relatives.

   
RF LEV 21:2 Not even for a near blood relation of them;—for their mother, or for their father, or for their son, or for their daughter, or for their brother,
   
RF LEV 21:3 or for their sister, or their dearest loved daughter who has not been to a man to wed her;—
   
RF LEV 21:4 he shall not debase, or degrade himself with grief.
   
RF LEV 21:5 They shall not shave strips upon their heads, nor shave off their whiskers, nor cut gashes on their bodies.
   
RF LEV 21:6 "They are sacred to their GOD; and shall not lower the NAME of their GOD; for they offer bread to the EVER-LIVING their GOD; they offer themselves, and they shall be healthy.
   
RF LEV 21:7 Marriage Law of Priests.
"They shall not take for a wife a whore, or a loose woman; and they shall not marry a woman who has been divorced; for they are holy to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 21:8 And they shall keep themselves holy, as an offering to your GOD. He who approaches the Holy must be the same; for I the EVER-LIVING make you holy.
   
RF LEV 21:9 "And the daughter of a priest who defiles herself with whoredom—she defiles her father. You shall burn her with fire.
   
RF LEV 21:10 "The chief priest, also, over his brothers, upon whose head has been poured the Oil of Consecration and his hand filled by the investiture of the robes, shall not neglect his head, and shall not neglect his robes,
   
RF LEV 21:11 and never disorder his person for a death;—not if it comes to his father, or his mother,—shall he degrade himself;
   
RF LEV 21:12 nor shall he go from the sanctuary; nor shall he wail;—for he has been separated by the Oil of Consecration to his GOD. I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 21:13 Therefore he shall take a maiden for his wife.
   
RF LEV 21:14 He shall not take a widow, or a divorced woman, or one abandoned to whoredom, any of them, but he shall take a wife only from the virgins of his own people.
   
RF LEV 21:15 He shall not degrade his race, or his family; for I the EVER-LIVING have sanctified it."
   
RF LEV 21:16 Laws of the High Priestly Succession.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses saying;—
   
RF LEV 21:17 "Speak to Aaron, and say;—Any man from the offspring of your posterity who may be disfigured shall not approach to offer bread to his GOD.
   
RF LEV 21:18 For any man in whom there is a defect shall not approach;—anyone blind, or lame, or flat-nosed, or deformed;
   
RF LEV 21:19 or a man who has a broken leg; or a broken hand,
   
RF LEV 21:20 or humpbacked; or a dwarf, or squint-eyed, or scurvied, or scabbed, or defective in his testicles;—
   
RF LEV 21:21 any man of the race of Aaron the priest in whom there may be a defect shall not approach to present offerings to the EVER-LIVING;—because of his defect he shall not approach to present bread to his GOD.
   
RF LEV 21:22 It is the Bread of GOD for them, Holy of Holies, and the healthy shall eat it.
   
RF LEV 21:23 He shall also not come within the veil, nor approach to the altar, because of his defect, so as not to profane MY HOLINESS; for I am the EVER-LIVING SANCTIFIER.
   
RF LEV 21:24 "Moses consequently spoke this to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel.
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