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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 22:1

Domestic Laws for Priests.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, commanding;—

   
RF LEV 22:2 "Speak to Aaron and his sons, and separate them, as consecrated, from the children of Israel, so that they may not defile My HOLY NAME by which they are sanctified to Me. I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:3 "Say to them, for their posterity, Every man of all your race who approaches to the sanctuary which the children of Israel have sanctified to the EVER-LIVING, whilst there is uncleanness upon him, that person shall be excommunicated from before Me. I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:4 "Any man from the race of Aaron who has leprosy, or the disease of fornication, shall never eat of what is pure; or if he has a contagion of any disease on his body; or a man who comes from procreative copula;
   
RF LEV 22:5 or a man who has touched any reptile that may defile him; or a man that may defile himself by anything that defiles him;
   
RF LEV 22:6 a person who defiles him by touch until the evening; he shall not eat of the sacred offerings unless he bathes his body in water.
   
RF LEV 22:7 But when the sun sets then he will be clean, and afterwards may eat of the sacred offerings,—for he is clean.
   
RF LEV 22:8 "Of a dead or torn carcase he shall not eat, to defile himself with it. I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:9 "Thus they shall reverence MY TRUSTS, and not bring sin upon themselves, and die in it, to condemn themselves. I the EVER-LIVING consecrate them.
   
RF LEV 22:10 "No foreigner shall eat of the sacred offerings. A visitor to the priest, and the hired servant of the family shall not eat of the sacred offerings,
   
RF LEV 22:11 but a priest who buys a person, having bought him for money, —that person may eat, and those born in his house may eat of the food.
   
RF LEV 22:12 But the daughter of a priest who has a foreign husband may not eat of the Raised-leg of the sacred offerings.
   
RF LEV 22:13 But the daughter of a priest who may be a widow, or divorced, and has no offspring for herself, and dwells in the house of her father as in her youth, she may eat of the bread of her father; but any foreigner may not eat it.
   
RF LEV 22:14 "Any person, however, who unknowingly eats of sacred offerings, shall return five times as much for it, and give it to the priest for the offerings;
   
RF LEV 22:15 for the children of Israel shall not profane My sacred offerings, which are lifted up to the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF LEV 22:16 and they shall bear the sin of trespass, if they eat of the sacred gifts, for I am the EVER-LIVING Who sanctifies them."
   
RF LEV 22:17 General Laws of Worship.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses and said;—
   
RF LEV 22:18 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them; "Any man of the House of Israel, or of the foreigners in Israel, who offers a gift for any of their vows, or for any free-will gift, which they present to the EVER-LIVING for a burnt-offering,
   
RF LEV 22:19 that will please, let it be a perfect male from the oxen, or sheep, or goats.
   
RF LEV 22:20 Anything that has a defect in it they shall not present, for it will not be pleasing to the EVER-LIVING from them.
   
RF LEV 22:21 "And the man who presents a sacrifice of thanks to the EVER-LIVING to fulfil a vow, or a free-will offering, let it be a perfect beautiful sheep,—there must be no defect in it.
   
RF LEV 22:22 The blind or torn shall not be presented to the EVER-LIVING, or the sick, or broken-winded, or scurvied, or scabbed. A female, also, shall not be offered by them at the altar of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:23 And an ox, or sheep that is deformed or a dwarf,—if you make a vow of them, they will not be accepted.
   
RF LEV 22:24 And if castrated, or crushed, or mutilated, or wounded, you shall not present them to the EVER-LIVING—and you shall not so mutilate them in your country."
   
RF LEV 22:25 You shall also not present food to your GOD from any of these, by the hand of a. foreigner, for to offer by him would be to desecrate them. They would not be accepted from you."
   
RF LEV 22:26 The Laws of Humanity to Animals.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses commanding;
   
RF LEV 22:27 "When a cow, or a sheep, or a goat has young, then you shall let it be for seven days with its mother, but on the seventh day it will be acceptable as a gift of trespass to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:28 But you shall not slay a cow or a sheep and their young upon the same day."
   
RF LEV 22:29 And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the EVER-LIVING, you should sacrifice it for your delight.
   
RF LEV 22:30 Eat it upon the same day; leave nothing of it until the morning. "I am the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF LEV 22:31 and you shall keep My Commandments, and practice them;—I am the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 22:32 And you shall not defile My HOLY NAME; for I would be sanctified in the midst of the children of Israel; I am the EVER-LIVING, Who consecrated you.
   
RF LEV 22:33 I brought you out from the land of the Mitzeraim to be a GOD to you. I am the EVER-LIVING."
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