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 23:1||
Laws of Festivals.
|RF LEV 23:2||"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them; "These are the festivals of the EVER-LIVING, which you shall proclaim with a Holy Proclamation, as MY FESTIVALS.|
|RF LEV 23:3||"You shall do your work for six days, but on the Seventh Day there shall be a rest of rests, with a holy proclamation from all work; you shall do none on the Sabbath. It is for the EVER-LIVING in all your dwelling places.|
|RF LEV 23:4||"These are festivals to the EVER-LIVING, with a Holy Proclamation, which you shall proclaim at your festivals.|
|RF LEV 23:5||"In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, between sunrise and sunset is the Passover of the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:6||And on the fifteenth day of that month is the Feast of Unfermented Bread to the EVER-LIVING. For seven days you shall eat unfermented bread.|
|RF LEV 23:7||Upon the first day you shall make a holy proclamation. You shall do no servile-work;|
|RF LEV 23:8||and you shall offer a trespass-offering to the EVER-LIVING, for seven days. For seven days, by a Holy Proclamation, you shall do no labouring work."|
|RF LEV 23:9|| The Law of Harvesting.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses commanding;
|RF LEV 23:10||"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them; "When you come into the country that I will give to you, and reap its harvest, you shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest,|
|RF LEV 23:11||and he shall wave the sheaf before the EVER-LIVING to delight you. The priest shall wave it the day after the Sabbath;|
|RF LEV 23:12|| and you shall offer on the day of your waving of the sheaf a perfect lamb, the son of that year, as a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING;
1 I cannot refrain from remarking that no heathen Code of Law has ever contained laws enforcing humanity to animals. Doing so is the peculiar distinction of God's Revelation to man. Let the reader reflect on it.—F.F.
|RF LEV 23:13||with a food offering of a twelfth of flour mixed with oil as a perfume to the EVER-LIVING, a pleasant breath; and, as a draught of wine, the quarter of a hin.|
|RF LEV 23:14||And you shall not eat in public bread, or oats, or vegetables on that day, until you have brought this gift to your GOD. This is a perpetual Institution for your posterity, in all your dwelling-places.|
|RF LEV 23:15||"You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath that you bring the Wave-sheaf, seven Sabbaths. They must be complete.|
|RF LEV 23:16||Then after the seventh Sabbath, you shall count fifty days, when you shall present a new offering to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:17||You shall bring from your dwellings two wave cakes of two tenths of fine flour. They shall be fermented,—baked in an oven for the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:18||"You shall also offer with this bread seven perfect lambs of a year, and a bullock, a son of the fold, and two rams, which shall be a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, with their food-offerings and their drink-offerings, as a gift of sweet-odour to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:19||You shall offer as well one he goat for a sin-offering, and two lambs of a year old for a thank-offering,|
|RF LEV 23:20||and the priest shall wave them with the first-made-bread; he shall wave them before the EVER-LIVING. They shall be sacred to the EVER-LIVING; with the two lambs for the priest.|
|RF LEV 23:21||"Then there shall be made a holy proclamation to the public on that day; it shall be Holy of Holies to you. You shall not do any labouring work. This is an everlasting Institution, in all your dwellings,|
|RF LEV 23:22||for your posterity, that in reaping your harvests, you shall not reap to the edge of your fields in your reaping; and you shall not glean. Leave the gleanings for the poor and the foreigners amongst you. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD."|
|RF LEV 23:23|| Laws of the feast of Remembrance and forgiveness of Sins.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses saying;—
|RF LEV 23:24||"Speak to the children of Israel to say;—"In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, there shall be a Rest for Remembrance of Sins. It is Holy of Holies.|
|RF LEV 23:25||You shall not do any labouring work, and you shall offer a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:26|| The Day of Expiation.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, to say,
|RF LEV 23:27||further; "On the tenth of the seventh month, there shall be a Day of Expiation. It shall be Holy of Holies to you; and you shall humble yourselves and offer a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 23:28||You shall do no labouring work on that day, for it is a Day of Expiation to expiate for you before your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 23:29||Therefore every person who does not humble himself publicly on that day shall be cut off from his family;|
|RF LEV 23:30||and every person who does any labouring work on that day, I will trouble that person in the midst of his family.|
|RF LEV 23:31||You shall do no work. This is a perpetual Institution for your posterity in all your dwellings.|
|RF LEV 23:32||It is a Rest of Rest1for you, when you shall humble your souls, on the ninth of the month at daybreak, from dawn to evening;—you shall rest to refresh yourselves."|
|RF LEV 23:33|| Laws of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses;
|RF LEV 23:34||"Speak to the children of Israel and say;—"On the fifteenth day of the seventh month there shall be the Feast of Tabernacles to the EVER-LIVING for seven days.|
|RF LEV 23:35||From the first day proclaimed holy, you shall do no labouring work.|
|RF LEV 23:36||You shall present a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING for seven days. The eighth day shall be proclaimed Holy for you, and you shall present a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, It shall be a Public Holiday. You shall do no labouring work in it.|
|RF LEV 23:37|| General Festivals.
"These are the Assemblies of the EVER-LIVING, which you shall proclaim with a Holy Proclamation, for presenting and offering a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING. A whole burnt-offering and a food-offering; a sacrifice and fragrance day by day;
|RF LEV 23:38|| besides the Sabbaths of the EVER-LIVING, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and free-wills, which you give to the EVER-LIVING.
1 Sabbath of Sabbaths.—F. F
|RF LEV 23:39|| Feast of the Harvest Home.
"Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month after the reaping of the produce of your land, you shall enjoy the feast of the EVER-LIVING for seven days, from the first day after the Sabbath, until the eighth day after the Sabbath.
|RF LEV 23:40||You shall go then take for yourselves on the first day handfuls of the finest fruits from the trees, with the palm, and boughs of the bushes, and willow, and enjoy yourselves before your EVER-LIVING GOD for seven days.|
|RF LEV 23:41||Thus you shall feast in this Feast to the EVER-LIVING seven days every year. It shall be a perpetual Institution for your descendants. You shall hold the festival in the seventh month;|
|RF LEV 23:42||living in tents for seven days. All the natives of Israel shall live in tents;|
|RF LEV 23:43||so that your posterity may know that the sons of Israel dwelt in tents when I brought you out from the land of the Mitzeraim. I am your EVER-LIVING GOD.|
|RF LEV 23:44||"Moses consequently commanded these feasts of the EVER-LIVING to the children of Israel.|