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 24:1||
The Law of the Lamps and the Showbreads.
|RF LEV 24:2||"Order the children of Israel to bring to you olive oil, pressed pure, for the lamps to raise a clear light outside the Veil of the Witnesses in the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF LEV 24:3||which Aaron shall arrange continually from evening till dawn before the EVER-LIVING. It shall be an Institution for your posterity forever,|
|RF LEV 24:4||to arrange a pure light before the EVER-LIVING continually.|
|RF LEV 24:5||"Yourself, also, take flour and bake from it twelve cakes;—these twelve cakes shall be of equal size,|
|RF LEV 24:6||and place them in two piles six in a pile, on the pure table before the EVER-LIVING;|
|RF LEV 24:7||and place upon the piles pure incense, and they will be the Bread of Remembrance, like a burnt-offering to the EVER LIVING.|
|RF LEV 24:8||From a Sabbath Day to a Sabbath Day they shall be always arranged before the EVER-LIVING as an everlasting covenant with the children of Israel.|
|RF LEV 24:9||And they shall belong to Aaron and to his sons, and be eaten in the Holy Place, for they are Holy of Holies to them from the offerings to the EVER-LIVING. This is a perpetual Institution.|
|RF LEV 24:10|| The Law of Blasphemy.
It occurred once that the son of an Israelitish woman, who was also the son of a Mitzerite man, among the sons of Israel, quarrelled in the camp with the son of an Israelitish woman and an Israelite man;
|RF LEV 24:11||and the son of the Israelitish woman cursed THE NAME, and insulted it. They therefore brought him to Moses. The name of his mother, however, was Shelamith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.|
|RF LEV 24:12||So they put him under guard to enquire about him from the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 24:13||The EVER-LIVING consequently spoke to Moses, commanding;—|
|RF LEV 24:14||"Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the Assembly kill him.|
|RF LEV 24:15||Then you shall command the children of Israel saying;—Whatever person curses his GOD shall bear his sin,|
|RF LEV 24:16||and the blasphemer of the name of the EVER-LIVING shall die. You shall kill him; all the Assembly shall stone him. All of the population who blasphemes the NAME whether native or foreigner, shall die.|
|RF LEV 24:17||"And whoever strikes off the life of a man, shall die.|
|RF LEV 24:18||"And whoever strikes the life of a beast, shall pay life for life.|
|RF LEV 24:19||"And a person who inflicts injury upon his neighbour; as he has done, so you shall do to him.|
|RF LEV 24:20||Wound for wound; eye for eye; tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has done to a man, the same shall be done to him.|
|RF LEV 24:21||"Thus whoever kills a beast shall compensate for it; but whoever kills a man shall die.|
|RF LEV 24:22||"There shall be equal justice with you for the foreigner, and the native; —For I am your EVER-LIVING GOD."|
|RF LEV 24:23||Moses consequently spoke to the children of Israel, and they brought out the blasphemer from the camp, and killed him with stones. Thus the children of Israel did as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.|