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 27:1||
The Law of Personal Vows on Mankind.
|RF LEV 27:2||"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When a person separates himself, for you to value his life for the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF LEV 27:3||you shall value him for a male from twenty years old to sixty years; and your valuation for a male shall be fifty shekels of silver by the sacred shekel,|
|RF LEV 27:4||but if it is for a female, your valuation shall be thirty shekels.|
|RF LEV 27:5||But if from five up to twenty years old, then the value of a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels.|
|RF LEV 27:6||But if from a month up to five years old, then the value of a male shall be five shekels of silver, and for a female the value three shekels of silver.|
|RF LEV 27:7||But if they are sixty years old or more, if a male, then the value shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.|
|RF LEV 27:8||But if the redeemable person is defective, then he shall be placed before the priest, and the priest shall estimate what may be the amount of his value for the vow he is to pay to the priest.|
|RF LEV 27:9|| Vows on Animals.
"But if it is a beast that they sacrifice from, that is vowed to the EVER-LIVING, all that belongs to it shall be sacred to the EVER-LIVING.
|RF LEV 27:10||They shall not alter or change it good for bad, or bad for good but if it is changed it shall be changed for a beast of the same kind, and the exchange shall be sacred.|
|RF LEV 27:11||But if of any it unclean beast, which they do not offer as a gift to the EVER-LIVING, then the beast shall be shown to the priest,|
|RF LEV 27:12||and the priest shall estimate its value between good and bad, and it shall be redeemed as the priest decides, but if they redeem it,|
|RF LEV 27:13||they shall then add a fifth part to the valuation.|
|RF LEV 27:14|| Vows Upon a House.
" But if a man devotes his house as sacred to the EVER-LIVING, then the priest shall estimate between good and bad; as the priest values it so it shall stand,
|RF LEV 27:15||but if the consecrator redeems his house, he must add one fifth to the money-value above what has been fixed for it.|
|RF LEV 27:16|| Vows on a Farm.
"But if anyone consecrates his inherited farm to the EVER-LIVING, it shall then be valued according to its acreage; what takes a khomer of seed at fifty shekels of silver.
|RF LEV 27:17||But if he consecrates his farm before the year of Jubilee,|
|RF LEV 27:18||the priest shall then calculate for him the money on the basis of the years remaining until the year of Jubilee, and equate the valuation.|
|RF LEV 27:19||But if he redeems the farm which he had consecrated, he shall then add a fifth above the valuation price, and it shall continue his.|
|RF LEV 27:20||But if he does not redeem the farm, or if he sells the land to another person afterward, he cannot redeem it forever;|
|RF LEV 27:21||but the farm shall be consecrated to the EVER-LIVING; until the arrival of the Jubilee the estate shall be as a farm for cultivation for the priests.|
|RF LEV 27:22||But if the farm has been purchased, and was not an entailed estate which he consecrated to the EVER-LIVING|
|RF LEV 27:23||then the priest shall fix redemption for him by the amount of value according to the year of Jubilee, and decide the value from the day he has consecrated to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 27:24||Then the estate shall return at the year of Jubilee from the person who bought it, to the person to whom it was an entailed land.|
|RF LEV 27:25||Every valuation shall be by the sacred shekel; twenty ghera are a shekel.|
|RF LEV 27:26||"However, a first-born that is born to the EVER-LIVING, no man shall consecrate, whether an ox or a sheep. It is the EVER-LIVING'S.|
|RF LEV 27:27||"But if of an unclean beast, then it shall be valued as an ox, and one fifth of the price above it, and if it is not redeemed, it shall be sold at the valuation.|
|RF LEV 27:28||"However, anything devoted to destruction, which a person devotes to the EVER-LIVING, of anything he possesses, from man to beast, or an estate of inheritance, he shall not sell it, but he shall redeem every devoted thing; it shall be Holy of Holies to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 27:29||Any thing devoted, which is devoted by a man, which is unredeemable, shall be put to death.|
|RF LEV 27:30|| What is Tithable.
"And all tithe of the land, from the grain of the earth, from the fruit of the tree, is sacred to the EVER-LIVING;
|RF LEV 27:31||but if a person redeems it, from tithe, he shall add one fifth to it.|
|RF LEV 27:32||All tithe of cattle and sheep, all that passes under the measure for tithing, shall be sacred to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 27:33||You shall not distinguish between good and bad, and not change, but if you do change, then the exchange shall be sacred, it shall not be redeemed.|
|RF LEV 27:34||"These are the commands which the EVER-LIVING commanded by Moses to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai.|