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 4:1||
The Law of Involuntary Sins.
|RF LEV 4:2|| Sins of a Priest.
"Speak to the children of Israel, to command;" The soul that sins by ignorance in any of the commands of the EVER-LIVING, through not having done, or doing it unconsciously;—
|RF LEV 4:3||If a consecrated priest shall sin to the injury of the People;—then he shall offer for the sin which he has sinned a perfect bullock from the fold, to the EVER-LIVING for his sin.|
|RF LEV 4:4||And he shall bring the ox to the door of the Hall of Assembly before the EVER-LIVING, and lay his hand upon the head of the ox, and slay the ox before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 4:5||Then the consecrated priest shall take some of the blood of the ox and carry it into the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF LEV 4:6||where the priest shall dip his fore-finger into the blood seven times before the EVER-LIVING opposite the door of the sanctuary,|
|RF LEV 4:7||and the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of perfumed incense which is before the EVER-LIVING in the Hall of Assembly, and the rest of the blood of the ox shall be poured at the side of the altar which is at the door of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF LEV 4:8||Then he shall remove the whole of the fat of the ox of the sin-offering from it;—the fat of the caul, with the chest and all the fat upon the chest;|
|RF LEV 4:9||and the two kidneys, and the fat which is upon them, with the fat of the bowels, and the remainder covering the kidneys he shall put aside;|
|RF LEV 4:10||exactly as it is taken from the ox sacrificed as a peace-offering. Then the priest shall burn it upon the altar of burnt offering.|
|RF LEV 4:11||But all the skin of the ox, and the whole of the flesh, with its head and chest, and dung,|
|RF LEV 4:12||he shall also cause to be brought, the whole of the ox, to the outside of the camp, to a clean place, to burn the fat upon wood with fire. It shall be burnt where the ashes are poured out.|
|RF LEV 4:13|| Sins of Members of the Parliament.
"But if any of the fathers of Israel goes and secretly commits out of the sight of the public, a breach of one of the commandments of the EVER-LIVING,—which they should not do,
|RF LEV 4:14||and he sins; then he shall confess the sin that he has sinned; and shall offer Publicly an ox from the fold for his sin, and bring it to the front of the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF LEV 4:15||where the elders of the Parliament shall lay their hands upon the head of the ox before the EVER-LIVING, and slay the ox before the LORD.|
|RF LEV 4:16||Then the consecrated priest shall bring some of the blood of the ox to the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF LEV 4:17||where the priest shall dip his forefinger into some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the EVER-LIVING at the front of the veil.|
|RF LEV 4:18||But he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar, that is before the EVER-LIVING in the Hall of Assembly; and all the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the side of the altar of burnt-offerings, at the door of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF LEV 4:19||He shall then remove the whole of the fat from it, and offer it on the altar;|
|RF LEV 4:20||and do with the ox as he does with the ox for a sin-offering, he shall do the same. Thus the priest shall expiate for him, and forgive him."|
|RF LEV 4:21||Next, he shall cause the ox to be brought outside of the camp and burn it, as he burnt the former ox. It is a Public offering.|
|RF LEV 4:22|| Sins of Ordinary Men.
"When a man sins, and breaks one of all the commandments of his EVER-LIVING GOD,—which he ought not to do—by ignorance, and has sinned:
|RF LEV 4:23||or if he is informed of his sin that he has sinned, then he shall offer as a gift a perfect ram of the goats,|
|RF LEV 4:24||hand lay his hand upon the head of the ram, and slay it in the place where the burnt-offerings are slain before the EVER-LIVING. It is a sin-offering.|
|RF LEV 4:25||Then the priest shall take some of the blood upon the tip of his forefinger and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt-offerings, and pour the rest of the blood at the side of the altar of burnt-offerings,|
|RF LEV 4:26||and offer all the fat on the altar, like the fat of the thank-offering, and expiate for him for his sin; when it shall be forgiven to him.|
|RF LEV 4:27|| Sins of the Working Classes.
"But if any of the people of the land break a commandment of the EVER-LIVING,—which ought not to be done,—and transgresses;
|RF LEV 4:28||or he is informed that he has sinned some sin, he shall then bring a perfect she goat as an offering for the sin he has sinned,|
|RF LEV 4:29||and lay his hand upon the head of the sin-offering, and slay the sin-offering in the place of burnt-offerings.|
|RF LEV 4:30||Then the priest shall take some of the blood upon his forefinger and put on the horns of the altar of burnt-offerings, and pour out the rest of the blood at the side of the altar;|
|RF LEV 4:31||and remove the whole of the fat, as he removed the fat from off the thank-offering. Then the priest shall offer it upon the altar, as a breath delightful to the EVER-LIVING, and the priest shall expiate for him, and he shall be forgiven.|
|RF LEV 4:32|| The Law of Willful Absolute Sins.
"But if a person brings his gift for sin, let him bring for it a perfect female,
|RF LEV 4:33||and lay his hand upon the head of his sin-offering, and slay it in the place where the burnt offerings are slain.|
|RF LEV 4:34||Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin-offering on his forefinger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt-offerings, but pour out all the rest of the blood at the side of the altar,|
|RF LEV 4:35||and remove all the fat, as he removed the fat of the lamb offered for thanks, and the priest shall consume it upon the altar as a perfume to the EVER-LIVING, and the priest shall expiate for him for his sin that he sinned, and it shall be forgiven to him.|