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 5:1||
The Law of Expiation for Perjury.
|RF LEV 5:2||Or a person who has touched anything unclean, or a corpse that is unclean; or carcase of an unclean beast; or an unclean reptile; and it was unknown to him; he is unclean and guilty;|
|RF LEV 5:3||or if he touches uncleanness of blood, or any uncleanness that may defile him, and he did not know it, yet he is guilty;|
|RF LEV 5:4||or a person listening to a libel injurious to his neighbour, or who delights in anything which injures the man by being reported, and hides it, when he knew it, then he is guilty by it;|
|RF LEV 5:5||and as he has offended in this, he shall make confession that he has sinned over it,|
|RF LEV 5:6||and shall bring to the EVER-LIVING for his fault that he has sinned, a female lamb from the sheep, or a female goat for a sin-offering, and the priest shall expiate for his sin.|
|RF LEV 5:7||But if he did not personally participate with the fault, then he shall bring for the fault that he has sinned two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, to the EVER-LIVING;—one for a sin-offering, and one for a burnt-offering.|
|RF LEV 5:8||Let him bring them to the priest, and offer that which is for the sin-offering first, and wring off its head from its neck, but not separate it,|
|RF LEV 5:9||and sprinkle some of the blood of the sin-offering at the side of the altar, and throw the rest of the blood to the side of the altar for sin-offerings.|
|RF LEV 5:10||But make of the second a burnt-offering for judgment, and the priest shall expiate for him for the sin he has committed; and it shall be forgiven to him."|
|RF LEV 5:11||But if he does not possess the two turtle-doves or two young pigeons, then let him bring, as his gift for the sin he has sinned, the tenth of an epha of fine flour. He shall not pour upon it oil, nor put frankincense with it, for it is a sin-offering,|
|RF LEV 5:12||but bring it to the priest, and the priest shall grasp a handful of it for a remembrance, and burn it on the altar, for a perfume to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 5:13||It is a sin-offering. Then the priest shall expiate for him over the sin which he has sinned, and it shall be forgiven to him. But the gift shall belong to the Priest."|
|RF LEV 5:14||The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses saying;—|
|RF LEV 5:15|| The Law of Intentional Sins.
"A person who perversely sins in what is holy to the EVER-LIVING, shall bring for his guilt to the LORD a perfect ram of the sheep, of the value of two shekels by the sacred shekel,
|RF LEV 5:16||for his fault, and that in which he has sinned, in what is holy, he shall restore fivefold as much for it, and give it to the priest, and the priest shall expiate with the ram for his fault; and it shall be forgiven to him.|
|RF LEV 5:17|| Involuntary Wrong Doings.
"But if a person has sinned and broken one of the commandments of the EVER-LIVING,—which should not be done,—and did not know it, yet he is faulty, and shall bear his fault
|RF LEV 5:18||and bring a perfect ram of the sheep on account of his fault to the priest, and the priest shall expiate for him over his error which he has erred, when he knew it not; and it shall be forgiven to him.|
|RF LEV 5:19||It is a fault offering for error to the EVER-LIVING."|