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 6:1||The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses saying;|
|RF LEV 6:2|| Law of Perverse Criminality
"A person who sins, with willful perversity against the EVER-LIVING by deceiving his neighbour in a contract, or in a confidential trust; or robs; or betrays his neighbour;
|RF LEV 6:3||or retains a find, and lies about it; and swears with falsehood about anything which may injure the man, sins by it.|
|RF LEV 6:4||But if it be that he has sinned and done wrong; but returns the theft that he has stolen; or the deception that he has sinned in; or the trust that was entrusted to him; or the strayling that he has found,|
|RF LEV 6:5||or in anything where he has sworn about it to deceive, and rectifies it; on the head of it he shall add fivefold to what he took to himself; they shall be given in place of his fault.|
|RF LEV 6:6||Then the guilty man shall bring for the EVER-LIVING a perfect ram of the sheep to the priest, because of his fault;|
|RF LEV 6:7||and the priest shall expiate for him before the EVER-LIVING, and he shall be forgiven at once, for all that he has done wrong in it."|
|RF LEV 6:8||The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses saying;|
|RF LEV 6:9|| The Law for National Offerings.
"Command Aaron, and his sons, saying—These are the laws of the burnt-offerings;—that is the offerings for burning upon the altar. All the night, until daybreak, fire shall burn upon the altar for it.
|RF LEV 6:10||"The priest shall be clothed with his garments upon his limbs, and his frock on to cover his flesh, and he shall rake out the ashes that the fire upon the altar produces, and supply wood to the altar.|
|RF LEV 6:11||Then he shall strip off his clothes, and put on other clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place|
|RF LEV 6:12||The fire of the altar must burn unextinguished upon it. None shall quench it, but the priest shall lay wood upon it every morning and lay upon it the burnt-offering, and incense with the fat of the peace-offerings.|
|RF LEV 6:13||The fire shall always burn upon the altar. It shall not be quenched.|
|RF LEV 6:14||"And these are the laws of the food gifts, that the sons of Aaron shall offer before the EVER-LIVING in front of the altar.|
|RF LEV 6:15||They shall take some from the flour of the gift and put upon the altar, with the whole of the frankincense which is with the gift, and burn as incense upon the altar, as a delightful breath of remembrance to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 6:16||But the rest of it Aaron and his sons shall eat. They shall eat it unfermented in the Holy Place in the court of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF LEV 6:17||They shall not bake their portion with ferment. I give it to them for a flavor. It is Holy of Holies, like the sin-offering, and like the trespass offering.|
|RF LEV 6:18||Any male of the children of Aaron may eat of it. This is a perpetual constitution, for their descendants. As it is a flavour of the EVER-LIVING, let all be holy who touch it."|
|RF LEV 6:19||The EVER-LIVING further spoke to Moses saying:|
|RF LEV 6:20|| Law of Gifts at the Consecration as Priests.
"This is the gift that Aaron and his sons shall offer during the period of their consecration. The tenth of an epha of flour, as a perpetual offering between daybreak and evening, or half at the daybreak, and half at the dusk.
|RF LEV 6:21||Let it be made saturated with oil in a pan; bring it in baked flat cakes; a delightful breath to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 6:22||The consecrated priest of that course shall make it. It is a perpetual constitution to the EVER-LIVING, to be totally burnt.|
|RF LEV 6:23||Every food offering from a priest shall be burnt—you shall not eat it."|
|RF LEV 6:24|| The Law of Sin Offering.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, saying
|RF LEV 6:25||"Speak commanding Aaron and his sons,—"These are the laws of the sin-offering;—in the place where you slay the burnt-offering, you shall slay the sin-offering before the EVER-LIVING. It is Holy of Holies.|
|RF LEV 6:26||The priest that offers it for sin shall eat it in the Holy Place. Eat it in the court of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF LEV 6:27||All who touch the flesh shall be holy. And whoever is sprinkled with the blood upon his garments, whatever is sprinkled with it shall wash his clothing in the Holy Place.|
|RF LEV 6:28||Any vessel of pottery, also, in which it is boiled shall be broken; and if it is boiled in a vessel of bronze it shall be scoured, and washed with water.|
|RF LEV 6:29||Every male of the priests may eat of it. It is Holy of Holies.|
|RF LEV 6:30||But any sin-offering that is brought to the Hall of Assembly for a holy expiation you shall not eat:—it shall be consumed by fire.|