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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 7:1

The Sacrifices for Trespass.
"These are also laws of the trespass-offerings. They are Holy of Holies."

   
RF LEV 7:2 In the place where they slay the sacrifices for sin, they shall slay the trespass-offerings, and their blood shall be sprinkled around the altar,
   
RF LEV 7:3 and all the fat of it shall be offered up; the fat of the tail, and the fat of the caul,
   
RF LEV 7:4 and of the chest; but the two kidneys with the fat that is upon them, he shall put aside.
   
RF LEV 7:5 Then the priest shall burn them with incense at the altar, as a flavor to the EVER-LIVING. It is a trespass-offering.
   
RF LEV 7:6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy. (KJV)
   
RF LEV 7:7 As with the sin-offering, so with the trespass-offering; there is one law for there; the priest who has expiated with it shall have it for himself.
   
RF LEV 7:8 Prerequisites of the Priests.
"The priest who offers up the burnt-offering for a man, the skin of the burnt-offering that he has offered, shall belong to the priest.
   
RF LEV 7:9 Every food offering which is baked in an oven, and all made in a pan, or upon a pan, it shall belong to the priest to who presents it.
   
RF LEV 7:10 But every food offering mixed with oil, or dry, shall belong to all the sons of Aaron, each one as brothers.
   
RF LEV 7:11 The Law of Thank Offerings and Against Unsanitary Food.
"And these are the laws of the sacrifices of thanks which may be presented to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 7:12 If a man offers for thanksgiving; let him offer as a sacrifice of thanksgiving, cakes of unfermented bread mixed with oil, and unfermented wafers buttered with oil, and flour saturated by rolling in oil.
   
RF LEV 7:13 Let him offer no cakes of fermented bread with his gift upon the altar when thanksgiving for a benefit
   
RF LEV 7:14 And let him offer the same with every offering lifted up to the EVER-LIVING. It shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the thank-offering for him to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 7:15 But the flesh of the sacrifice of the thank-offering shall be eaten that day; none of it shall be left till the next morning.
   
RF LEV 7:16 "But if he gives a sacrifice for a vow, or a free-will gift, he may eat of it the day it is offered in sacrifice, and what remains of it he may eat to-morrow.
   
RF LEV 7:17 But the remainder of the flesh of a sacrifice shall be burnt with fire on the third day;
   
RF LEV 7:18 and if he eats of the flesh of a sacrifice for a benefit on the third day, it shall not be accepted as an offering from him; it shall not benefit him. It will be unclean, and the person who eats of it shall bear his punishment."
   
RF LEV 7:19 Flesh also that has touched anything unclean shall not be eaten;—it shall be burnt with fire; but the flesh of everything clean may be eaten as food.
   
RF LEV 7:20 But the person who eats the flesh of a sacrifice made to the EVER-LIVING for a benefit, and defiles himself over it,—that person shall be excommunicated from his people
   
RF LEV 7:21 The person, also who touches anything defiled by the defilement of blood; or by an unclean beast, or by any unclean reptile; and yet eats of the flesh as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the EVER-LIVING:—that person shall be excommunicated from his people."
   
RF LEV 7:22 Eating Fat Prohibited.
Again the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses, saying;—
   
RF LEV 7:23 "Any of the fat of an ox, or sheep, or goat you shall not eat;
   
RF LEV 7:24 but the fat of a carcass, and the fat of a torn animal may be used for any work;—but you shall not eat of it,
   
RF LEV 7:25 for whoever eats the fat of a beast which is offered to the EVER-LIVING;—that person shall be excommunicated from his people.
   
RF LEV 7:26 Nor shall you eat any blood in any of your dwelling places, either of bird or beast.
   
RF LEV 7:27 Every person who eats any blood; that person shall be excommunicated from his people."
   
RF LEV 7:28 The Law of Thank Offerings.
The EVER-LIVING spoke further to Moses, saying;
   
RF LEV 7:29 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying;—Whoever offers at the altar his thank-offering to the EVER-LIVING, let him bring his gift to the altar of the EVER-LIVING for his benefit.
   
RF LEV 7:30 He shall bring in his hand the present to the EVER-LIVING. Bring the breast with its fat to be waved, for waving before the EVER-LIVING
   
RF LEV 7:31 but the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar, and the breast shall be for Aaron and his sons
   
RF LEV 7:32 The raised leg also you shall give to the priest who lifts it up as a sacrifice for a benefit.
   
RF LEV 7:33 Whoever of the sons of Aaron offers the blood of the thank-offering, shall have the right leg for a gift.
   
RF LEV 7:34 For the waved breast, and the raised leg I have taken from the children of Israel, from their sacrifice of thanks, and I give them to Aaron the Priest and to his sons to be taken by them forever from the children of Israel.
   
RF LEV 7:35 "They are the portion of Aaron, and the portion of his sons from the gifts to the EVER-LIVING, during the time they offer them as priests to the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF LEV 7:36 which the EVER-LIVING commanded to be given to them at the time He consecrated them, as an endowment from the children of Israel, and their posterity forever."
   
RF LEV 7:37 This is the law for burnt-offerings, and for sins, and for trespasses, and for consecrations, and for sacrifices of thanks,
   
RF LEV 7:38 which the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses upon Mount Sinai, at the time He commanded the children of Israel to offer gifts to the EVER-LIVING in the desert of Sinai.
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