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 9:1||But when the eighth day came Moses summoned Aaron and his sons, and the judges of Israel,|
|RF LEV 9:2||and said to Aaron and his sons; "Select for yourselves a perfect heifer from the fold for a sin-offering, and approach to the presence of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF LEV 9:3||Then he addressed the children of Israel, saying;—"You must take a ram from the goats for a sin-offering; and a lamb and bullock of a year old both perfect,|
|RF LEV 9:4||for a burnt-offering, with a bull and a ram for a thank-offering, to sacrifice before the EVER-LIVING; and a food-offering mixed with oil, for to-day the EVER-LIVING will appear to you."|
|RF LEV 9:5||They consequently brought what Moses ordered to the front of the Hall of Assembly, and all the chiefs approached and stood before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 9:6||Then Moses said;" This is the thing that the EVER-LIVING commanded you to do; now the majesty of the EVER-LIVING will appear to you."|
|RF LEV 9:7||Moses next said to Aaron; "Advance to the altar and offer the sin-offering, and the burnt-offering for yourself, and expiate first on account of Yourself, afterwards on account of the People; and make a gift for the People, and expiate on account of them; as the EVER-LIVING has commanded."|
|RF LEV 9:8||Aaron consequently advanced to the altar and slew the calf that was for his sin-offering.|
|RF LEV 9:9||The sons of Aaron also advanced to the blood of it, and dipped their forefingers into the blood of it, and placed upon the horns of the altar, and poured the rest of the blood at the side of the altar.|
|RF LEV 9:10||But the fat, and the kidneys, and the rest from the breast of the sin-offering, he burnt on the altar as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses;|
|RF LEV 9:11||but the flesh, and the skin, and dung he consumed in fire outside the camp.|
|RF LEV 9:12||Then he slew the burnt-offering; and the sons of Aaron took some of its blood, and poured it upon the altar around.|
|RF LEV 9:13||Then he took the whole burnt-offering to him to divide it, and burnt its head upon the altar.|
|RF LEV 9:14||Afterwards he washed the chest, and the feet, and burnt them as a burnt-offering on the altar.|
|RF LEV 9:15||Then he offered the gift for the People, and took the goat for the sin of the People, and made a sin-offering, like the former sin-offering.|
|RF LEV 9:16||Next he presented the burnt-offering, and did as with the offering for righteousness.|
|RF LEV 9:17||Afterwards he presented the food-offering, and filled his hand from it, and burnt it upon the altar, besides the burnt-offering of the morning.|
|RF LEV 9:18||Then he slew the bull, and the ram, as a sacrifice of thanks from the People, and the sons of Aaron brought some of the blood and sprinkled it around upon the altar,|
|RF LEV 9:19||with the fats from the bull, and the fat from the tail of the ram, the caul, and the kidneys, and the rest of the breast;|
|RF LEV 9:20||and they piled up the fats upon the chest, and burnt the fats upon the altar;|
|RF LEV 9:21||but the breast, and the right leg Aaron waved before the EVER-LIVING; as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.|
|RF LEV 9:22||Then Aaron raised his hands and blessed the People, and came down from making the sin offering, and the burnt-offering, and the thank-offering.|
|RF LEV 9:23||Moses and Aaron next entered the Hall of Assembly, and went and blessed the people, when the splendor of the EVER-LIVING appeared to all the People,|
|RF LEV 9:24||the fire came from the presence of the EVER-LIVING and consumed the burnt offering on the altar, and the fats. When all the People saw it they cheered, and fell upon their faces.|