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 14:1||
Sanitary Laws for Convalescents.
|RF LEV 14:2||These are the laws about sufferers from infectious diseases at the time they are cured and submitted to the priest.|
|RF LEV 14:3||"The priest shall go to the outside of the camp, and the priest shall examine, and look at the patient recovered from infection.|
|RF LEV 14:4||Then the priest shall prepare, and take for purification two clean living birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet wool, and hysop;—|
|RF LEV 14:5||and the priest shall prepare and slay the first bird into a vessel full of living water,|
|RF LEV 14:6||then take the living bird to him, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet wool, and the hysop, and sprinkle them and the living bird in the blood of the slain bird and the living water,|
|RF LEV 14:7||and also upon the man cleansed from the infection, seven times, and declare him clean, and send the living bird out into the open field.|
|RF LEV 14:8||Afterwards the cleansed man shall wash his clothes, and shave his head, and bathe in water, and be clean, and after that go into the camp. He shall however keep out of his tent for seven days.|
|RF LEV 14:9||But on the seventh day he shall shave the whole of his head, both the head and his beard, and his eyebrows; he shall also shave the whole of his hair, and wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and be clean.|
|RF LEV 14:10||Upon the eighth day he shall also take two perfect he lambs, and a perfect ewe lamb of one year, and three tenths of flour mixed with oil as a food-offering, and one log of oil,|
|RF LEV 14:11||and the priest shall station the cleansed man, or the cleansed woman, before the presence of the EVER-LIVING, at the door of the Hall of Assembly.|
|RF LEV 14:12||"Then the priest shall take one of the he lambs and present it as a trespass-offering, with the log of oil, and wave them before the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF LEV 14:13||and slay the lamb in the place where they slay the sin-offering, and the burnt-offerings, in the Holy Place; for, as a sin-offering, the trespass-offering shall be Holy of Holies to the priest.|
|RF LEV 14:14||The priest shall also take some of the blood of the trespass-offering and place upon the tip of the right ear of the recovered man, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.|
|RF LEV 14:15||Then let the priest take some of the log of oil and pour it into the palm of the priest's left hand,|
|RF LEV 14:16||and dip the right hand of the priest in the oil that is in his left hand palm, and sprinkle the oil seven times with his finger before the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF LEV 14:17||and from the rest of the oil that is in his palm, the priest shall put some upon the tip of the right ear of the restored person, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, with some of the blood of the trespass-offering.|
|RF LEV 14:18||And the rest of the oil that is in the palm of the priest, he shall put upon the head of the recovered person.—Thus shall the priest expiate for him before the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF LEV 14:19||The priest shall also make a sin-offering, and expiate for the recovered man for his sins, and slay a burnt-offering for him.|
|RF LEV 14:20||Thus the priest shall offer up the burnt-offering, and the food-offering on the altar, and expiate for him. The priest shall afterwards declare him clean.|
|RF LEV 14:21||But if he is poor, and has no property, then he shall take a single he lamb for a trespass-offering to wave, to expiate for himself, and a tenth of flour mixed with oil for a food-offering, and a log of oil;|
|RF LEV 14:22||or two turtle-doves or two young pigeons, whichever he may possess, and one shall be for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering. He shall bring them upon|
|RF LEV 14:23||the eighth day after his recovery to the priest, at the door of the Hall of Assembly, to present to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 14:24||Then the priest shall take the lamb for a trespass-offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them before the EVER-LIVING, and slay the lamb for a trespass-offering.|
|RF LEV 14:25||Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass-offering and put it upon the tip of the right ear of the recovered person, and upon the thumb of the right hand, and upon the great toe of the right foot.|
|RF LEV 14:26||The priest shall also pour some of the oil into the priest's left hand palm,|
|RF LEV 14:27||and the priest shall sprinkle with his right forefinger some of the oil which is in his left palm, seven times before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 14:28||Then the priest shall put some of the oil that is in his left palm upon the tip of the right ear of the recovered person, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, on the place for the blood of the trespass-offering. rest|
|RF LEV 14:29||But the of the oil that is in the palm of the priest he shall put upon the head of the recovered person, to expiate for him before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 14:30||Or he shall take one of the turtle-doves, or young pigeons, which he possesses;—|
|RF LEV 14:31||which he holds in his hand;—the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, with the food offering.—Thus the priest shall expiate for the recovered person before the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF LEV 14:32||These are the laws about those attacked by contagious disease, who do not possess enough for the regular purification."|
|RF LEV 14:33|| The Sanitary Laws for Dwelling Houses.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses and to Aaron, to command;—
|RF LEV 14:34||"When you arrive in the land of Canaan, which I shall give to you to possess, and find a contagious disease in a house in the land you possess,|
|RF LEV 14:35||then the owner of the house shall go to the priest and inform him, saying that a contagious disease has appeared in his house,|
|RF LEV 14:36||and demand that the priest should visit the house. The priest shall at once go and enquire the nature of the disease, and declare all in the house unclean.|
|RF LEV 14:37||Then, after that, the priest shall go to examine the house itself, and enquire into the disease, and if he finds the infection in the walls of the house; the drains having a greenish-yellow, or purplish, rotting, and there appears decay in their walls,|
|RF LEV 14:38||then the priest shall remove the family from the neighborhood of the house and isolate the house for seven days.|
|RF LEV 14:39||But the priest shall re-visit it on the seventh day and examine it again, and if the infection has spread in the go drains 1 "of the house,|
|RF LEV 14:40||the priest shall command, and they shall pull away the stones in which the infection is, and remove them to the outside of the town, to the receptacle for refuse;|
|RF LEV 14:41||and the house shall be cut off from the houses surrounding it, and they shall pour out the rubbish caused by the cutting it off at the outside of the town, into the receptacle for refuse.|
|RF LEV 14:42||Then they shall take other stones in the place of these stones, and take other mortar, and repair the house.|
|RF LEV 14:43||But if the infection returns and spreads in the family after the removal of the stones, and after the destruction of the stones, and after the cutting off of the house, and after repairing;|
|RF LEV 14:44||its then the priest shall come and examine it, and if he observes the infection spreading in the house, it is a virulent contagion —the house itself is unclean.|
|RF LEV 14:45|| Therefore he shall break down the house with its stones, and its timber, and all the mortar of the house, and carry it outside the town to the refuse heap.
1 Literally "ditch" or "runnings," in root, Heb to run towards, improperly translated walls in the current versions.—F.F.
|RF LEV 14:46||And whoever enters that house, all the time that it is isolated, shall be unclean until the evening.|
|RF LEV 14:47||Whoever rests in that house shall wash his clothes; and whoever eats in that house shall wash his clothing."|
|RF LEV 14:48||But if the priest upon coming to examine observes that the infection is not spreading in that house after the house has been repaired;—then the priest shall pronounce the house clean; for it is cured of the infection.|
|RF LEV 14:49||Then he shall take, as a sin-offering for the house, two he-goats, and cedar wood, and scarlet wool and hysop,|
|RF LEV 14:50||and slay one of the goats into an so earthen bowl filled with living water,|
|RF LEV 14:51||then prepare the cedar wood, and hysop, and scarlet wool, and the living goat, and dabble them with some blood of the slain goat, and with the living water, and sprinkle the house seven times,|
|RF LEV 14:52||and expiate for the house by the blood of the goat, and by living water, and by the living goat, and by the cedar wood, and scarlet wool.|
|RF LEV 14:53||Afterwards he shall turn the living goat outside the village on the face of the field and expiate for the house and declare it clean."|
|RF LEV 14:54||These are the laws about any infectious disease, and its removal,|
|RF LEV 14:55||and for infected fabrics or houses; and for ulcerations, and running|
|RF LEV 14:56||sores, and for scrofula, with eruptions,|
|RF LEV 14:57||from the day of contagion, until the day of their cure;—these are the laws of infection."|