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 EZR 1:1|| (515 B.C.) Cyrus Orders the Restoration of the Temple.
In the first year of Cyrus King of Persia, the promise of the EVER-LIVING through the mouth of Jeremiah was fulfilled by the EVER-LIVING exciting the mind of Cyrus king of the Persians. He consequently published a proclamation to all his Empire, and also recorded it to say;—
|RF EZR 1:2|| Cyrus's Proclamation.
"Cyrus the king of the Persians commands thus: to all kingdoms of the Empire, which the EVER-LIVING God of the Heavens gave to me,—Who has appointed me to build a Temple for Him at Jerusalem, in Judea.—
|RF EZR 1:3||"Whoever, of all His People is with you, may God be with him, so let him go up to Jerusalem, that is in Judea, and build the Temple of the EVER-LIVING God of Israel. He is the God,—Who is in Jerusalem.|
|RF EZR 1:4||And let all the residents in any place where they are lodged assist those persons in that place with silver and gold, and provisions, and cattle; and with offerings for the Temple of the God who is in Jerusalem."|
|RF EZR 1:5|| The Restoration Begins in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
Then the heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin arose, with the Priests and Levites, and all whose spirit GOD had excited to go up to build the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, which is in Jerusalem,
|RF EZR 1:6||and all around encouraged them by giving articles of silver and gold, and provisions, and cattle, and jewels, beside the freewill offerings.|
|RF EZR 1:7||And King Cyrus brought out the vessels of the Temple of the Lord, which Nebukadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem and put into the Temple of his God,—|
|RF EZR 1:8||those, Cyrus king of the Persians brought out under the care of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them to Shashbazar the Governor of Judea.|
|RF EZR 1:9||And this was their number; Thirty basins of Gold; a Thousand basins of Silver; Twenty-nine knives;|
|RF EZR 1:10||Thirty cups of gold; next Four hundred and ten cups of silver; and of other vessels one Thousand.|
|RF EZR 1:11||All the vessels of Gold and Silver were Five thousand Four hundred.—The whole of them were carried by Shashbazar, with the returning transports, from Babel to Jerusalem.|