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 6:1||
Darius Orders a Search for Cyrus's Decree.
|RF EZR 6:2||and found at Akhmetha the Capital of the Government of Media, a roll,1 on which was written round the records:—|
|RF EZR 6:3|| Copy of the Decree of Cyrus.
"In the first year of Cyrus the King:
"King Cyrus signs a Decree concerning the House of God at Jerusalem:—
"'Let a House be built for the Sacrificing of Sacrifices. And let the foundations be constructed in length sixty cubits, and sixty cubits broad.
|RF EZR 6:4||"'Let it be built of three courses of great stones, and a course of timber: and let the cost be paid from the Royal Palace.|
|RF EZR 6:5||"'And also let the gold and silver furniture of the House of God, that Nebukadnezzar removed from the Temple of Jerusalem, and carried to Babel, be restored, and taken to the Temple in Jerusalem, and put in its proper place in the House of God:'|
|RF EZR 6:6|| Confirmation by Darius.
"Consequently, Tatnai, Governor of the Over-river, Shathar-boznai, and your associates, the Afaraskia, of the Over-river, must refrain from interference.
|RF EZR 6:7||Let the works at the House of God be done. Let the Governor of the Jews, and the leaders of the Jews construct the House of God upon its site.|
|RF EZR 6:8||" And I further sign this Decree as to what you shall provide for these Leaders of the Jews who are building this House of God;—That there shall be paid from the Royal Treasuries —from the taxes of the Over-river,—the expenses that may be incurred by those men, and without delay.|
|RF EZR 6:9||And whatever is needed, whether of young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, to offer to the God of the Heavens,—wheat, salt, wine, oil, as demanded by the Priests in Jerusalem, you shall give to them, day by day;—of which fail not!—|
|RF EZR 6:10||for them to present perfumes to the God of the Heavens, and to pray for the life of the King and his children.|
|RF EZR 6:11||"And I sign a Decree, that every person who may alter this letter a beam shall be taken from his house, and he shall be nailed upright upon it, and his house be made a dunghill for it.|
|RF EZR 6:12|| And may the God who dwells there, confound and overthrow every king and People who extends his hand to alter or injure the House of God that is in Jerusalem!
"I, Dariush, have confirmed this Decree. Let it be executed at once."
|RF EZR 6:13||Therefore Tatnai, the Governor of the Over-river, Shethar-boznai, and their Associates, because of what King Dariush had sent them in the above, acted at once;|
|RF EZR 6:14||and the Leaders of the Jews built, and prospered, through the Preaching of the Preachers Haggai, and Zakeriah-bar-Adoa. So they built and completed, according to the order of the God of Israel, and the Decrees of Cyrus and Dariush and Arthakshasta the kings of the Persians.|
|RF EZR 6:15|| (B.C. 515.) The Temple Finished and Dedicated.
So the temple was finished on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Dariush,
|RF EZR 6:16||when the Children of Israel, with the Priests and Levites, and the rest of the sons of the Transports, celebrated the Dedication of the House of God with delight.|
|RF EZR 6:17|| At this Dedication they offered in the House of God a hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin-offering for all Israel, twelve He-goats, for the number of the Tribes of Israel.
1 Note.—Ch. 6, v. 2. "A roll"—or probably it should be translated "Cylinder,"—a staff of clay, which at that period was the usual substance upon which Government records and other writing was written, or rather engraved, and the clay then baked into pottery in a kiln, so as to be indestructible, as the Assyrian and Babylonian discoveries of Layard and others have shown by exploration of the buried ruins of those ancient Cities. These discoveries throw great light upon the contemporary Biblical histories, and prove that at the time under review here, the Fourth century before Christ, papyrus or other paper had not been invented. The (Galali) Rolls spoken of in the Scriptures of earlier date than 400 B.C. were undoubtedly of the above kind, and the (Seferim), Books, were slabs, slates, or thin board tablets, as the word means "a split-off." I note this, for the fact disposes of certain attacks upon the Biblical records, and of the alleged authenticity of (asserted) stupendously ancient "Papyri," containing statements contradictory to the Scriptural histories. Those "Papyri" are in reality modern forgeries to meet the desires of European skeptics who seek to assail the Christian Faith.—F.F.
|RF EZR 6:18||They also appointed the Divisions of the Priests, and the courses of the Levites for the service of God at Jerusalem, as written in the book of Moses.|
|RF EZR 6:19|| The Passover Festival Restored.
Then the Sons of the Transports made the Passover on the fourteenth of the first month;
|RF EZR 6:20||for the Priests and Levites had purified themselves together,—all of them were purified, —so they slew the Passover for all the sons of the Transports,—both for their brothers the Priests, and for themselves,|
|RF EZR 6:21||and all the Children of Israel ate it.—Those who had returned from the Transportation, and all who were purified from the defilement of the Heathen land, who had come to seek the EVER-LIVING God of Israel.|
|RF EZR 6:22|| So they made the Feast of Unfermented bread for seven days, with joy. for the Lord had gladdened them, and softened the heart of the king of Ashur towards them to strengthen their hands in the works at the House of the God of Israel.
End of the History of the First Restoration.