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 EZE 1:1||
The period of Ezekiel's Office as Prophet was from 595 to 574 B.C.
|RF EZE 1:2||It was in the fifth month of the fifth year of the transportation of King Jhoiakim|
|RF EZE 1:3||that the command of the EVER-LIVING came to Ezekiel-ben-Buzi, the priest, in the country of the Kasdim, by the Great River, that the hand of the EVER-LIVING came there upon him.|
|RF EZE 1:4|| The Vision of the Four Beings.
Then I looked, and saw a raging wind from the north driving a great cloud, and whirling fire flashing around it, with the gleam of polished brass in the centre of the fire.
|RF EZE 1:5||There were representations of four Beings in the centre,—and those Beings had the appearance of human forms.|
|RF EZE 1:6||But each had four faces, and each had four pair of wings.|
|RF EZE 1:7||Their feet, however, were perpendicular, and the soles of their feet like the feet of a calf, but sparkling like the glitter of bright brass.|
|RF EZE 1:8||They also had arms like a man under their wings, at their four sides,—and their faces, and pairs of wings were four.|
|RF EZE 1:9||These wings were attached together at the sockets. The men did not face about when they advanced—they went straight before each face.|
|RF EZE 1:10||The form of one face was like that of a man, but the four had the face of a lion on the right side; and the four had the face of an ox, on the left side; and the four had the face of an eagle.|
|RF EZE 1:11|| Their faces were thus.
When ascending they spread their wings. Each had a couple of wings attached together. But two covered their bodies,
|RF EZE 1:12||and each in advancing went straight before himself. To whatever point the wind proceeded, they went, they never turned face for their journey.|
|RF EZE 1:13||And with the Beings, forms appeared, like burning coals of fire;—like the appearance of lamps;—who marched amongst the Beings with sparkling fire, and lightnings shot from the fire.|
|RF EZE 1:14||The Beings also ran and danced like lightning.|
|RF EZE 1:15||So I watched the Beings;—and saw a wheel on the earth at the side of the Beings, at each of their faces.|
|RF EZE 1:16||The appearance of these wheels, and their substance was like the gleam of amber;—the form of all four, their appearance and substance was as if a wheel were within a wheel.|
|RF EZE 1:17||In advancing, they advanced towards the four quarters, without facing about to advance,|
|RF EZE 1:18||and they had rims to them,—and it seemed these rims were full of eyes, round all four of them,|
|RF EZE 1:19||and when the Beings advanced, the wheels advanced at their side, and when the Beings ascended from the earth, the wheels ascended.|
|RF EZE 1:20||Wherever the wind decided to go,—they went wherever the wind went,—and the wheels ascended with them, —for the wind enlivened the wheels.|
|RF EZE 1:21||On its advancing,—they advanced; on its standing,—they stood; for the wind enlivened the wheels.|
|RF EZE 1:22||An appearance was above the Beings like sparkling ice, extended high up over their heads;|
|RF EZE 1:23||and beneath this expansion they spread their wings in association. Each had two to cover their bodies with, on one side,—and each had two to cover the other side;|
|RF EZE 1:24||and I heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of many waters,—like the sound of waterfalls, when they advanced, the sound of a storm of rain,—like the sound of a camp! When they stood still, they drooped their wings.|
|RF EZE 1:25||When a voice came from above the expanse over their heads,—standing they drooped their wings.|
|RF EZE 1:26||Above the Expanse that was over their heads there was an appearance like a sapphire stone formed into a throne,—and upon that form of a throne, like the appearance of a man sitting upon it.|
|RF EZE 1:27||I also saw a sparkle like amber,—and an appearance like the appearance of a fire enclosed him, with a similar appearance from his waist upwards, and a similar appearance below his waist:—I saw it like the appearance of fire, and it gleamed around him,|
|RF EZE 1:28||like the appearance of the bow that comes in the clouds when it rains,—that was the appearance which gleamed around, —the appearance of the Form was a Living-Glory. And when I saw it I fell on my face, and heard a Commanding Voice,|