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 10:1||
I then looked, and saw in the expanse over the heads of the Kerubim, there was likea sapphire gem, fromed into a Throne, with an Existence upon it, Who spoke to the man clothed in trousers,
|RF EZE 10:2||and said, "Go to the revolutionary space beneath the Kerub, and fill your hands with burning coals from the space of the Kerubim, and scatter them over the city." So he went in my sight.|
|RF EZE 10:3||And the Kerubim stood at the right side of the House when the man entered; and a cloud filled the forecourt.|
|RF EZE 10:4||The splendour of the EVER-LIVING arose, also, from above the Kerub to over the threshold of the House, and the House was filled with a cloud, and the court full of the splendour of the Lord;|
|RF EZE 10:5||and the noise of the wings of the Kerubs was heard above the outer court, like the voice of the Almighty when speaking.|
|RF EZE 10:6||And when He commanded the man clothed in the trousers, saying, "Take fire from the space of revolution—from the space of the Kerubim," he entered and stood beside the wheel,|
|RF EZE 10:7||and the Kerub extended his hand from the space of the Kerubim to the fire that is in the space of the Kerubim, and took some, and put it into the hands of the man clothed in trousers, and he took it and went out.|
|RF EZE 10:8||Then I perceived the Kerubim had human shaped hands under their wings.|
|RF EZE 10:9||I looked again, and saw four wheels beside the Kerubs, a single wheel to each Kerub, and a single wheel at the side of each Kerub, and the appearance of the wheels was like the glitter of an amber stone.|
|RF EZE 10:10||The form of each of the four of them as if they had wheels within wheels.|
|RF EZE 10:11||As for their progression they could proceed in four directions. They did not face about to advance, but to the spot that was ahead of their face they proceeded, they did not face about to advance to it.|
|RF EZE 10:12||And all their bodies, and backs, and hands and wings;—as well as the wheels;—were full of eyes as around the four wheels.|
|RF EZE 10:13||Their wheels were called in my hearing "The Revolution."|
|RF EZE 10:14||Each, also, had four faces for himself. The first was the face of a Kerub; the second the face of a Man;|
|RF EZE 10:15||the third the face of a Lion; and the fourth the face of an Eagle; but the Kerub stood upright. They were the Beings I saw by the Great River.|
|RF EZE 10:16||When the Kerubs advance, the wheels beside them advance; and when the Kerubs raise their wings to rise up from the earth, the wheels do not abandon them,—they accompany them.|
|RF EZE 10:17||When those stand,—they stand; and when those mount—they mount, for there is a breath of life in them.|
|RF EZE 10:18||Then the splendour of the EVER-LIVING removed from over the threshold of the House, and rested over the Kerubim,|
|RF EZE 10:19||and the Kerubs raised their wings from the earth in my sight to depart, and the wheels went with them, and stood opposite the Eastern Gate of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the splendour of the God of Israel was above them.|
|RF EZE 10:20||These were the Beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel at the Great River,1—and I knew they were Kerubim,—|
|RF EZE 10:21||each was four faced, with human formed hands beneath their wings;|
|RF EZE 10:22|| and the form of their faces was like the faces I saw by the Great River; and they could advance forward from each of them.
l "River Kebar," if translated from the Arabic, means "the Great River," and was undoubtedly the Euphrates, or, in Hebrew, the Frath.—F.F.