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 11:1||
Thus when the wind lifted, and brought me to the Eastern Gate of the House of the EVER-LIVING, facing eastwards, I saw opposite the gate twenty-five men, and observed in the centre of them Jazaniah-ben-Azur, and Platiah-ben-Benjah, Princes of the people.
|RF EZE 11:2||Then He said to me, "Son of Adam! These men contrive folly, and advise bad advice in this city;—|
|RF EZE 11:3||who say, ' Is it not time to build houses? The pot is here, and we shall find flesh! '|
|RF EZE 11:4||However, Son of Adam! preach against them,—preach, Son of Adam!"|
|RF EZE 11:5||Then the spirit of the EVER-LIVING fell upon me, and said to me:—"Thus says the EVER-LIVING. You say so, House of Israel, and I know the products of your mind.|
|RF EZE 11:6||You have extended this city, and filled its streets with murder.|
|RF EZE 11:7||Therefore thus says the Mighty Lord, The murdered whom you have laid among you, they are the flesh, and this is the boiler and can you get out of it? You have feared the sword;—|
|RF EZE 11:8||but I will bring a sword upon you!" The Mighty Lord says it!"|
|RF EZE 11:9||However I will pull you out of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, who will execute your sentences.|
|RF EZE 11:10||You shall fall by the sword. At the boundaries of Israel I will sentence you, and you shall learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 11:11||This shall not be your pot, and you shall not be the flesh in it;—on the boundaries of Israel I will sentence you!|
|RF EZE 11:12||and you shall learn that I am the EVER-LIVING, although you have not walked by My institutions, and have not executed My decrees, but you have done according to the ideas of the heathen who are around you."|
|RF EZE 11:13||But it happened that as I preached, Platiah-ben-Beniah died! Then I fell on my face, and exclaimed, "Alas! Mighty Lord, will You make an end of the fragments of Israel?"|
|RF EZE 11:14|| God Promises Mercy even in Punishment. Pardon and Restoration Promised to Israel.
The message of the Lord after- wards came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 11:15||"Son of man! your brothers, your relatives the men who could reclaim you, and all the House of Israel, the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, to all of them, ' Get off from the Lord! Who has given this country for us to possess.'|
|RF EZE 11:16||Therefore say, Thus says the Mighty Lord, Although I have sent them afar to the heathen, and although I have scattered them in the countries,—yet I will be a little Sanctuary to them in the countries to which I have brought them.'|
|RF EZE 11:17||"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord,—I will collect them from the nations, and gather them from the countries where I have scattered them, and will give to them the ground of Israel.|
|RF EZE 11:18||And when they arrive there they will cast away all their pollutions and depravities from them.|
|RF EZE 11:19||Then I will give them a single heart, and put a new spirit in their breast. I will remove the heart of stone from their body, and give them a heart of flesh,—|
|RF EZE 11:20||so that they may walk by My Institutions, and regard My decrees, and practice them, and they will be My people, and I will be their God.|
|RF EZE 11:21||"'But to those who proceed after their corrupt and depraved hearts, I will bring their own course on their heads,' says the Mighty Lord."|
|RF EZE 11:22|| Ezekiel carried back in spirit to Chaldea.
Then the Kerubim raised their wings, and the wheels accompanied them, and the splendour of the God of Israel ascended above them.
|RF EZE 11:23||The splendour of the Lord also ascended from the centre of the city, and rested upon the hill to the east of the town.|
|RF EZE 11:24||The wind then raised me and brought me to Kasdim, to the Transportation, —in the vision,—in the spirit of God. And the vision which I had seen departed from me,|
|RF EZE 11:25||I afterwards reported to the Transports all the things from the EVER-LIVING that I had seen.|