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 12:1||
The Prophet ordered to change his house.
|RF EZE 12:2||Son of Adam! You are in the midst of a rebellious family, who have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not,—for they are a rebellious family.|
|RF EZE 12:3||Consequently, Son of Adam, prepare your furniture for removal,—and remove it daily in their sight, and remove from your own home to another home in their sight. Perhaps they will look on,—although they are a rebellious family.|
|RF EZE 12:4||So bring out your furniture, like furniture for removal, daily, in their sight, and go away at dusk in their sight as emigrants start.|
|RF EZE 12:5||In their sight break a hole through your wall, and go out by it.|
|RF EZE 12:6||Carry a knapsack on your shoulder in their sight. Go out in the dark with your face covered, and look not at the country,—for I am making you a sign to the House of Israel."|
|RF EZE 12:7||I consequently did as He commanded me. I brought out my furniture, like the furniture of an emigrant by day, and at evening I broke a hole in my wall, by hand. I went out in the dark, carrying a knapsack on my shoulder in their sight.|
|RF EZE 12:8||But the command of the Ever-LIVING came to me in the morning to ask,|
|RF EZE 12:9||"Son of man, when the House of Israel, the rebellious family, ask what you were doing?|
|RF EZE 12:10||Say to them, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord," 'This burden will load all Jerusalem, and all the House of Israel who are among them.|
|RF EZE 12:11||Say, I am a sign to you,—as I have done, so it shall be done to them,—they will be transported to captivity,|
|RF EZE 12:12||and the Prince amongst them shall have his shoulder loaded in darkness, and go out through the wall they have broken for him to go through, with covered face, so that he may not see the country with his eyes.|
|RF EZE 12:13||For I will spread My net over him, and take him in My snare, and bring him to Babel,—to the land of the Kasdim. However he shall not see it, although he will die there.|
|RF EZE 12:14||And I will scatter all his friends who are about him, and all his troops, to every wind, and draw a sword after them.|
|RF EZE 12:15||Then they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING, when I drive them to the Heathen, and sow them over the countries.|
|RF EZE 12:16||I will, however, rescue a part from the sword, from the famine, and from disease,—so that they may relate all their depravities to the heathen wherever they go,—and learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.'"|
|RF EZE 12:17|| The Desolation of Holy Land.
The command of the Lord came again to me to say:—
|RF EZE 12:18||"Son of Adam! Eat your bread in terror, and drink your water with trembling and fear,|
|RF EZE 12:19||and say to the people of the country, Thus says the MIGHTY Lord to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,—to the soil of Israel. You shall eat your bread in fear, and drink your water in stupor, because the country is stripped of its products by the oppression of its population.|
|RF EZE 12:20||Your populous cities will also become heaps of ashes, and your country a desert,—then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EZE 12:21|| A Warning against Lying Proverbs.
The command of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:
|RF EZE 12:22||"Son of Adam! What is this proverb among you of the soil of Israel, that says, ' The times are extended, and every vision fails! '|
|RF EZE 12:23||Therefore say to them, Thus says the Mighty Lord: I will abolish that proverb, and they shall not again repeat it in Israel. Consequently say to them, ' The times are near, and result of every vision,|
|RF EZE 12:24||when there will be no futile vision, or flattering divination in the House of Israel,|
|RF EZE 12:25||for I, the EVER-LIVING, will speak,—and the thing I say will be done, and never averted, for in your days—you rebellious family—I will speak and accomplish!1" says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 12:26||Again the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:|
|RF EZE 12:27||"Son of Adam! Look! The House of Israel say, 'The vision he sees is in the far future; and his prophecy for distant periods! '|
|RF EZE 12:28||Consequently say to them, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord, I will not delay longer, whatever I say it will be done! "' the Mighty Lord declares.|