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 13:1||
Denunciation of Sham Prophets.
|RF EZE 13:2||"Son of Adam! Preach against the preachers of Israel, and say to the preachers of their own inventions, —Listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING!|
|RF EZE 13:3||Thus says the Mighty Lord to the wicked preachers who follow their own invention, and see nothing.|
|RF EZE 13:4||Your preachers, Israel, are like foxes in the ruins.|
|RF EZE 13:5||They have not mounted to the breaches; they have not defended the walls for the House of Israel, standing in the battle, in the day of the EVER-LIVING!|
|RF EZE 13:6||You see deception and divine a lie,—crying, 'Thus says the Lord!' when the EVER-LIVING has not sent you, —while they hoped for a reliable messenger.|
|RF EZE 13:7||Have you not invented a false vision?—and divined a lying tale, when you asserted, ' The EVER-LIVING says,'—and I never spoke?"|
|RF EZE 13:8||Therefore thus says the Mighty Lord, "Because you speak falsehood and invent a lie,—I am absolutely opposed to you," says the Mighty Lord."|
|RF EZE 13:9||My hand will be against the preachers of false visions, and the diviners of a lie. They shall not come to the Council of My People, nor be recorded in the records of the House of Israel, nor shall they arrive at the soil of Israel,—until they learn that I am the EVER-LIVING;|
|RF EZE 13:10||because, and because they have deluded My people by exclaiming, 'Peace!' when there was no peace, and build that as a fence, and then daubed it with mortar.|
|RF EZE 13:11||"Say to the mortar daubers, It will fall! A swishing shower will come,—and I will send flinging hail stones, and a raging tearing wind, when the wall will fall!|
|RF EZE 13:12||Then will they not ask you, 'Where is the daub you daubed upon it?'|
|RF EZE 13:13||"However," the Mighty Lord says this, "I will smash it by a wind in My fury, and a sweeping rain shall come in My anger, and hailstones in My indignation to destroy,|
|RF EZE 13:14||and break the wall down, that you daubed with mortar, and break it to the earth, and bare its foundations, and it shall fall with you under it! Then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 13:15||Thus I will satisfy My indignation against the wall, and those who daubed it with mortar, when I ask you, 'Where is the wall? and where is its daubing? '|
|RF EZE 13:16||You Preachers of Israel, who preach to Jerusalem, and view visions of peace for her,—when there is no peace," says the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 13:17||"But you, son of Adam, set your face against the daughters of your people,—the preacheresses out of their own invention,—and preach against them,—|
|RF EZE 13:18||and say, Thus says the Mighty Lord: "Woe to the sewers of pillows to the sides of their arms! Who put cushions of all heights on their heads to hunt souls!—the hunted souls of My people,—and living souls for yourselves!|
|RF EZE 13:19||And you have degraded Me to My people for handfuls of barley, and bits of bread! to kill the souls who would not have died, and to revive the souls that ought not to be revived, for your lies, by My people listening to your lies!|
|RF EZE 13:20||Therefore thus says the Mighty Lord:—I am against the pillows that you hunt the flying souls with, and will tear them off from your arms, and liberate the souls you hunt,—the flying souls!|
|RF EZE 13:21||So I will tear the pillows and deliver My people from your hands, and they shall be no more in your favour to be hunted. Then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING;|
|RF EZE 13:22||although you grieved the right hearted by falsehood, when I had not made them sad,—and encouraged the wicked not to turn from his wicked way of life.|
|RF EZE 13:23||Therefore you shall not again have sham visions and divinations, for I will deliver My People from your hands. Then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|