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 17:1||
Ezekiel ordered to make a puzzle out of a vine plant.
|RF EZE 17:2||"Son of Adam! Make a puzzle and an enigma about the House of Israel,|
|RF EZE 17:3||and say, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord, There was a great eagle with big strong spreading wings, full of variegated feathers, who came to Lebanon, and seized his cedar boughs,—|
|RF EZE 17:4||the topmost shoots,—broke them off, and carried them to the Land of Trade,—planting them in the Town of Merchants.|
|RF EZE 17:5||He also took some of the seed from that country, and sowed it on a seed-field, near plenty of water,—he planted it like a willow,|
|RF EZE 17:6||and it grew, and became like a luxuriant vine; low in height, with branches twisting on themselves, and its roots were under it. Thus it became a vine, and produced and sent out shoots.|
|RF EZE 17:7||"But there was another Great Eagle with big wings, and many feathers, and you see this vine turned its roots towards him, and sent out branches for him to water it,—|
|RF EZE 17:8||on the open field by plenty of water where it was set to produce grapes,—to bear fruit, and be a glorious vine.|
|RF EZE 17:9||"Ask this," said the Mighty Lord, "will it prosper? Will he not cut off its roots, shoots, and fruit? and make all its flourishing leaves wither, even without a strong arm, or many people to pull it up from the roots?|
|RF EZE 17:10||So look! having been planted will it prosper?—will it not at the approach of the East Wind wither on the bed where it grows?"|
|RF EZE 17:11||Again the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:—|
|RF EZE 17:12||"Ask the rebellious family, Do you not know what this thing means? You saw the king of Babel came to Jerusalem, and he took its king and princes, and brought them with him to Babel.|
|RF EZE 17:13||Then he took some of the Royal Family, and made a treaty with it, and brought it to the oath, and took the nobles from the country,|
|RF EZE 17:14||so that the kingdom might be depressed, and unable to rise,—and be kept standing by the treaty.|
|RF EZE 17:15||It, however, revolted from it by sending ambassadors to Mitzer to give it cavalry and a great army. Having done this, will it prosper and escape? And having broken the treaty, can it escape?|
|RF EZE 17:16||By My life," says the Mighty Lord, "in the house of the king who made him king, in which he is a captive, and where he has broken the treaty,—in the country of Babel, he shall die!|
|RF EZE 17:17||Nor shall Pharoh succeed with him in the war by his great force, or numerous army, by heaping up embankments, or building ramparts, and destroying many lives,|
|RF EZE 17:18||although he despised the oath, and broke the treaty! Be sure although he has given his hand, and done all this,—he shall not escape.''|
|RF EZE 17:19|| The Parable of the Lord's Cedar on the High Hill.
The Mighty Lord therefore says this, "I will bring My oaths that he has despised, and My treaty that he has broken, on his own head,
|RF EZE 17:20||and spread My net over him. Yes! I will lay My snare, and bring him to Babel, and condemn him there for all that he has wronged Me.|
|RF EZE 17:21||And all his flying troops shall fall by the sword;—and the remnants be scattered to the winds—then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING Who has said it!"|
|RF EZE 17:22||Thus says the MIGHTY LORD; "I also will take a branch of a tall cedar, and plant it,—from the top of its twigs I will pluck a tender shoot, and plant it on a high and noble hill,—|
|RF EZE 17:23||I will plant it on the highest hill of Israel where it will shoot up boughs and produce fruit, and become a glorious cedar, and birds of every kind will fix their homes in the shadow of its branches.|
|RF EZE 17:24||Then all the trees of the field will learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, have depressed the lofty tree,—and exalted the lowly tree,—have exhausted the vigorous tree, and made the dry tree flourish,—that I, the EVER-LIVING, have promised, and done it."|