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 19:1||And you!—raise a lament over the princes of Israel, and say:—|
|RF EZE 19:2|| The Lamentation.
What was your mother? A lioness couched among lions
Among the young lions she nourished her whelps!
|RF EZE 19:3|| And one of her cubs became The Young Lion,—
And learnt to tear plunder,—devouring men!
|RF EZE 19:4|| But the nations heard of him and caught in their pit,
And they brought in a cage to the land of Mitz'raim.
|RF EZE 19:5|| When she saw as she watched that her darling was gone,
She selected a whelp, and made him the young lion;
|RF EZE 19:6|| And he marched in the midst of the lions a king!
And learnt to tear plunder,—devouring men!
|RF EZE 19:7|| Guessed the weak ones and ruined,—and ravaged the cities,
And all the land rang with the sound of his roars!
|RF EZE 19:8|| Then the nations came on him around from their forts,
And flung on him their net, and secured in their pit,
|RF EZE 19:9|| And put in a cage, and brought to Babel's king,
Who confined in a den,—that he should not resound
His voice for the future on Israel's hills!
|RF EZE 19:10|| Your mother, like you, was a vigorous vine plant,
Her fruit, and her branches were thick from the streams,
|RF EZE 19:11|| And strong stocks came from her, as sceptres for princes,
Her height touched the clouds, and showed thick leaves above.
|RF EZE 19:12|| But they plucked from the ground and flung out in a fury,
And her fruit is dried up by a wind from the East!
Her strong shoots are withered, and fire consumed them;
|RF EZE 19:13||She now sits in a desert, a dry thirsty ground,|
|RF EZE 19:14|| And fire from her stock eats the single bunch left her,
Nor comes a strong shoot for a sceptre for rule.
Oh! weep for her then, and let this be her Dirge!