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 20:1||
Some Elders enquire of the Lord, Who rejects them.
|RF EZE 20:2||Then the message of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:—|
|RF EZE 20:3||"Son of Adam! Speak to these old men of Israel and say to them, "Thus asks the Mighty Lord: Have you come to inquire of Me?|
|RF EZE 20:4||'By My life I will not be enquired of by you," the Mighty Lord says. "Judge them, judge them, Son of Adam. Teach them the depravities of their fathers, and tell them,—|
|RF EZE 20:5||'Thus says the Mighty Lord. At the time I chose Israel, and lifted up My hand to the race of the House of Jacob, and disclosed Myself to them in the country of the Mitzeraim, and lifted up My hand to them, and said, I am your EVER-LIVING God;|
|RF EZE 20:6||at that time when I raised My hand to them to bring them from the land of the Mitzeraim to the country I intended for them, flowing with milk and honey,—it is the most splendid of all countries.|
|RF EZE 20:7||I said to each of them, Fling away the pollutions from your eyes, and do not corrupt yourselves with the idols of the Mitzeraim. I am your EVER-LIVING God! '|
|RF EZE 20:8||But they rebelled against Me, and were not desirous to listen to Me. Every one of them did not fling away the pollutions of his eyes, nor did they abandon the idols of the Mitzeraim therefore I threatened to pour out My indignation upon them, to assuage My anger at them in the land of the Mitzeraim.|
|RF EZE 20:9||However, I acted, because of My name, so as not to degrade it in the sight of the heathen amongst whom they were;—in whose sight I discovered Myself to them,—and brought them out from the land of Mitzer.|
|RF EZE 20:10||Thus I brought them out of the country of the Mitzeraim, and conducted them to the desert,|
|RF EZE 20:11||and gave them the Institutions and Decrees that I taught; which the man who practices will live by them.|
|RF EZE 20:12||I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a memorial between them and Me, that I am the EVER-LIVING, their Sanctuary.|
|RF EZE 20:13||But the House of Israel rebelled against Me in the Desert. They did not follow My Institutions, and rejected the Decrees that I had made for them; and violated My Sabbaths greatly,—therefore I threatened to pour out My wrath upon them, to destroy them in the Desert.|
|RF EZE 20:14||"However I worked for My Name, so that it might not be degraded in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I had brought them out.|
|RF EZE 20:15||Yet I lifted up My hand to them in the Desert, declaring I would not bring them to the country I had given them,—flowing with milk and honey,—the most splendid of all lands,—|
|RF EZE 20:16||because they rejected My Decrees, and did not walk in My Institutions,—and profaned My Sabbaths—for they went after the idols of their hearts!|
|RF EZE 20:17||However, My eye refrained from destroying, and I did not make an end of them in the Desert.|
|RF EZE 20:18||But I said to their children in the Desert, ' Do not walk after the ideas of your fathers, nor follow their decisions, nor corrupt yourselves with their Idols;|
|RF EZE 20:19||I am your EVER-LIVING God! Walk according to My Institutions, and preserve My Decrees, and practice them; and sanctify My Sabbaths,|
|RF EZE 20:20||and let them be a memorial between Me and you, to teach you that I am your EVER-LIVING God.'|
|RF EZE 20:21||"But the children also rebelled against Me! They did not walk by My Institutions, and did not preserve My Decrees, and practice them,—which if a man practices he will live by them. They profaned My Sabbaths,—therefore I threatened to pour My indignation upon them in the Desert.|
|RF EZE 20:22||However I withdrew My hand, and acted for My Name,—so that it might not be degraded in the sight of the heathen, in whose presence I had brought them out.|
|RF EZE 20:23||Yet I raised My hand to them in the Desert to scatter them among the Nations, and to disperse them in the countries,|
|RF EZE 20:24||because they had not practiced My Decrees, and had rejected My Institutions, and profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes followedthe Idols of their fathers.|
|RF EZE 20:25||And I consequently appointed them Imperfect Institutions, and Decrees that could not give life to them!|
|RF EZE 20:26||Thus I made them polluted in the gifts to themselves—in coming upon every opener of the womb,—so that I might fix them, and that they might learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 20:27||"Therefore, son of man, speak to the House of Israel, and tell them, Thus says the Mighty Lord,—Your fathers always outraged Me thus, with resolute perversity.|
|RF EZE 20:28||However I brought them to the country I had raised My hand to give them, and they admired all its lofty hills, and all its shady woods, and sacrificed their sacrifices there, and presented their offensive gifts, and placed there sweet perfume, and drank their drinks!|
|RF EZE 20:29||But I asked them, 'What are these Columns that you go to, and whose name is called at the Column to this day? '|
|RF EZE 20:30||"Consequently say this to the House of Israel, ' Thus the Mighty Lord asks, Will you corrupt yourselves in the same way as your ancestors, and fornicate as filthily as them?|
|RF EZE 20:31||and offer your foul gifts to this day, in passing your children through the fire to all your idols? Why should I answer you, House of Israel?' By My life," says the Mighty Lord, "I will not be consulted by you!|
|RF EZE 20:32||Yet what arises in your mind shall net be effected,—when you say, ' We will become like the heathen,—like the families of the countries, and worship wood and stone!'|
|RF EZE 20:33||By My life," says the Mighty Lord, "if I will not reign over you with a strong hand, and directing arm,|
|RF EZE 20:34||and with pouring indignation; and bring you out from the Peoples, and collect you from the countries where I have scattered you with a strong hand, and directing arm, and pouring indignation,|
|RF EZE 20:35||and bring you to the desert of the Peoples, and judge you there face to face,|
|RF EZE 20:36||as I judged your ancestors in the desert of the land of the Mitzeraim, so I will judge you," says the Mighty Lord,|
|RF EZE 20:37||"and pass you under the rod, and bring you to the bonds of the Treaty.|
|RF EZE 20:38||But I will expel from you the rebels and revolters against Me. I will bring them from the country where they were lodged, but they shall not enter the land of Israel;—then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.—|
|RF EZE 20:39||But you, of the House of Israel,—go everyone and serve his idols, and afterwards, if you will not obey Me, yet do not again outrage My Holy Name with your gifts and your idolatries,—|
|RF EZE 20:40||for in my Holy Hill, and the High Mountain of Israel,'' says the Mighty Lord, "all the House of Israel will serve Me perfectly in the lands of their country, —and I will there demand your wav- ings,and first fruits, and gifts, with all your consecrations.|
|RF EZE 20:41||I will delight in your perfumes, when I bring you out from the Peoples, and collect from the countries where I had scattered you, and I will make My Name respected through you in the sight of the heathen.|
|RF EZE 20:42||Then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING, when I have brought you to the soil of Israel, —the land that I raised My hand to give to your ancestors,|
|RF EZE 20:43||and you will then reflect upon your courses and all your ways by which you corrupted yourselves, and be loathsome in your own eyes, because of all the vices you have practiced.|
|RF EZE 20:44||You will also recognize that I, the EVER-LIVING, work for you because of My Name,—not because of your vicious ways and rotten courses, House of Israel," says the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 20:45|| The Doom of Theman.
The command of the Lord came to me again to say:
|RF EZE 20:46||"Son of Adam! Set your face towards Theman, and set it to the south wind, and preach against the forest of the south country,|
|RF EZE 20:47||and say to the forest of the south, ' Listen to the message of the EVER-LIVING! Thus says the Mighty Lord! I will light a fire in you, and devour all your green trees, and every withered tree. It will burn unquenchably, and everything will be scorched before it, from south to north.|
|RF EZE 20:48||Then every person will learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, have kindled it unquenchably! '"|
|RF EZE 20:49||But I replied, "Ah, EVER-LIVING, do they not say he talks in enigmas? ''|