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 21:1||
Denouncing the Sins of Israel.
|RF EZE 21:2||"Son of Adam! Set your face towards Jerusalem, and let it trip to the Sanctuaries, and preach against the soil of Israel,|
|RF EZE 21:3||and say to the soil of Israel, Thus says the Lord: ' I am against you! and will draw My sword from its sheath, and cutoff from you the righteous and the wicked!|
|RF EZE 21:4||Then when I have cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, My sword shall proceed against every person from the south to the north!|
|RF EZE 21:5||when every person will learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, having drawn My sword from its sheath, will never return it.'|
|RF EZE 21:6||"Consequently you, Son of Adam, sigh!—sigh with shaking waist, and bitterness;—sigh in their sight.|
|RF EZE 21:7||And then if they say to you, For what do you sigh? ' you must reply, At the report that has come.' So let every heart sink, and all hands weaken, and every spirit faint, and all knees tremble like water! for the event will come to pass," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 21:8|| The Sword of the Son of God.
The command of the EVER-LIVING again came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 21:9||"Son of Adam, proclaim and say,' Thus says the EVER-LIVING! Exclaim, a sword! A sword! Sharp and bright.|
|RF EZE 21:10||It is sharpened for slaughter! That it may be destructive lightning! or the gleaming sceptre of My Son that melts every tree!|
|RF EZE 21:11||It is endowed with brilliancy to be held in His hand; it is a sharp sword,—it is bright,—it is given to the hand of slaughter!|
|RF EZE 21:12||"Shriek and howl, Son of Adam, for it will come to My People! It will reach all the princes of Israel! My People will be terrified by that sword! Therefore slap your thigh,|
|RF EZE 21:13||because of the trial. And what if even the Gleaming Sceptre cannot endure it?" the Mighty Lord asks.|
|RF EZE 21:14||"But you, Son of Adam, preach, strike hand on hand, and triplicate the sword twice! The murderous sword!—the mighty murderous sword, that penetrates to them!|
|RF EZE 21:15||For terror of heart, and the furious attacks on all their gates, I will fix the threatening sword point. I will make it like lightning flashing to slaughter!|
|RF EZE 21:16||Rush to the right hand! Turn to the left! Come! Fix your face!|
|RF EZE 21:17||Yet I also will clap My hands, and satisfy My indignation,—I, the EVER-LIVING, have said it!"|
|RF EZE 21:18|| Ezekiel Ordered to make a Map of the of march of the King of Babel.
The command of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:—
|RF EZE 21:19||"And now, Son of Adam! appoint for yourself two ways; sketch for yourself two ways for the entrance of the sword of the King of Babel. Let them both start from the same district, and when depicting it, depict a city at the end of the roads.|
|RF EZE 21:20||You must depict the route of the sword to Rabath of the Beni-Amon, and to Judah, to besiege Jerusalem.|
|RF EZE 21:21||Then depict the King of Babel at the Head of the two ways deciding which is the road to take,—by the shaking of arrows; asking of the Terephim; looking at the liver!|
|RF EZE 21:22||Let the decision come on his right hand, for Jerusalem! to erect batteries, to break her side,—to slaughter on the hills, —to shout with roarings;—to fix batteries against her gates,—to heap up an embankment, to construct ramparts.|
|RF EZE 21:23||Yet it will be a silly tale in the sight of those who swore the oaths. Yet he remembers their fault and will seize it.|
|RF EZE 21:24||"Therefore," thus says the Mighty Lord, "because you have called your fault to remembrance, by publishing your sins, and displaying your offences, in all your proceedings, —because you have reminded about yourselves, you will be caught.|
|RF EZE 21:25||"But for you, wicked, wounded Prince of Israel, whose day has come, with the time of this last fault,"—|
|RF EZE 21:26||the Mighty Lord declares it, "I will remove your turban, and take off your crown. He shall not be himself! I will throw down the high, and lift up the low!|
|RF EZE 21:27||Alas! Alas! Alas! I will overthrow this city! It shall never be revived until its rightful Owner comes,—when I will give it to Him! '|
|RF EZE 21:28|| The Doom of the Beni Amon.
"For yourself, son of Adam, proclaim and say, 1 Thus says the Mighty Lord to the Beni-Amon, about their disgrace, and exclaim,—A sword! A naked sword to slaughter; sharpened to devour by lightning!
|RF EZE 21:29||in spite of your false visions, your lying divinations, hung on your necks,—when your day comes, at the end of your period of sin,—you poor deadly wounded wretch!|
|RF EZE 21:30||Put it in its sheath! I will punish you in the place where you were created,—in your native land,—|
|RF EZE 21:31||I will punish you. I will pour out My anger upon you, I will breathe upon you,—in the fire of My wrath,—I will give you into the power of ruffians, skilful in destruction.|
|RF EZE 21:32||You shall be devoured by fire,—your blood be on your land,—you shall not be remembered, for I, the EVER-LIVING, declare it!'"|