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 22:1||
The Crimes of Jerusalem.
|RF EZE 22:2||" Will you now, son of Adam, judge the bloody city, and teach her all her depravities?|
|RF EZE 22:3||And will you say, —Thus says the Mighty Lord, 'City! You shed blood in your breast, to hasten on your destiny! And you make yourselves idols, to defile yourself!|
|RF EZE 22:4||You shall perish in the blood that you have shed;—and be defiled by the idols you have made! For you have contracted your days, and brought years upon yourself,—therefore I will make you a scorn to the heathen, and a derision in all countries!|
|RF EZE 22:5||You shall be named "Many Revolutioned!" both the near and the distant shall deride you!|
|RF EZE 22:6||Look at your nobles, Israel! Each sheds blood as far as his power goes!|
|RF EZE 22:7||In you they despise both father and mother. They oppress the stranger in you. In you they wrong the fatherless and the widow!|
|RF EZE 22:8||You have degraded My Sanctuary,—and profaned My Sabbaths!|
|RF EZE 22:9||In you men accuse falsely to shed blood, and in you they eat sacrifices to the hills! In you they plan treachery!|
|RF EZE 22:10||In you a father's shame is disclosed. In you they corrupt women bound by a vow;|
|RF EZE 22:11||and each commits depravity with his neighbour's wife; and everyone devises to defile his daughter-in-law; and every one has debauched his sister, his father's daughter in you.|
|RF EZE 22:12||In you bribes are taken to shed blood. You take usury and exorbitant interest; and plunder your neighbour by extortion; and have forgotten Me,"' says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 22:13||"Therefore see! I have struck My hands against the plundering you have done; and at the bloodshed which exists amongst you!—|
|RF EZE 22:14||How can your heart stand, or your hands be strong, at the time when I shall deal with you? I, the EVER-LIVING, have said, and will do it,|
|RF EZE 22:15||that I would scatter you amongst the heathen, and disperse you in the countries, and eradicate your corruptions from you,|
|RF EZE 22:16||and make you vile to yourself in the sight of the heathen;—then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EZE 22:17||The message of the EVER-LIVING again came to me to ask:—|
|RF EZE 22:18||"Son of Adam! Are the House of Israel dross to Me? They are all copper, and tin, and iron, and lead in a furnace,—they are the refuse of silver!|
|RF EZE 22:19||Therefore," thus the Mighty Lord said, " because you are all dross, I will pile you into the well of Jerusalem,|
|RF EZE 22:20||as silver, and copper, and iron, and lead and tin are piled into the well of a furnace, to blow the fire over to melt them. Thus I will pile you in My indignation and fury, and melt you!|
|RF EZE 22:21||I will melt you thus,—and blow on you with My fiery anger, and dissolve you in the well.|
|RF EZE 22:22||Like silver is melted in the well of the furnace,—so you shall be melted in that well,—and learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, pour out My wrath upon you."|
|RF EZE 22:23|| Israel's Crime.
Again the command of the Ever-LIVING came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 22:24||" Son of Adam, say to her:—' It is a land not purified, nor rained upon, in the lowering day.|
|RF EZE 22:25||Her Preachers conspire in her, like a roaring lion desiring to tear his prey. They devour wealth, they seize riches:—they have increased the destitute among you.|
|RF EZE 22:26||Her priests have violated My laws, and outraged My Sanctuary. They do not distinguish between the consecrated and the common; and do not separate between the pure and the unclean; and have veiled their eyes from My Sabbaths; and I am despised among them.|
|RF EZE 22:27||Her nobles are like wolves in her breast tearing prey, and pouring out blood, and destroying lives for the sake of plunder;|
|RF EZE 22:28||and her preachers impel them by silly false visions, and lying divinations,—exclaiming, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord,' when the Lord has not spoken!|
|RF EZE 22:29||They have oppressed and robbed the people of the country, and grieved the poor and distressed, and wronged the stranger,—refusing justice.|
|RF EZE 22:30||And I have sought for a man among them to mend the fence, and stand in the gap before Me for the sake of the country, that I might not destroy it;—but I found none!|
|RF EZE 22:31||So I will pour out My anger upon them, —in the fire of My wrath I will destroy them. On their own heads I have laid their conduct,"' said the Mighty Lord.|