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 23:1||
The Wickedness of Aholah and a Aholibah
|RF EZE 23:2||"Son of Adam! There were two women, daughters of the same mother,|
|RF EZE 23:3||and they prostituted themselves in Mitzer in their girlhood. Their breasts were pressed there, and their virgin bosoms used;|
|RF EZE 23:4||and their names were Aholah and Aholibah.1 They became my property, however, and bore sons and daughters; —and the name of the daughter of Aholah was Shomeron, and of Aholibah's Jerusalem.|
|RF EZE 23:5||But Aholah prostituted after she became Mine, and doted on her paramours,—on Ashur her neighbors—|
|RF EZE 23:6||who dress in blue;—governors and rulers,—all of them handsome young fellows,—horsemen, riding on horses;|
|RF EZE 23:7||and gave her fornication to them. They were all the finest men of Ashur,—and she doted upon them, and corrupted herself with all their idols.|
|RF EZE 23:8||She did not however abandon her prostitutions with the Mitzeraim, who lay with her in her youth, and who used her virgin breasts, and poured their whoredom upon her!|
|RF EZE 23:9||So I gave her up into the power of her paramours of Ashur, whom she doted on.|
|RF EZE 23:10|| They stripped her naked. They took her sons and daughters, and murdered them with the sword,—and she became a reproach to their women, who executed justice upon her;—
1 Note.—Ch. 23, v. 3. Her Tent, and My Tent, i.e., Samaria and Jerusalem;
|RF EZE 23:11|| and her sister Aholibah saw it.
"She, however, doted worse than her, and prostituted herself worse than her sister.
|RF EZE 23:12||She also doted on the lads of Ashur, her neighboring governors and rulers, who were gorgeously dressed,—horsemen, riding on horses,—all of them handsome young fellows!|
|RF EZE 23:13||But I saw that she had corrupted herself;—that both had gone the same way.|
|RF EZE 23:14||She, however, increased her profligacy, and saw men painted on tablets,—portraits of the Kasdim painted in red,—|
|RF EZE 23:15||their waists belted with girdles, with tasseled turbans on their heads, all of them gentlemen to look at,—the lads of Babel,—Kasdim by their native land,—|
|RF EZE 23:16||and she doted on them, at the sight of her eyes,—and sent messengers to them to the Kasdim.|
|RF EZE 23:17||So the lads of Babel came to her bed of love, and corrupted her by their whoredoms, and when she was defiled by them, her desire revolted from them.|
|RF EZE 23:18||Then she confessed her prostitutions, and disclosed her shame;—but My soul revolted from her,—as My soul had revolted from her sister.|
|RF EZE 23:19||"She, however, increased her prostitutions, remembering the period of her youth when she whored in the land of the Mitzeraim;—|
|RF EZE 23:20||and doted on the Philishtim, whose bodies are like the bodies of asses, and their lust like the lust of horses.|
|RF EZE 23:21||Thus you revived the idea of your youth,—to work your love amongst the Mitzeraim,—as though your breasts were young!|
|RF EZE 23:22||"Therefore, Aholibah," the Mighty Lord says this, "I will inflame the paramours, from whom your lust is alienated, against you, and bring them from around to assail you!|
|RF EZE 23:23||The lads of Babel and all the Kasdim to punish, and curse, and brand you, with all the lads of Ashur,—handsome young fellows,—nobles and governors, —all of them gentlemen with titles,—riders of horses,|
|RF EZE 23:24||who will come upon you with shield, and chariot, at a rush,—and with a crowd of nations armed with weapon and shield, and helmet, and set themselves around you, and fix their faces for vengeance, and punish you with their own punishments.|
|RF EZE 23:25||For I will show My jealousy against you,—so they shall deal with you in snorting fury,—and cut off your nose,—and after that fell you with the sword! They will seize your sons and daughters,—and after that consume you in the fire.|
|RF EZE 23:26||"I will thus make your vices to cease, and your whoredom from the land of the Mitzeraim!|
|RF EZE 23:27||and you will not lift up your eyes to them, nor remember the Mitzeraim again."|
|RF EZE 23:28||For thus says the Mighty Lord: —"I will give you to the power of those you hate;—whom your lust revolts from!—|
|RF EZE 23:29||and they shall deal with you in their hate, and seize all your earnings, and abandon you stripped and naked, and expose the shame of your prostitution, and vices, and whoredoms!|
|RF EZE 23:30||This shall be done to you, because of your whoring with the heathen with whom you corrupted yourself for their idols.|
|RF EZE 23:31||You went the way of your sister,—so I will pass her cup to your hand!"|
|RF EZE 23:32||Thus says the Mighty Lord! "You shall drink out of your sister's cup. You shall be mocked and insulted! ridiculed and laughed at beyond endurance!|
|RF EZE 23:33||You shall be filled with drunkenness and anguish, from the cup of ruin and desolation!—the cup of your sister Shomeron!|
|RF EZE 23:34||Yes! You shall drink and suck it,—and chew the dregs,—and tear your breasts, for I have said so," the Mighty Lord declares.|
|RF EZE 23:35||"Therefore," thus the Mighty Lord declares, "because you have forgotten Me, and flung Me behind your back,—you shall bear your vices and fornications."|
|RF EZE 23:36||Then the Lord asked me, "Son of Adam! will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? and remind them of their depravities?|
|RF EZE 23:37||For adultery and murder are in their hands,—and they have committed adultery to their idols,—and their children which they bore to Me, they have passed them round to be eaten!|
|RF EZE 23:38||They have also done this to Me;—they have defiled My Sanctuary at the same time, and profaned My Sabbaths.|
|RF EZE 23:39||For they have murdered their children to the idols, and on the same day come to My Sanctuary to defile it! Nay! They have even done it in My House!|
|RF EZE 23:40||" And in spite of all that, you have sent for men to come from a distance, to whom you have sent a messenger, and they came. Then you bathed, painted your eyes, and decked yourself with jewels for them,|
|RF EZE 23:41||and sat on a splendid couch, with a table spread before it, and My oil and perfumes upon it!|
|RF EZE 23:42||And the sound of luxury was with her,—and with the mob of men,—men from the west,—drunkards from the desert, on whose hands she put jewels, and beautiful turbans on their heads!|
|RF EZE 23:43||Then I remarked, 'Will they commit adultery with the old woman! Will they fornicate with the worn-out prostitute! '|
|RF EZE 23:44||And they went to her as they go to a woman who is a whore—that is how they went to Ahlah and Aholibah,—the profligate wives!|
|RF EZE 23:45||"Righteous men, however, will punish them with the punishments of adulteresses, and with the punishments of murderesses,—for adultery and murder are on their hands.|
|RF EZE 23:46||For," thus said the Mighty Lord, " I will bring upon them a crowd, and deliver them to be hustled about, and plundered.|
|RF EZE 23:47||Then the mob will shower stones at them, and cut up with their swords;—kill their sons and daughters;—and consume their houses with fire.|
|RF EZE 23:48||I will thus expel their vices from the country, and warn all women not to practice their sins.|
|RF EZE 23:49||They will in this way lay your vices upon you, and you shall bear the sins of your idolatry, and learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|