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 24:1||
The Parable of the Pot—Jerusalem.
|RF EZE 24:2||" Son of Adam, write the name of this day,—for upon this day's date the king of Babel arrived at Jerusalem.|
|RF EZE 24:3||So compose a parable to the rebellious family, and say to them, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord, Set on the pot! set it on! and pour water into it!|
|RF EZE 24:4||Cut up for it every good cut,—the leg, and the shoulder,—fill it with the best bones!|
|RF EZE 24:5||Take a fat sheep and also pile the bones with it. Boil it well, and stew the bones in it.|
|RF EZE 24:6||For thus says the Mighty Lord, Woe to the Murderers' city! Whose scum is in her! and whose scum cannot get out from her! Bring it out bit by bit, let no lump fall into her!|
|RF EZE 24:7||for her blood is in her,—she poured it on the dry rock! she did not pour it on the earth to cover it with dust!|
|RF EZE 24:8||She brought indignation upon her crime; I exposed her blood upon the dry rock without concealment!|
|RF EZE 24:9||"Therefore," thus the Mighty Lord says, 'Woe to the City of Murderers! for I will pile on the fire!|
|RF EZE 24:10||Heap on wood! Make the fire flame! Stew the flesh, and season it! But let the bones be burnt!|
|RF EZE 24:11||and let it stand empty on the hot coals, so that it may be hot and burn the brass, until the foul scum in it is completely destroyed!|
|RF EZE 24:12||She has boiled her scum well, but it has not come out of her! Her scum increases! The fire increases it, from your foul vices!|
|RF EZE 24:13||Although I cleansed you,—you would not be clean from your filth. You will never be clean until I have satiated my indignation upon you!|
|RF EZE 24:14||" What I, the EVER-LIVING, have threatened will come,—and I will accomplish it. I shall neither shrink, spare, nor pity. I shall punish you according to your ways and conduct," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 24:15||The command of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:—|
|RF EZE 24:16||"Son of Adam! I intend to take the desire of your eyes from you suddenly;—and you must neither grieve nor weep! nor allow your tears to flow.|
|RF EZE 24:17||Groan in silence! Make no moaning for the dead! Arrange your turban on you and put your shoes on your feet; and cover not your lips, and eat no bread for your wife."|
|RF EZE 24:18||So I conversed with people in the morning,—and my wife died in the evening!—but I did the next morning as the EVER-LIVING commanded me.|
|RF EZE 24:19||Then the people asked me,—"Will you inform us, what this, that you are doing, means for us?"|
|RF EZE 24:20||When I replied to them, "The command of the EVER-LIVING came to me saying,|
|RF EZE 24:21||'Proclaim to the House of Israel! Thus says the Mighty Lord! I will defile my Sanctuary! the pride, strength and desire of your eyes, and the darling of your life! and your sons and daughters left to you will fall by the sword!|
|RF EZE 24:22||But they will make you do as I have done;—you will not be allowed to cover your lips, nor to eat the bread of men!|
|RF EZE 24:23||but be forced to dress your heads and shoe your feet,—nor may you mourn or weep,—but waste away in your sufferings, and moan-each to his companion!|
|RF EZE 24:24||And Ezekiel has become a sign to you that all that he has done you will have to do;—then you will learn that I am the Mighty Lord! '|
|RF EZE 24:25||"So now, Son of Adam! In the day I take from them their confidence,—their joy,—their delight,—the desire of their eyes,—and the object of their life,—their sons and daughters,—|
|RF EZE 24:26||in that day will not the fugitives come to you to report it to your ears?|
|RF EZE 24:27||At that time open your mouth to the refugees,—for you can then speak to them and be no more dumb as while you are a sign to them;—when they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|