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 26:1||
The Doom of Tyre.
|RF EZE 26:2||"Son of Adam! Because Tzur said to Jerusalem, 'Hurrah! the gate of the nations is broken! Her ruin will turn wealth to me! '|
|RF EZE 26:3||Therefore the Mighty Lord says thus,—I am opposed to you, Tzur, and will bring many nations against you, like the rollers come up from the sea!|
|RF EZE 26:4||And they will wreck the walls of Tzur, and raze her towers, and sweep the dust from her, and I will make her a dry rock.|
|RF EZE 26:5||She shall become in the midst of the sea a place for spreading—a place for nets in the midst of the sea,—for I have said it," the Mighty Lord declared, " and she shall become plunder for the nations.|
|RF EZE 26:6||And her daughters who are in the country shall be murdered by the sword,—when she will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EZE 26:7||The Mighty Lord says this:—"I will bring Nebukhadnezzar, king of Babel from the north against Tzur;—the king of kings, with horse and chariot, and cavalry, and the mass of a great force.|
|RF EZE 26:8||Your daughters in the country will be slain by the sword, and he will make a rampart against you, and heap up an embankment, and raise approaches against you,|
|RF EZE 26:9||and erect batteries against your towers and overthrow your towers with his pickaxes!|
|RF EZE 26:10||" The dust from his troops of horses shall cover you; —your wall will shake with the roar from his horsemen and waggons, and chariots, when they enter your gates, as they enter the breach of a city!|
|RF EZE 26:11||He will tramp with the hoofs of his horses in all your streets,—he will slaughter your people with the sword,—and fling your fortifications to the ground!|
|RF EZE 26:12||And they will plunder your wealth, and loot your treasures,—overturn your walls, and pull down your charming palaces, and fling your stones, and timbers, and dust into the deep sea!|
|RF EZE 26:13||And I will stop the sound of your songs, and the music of your harps shall be no longer heard!|
|RF EZE 26:14||for I will make you a water- less rock,—you shall become a place to spread nets,—nor be rebuilt for ever! " for the Mighty Lord has spoken, the Mighty Lord declared it!|
|RF EZE 26:15||Thus says the Mighty Lord to Tzur, "Will not the islands tremble at the sound of your fall? at the groans of the slaughtered in your streets?|
|RF EZE 26:16||and all the princes of the sea descend from their thrones, and strip off their broidered robes,—and clothe themselves with terror? sit on the ground, and lie down in silence and astonishment at you?|
|RF EZE 26:17|| Then they will raise a lamentation over you and say:—
The Nation's Lament over Tzur.
"Has the Mistress of all the Seas perished?—
The glorious city made strong by the sea?
Who with her people terrified all who were in it!—
|RF EZE 26:18|| How the shores shake at the day of your fall!
And the Isles of the Sea are dismayed at your fate!"
|RF EZE 26:19||For thus says the Mighty Lord! "I will make your city a heap of ashes; like the cities that are uninhabitable, by bringing up the billows against you, and covering you with great seas,|
|RF EZE 26:20||and will bring you down to the lowest depth, to the men of old, and you shall dwell beneath the earth with everlasting desolation, in the deepest pit,—for you shall never be inhabited; because I will not let you dwell, or give you plunder in the land of the living!|
|RF EZE 26:21||I will make you a terror when you cease to exist,—and when sought you shall not be found, for ever and ever!" the Mighty Lord declares.|