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 27:1||The command of the Ever Living came again to me to say:—|
|RF EZE 27:2||"You, yourself, also, Son of Adam, raise a lament over Tzur, and say to Tzur,|
|RF EZE 27:3|| Lamentation over Tyre.
"You, who reside at. the ports of the sea,—
Who trade with the Peoples of numerous isles,
Thus says the Almighty Jehovah to Tzur,
You boast—' I am perfect in beauty! '
|RF EZE 27:4|| Your bounds are the heart of the ocean,
Your builders have finished your charms!
|RF EZE 27:5|| " They built you with cypress from Senir,
For your decks they used Lebanon cedar,
And they took it to form your high masts,—
|RF EZE 27:6|| Bashan's oak trees supplied you with oars,
Your benches were ivory and box from Kittim,
|RF EZE 27:7|| Your gay flag was fine linen of Egypt,
Your sails were rich purple from Elishah's Isles!1
|RF EZE 27:8|| "Your sailors were peoples from Zidon and Arvad,
Your Pilots were skilful;—they came, Tzur, from you;
|RF EZE 27:9|| The skill and the science of Ghebel were yours,
Constructing and building your ships for the sea,
And their sailors were with you to go on your voyage.
|RF EZE 27:10|| " Fars, Lud, and Fut were your troops,
Your soldiers with shield and with helm;
Which they hung in you, to add to your pride!
|RF EZE 27:11|| And as troops' round your walls were the sons of Arvad,
And brave fellows they were on your towers,
Who hung up their shields round your walls,
And perfected your charms!
|RF EZE 27:12|| "You traded with Tharshish for all kinds of wealth,
For silver, for iron, for tin, and for lead;
They purchased your mercantile wares.
|RF EZE 27:13|| Javan, Tubal, and Meshech all traded with you,
Giving bodies of men, and bronze goods for your stores.
|RF EZE 27:14|| The House of Togramah with horses and chargers,
And mules have all purchased your goods.
1 Note.—Ch. 27, v. 7. "Elishah Isles," name of a region. Was it the British Isles, whose woad purple dyes were celebrated of old, as we learn from the Roman and Greek poets and writers? The tint of woad is what we now call our Navy Blue, and was the colour of our National Flag of old, as it is still.—F.F.
|RF EZE 27:15|| " Sons of Dedan dealt with you, and many Isles traded,
Handing ebony, ivory, in change for your cash.
|RF EZE 27:16|| And Aram bought much of your factory products;—
With emeralds, and purple, and muslin, and lace,
And coral, and rubies, they paid for your wares.
|RF EZE 27:17|| Judah, and Israel's land were your dealers;
For fine wheat, and balms, and for honey and oil,—
And marbles, they purchased from you.
|RF EZE 27:18|| " Damask purchased much that you made,
With the rich wine of Helbon, and whitest of wooi.
|RF EZE 27:19|| Dan and Javan bought cloth in your markets;
They sold you wrought iron, and cassia and spices;
|RF EZE 27:20||Dedan sold you rich saddles for riding;|
|RF EZE 27:21|| The Arabs and princes of Kedar dealt with you,—
Lambs, sheep, and fine goats were their goods.
|RF EZE 27:22|| The merchants of Sheba and Raamah were traders,
With the best of all spices, and all precious gems,
And gold which they paid for your wares.
|RF EZE 27:23|| " Haran, and Kanah, and Aden, with all Sheba's merchants,
And Ashur and Kilmad were trading,
|RF EZE 27:24|| They bought of you fine purple fabrics,
And laces, and braids of mixed hues,
And cables well twisted, and cedars they purchased.
|RF EZE 27:25|| " Ships of Tarshish transported your trade,
And extended your power in the heart of the seas.
|RF EZE 27:26|| But your sailors have brought you to breakers;
The eastern wind wrecks in the midst of the sea;
|RF EZE 27:27|| Your bullion, your cargoes, your merchants, and seamen,
And captains, constructors, shipbuilders and brokers,
With all the bold warriors about you,
With all those collected within you will fall,
In the depth of the sea on the day when you fall!
|RF EZE 27:28|| " At the sound of the shriek of your pilots,
The breakers will tremble;—
|RF EZE 27:29|| All who handle the ropes will descend from their ships,
The sea-captains and sailors will stand on the land,
|RF EZE 27:30|| And will send up their cries and will bitterly shriek,
Cast dust on their heads, and will roll on the sand-hills,
|RF EZE 27:31|| And strip themselves for you, and clothe them in sacks.
And weep with soul-anguish and bitterly grieve,
|RF EZE 27:32|| And raising their wail, they will chant over you,—
"' Oh! Who was like Tzur in the midst of the waters?
|RF EZE 27:33|| Many nations were fed by your trade on the seas!
By your great wealth and traffic the kingdoms grew rich.
|RF EZE 27:34|| Now the breakers have wrecked in the trough of the sea!
Your cargo and crew sink with you to its bed!
|RF EZE 27:35|| All dwelling in islands are stupefied at you!
And their monarchs quivering have terrified looks!
|RF EZE 27:36|| The mercantile nations scream at you in terror
' You were,'—but you never shall rise up again! '"