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 28:1||
The Lesson of Tyre's Fate.
|RF EZE 28:2||"Son of Adam! proclaim to the Prince of Tzur and say; Thus says the Mighty Lord, because of the pride of your heart, and your saying, 'I am a god! I sit with the gods in the heart of the seas!' Yet you are a man, and not a god!—although you have set your heart in the circle of the gods!|
|RF EZE 28:3||However, you are wiser than the judge of the gods! They cannot hide any secrets from you!|
|RF EZE 28:4||You have made yourself powerful by your sciences, and your knowledge, and enriched yourself in treasures of gold and silver! You have traded with your many sciences,|
|RF EZE 28:5||you have increased your power,—and your heart has risen with your power!|
|RF EZE 28:6||Therefore," thus says the Mighty Lord, "because you have set your heart like the heart of God,|
|RF EZE 28:7||I will bring cruel, tyrannical nations against you, who will draw their swords against your fine sciences, and spoil your splendour!|
|RF EZE 28:8||and you shall sink to death with a deadly wound in the heart of the sea!|
|RF EZE 28:9||Will you assert before your murderers, I am a god? Yet you will be a man, and not a god, to the hand wounding you! You shall die in contempt:—|
|RF EZE 28:10||you shall die by the hand of a foreigner;—for I, the EVER-LIVING, have decreed it!"|
|RF EZE 28:11|| A Second Lament over Tyre.
Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 28:12|| "Son of Adam! raise a lament over the king of Tzur, and say to him, Thus says the Mighty Lord,
A Lamentation for Tyre.
"You perfect seal! full of science and spotless in beauty!
|RF EZE 28:13|| You once were in Eden the garden of God!
Every stone that is precious was fastened upon you,
Ruby, topaz, and diamond; the beryl and onyx;
Sapphire, emerald, and opal; in chasings of gold,
They were made, and set on you the day you were born!
|RF EZE 28:14|| And you were the Kerub, the holy protector,
And sat on the hill that was sacred to GOD:
You walked in the midst of the bright flashing jewels;
|RF EZE 28:15||You were right in your path from the day of your birth! Until in yourself the corruption was formed;|
|RF EZE 28:16|| Till your trades filled your breast with extortion and wrong!
So I flung you out from the mountain of Godhood,
And sent your guardian Spirit from among the bright gems!
|RF EZE 28:17|| From your beauty your heart rose; your science corrupted;
Notwithstanding your splendour I flung you to earth;
And before kings, I cast you, to show what you are!
|RF EZE 28:18|| "Your great passion for trade deeply wounded your virtues,
So I bring fire from you, consuming yourself!
And on earth lay your ashes, in sight of onlookers;
|RF EZE 28:19|| All nations who knew you will shudder above you!
You have been a terror; but shall be never more!"
|RF EZE 28:20|| The Doom of Zidon.
Then the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 28:21||"Son of Adam! Set your face against Zidon, and proclaim to her,|
|RF EZE 28:22||and say, Thus says the Mighty Lord! Zidon! I am against you, and I will be honoured amongst you. Then they will know that I am the EVER-LIVING, when I execute justice on her; and I shall be respected in her.|
|RF EZE 28:23||For I will send a plague to her, and bloodshed in her streets, and the slain shall fall in her from the sword that assails her around;—then they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 28:24||And there shall not be again an irritation from them, or painful briar to the House of Israel, from any around, but they will learn that I am the Mighty Lord!"|
|RF EZE 28:25|| The Lesson from the fate of Israel's enemies.
The Mighty Lord declares thus: —"When I collect the House of Israel from the Peoples among whom I have scattered them, and have been reverenced by them in the sight of the heathen, and they are restored to the soil I gave to My servant Jacob,
|RF EZE 28:26||upon which they shall dwell in safety, and build houses and plant vineyards, and rest secure,—when I have executed Justice on all around who despised them,—they will acknowledge that I am their EVER-LIVING God!"|