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 3:1||
Then He said to me: "Son of Adam! Eat what you have found. Eat this volume! and go and speak to the House of Israel."
|RF EZE 3:2||So I opened my mouth, and He made me eat that volume.|
|RF EZE 3:3|| Then He said to me: "Son of Adam! Let your belly eat, and fill your stomach with that volume, which I have given you."
I consequently ate it, and it was as sweet as honey to my mouth!
|RF EZE 3:4||He afterwards said to me: "Son of Adam! Go,—approach,—the House of Israel, and report My Message to them;|
|RF EZE 3:5||for I do not send you to a People of deep lips, and heavy tongue, but to the House of Israel,—|
|RF EZE 3:6||not to many Nations of deep lip and heavy tongue, whose language you could not understand if I sent you to them,—they might listen to you,—|
|RF EZE 3:7||but the House of Israel will not be desirous to listen to you,—for they are not willing to listen to Me,—for all the House of Israel are hard-browed and stiff-hearted.|
|RF EZE 3:8||However I will give you a bold face against their faces, and a bold brow against their brows.|
|RF EZE 3:9||As a diamond is harder than flint, I have made your brow. Fear not, nor submit to them,—for they are a rebellious family."|
|RF EZE 3:10||He also said to me, "Son of Adam! Take all the commands I entrust to you, to your heart, and listen with your ears,|
|RF EZE 3:11||and go, approach to the captivity of the children of your people, and address them, and say, 'Thus says the Almighty Lord!'—whether they listen, or whether they refuse!"|
|RF EZE 3:12||Then the wind carried me along and I heard behind me a great rushing sound,—proceeding from the dwelling of the Mighty Lord,|
|RF EZE 3:13||and the sound of the wings of the Beings clapping one against the other,—and the sound of the wheels accompanying them,—and the sound of a great rushing.|
|RF EZE 3:14||So the wind took me up, and seized me, and I went better, in heat of my breath, and the hand of the EVER-LIVING was strongly upon me.|
|RF EZE 3:15||Thus I was brought to the transports of Thelabib, who were settled by the Great River, and who resided there, and I stayed there seven days amongst them in a stupor.|
|RF EZE 3:16||But at the end of the seven days, the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say;|
|RF EZE 3:17||"Son of Adam! I have placed you as a watchman for the House of Israel, therefore listen to a message from My mouth, and instruct them from Me.|
|RF EZE 3:18||When I say to the wicked, ' You shall die! ' and you do not inform him or do not speak to the wicked to warn him from his evil way, to revive him—the wicked will die in his wickedness, but I will seek his blood on your hand!|
|RF EZE 3:19||But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness,—and from his evil way,—the wicked shall die in his sin, but you will have redeemed your soul.|
|RF EZE 3:20||"And when a good man abandons right, and does wrong, when I reprove him openly he shall die. He will die, if you have not warned him of his sin, for the right that he did will not be remembered; but I will seek his blood on your hand.|
|RF EZE 3:21||But if you warn the good not to sin, and he ceases from sin, he will live, if he took warning and you will have redeemed your soul."|
|RF EZE 3:22|| The Message from the Valley to Jerusalem.
The hand of the EVER-LIVING came upon me again, and He said, "Arise, go out to the valley, and I will speak to you there."
|RF EZE 3:23||So I arose and went out to the valley, and saw the Divine Splendour standing there, like the splendour that I saw by the Great River, —and I fell upon my face.|
|RF EZE 3:24||Then breath came to me, and I raised myself upon my feet, and He spoke to me and said:|
|RF EZE 3:25||"Go! Shut yourself in your house! But, son of Adam, they will put ropes and chains upon you, so that you may not go out amongst them.|
|RF EZE 3:26||I also will fix your tongue to your palate, and make you dumb, so that you cannot be a reprover of them,—for they are a rebellious family!|
|RF EZE 3:27||But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth, when you must say to them, ' Thus says the Mighty Lord.' Listen, and faint! for they are a rebellious family.|