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 30:1||
Woe to many nations.
|RF EZE 30:2||" Son of Adam! Proclaim and say: 'Thus says the Mighty Lord—Howl, Alas for the day!|
|RF EZE 30:3||For the day comes,—the day of the EVER-LIVING comes,—a gloomy day,—the day of the Nations comes!|
|RF EZE 30:4||And a sword has gone to Mitzer,—and anguish has gone to Kush, at the fall of the wounded of Mitzer, for her wealth is seized, and her foundations are upturned!|
|RF EZE 30:5||Kush, and Phut, and Lud, and all the Arab and Kub, and the men of the countries allied with them shall fall by the sword!|
|RF EZE 30:6||" Thus," said the Lord, "theyshall fall heavily with Mitzer, and her proud strength shall rush down. They shall fall with her by the sword from Migdol to Suneh," said the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EZE 30:7||"and be desolate amongst the desolate countries, and their cities amongst the cities shall become heaps of ashes!|
|RF EZE 30:8||When they will learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, have put a fever in Mitzer which will shatter all her strength.|
|RF EZE 30:9||Then messengers shall proceed from My presence to the deserts to cause terror to easy Kush, and anguish will reach them like that of Mitzer,—for look! it has arrived!"|
|RF EZE 30:10||The Mighty Lord continued thus, " I will take away the wealth of Mitzer by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel.|
|RF EZE 30:11||He, and his People with him,—the terror of Nations,—advance to destroy the country; and draw their swords against Mitzer, and fill the land with slain.|
|RF EZE 30:12||I also will make their rivers ash-heaps and sell the country to the hands ot the cruel, —and desolate the land, and its industry, by the hand of foreigners, I, the EVER-LIVING, have said it! ''|
|RF EZE 30:13||Thus says the Mighty Lord, "I will make the idols waste away,—and destroy the delusions from Noph, and a prince shall never again come from the land of the Mitzeraim,—but I will put fear in the country of Mitzer.|
|RF EZE 30:14||I will also desolate the Delta, and set fire to Zaon, and execute justice on Noa,—|
|RF EZE 30:15||and pour My indignation on Sin, the Fortress of Mitzer, and cut off the wealth of Noa.|
|RF EZE 30:16||When I set fire to the Mitzeraim, Sin will be in torment, and Noph in daily misery!|
|RF EZE 30:17||The warriors of Aven and Pi-beseth will fall by the sword, and they shall go to captivity.|
|RF EZE 30:18||What a dark day for Taphenes when I break the supports of the Mitzeraim, and destroy the pride of her power! Gloom will cover her! when her daughters go into slavery!|
|RF EZE 30:19||and I execute justice on the Mitzeraim; then they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF EZE 30:20|| The Doom of Egypt's Power.
It was in the eleventh year, on the first of the seventh month, the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:—
|RF EZE 30:21||" Son of Adam! I have shattered the arm of Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim! and it has not been bound with remedial appliances, or wrapped in bandages, to fix and strengthen it to grasp the sword.|
|RF EZE 30:22||For," thus said the Mighty Lord, ''I am opposed to Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, and have broken the arms of his power,—they are broken,—and have caused the sword to fall from his hand!|
|RF EZE 30:23||And I will scatter the Mitzeraim amongst the nations, and sow them in the countries,|
|RF EZE 30:24||but will strengthen the arms of the king of Babel, and put My sword into his hand; but break the arms of Pharoh, who will groan the groans of the wounded before him!|
|RF EZE 30:25||For I have strengthened the arms of the king of Babel, and enfeebled the arms of Pharoh,—and they shall learn that itis I, the EVER-LIVING, Who put the sword into the hand of the king of Babel, and extend it against the Mitzeraim; and|
|RF EZE 30:26||Who scatter the Mitzerites amongst the nations, and sow them amongst the countries,—where they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|