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 31:1||
A Question asked of Pharoh about a Cedar of Lebanon.
|RF EZE 31:2||" Son of Adam! Ask Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, and all his crowd, Who are you like in your grandeur?|
|RF EZE 31:3||You saw Ashur was a cedar in Lebanon,—with beautiful branches, and silent shade, and lofty heights,—with his foliage like dark clouds!|
|RF EZE 31:4||He grew by the brooks;—the deep rose for him,—her streams ran round his roots, and sent their rills to all the trees of the field.|
|RF EZE 31:5||So his stature was higher than all the trees in the fields, and his branches increased, and his boughs multiplied from the plentiful water sent to him.|
|RF EZE 31:6||All the birds of the skies nestled in his branches, and all the beasts of the field bred under his boughs, and many nations rested under his shade.|
|RF EZE 31:7||And he was beautiful in his grandeur and wide-stretching leafage, for his roots were in plenty of water.|
|RF EZE 31:8||The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him; the pines were not equal to his boughs; nor were the planes to his ranches;—all the trees in the garden of God were not equal to him in his beauty.|
|RF EZE 31:9||I made him beautiful with his many branches;—and all the trees in the garden of GOD envied him!|
|RF EZE 31:10||"However," the Mighty Lord says this, " because of excessive height,—and placing his foliage in the clouds, and lifting his heart in pride,|
|RF EZE 31:11||I have given him to the Prince of Nations! He will deal with him! I have driven him off in his crime!|
|RF EZE 31:12||and foreign cruel nations shall cut him down, and abandon him on the hills, when all his glorious boughs will wither, and his branches be broken by the strong of the earth; and all the Peoples of the earth have fled from his shade, and left him!|
|RF EZE 31:13||Upon his wreck all the birds of the skies will settle, and all the beasts of the field come to his boughs.|
|RF EZE 31:14||So let none of all the trees by the brooks exalt themselves on high, nor place their foliage in the clouds, nor station themselves above all the drinkers of water; for all will be given to death, to the earth beneath,—amongst the sons of Adam, who go down to the pit!|
|RF EZE 31:15||" On the day he went to the grave," said the Mighty Lord, " I mourned! I covered the deep for him! I stopped the rivers! I shut up many waters! I darkened Lebanon for him! And all the trees of the field fainted for him!|
|RF EZE 31:16||At the sound of his fall the nations shook! At his descent to the grave;—at his descent to the pit, the depths of the earth sighed;—all the trees of Eden,—the best and fairest of Lebanon,—all that drink waters!|
|RF EZE 31:17||They went down with him to the grave,—to the slain by the sword,—who lay scattered beside him among the nations!|
|RF EZE 31:18||" Are you like him in glory, and grandeur, among the trees of Eden? You will still be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower earth among the defiled,—lying with those killed by the sword,—you, Pharoh, and all your companions," says the Mighty Lord.|