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 33:1||
A Warning to Israel.
|RF EZE 33:2||"Son of Adam, speak to the children of your people and say to them, ' When I bring a sword against a country, and take a man of that country to its borders, and appoint him as a watchman for them,|
|RF EZE 33:3||and he sees the sword coming to the country, and he blows his trumpet, and arouses the People,—|
|RF EZE 33:4||whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, but the sword approaches and seizes him,—his blood will be upon his own head.|
|RF EZE 33:5||He heard the sound of the trumpet, and did not take warning,—his blood will be on himself, since he had been warned to protect his life.|
|RF EZE 33:6||"But if when the watchman saw the sword advancing, he did not sound the trumpet, nor warned the people, and the sword came, and took a person from them, he will have been taken by his fault, and I will require his blood at the hand of the watchman.|
|RF EZE 33:7||"And you, Son of Adam,—I have appointed you as a watchman for the House of Israel:—therefore listen to the command from My mouth, and warn them by it.|
|RF EZE 33:8||If I say to the wicked that he shall die for his wickedness, and you do not speak to warn the sinner from his wicked way, he will die by his sin,—but I will seek his blood on your hand.|
|RF EZE 33:9||But when you warn the wicked to turn from his way,—and he does not turn from his course,—he will die for his sin,—but you will have delivered your soul.|
|RF EZE 33:10||"So now, Son of Adam, speak to the House of Israel, address them who say:—"' Because our sins and offences are upon us, we waste away by them, —and there is no revival! '|
|RF EZE 33:11||"Say to them, 'By My life,' says the Mighty Lord, 'I do not delight in the death of the wicked;—but wish the wicked to turn from his course and be revived. Turn! Turn! from your bad course! Why will you kill yourselves, House of Israel?'|
|RF EZE 33:12||"Therefore you, Son of Adam, tell the children of your people, 'The righteousness of the good will not rescue him at the time when he sins;—and the wickedness of the wicked will not weigh against him when he turns from his wickedness:—nor the righteous be able to live by it when he sins!'|
|RF EZE 33:13||"When I tell the righteous that he shall live, and he relies in that righteousness, and does wrong, all his righteousness will not be remembered, but for the wrong he has done he will die by it.|
|RF EZE 33:14||"But when I tell the wicked he shall die,—and he abandons his offences, and practices justice and right,—|
|RF EZE 33:15||if the wicked restores the pledge;—returns the theft;—follows the rules of life—ceases to do wrong;—then he shall live, he shall not die.|
|RF EZE 33:16||All the offences by which he had offended will not be remembered against him. He practices justice and right,—he will live.|
|RF EZE 33:17||"But the children of your people say, 'The path of the Almighty is not straight!' Your path, however, is not straight.|
|RF EZE 33:18||By the righteous turning from his righteousness and practicing evil,—he then dies by it.|
|RF EZE 33:19||And by the wicked turning from his wickedness, and practicing justice and righteousness,—he is revived by them.|
|RF EZE 33:20||Yet you say, 'The path of the ALMIGHTY is not straight!' House of Israel, I will sentence every one of you by his own courses!"|
|RF EZE 33:21|| The fall of Jerusalem and a message upon the news.
It was in the twelfth year, on the tenth of the fifth month, of our transportation, a refugee from Jerusalem came to me to say: "The city has been assaulted!"
|RF EZE 33:22||But the hand of the Lord had been upon me in the evening before the refugee came, and He had opened my mouth when he came to me in the morning, and I could speak, being no longer dumb,|
|RF EZE 33:23||So the command of the EVER-LIVING came to me to say:|
|RF EZE 33:24||"Son of Adam! The inhabitants of the ash-heaps in the land of Israel exclaim, and say: 'Abraham was an individual, yet possessed the country; —and we are many. Give us the possession of the country.'|
|RF EZE 33:25||Therefore tell them, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord: Because of the blood you eat, and the raising of your eyes to idols, and the blood you have shed,—ought you to possess the country?|
|RF EZE 33:26||You stand on your ruins practicing depravities,—and each corrupts the wife of his neighbour!—yet you would possess the country? '|
|RF EZE 33:27||"Tell them this, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord: By My life, those in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and those in the open field I will give to the beasts for food! and those in forts and caves shall die of disease.|
|RF EZE 33:28||I will also make the country desolate and waste, and her proud power shall fail, and the hills of Israel be a desert without a passenger.|
|RF EZE 33:29||Then they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING when I make the country desolate and waste, because of all the depravities they practice.'|
|RF EZE 33:30||"And you, Son of Adam,—the children of your People make a talk about you in the shadow of the walls, and at the doors of their houses, and they say one to another, each to his friend, 'Let us go now and listen what message has come from the EVER-LIVING.'|
|RF EZE 33:31||But they only come to you as a gathering crowd, and sit before you as a mob, and listen to your speech; bat they do not practice it,—for they flatter with their mouth, but their hearts follow villany!|
|RF EZE 33:32||And you are like a love-song to them, beautiful in sound, and cheering in tone, so they listen to your words;—but they do not practice them;—|
|RF EZE 33:33||but when that comes which will come,—they will acknowledge that a Prophet has come amongst them!"|