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 34:1||
A Warning to Israel.
|RF EZE 34:2||"Son of Adam! Preach against the shepherds of Israel, and tell those shepherds; 'Thus says the Mighty Lord. Woe to the shepherds who shepherd themselves!—should not shepherds shepherd their flock?|
|RF EZE 34:3||Who consume the milk, and wear the wool, and kill the fattened;—but shepherd not the flock!|
|RF EZE 34:4||You have not strength- ened the feeble;—and have not cured the wounded; and have not bandaged the broken, nor turned back the straying;—nor sought the lost; but brutally kicked and driven them off!|
|RF EZE 34:5||So they were scattered without a shepherd, and devoured by all the wild beasts of the field, and chased!|
|RF EZE 34:6||My sheep wandered on all the hills, and on all the high mountains, and over all the surface of the country the flock was scattered, and you never enquired or sought for them.|
|RF EZE 34:7||Therefore, Shepherds! listen to the message from the EVER-LIVING!|
|RF EZE 34:8||' By My life,' says the Mighty Lord, 'it is because you let My flock be devoured by all the wild beasts of the field, without a shepherd;—and the shepherds never care about My flock;—but the shepherds mind themselves, and do not mind the sheep,|
|RF EZE 34:9||therefore, Shepherds! listen to the message from the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 34:10||Thus says the Mighty Lord, ' I am xo against you, Shepherds, and will demand My sheep from your hands, and will dismiss you from your shepherdship of the flock,—and you, Shepherds! shall shepherd yourselves no more;—but I will rescue My sheep from you, and you shall not devour them.'|
|RF EZE 34:11||" For," thus says the Mighty Lord, " I will attend My sheep and look after them.|
|RF EZE 34:12||As a shepherd looks after his flock during the time he is amongst the scattering sheep; —so I will look after My sheep, and rescue them from all the hollows where they have been scattered in the day of clouds and darkness,|
|RF EZE 34:13||and will bring them out from the Peoples, and collect them from the countries, and bring them to their own ground, and shepherd them on the hills of Israel, by the brooks, and near the inhabited country.|
|RF EZE 34:14||I will shepherd them with good shepherding, and their folds shall be on the high hills of Israel, where they shall lie down in good pasture, and feed fat on the provender of the hills of Israel!|
|RF EZE 34:15||I will shepherd My flock, and I will comfort them," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 34:16||"I shall seek for the lost; and will turn back to straying; and bandage the broken; and strengthen the feeble,—but kill the fat and strong. I will shepherd properly!|
|RF EZE 34:17||I will also give My flock," the MIGHTY Lord says this, " Myself justice between sheep and sheep, and rams and he-goats.|
|RF EZE 34:18||" Does it seem nothing to you to have fed on good pasture, and neglected your shepherding;—that you must trample it with your feet? And having been quenched with clear water,—but you must muddle the rest with your feet?|
|RF EZE 34:19||so that My sheep must eat what your feet crushed, and drink what your feet had befouled?|
|RF EZE 34:20||"Consequently," the MIGHTY LORD says this, I Myself will decide between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.|
|RF EZE 34:21||Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, and struck with your horns all the weak, until you have expelled them to the outside,|
|RF EZE 34:22||I will protect My sheep, and they shall not again become a prey, for I will decide between sheep and sheep,|
|RF EZE 34:23||and will appoint a Perfect Shepherd, who will shepherd them,—My Servant David,—who shall pasture them, and be their shepherd.|
|RF EZE 34:24||I, the EVER-LIVING, will also be their GOD, and My Servant David a prince to them. I, the EVER-LIVING have said it.|
|RF EZE 34:25||" Then I will make a treaty of peace with them, and expel cruel beasts from the country, so that they may reside in the open plains in security,|
|RF EZE 34:26||and sleep in the woods. I will also endow those who surround My hills with a blessing;—and rain shall pour down in its season; and there shall be blessed showers.|
|RF EZE 34:27||Then the tree of the field shall bear its fruit, and the earth give out its produce,—and they shall be secure on their grounds. Then they will know that I am the EVER-LIVING, when I have broken yokes off them, and delivered them from power of those who enslaved them;|
|RF EZE 34:28||for they shall never again be a prey for the heathen, nor shall the wild beasts of the earth devour them,—but they shall rest in safety, and without fear.|
|RF EZE 34:29||And I will raise for them a wonderful plant,—and they shall be no more destroyed by famine in the country, and no more bear the insults of the heathen;|
|RF EZE 34:30||but acknowledge that I am their EVER-LIVING God, and the House of Israel are My People," said the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 34:31||"You, however, My sheep, the sheep of My pastures, are Men! I am your God! " says the Mighty Lord.|