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 36:1||
A message to the hills of Israel.
|RF EZE 36:2||Thus says the Mighty Lord! Because your enemies say, ' Ah, Ah,' at you, ' the everlasting hills will be our possessions,|
|RF EZE 36:3||therefore proclaim and say, Thus says the Mighty Lord! Although they have ravaged and worried you all round, to make you a province of broken nations, and to bring you on to the end of the tongue as a contemptible People,——|
|RF EZE 36:4||therefore, Mountains of Israel! listen to the message of the Mighty Lord! The Mighty Lord says to the Mountains, and to the Hills, and to the Valleys and Dales, and to the Waste Heaps of Ashes, and to the Deserted Cities, that were plundered, and laughed at by the broken nations around you;"|
|RF EZE 36:5||thus says the Mighty Lord, "I will promise in the fire of My indignation against the broken nations, and against Edom; all of them who assigned My land to themselves as a possession, with a delighted heart and a malignant mind, that they should be a subject of plunder.—|
|RF EZE 36:6||Therefore proclaim to the soil of Israel, and tell the Mountains, and Hills, and Valleys and Dales,—thus says the Mighty Lord, I promise you in My indignation and anger,—because you have borne the insults of the heathen,—|
|RF EZE 36:7||therefore," thus says the Mighty Lord, " I have raised My band,—that the heathen around you shall bear their own disgrace!|
|RF EZE 36:8||But you, Mountains of Israel! shall grow trees and bear fruit for My People Israel, when they are ready to come!|
|RF EZE 36:9||For I am with you, and will turn towards you, and you will be cultivated and sown,|
|RF EZE 36:10||and I will increase a population from all of the House of Israel, who will return to the burnt-up cities and rebuild them.|
|RF EZE 36:11||For I will increase men and cattle upon you, and you will increase and breed, to your ancient population, and I will benefit you more than formerly. Then you will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EZE 36:12||when I bring the men of My People Israel to you, who will possess you, and you shall be their estates, and you shall never again be bereaved."|
|RF EZE 36:13||Thus says the Mighty Lord! "Because they say to you, 'You devour men, and have been a destroyer of your population!'|
|RF EZE 36:14||Therefore you shall not again devour your population, nor again be bereaved of your population," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 36:15||"And I will no more startle you by the insult of the heathen, and you shall no more bear the reproach of the Peoples,—for you shall not be bereft of your population again," the Mighty Lord declares.|
|RF EZE 36:16||The message of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:|
|RF EZE 36:17||"Son of Adam! when the House of Israel resided in their own country they defiled it by their conduct, and idols,—their conduct before me was like that of a depraved loose woman;|
|RF EZE 36:18||so I poured My indignation upon them, because of the blood they shed upon the earth, and its defilement by idols.|
|RF EZE 36:19||I also scattered them amongst the heathen, and littered them in the countries;—I punished them for their ways and practices.|
|RF EZE 36:20||But upon arriving amongst the heathen where they were sent, they degraded My Holy Name, by saying to them, ' These are the People of the EVER-LIVING! but they have been put out from His country!'|
|RF EZE 36:21||I however have regard to My Holy Name, which the House of Israel have degraded amongst the heathen where they wander;—|
|RF EZE 36:22||therefore tell the House of Israel, Thus says the Mighty Lord! I will not effect this for your sakes, House of Israel, but for MY Holy Name which you have degraded amongst the heathen to whom you have come.|
|RF EZE 36:23||I intend to sanctify My greatly degraded Name amongst the heathen, which you degraded amongst them,—so that the heathen may learn that I am the EVER-LIVING." the Mighty Lord declares, " by My making Myself sacred in their eyes, through you!|
|RF EZE 36:24||Then I will bring you from the heathen, and collect you from all the countries, and bring you to your own soil,|
|RF EZE 36:25||and wash you with pure water, and purify you from all your corruptions, and cleanse you from your idolatries,|
|RF EZE 36:26||and give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in your breast; and remove the heart of stone from your body, and place in you a heart of flesh,|
|RF EZE 36:27||and put My spirit into your breast, and cause you to walk according to My institutions and regard and practice My Decrees.|
|RF EZE 36:28||Then I will restore you to the country I gave to your ancestors, and you shall be My people, and I will be your God,|
|RF EZE 36:29||and rescue you from all your corruptions,—and call to the corn, and increase it, and not lay famine upon you.|
|RF EZE 36:30||I will also increase the fruit of the trees, and the products of the fields, so that the reproach of famine will no more be brought against you by the heathen.|
|RF EZE 36:31||Then you will reflect on your wicked ways, and bad conduct, and be despicable in your own sight, because of your sins and depravities.|
|RF EZE 36:32||I shall not do this for your sakes," the Mighty Lord declares;—"let yourselves know that;—and be ashamed and feel the disgrace of your conduct, House of Israel."|
|RF EZE 36:33||The Mighty Lord says thus, "In the time when I cleanse you from all your passions and restore you to your cities, and you rebuild the burnt ruins;|
|RF EZE 36:34||and the desolate land that was a waste to the eyes of all who passed through it, is again cultivated,|
|RF EZE 36:35||they will ask, ' How has this country, that was a desert, become like the Garden of Eden? and its burnt and desolate and broken-down cities inhabited fortresses? '|
|RF EZE 36:36||Then the fragments of the heathen around will recognize that I, the EVER-LIVING, have rebuilt the ruins, and planted the waste. I, the EVER-LIVING, have promised, and will perform it!"|
|RF EZE 36:37||Thus says the Mighty Lord, "Yet I must be requested by the House of Israel to do this. Then I will increase population for them like sheep,—|
|RF EZE 36:38||like blessed sheep they shall be,—like sheep in Jerusalem at her fairs. The burnt cities shall be full of men like flocks,—and they shall learn that I am the Ever-LIVING!"|