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 37:1||
The Plain Covered by dry bones.
|RF EZE 37:2||Then it whirled me over them round and round, and I saw very many on the surface of the Plain, and I perceived they were very dry.|
|RF EZE 37:3||Then He asked me, " Son of Adam, can these bones be revived? " And I replied, "You know, Mighty Lord."|
|RF EZE 37:4||When He answered, "Preach to these bones, and say to them, Dry bones! listen to the message of the Living Life!|
|RF EZE 37:5||The Mighty Lord proclaims, I will bring a wind to you, and you shall revive!|
|RF EZE 37:6||I will also put sinews on you, and cause flesh to cover you, and cover you with skin, and put breath into you, when you will revive,—and learn that I am the Life."|
|RF EZE 37:7||I consequently preached as He ordered me;—and as I preached a sound came, and I perceived an earthquake, and the bone approached to bone!|
|RF EZE 37:8||Then I watched, and saw muscles come over them, and flesh rise and skin cover them over all,—but breath was not in them.|
|RF EZE 37:9||He then said to me, "Proclaim to the Wind,—proclaim, Son of Adam, and say to the Wind, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord,—Wind! come from the four winds, and blow into the throats of these,—and let them revive! '"|
|RF EZE 37:10||So I proclaimed as He ordered me, and the wind came to them, and they revived! and stood on their feet,—a very, very great army!|
|RF EZE 37:11||Then He said to me, "Son of Adam! these bones are all the House of Israel. You know they say, 'Our bones are dry, and our hope has faded: we are exterminated!'|
|RF EZE 37:12||Therefore proclaim and tell them, 'Thus says the Mighty Lord, Be certain that I will open your graves, and bring you from your tombs, My People, and lead you to the soil of Israel!|
|RF EZE 37:13||Then you will learn that I am the Life, when I open your graves and bring you, My People, from your tombs.|
|RF EZE 37:14||And I will put My breath into you, and revive you,—I, the Life, have promised, and I will perform it!" said the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 37:15|| The Parable of the twelve Sticks.
The message of the EVER-LIVING came again to me to say:—
|RF EZE 37:16||"Now you, Son of Adam, select a stick for yourself, and write upon it,' For Judah.' And for the Sons of Israel his companions, take another stick, and write on it, 'For Joseph! ' A stick for Ephraim, and for all the House of Israel their companions.|
|RF EZE 37:17||Then join them for yourself one to another as one stick,—and make them one for your hand.|
|RF EZE 37:18||And when the children of your People ask you, and say, 'Will you inform us why you do this?'|
|RF EZE 37:19||say to them, Thus says the Mighty Lord, Look! I shall take the stick of Joseph which is next to Ephraim, and the staves of Israel his companions, and join them to the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall become one for My hand.|
|RF EZE 37:20||Then hold the sticks you have written upon, in your hand in their sight,|
|RF EZE 37:21||and say to them, Thus says the Mighty Lord, 'Look! I will take the children of Israel from the hand of the heathen, where they have gone, and collect them from around and lead them to their own land,|
|RF EZE 37:22||where I will make them one nation in the country, on the mountains of Israel, and they shall have a single king to govern them, and shall never more be two nations, nor be again divided into two kingdoms.|
|RF EZE 37:23||They will not defile themselves again with idols, and pollutions, nor any of their rebellions. For I will rescue them from all their faults in which they sinned, and purify them, and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.|
|RF EZE 37:24||Then My Servant David shall reign over them and be their single Shepherd to them all, and they will conduct themselves by My decrees, and regard My institutions, and practice them,|
|RF EZE 37:25||and rest in the country that I gave to My servant Jacob,—where your fathers dwelt. You shall reside in it, and your sons, and grandsons for ever,—and My Servant David shall be your prince for ever!|
|RF EZE 37:26||" I will then make a treaty of peace. It shall be an everlasting treaty that I will make with them, —and I will increase them,—and fix My Sanctuary amongst them for ever,|
|RF EZE 37:27||and reside with them, and I will be their God, and they will be My People.|
|RF EZE 37:28||Then the heathen will learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, sanctify Israel, when My Sanctuary is amongst them for ever!"|