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 38:1||
The Doom of Gog.
|RF EZE 38:2|| " Son of Adam! set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech, and Tubal, and proclaim to him,
'chief prince of Meshech' also can be translated as "Prince of 'Rosh'" or modern day 'Russia'.
|RF EZE 38:3||and say:—"Thus says the Mighty Lord,—I am opposed to you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal,|
|RF EZE 38:4||but I shall control you by putting My bit into your jaws and bringing you and all your army, horsemen and cavalry all of them fully armed;—a numerous host, with shields and bucklers, and trained to the use of swords;—|
|RF EZE 38:5||and Pars, Cush, and Phut, all of them with shield and helmet;—|
|RF EZE 38:6||Gomer and all his hordes; the House of Thorgarmah from the far north, and the whole of his hordes;—many Peoples with you,—|
|RF EZE 38:7||drilled and disciplined by yourself;—you and all your host,—and their hosts with you,—and you yourself shall be their Commander.|
|RF EZE 38:8||Prepared by yourself for a long time,—shall come at the end of the years to the country restored from its ruins; with your recruits from many Peoples, against the Mountains of Israel that were a continuous waste, but who have been brought out of the nations, and all of them dwelling in security,—|
|RF EZE 38:9||until you ascend like a storm! Coming on like a cloud to cover the land,—you and all your hordes, and many Peoples with you.—|
|RF EZE 38:10||Then," thus says the Mighty Lord; "At that time thoughts will come into your mind, and you will conceive a vile idea,|
|RF EZE 38:11||and will say, I will attack a country of unwalled villages,—I will advance to a quiet, secure population,—all of them without walls, or bars, and having no gates!|
|RF EZE 38:12||to plunder and loot,—to turn your hand against the reinhabited ruins, and against a People collected from the heathen, —practicing commerce and trade, and residing on the top of the earth.|
|RF EZE 38:13||" Sheba, and Dedan, and merchants of Tharshish, and all her Young Lions, will ask you,—' Have you come to plunder and rob? Have you collected your host to carry off silver and gold?—to seize commerce and trade? and to plunder a great plunder? '|
|RF EZE 38:14||"Therefore proclaim, Son of Adam, and tell Gog, ' Thus says the Mighty Lord, at the time when My People Israel rest secure, will you not know it?|
|RF EZE 38:15||and come from your home in the far north,—you,—and many Peoples with you,—all of them riding on horses,—a great horde, and a numerous army?|
|RF EZE 38:16||And you will come against My People Israel, like a cloud to cover the country. It will be in future times that I shall bring you to My country, so that the nations may recognize Me when I have distinguished Myself upon you, Gog. in their sight! '"|
|RF EZE 38:17||Thus says the Mighty Lord! "You are the one of whom I spoke in former times by means of My servants the Prophets of Israel! who proclaimed in the period of their life that I would bring you upon them.|
|RF EZE 38:18||But at that time;—at the period when Gog arrives at the soil of Israel," the Mighty Lord declares it, " My indignation will be raised in My face,|
|RF EZE 38:19||and in My anger and fiery wrath I promise that at that time there shall be a great trembling in the soil of Israel,|
|RF EZE 38:20||when the fish of the sea, and the birds of the skies, and the beasts of the field, and all the things that creep on the face of the earth, shall tremble before Me, and the hills shall be overthrown, and the steeps shall fall, and every wall in the country shall fall!|
|RF EZE 38:21||I will then proclaim against him a sword on all My hills, and the sword of each will assail his companion," says the Mighty Lord,|
|RF EZE 38:22||"and I will execute justice upon him, by disease and slaughter, and pouring rain,' and hail of fire; and rain brimstone upon him, and upon his hordes; and upon the many nations who are with him,|
|RF EZE 38:23||for I intend to magnify, and distinguish, and manifest Myself to the eyes of many nations, that they may learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.|