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 39:1||
" So now, Son of Adam, proclaim against Gog, and say, Thus says the Mighty Lord! I am opposed to you, Gog, Chief Prince of Meshech and Thubal!
|RF EZE 39:2||Therefore I will incite you, and induce you, and bring you up from the far north, and lead you to the hills of Israel,|
|RF EZE 39:3||where I will strike your bow out of your left hand and your arrows shall drop from your right, upon the hills of Israel.|
|RF EZE 39:4||You shall fall and I will give you and all your hordes as food for the ravenous birds of all kinds, and beasts of the field.|
|RF EZE 39:5||You shall fall on the face of the fields,—for I have decreed it," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 39:6||" I will also send fire upon Magog, and the population of the secure coasts,—and they shall learn that I am the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF EZE 39:7||Then My Holy Name will never die;—when the heathen learn that I, the EVER-LIVING, am beneficent to Israel.|
|RF EZE 39:8||" Be sure it will come, and be in existence," says the Mighty Lord, " that day of which I speak.|
|RF EZE 39:9||" Then the population of the cities of Israel shall come out and burn, and fire the arms, and bucklers and shields, and bows and arrows, and maces and spears, and burn them for seven years as fuel.|
|RF EZE 39:10||They will not need to carry timber from the fields, nor to cut it from the forests, for they will burn the equipments as fuel, and plunder their spoil, and loot their loot," the Mighty Lord declares.|
|RF EZE 39:11||" And on that day I will give Gog a place of burial in Israel,—the Vale of Passage,—alongside the sea, but it will make the travelers stop their noses, and they will bury Gog there with all his multitude, and call the spot Gog's Defeat.|
|RF EZE 39:12||It will take the people of Israel seven months to bury them, so that they may purify the country.|
|RF EZE 39:13||All the people of the country will be burying them, and it will be amongst them a day to celebrate My Name," says the Mighty Lord.|
|RF EZE 39:14||" They will also appoint men to regularly go over the country to bury those who have dropped in scatterings upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it. They will be burying for a period of seven months.|
|RF EZE 39:15||When the searchers, who examine the country, perceive a human bone, they will erect a beacon beside it, until the buryers bury it in the Vale of Gog's Host,|
|RF EZE 39:16||and the city also will be named Hamonah.1 Thus the country will be cleansed.|
|RF EZE 39:17|| " But now, Son of Adam," the Mighty Lord commands thus, " call to every kind of bird, and to every beast of the field, Collect yourselves, and come, and gather around to the sacrifice that I will sacrifice for you; —the great sacrifice upon the hills of Israel; and I will feed you with flesh, and quench you with blood!
1 Note.—Ch. 39, v. 16. In Hebrew, "Hamonah" means "Mob-town."
|RF EZE 39:18||You shall eat the flesh of Heroes, and drink the blood of the Princes of the earth,—rams, lambs, and magnificent bulls,—all of them fat-fleshed!|
|RF EZE 39:19||I will feed you to gorging with fat, and make you drunk with blood, at the sacrifice I shall sacrifice for you!|
|RF EZE 39:20||and will satiate you at My table with horse, and mounted hero, and common soldier," says the Mighty Lord,|
|RF EZE 39:21||''when I display My Majesty to the nations:—and all nations see the decision that I execute, and the power with which I control them.|
|RF EZE 39:22||Then the House of Israel will acknowledge that I am their EVER-LIVING God, from that day forward!|
|RF EZE 39:23||And the heathen will also learn that for their faults the House of Israel were transported. Consequently when they deserted from Me I turned My face from them, and delivered them to the power of oppressors, and they all fell before the sword,|
|RF EZE 39:24||on account of the corruption, and the sin they practiced; —therefore I hid My face from them.|
|RF EZE 39:25||" Consequently," thus the Mighty Lord declares, " I will restore the Captivity of Jacob; and have pity upon all the House of Israel, and be in earnest for My Holy NAME,|
|RF EZE 39:26||and remove their degradation, and all the perversity with which they abandoned Me,—when they dwelt in their own country in safety and without fear,—|
|RF EZE 39:27||when I bring them back from the Peoples, and collect them from the countries of their enemies, and distinguish Myself in the sight of many nations.|
|RF EZE 39:28||Then they will learn that I am their EVER-LIVING God, Who transported them to the heathen;—but Who also will collect them into their own land, and never abandon them there again.|
|RF EZE 39:29||Nor will I again hide my face from them, when I have poured out My spirit upon the House of Israel," says the Mighty Lord.|