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."
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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.
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|RF EZE 40:1||
Ezekiel Carried to Jerusalem in a Vision.
|RF EZE 40:2||I was brought in the Divine Visions to the land of Israel, and was stationed on a very high hill, and opposite it, towards the south, was a city as if being built.|
|RF EZE 40:3||When he brought me there I saw a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a flaxen cord and a measuring rod in his hand, who stood at its gate.|
|RF EZE 40:4||This man said to me, ' Son of Adam! look with your eyes, and listen with your ears, and fix in your mind all that I show you, because you have been brought for the purpose of having them shown. Therefore inform the House of Israel of all that I show you."|
|RF EZE 40:5||I observed there was a wall around outside the Temple. But the man had a measuring rod six cubits and of a cubit and a hand's breadth in his hand. That was its length. And he measured the entrance to the Temple, one rod, and its height one.|
|RF EZE 40:6||Then he went to the gate which faced towards the East, and ascended the stairs and measured the threshold of the gate, one rod wide. That is, each threshold was one rod wide,|
|RF EZE 40:7||with a lodge one rod long, and one rod broad, and the elevation of the lodges was five cubits;—and the platform of the gate at the side porch of the gate opposite the Temple, was one rod.1|
|RF EZE 40:8|| (Then he measured the porch of the gate opposite the Temple, one rod.)
1 Note.—Ch. 40, v. 8
This verse is not found in several Hebrew MSS. It is probably a transcriber's blunder In wr ting' twice the opening of verse 9. I therefore remove it to the page foot, to restore the purity of the original text.—F.F.
|RF EZE 40:9||Next he measured the porch of the gate eight cubits, with its panels of two cubits. This was the porch of the gate opposite the Temple.|
|RF EZE 40:10||And the lodges at the East Gate were three on this side and three on that side. The three of equal measure, and each of the porches the same size on each side.|
|RF EZE 40:11||Then he measured the broadwayof the gate,—ten cubits wide, with an incline of thirteen cubits up to the gate,|
|RF EZE 40:12||with a seat of one cubit on each side before the lodges, and a seat of one cubit at their sides. The lodges themselves were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.|
|RF EZE 40:13||He next measured the gate from roof to roof of the lodges—a distance of twenty-five cubits from door to door.|
|RF EZE 40:14||Then he arranged a colonnade of sixty cubits;—with a colonnade all|
|RF EZE 40:15||round the court of the gate. And at the front of the entrance gate up to the front of the Porch of the Inner Gate, was fifty cubits.|
|RF EZE 40:16||The lodges and porches had latticed windows with verandahs around the gates, as well as verandahs around the porches and windows. But there were palms over the porches.1|
|RF EZE 40:17||Then he brought me to the Outer Court. There I saw cloisters, and a worked tesselated pavement all over the court. There were thirty cloisters in the court.|
|RF EZE 40:18||And there was a tesselation at the sides of the gates,—the tesselation extended the whole breadth of the gates.|
|RF EZE 40:19||Then he measured the breadth from before the Tower Gate at the front of the court, with a verandah outside for one hundred cubits on the East, and North.|
|RF EZE 40:20||He also measured length and breadth of the gate that faces to the north of the Outer Court,|
|RF EZE 40:21||with its three lodges on each side, and its porches and cloisters were of the same size as at the first gate, fifty cubits long, and twenty-five cubits broad.|
|RF EZE 40:22||With the windows, and porches, and verandahs like the form of the gate that faces towards the East, with seven steps ascending to it, with a verandah over them.|
|RF EZE 40:23||There was also a gate to the Inner Court on the South, a gate to the North, and to the East, and he measured from gate to gate a hundred cubits.|
|RF EZE 40:24||Then he led me to the South, where I saw a gate towards the south, and he measured its porches and verandahs the same measure of the others,|
|RF EZE 40:25||with their windows, surrounded by verandahs,—fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits broad,|
|RF EZE 40:26|| with stairs of seven steps, and verandahs over them with a Palm on each side of the porch.
1 Note.—Ch. 40, v. 16. " Palms over the porches." Were these "Palms" not similar to the "groined arches" of the Saracenic architecture, miscalled Gothic? I think so. —F.F.
|RF EZE 40:27||And there was a gate to the Inner Court, towards the South, and he measured from gate to gate towards the South a hundred cubits.|
|RF EZE 40:28||Then he led me to the Inner Court, by the South Gate, and measured the South Gate, the same as the others,|
|RF EZE 40:29||with its lodges, and porches, and verandahs, the same as them; and its windows with verandahs round them,—fifty cubits long and twenty- five cubits broad.|
|RF EZE 40:30||The verandah also around was twenty-five cubits long and five cubits broad;|
|RF EZE 40:31||with a verandah towards the Outer Court, and Palms over the verandah, and eight steps ascending to it.|
|RF EZE 40:32||Next he brought me to the Inner Court towards the East, and measured the gate, the same size as the others, with its lodge, and porch,|
|RF EZE 40:33||and verandah the same as them, and its windows with verandahs around,—fifty cubits long, and twenty-five cubits broad,|
|RF EZE 40:34||with verandahs towards the Outer Court, and palms over the verandahs, on each side, and eight steps ascending to them.|
|RF EZE 40:35||Then he led me to the North Gate, and measured as he measured the others;—its lodge and porch,|
|RF EZE 40:36||and verandah, and its windows around, —fifty cubits long, and twenty-five cubits broad,|
|RF EZE 40:37||with its porch towards the Outer Court, on each side, and eight steps going up to it.|
|RF EZE 40:38||And near the porch of the gates there was a chamber fixed, at the side of the stairs,|
|RF EZE 40:39||and near the porch of the gate were two tables on one side and two tables on the other side, upon which to slay the burnt-offerings, and sin-offerings, and trespass- offerings.|
|RF EZE 40:40||And on the outside of the stairs at the entry of the North Gate, were two tables. And on the other side, where the verandah of the gate is, were two tables,—|
|RF EZE 40:41||four tables here, and four tables there, at the side of the gate,—eight tables to slay upon|
|RF EZE 40:42||There were also four tables of cut stone for the burnt-offerings, of one- and-a-half cubits long, and one-and- a-half cubits broad, and their height one cubit, and the instruments with which they slaughtered the burnt-offerings were laid upon them shelves|
|RF EZE 40:43||And were fixed around the house of a hand breadth, but the flesh of the gifts was on the tables.|
|RF EZE 40:44||And outside the Inner Gate were the chambers of the singers. They were opposite the Inner Court, on the north side of the gate, and faced towards the South. One was at the side of the East Gate, facing towards the North.|
|RF EZE 40:45||" And," he said to me, " this chamber that faces towards the South must be reserved for the priests of the Temple.|
|RF EZE 40:46||The chamber also which faces towards the north must be reserved for the Sacrificing Priests, who are of the descendants of Zadok, who approach to officiate to the EVER-LIVING from amongst the descendants of Levi."|
|RF EZE 40:47||Then he measured that Court a hundred cubits long, and a hundred cubits wide, a square, with the altar in front of the Temple.|
|RF EZE 40:48||Next he brought me to the porch of the Temple, and measured each jamb of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that, and the width of the gate was three cubits on this side and three on that.|
|RF EZE 40:49||The length of the colonnade was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits. And they ascended to its verandah by stairs, and pillars supported one side of verandah and pillars the other.|