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 43:1||He then brought me to the gate,—to the gate facing towards the east,—|
|RF EZE 43:2||and I saw the Glorious God of Israel come from the way of the East, with a sound like the sound of many water s, and the earth was enlightened by His splendour.|
|RF EZE 43:3||And the appearance of the vision that I saw was like the appearance which I saw when I came to the destruction of the city, and visions like the appearance that I saw by the Great River;—and I fell on my face.|
|RF EZE 43:4||But the Glorious Life came to the Temple by way of the gate that faces towards the East,|
|RF EZE 43:5||and the wind lifted me up and brought me to the Inner Court, and I saw the House full of the Splendour of the Life.|
|RF EZE 43:6||Then I heard from the Temple an address to myself, and a Man came and stood beside me,|
|RF EZE 43:7||and said to me:—"Son of Adam! The place for My Throne, and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will stay amongst the children of Israel for ever! For the House of Israel will not again degrade My Holy Name: —they and their kings,—by their whoredoms, and the carcasses of their kings when dead;|
|RF EZE 43:8||by placing their threshold by My threshold, and their doors by My doors, with only a wall between Me and them;—by which they degraded My Holy Name, by the depravities which they practiced, —therefore I consumed them in My anger.|
|RF EZE 43:9||Now let them remove far from Me their fornications, and the carcasses of their kings, and I will stay amongst them for ever.|
|RF EZE 43:10||"You, Son of Adam, inform the House of Israel about this Temple, and let them be ashamed of their vices, and let them restore its beauties.|
|RF EZE 43:11||And if they are ashamed of all they have done,—portray the Temple, and its form, and exits and entrances, and shape, and let them know its arrangements, and ordinances, and draw them for their observation, and let them preserve all its plans, and all its arrangements, and use.|
|RF EZE 43:12||" The foundations of the Temple shall be the top of this hill; all round its circumference, is sacred—these are the foundations.|
|RF EZE 43:13||And these are the measurements of the Altar by cubits, of a cubit and a hand breadth; —the breast a cubit, and a cubit the breadth, with a border around of seven inches,—and the back of the Altar the same.|
|RF EZE 43:14||And from the breast of the ground, to the lower landing,—two cubits; and the width one cubit; and from the lesser landing to the larger landing,—four cubits; and the breadth a cubit;|
|RF EZE 43:15||and the hearth four cubits, with four horns rising up from the hearth;|
|RF EZE 43:16||but the hearth shall be twelve long by twelve broad,—a self-contained square.|
|RF EZE 43:17||And the landing shall be fourteen long, by fourteen broad, a perfect square;—with a border around it of half a cubit, with a breastwork of a cubit around it, with a staircase facing the East."|
|RF EZE 43:18||Then he said to me, " Son of Adam! Thus says the Mighty Lord! These are the instructions for the Altar, when they make it, to offer burnt-offerings upon, and sprinkle blood upon.|
|RF EZE 43:19||"You shall provide for the priests of the Levites, who are of the family of Zadok, who approach to Me," says the Mighty Lord, " to offer to Me a bullock from the fold for consecration,|
|RF EZE 43:20||and he shall take some of its blood and put upon the four horns, and upon the four faces of the landings, and upon the surrounding enclosure and consecration, and consecrate it, and expiate for it.|
|RF EZE 43:21||Then you shall take the consecrating bull and burn it in the precincts of the Temple, outside the Sanctuary.|
|RF EZE 43:22||And on the second day, you shall offer a perfect he-goat for consecration, and consecrate the altar, as they consecrated with the bullock.|
|RF EZE 43:23||" When you have completed the consecration, offer a perfect bullock from the fold, and a perfect ram from the flock.|
|RF EZE 43:24||Present them before the EVER-LIVING;—when the priest shall scatter salt upon them, and offer them as a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF EZE 43:25||Do this for seven days,—consecrate a goat daily, and a bullock from the fold, and a ram from the flock,|
|RF EZE 43:26||offer daily for seven days, and expiate for the Altar, and purify it,—and fill its hands.|
|RF EZE 43:27||When these days are completed, then Upon the eighth day and forwards, let the priests offer upon the Altar the burnt-offerings, and the peace-offerings, and I will accept you," says the Mighty Lord.|