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 45:1||
"And when you allot the country into estates, you must give to the EVER-LIVING as a sanctification from the country,—a length of twenty-five thousand rods long, and ten1 thousand broad,—which shall be sacred all around its borders.
|RF EZE 45:2||From this there shall be taken for the Sanctuary a surface of five hundred by five hundred, with fifty cubits round it for a suburb.|
|RF EZE 45:3||So by this measurement, measure a length of twenty- five thousand, and a breadth of ten thousand, and the Holiest Sanctuary shall be in it.|
|RF EZE 45:4||It shall be dedicated by the country to the priests who officiate in the Sanctuary of the EVER-LIVING, and shall be a place for their homes, and be most sacred.|
|RF EZE 45:5||And twenty-five thousand rods long and ten thousand broad shall be assigned for the Levites who officiate in the Temple, for them to hold as twenty residential towns.|
|RF EZE 45:6||And give as township holdings five thousand broad, and twenty-five thousand long; it must be alongside that consecrated by the Parliament of the House of Israel.|
|RF EZE 45:7|| " And assign to the Prince, on each side of the consecrated endowment, and of the township holdings, on each side, at the front of the consecrated endowment, and at the front of the township holdings,—on the western side, westwards, and on the eastern side, eastwards, and along each side of the estates,—from the western boundary to the eastern boundary.
l Note.—Ch. 45, v. 1. "Ten." Some readings have " twenty " thousand, which is probably the correct one, the "ten" being copied by the omission of two letters representing the plural, i.e., in Hebrew—"im," the double of ten.—F.F.
|RF EZE 45:8||That land shall be his estate in Israel, so that the princes may no more oppress My People, but they shall assign the country to the House of Israel by their tribes.|
|RF EZE 45:9||" Princes of Israel," says the Mighty Lord, "let this be enough for you! Reject oppression and violence; and practice the just and the right! Remove your confiscations from My People," says the Mighty Lord. "|
|RF EZE 45:10||Let there be right scales, and right ephah, and a right bath;|
|RF EZE 45:11||let the ephah and the bath be proportionate;—the bath to carry the tenth of a homer,—and the ephah the tenth of a homer. Let the homer itself be the standard.|
|RF EZE 45:12||"And the shekel shall be twenty grains. Your Manah shall be twenty- five shekels, and twenty shekels, and five shekels.1|
|RF EZE 45:13||" And this is the taxation which shall be imposed. The sixth of an ephah from the homer of wheat, and the sixth of an ephah from the homer of barley.|
|RF EZE 45:14||" And the proportion from a bath of oil;—the tenth of a bath from a cor,—of ten baths, that is a homer,—because the baths are a homer.|
|RF EZE 45:15||"And one lamb out of a flock of two hundred, from the water meadows of Israel, for food-offerings, and burnt- offerings, and thank-offerings, to expiate for them," the Mighty Lord commands.|
|RF EZE 45:16||"All the population of the country shall be subject to this taxation to the Prince of Israel.|
|RF EZE 45:17|| And it shall be incumbent upon the Prince to provide the burnt-offerings, and thank-offerings, and drink-offerings, at the Festivals, and months, and on the Sabbaths; and at all the Assemblies of the House of Israel he shall provide the sin-offerings, and the food-offerings, and the thank-offerings to expiate for the Parliament of the House of Israel."
1 Note.—Ch. 45, v. 12. Equal to fifty shekels, which were the accurate Manah (about 51. 14s.). The ordinary reading of the passage makes the enumeration 55 shekels—twenty and five shekels, and twenty shekels, and ten and five shekels = 55 shekels—but this is a manifest error of some ancient Hebrew transcriber in writing the last " ten," by a slip of eye or memory.—F.F.
|RF EZE 45:18||The Mighty Lord commands thus: "On the first of the first month you shall provide a perfect bullock from the fold, and purify the Sanctuary.|
|RF EZE 45:19||And the Priest shall take some of the blood and put upon the door-posts of the Temple, and the four corners of the landing of the altar, and upon the posts of the gates of the Inner Court,|
|RF EZE 45:20||and do the same on the seventh of the month for general faults or errors, and expiate for them in the Temple.|
|RF EZE 45:21||" At the beginning of the fourteenth day of the month, you shall prepare yourselves for the Feast of the Pass- over for seven days, by eating unfermented bread.|
|RF EZE 45:22||And the Prince shall provide on that day, on account of himself, and on account of the People of the country, a bullock for a sin-offering.|
|RF EZE 45:23||He shall also provide, during the seven days of the feast, as a burnt-offering to the LORD, seven perfect bullocks, and seven rams, a day, for seven days, and as a sin-offering a he-goat daily, and as food-offering,|
|RF EZE 45:24||he shall also provide an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and a hin of oil with the ephah.|
|RF EZE 45:25||" In the seventh month on the fifteenth day, he shall provide the same for seven days,—similar sin-offerings, similar burnt-offerings, and similar food-offerings,—with similar oil."|