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 46:1||
The Mighty Lord said also, "The gate of the Inner Court facing the east shall be closed for six working days,—but upon the Day of Rest it shall be opened, and upon the day of new moon.
|RF EZE 46:2||Then the Prince shall come towards the porch outside the gate, and stand before the doors of the gate, while the priest prepares his burnt-offering, and his thank-offering, and he shall bow at the threshold of the gate. He may afterwards enter,—and the gate shall not be shut until the evening.|
|RF EZE 46:3||But the people of the country shall worship in the square of the same gate before the Lord on the Sabbaths, and new moons.|
|RF EZE 46:4||And the burnt-offerings that the Prince shall present to the Lord on the Day of Rest, are six perfect lambs, and a perfect ram;|
|RF EZE 46:5||with a food-offering of an ephah with the ram; and with the lambs, a food fixed by his own hand, and a hin of oil.|
|RF EZE 46:6||And on the day of new moon a perfect bullock from the fold, and six lambs, and a ram,—they must be perfect.|
|RF EZE 46:7||He shall also provide an ephah with the bullock, and an ephah with the ram, as a food-offering; and with the lambs whatever his hand suggests, and a hin of oil to the ephah.|
|RF EZE 46:8||" And when the Prince arrives opposite the porch of the gate, he shall enter and leave by the same way.|
|RF EZE 46:9||But when the people of the country come before the Lord of the Assemblies they must enter by the way of the North Gate to the services, going out by the way of the South Gate; but those arriving by way of the South Gate shall go out by way of the North Gate,—they must not return by way of the gate they entered, but depart by the opposite one.|
|RF EZE 46:10||But the Princes shall enter, and as they depart, they shall depart by the same way.|
|RF EZE 46:11||" At the Festivals, however, and at the Assemblies, there shall be a food- offering of an ephah, with a bullock, and an ephah with a ram, and what his hand gives with the lambs, and a hin of oil with an ephah.|
|RF EZE 46:12||But when the Prince makes a vow of a burnt- offering, or has vowed a thank-offering to the EVER-LIVING, you shall open the gate facing the east for him, and he shall provide the burnt-offering, or the thank-offerings, as he provides on the Sabbath day. Then he shall depart,—and close the gate after him at his departure.|
|RF EZE 46:13||"And he shall provide daily, as a burnt-offering to the EVER-LIVING, a perfect Lamb of a year old. It shall be provided morning by morning.|
|RF EZE 46:14||And you shall provide with it, morning by morning, the sixth of an ephah and the third of a hin of oil to mix the fine flour of the food-offering to the EVER-LIVING, as a regular rule for ever.|
|RF EZE 46:15||They shall thus provide the lamb and the food-offering, and the oil, morning by morning, as a regular burnt-offering."|
|RF EZE 46:16||The Mighty Lord also said, " If the Prince gives some of his inheritance as a gift to any one amongst his sons, it shall belong to his sons,—they shall hold it as an estate.|
|RF EZE 46:17||But if he gives a gift from his property to one of his ministers, it shall only be his until the year of release, then return to the Prince, because his estate is for his children, and shall come to them.|
|RF EZE 46:18||"The Prince, however, shall not seize any estate from the people, to deprive them of their property, but his children shall inherit his own property. Therefore he shall not tear away from My People their possessions."|
|RF EZE 46:19|| The Prophet shown all the courts of the new temple.
He then took me through the passage at the side of the gate of the sleeping-rooms, reserved for the priests, facing the north, and I noticed there a space at the back, towards the West.
|RF EZE 46:20||He then said to me " That is the place where the priests must boil the trespass and sin offerings; where they must bake the food- offering, without going to the Outer Court to inconvenience the people."|
|RF EZE 46:21||He next took me to the Outer Court, and went with me to the four corners of the Court, and I perceived a Court at each corner of the Court;—|
|RF EZE 46:22||and to the four corners of the Court, Courts were attached,—of forty long and thirty broad,—they were the same measure at each of the four corners;—|
|RF EZE 46:23||and there was a colonnade round them, with boilers fixed around under the colonnade.|
|RF EZE 46:24||Then he said to me, " In this boiler house the officials of the Temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people.''|