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 5:1||
The Prophet ordered to Shave his head and beard.
|RF EZE 5:2||Burn a third part in a fire, in the middle of the city, when the time of the siege is completed. Then take a third part, and chop about it with the sword: and scatter that third part to the wind, and I will fling the sword after them.|
|RF EZE 5:3||But you must reserve a small number of them, and put them in your pocket.|
|RF EZE 5:4||However, you must take some, and throw them into the fire, and burn them in the fire, when a flame shall spring from them against all the House of Israel."|
|RF EZE 5:5||Then the Mighty Lord said; "I have set this Jerusalem in the center of the heathen with countries around her.|
|RF EZE 5:6||But she perverted My decrees to wrong more than the heathen; and My institutions more than the countries 1 who are around her,—for she rejected My decrees, and would not follow My institutions.|
|RF EZE 5:7|| "Therefore," thus the Mighty LORD says, "because you rage against My institutions more than the heathen around you, by not following them, and have not practiced My decrees, but have acted according to the decrees of the heathen around you.1
1 Note.—Ch. 5, vv. 6, 7. See Romans, chaps. 1, 2, 3, In reference to this statement.—F.F.
|RF EZE 5:8||Therefore "(the Mighty Lord says this)," I am opposed to you! I, Myself,—and I will execute amongst you My own decrees, in the sight of the heathen.|
|RF EZE 5:9||For I will effect upon you, what I have not done, and what I will never do again like it,—because of all your depravities.|
|RF EZE 5:10||Therefore parents shall eat their children amongst you, and children will eat their parents! And when I have done justice on you,—I will scatter all the remnant of you to the wind.|
|RF EZE 5:11||So, by My own life, "says the Mighty Lord, "because you have polluted My Sanctuary with all your filth, and with all your depravities, I also will avert Myself, and My eye will not pity, and I will not spare!|
|RF EZE 5:12||A third of you shall die by plague and famine consuming among you; and a third will fall by the sword around you; and I will scatter a third to every wind, and fling a sword after them!|
|RF EZE 5:13||Then My anger will be completed, and My wrath satisfied upon them, and I will rest, and they will recognize that I, the EVER-LIVING, have spoken in My zeal to accomplish My indignation upon them.|
|RF EZE 5:14||"I will also make you a heap of ashes, and a scorn to the heathen around you;—to the eyes of every passer-by.|
|RF EZE 5:15||And you shall become a scorn and an insulting proverb, and an astonishment to the heathen about you, when I have executed upon you the decrees of My anger and indignation, and these reproofs (I, the EVER-LIVING, have said it);|
|RF EZE 5:16||and when I send the cruel arrows of famine upon you,—which bring destruction to those to whom I send them, and increase famine among you, and break your staff of bread.|
|RF EZE 5:17||For I will send famine upon you, and savage beasts, who will bereave you,—and plague, and bloodshed shall pass through you. I will also bring a sword against you,—I, the EVER-LIVING, have said it!"|