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 6:1||
The Doom of the Land of Israel.
|RF EZE 6:2||"Son of Adam! Set your face against the mountains of Israel, and preach to them, and say,|
|RF EZE 6:3||"Mountains of Israel! listen to the words of the Mighty Lord I Thus says the Mighty Lord to the mountains and hills, to the torrents, and valleys, I, Myself, will bring a sword against you!|
|RF EZE 6:4||and reduce your peaks, and desolate your altars, and shatter your pillars, and throw down your slain before your idols!|
|RF EZE 6:5||And lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and scatter their bones about their altars.|
|RF EZE 6:6||All your inhabited villages shall be ashes,—and your columns shall be desolate, so that your altars may be reduced to ashes and be desolated, and shattered, and your idols shivered, and your Sun-pillar cut down, and your fabrications be blotted out,|
|RF EZE 6:7||and your wounded shall fall amongst you, and you recognize that I am the LORD.|
|RF EZE 6:8||However you shall have a remnant who will escape from the sword, scattered amongst the lands of the heathen.|
|RF EZE 6:9||And those fugitives will remember Me among the heathen where they reside, when I have broken their whore like heart, which turned from Me; and their whore like eyes from following their idols,—and will turn their attention to the wrongs they committed in all their depravities.|
|RF EZE 6:10||Then they will recognize that I am the Lord. I have not lightly threatened to inflict all these miseries upon them."|
|RF EZE 6:11|| The Prophet ordered to Bewail his country.
Then the EVER-LIVING said;—
"Clap your hands, and stamp your feet, and exclaim, 'Alas! for all the sins that the House of Israel has sinned which will overthrow them by the sword, and famine and plague!
|RF EZE 6:12||Those afar will die by disease! and those near will fall by the sword, and the remainder, and the besieged, will die by famine,'—when My indignation will be satisfied on them.|
|RF EZE 6:13||You will then know that I am the EVER-LIVING, when your wounded are among your idols, around your altars, on every high hill, on every mountain top, and under every leafy tree, and under every shady oak;—the places where they appointed to diffuse perfumes to their idols!|
|RF EZE 6:14||But I will extend My hand over them, and make their country desolate;—more desolate than the desert of Dibrah, in all their villages,—when they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|