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 7:1||
Doom of Israel's Fields.
|RF EZE 7:2||"And now, son of Adam, the Mighty Lord says this to the fields of Israel; ' An end, an end has come to the four wings of the land!|
|RF EZE 7:3||The end is now upon you,—and I have sent My anger to you, and have convicted according to your practices, and laid all your depravities upon you!|
|RF EZE 7:4||My eye, therefore, will not pity you; and I will not relent, but will lay your practices upon you, and your depravities are in your breast,—and you shall learn that I am the EVER-LIVING.'"|
|RF EZE 7:5||The Mighty Lord also said:—"Look! A misery, a peculiar misery has come!|
|RF EZE 7:6||The end has come! The end,—your end,—see it has come!|
|RF EZE 7:7||The point has come to you, inhibitor of the land,—the time has come, the day is near, a noise, but not of pleasure, upon the hills!|
|RF EZE 7:8||Now I will soon pour out My indignation upon you! and satisfy My anger against you, and convict you according to your ways, and lay on you all your depravities:|
|RF EZE 7:9||and My eye will not pity, nor relent. I will lay upon you according to your proceedings, and your depravities shall be in your breast; when you will recognize that I, the EVER-LIVING, punish.|
|RF EZE 7:10||"Look at the time! Look! it has come! The turning point has passed! The shoot has blossomed;—the pride has budded!|
|RF EZE 7:11||Oppression has grown into a support of wickedness, and neither from themselves and not from their wealth, nor from their numbers will there be comfort for them!|
|RF EZE 7:12||The period has come,—the day has arrived; let not the buyer be glad, nor the seller sorry,—for there is fury against all their wealth;|
|RF EZE 7:13||for the seller will not be restored to what he sold,—even although they are alive, for the vision is against the whole mass;—none shall return, nor can anyone preserve himself whose life is in wickedness!|
|RF EZE 7:14||"They blow, they blow with the trumpet,—but none come to the battle! for My wrath is against the whole mass!|
|RF EZE 7:15||The sword is in the street, and disease and famine in the house! Whoever is in the field dies by the sword,—and famine and disease devours whoever is in the City!|
|RF EZE 7:16||And the fugitives fly; and shall be upon the hills like flocks of doves,—each moaning in his frailty!|
|RF EZE 7:17||Every hand is feeble,—and every knee weak as water!|
|RF EZE 7:18||And they gird themselves in sacks, and clothe in trembling, and depression is on every face, and baldness on every head!|
|RF EZE 7:19||They will fling their silver into the streets, and gold will be flung away;—silver and gold will be unable to deliver them in the day of the indignation of the EVER-LIVING. They cannot satisfy their bodies, nor fill their stomachs; —they were the trap for their sin.|
|RF EZE 7:20||They turned its beautiful glitter to pride, and made it into images of their filthy depravities! Therefore I will disgust them with it!|
|RF EZE 7:21||and give it to the hands of foreigners as plunder, and to the wicked of the earth for loot, and defile it.|
|RF EZE 7:22||I will also turn My face from them, and they shall violate My treasury, and burglars shall enter and rob it.|
|RF EZE 7:23||"Make a chain,—for the land is full of convicted murderers,—and the city is full of oppression,|
|RF EZE 7:24||and I will bring the worst heathen, who will seize their houses, when I shall destroy the pride of the powerful, and they shall share up their treasures.|
|RF EZE 7:25||Distress will come, when they will seek rest;—but none be!|
|RF EZE 7:26||Calamity shall come on calamity,—and report come upon report. They will seek a vision from the Preacher, but guidance will depart from the priest, and counsel from the nobles.|
|RF EZE 7:27||Their king shall mourn, and the princes be clothed with desolation! and the hand of the People of the land be weak! I will act towards them from their own standpoint,—and by their own decisions I will convict them,—then they will learn that I am the EVER-LIVING."|