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 8:1||
The Vision of the Presence of the Nobles. The Visit in the Spirit to Jerusalem.
|RF EZE 8:2||So I looked, and saw a form with the appearance of fire;—appearing so from its waist downwards, fiery, and upwards from its waist like the appearance of gold,—with a glitter of polished brass.|
|RF EZE 8:3||Then it stretched out the form of a hand and seized me by the locks of my head, and lifted me in spirit between the earth and the sky, and brought me to Jerusalem, to visions of God, to the open gate that faces towards the north,—where the Statue of Jealousy is stationed, that punishes jealousy.|
|RF EZE 8:4||And I saw there the Majestic God of Israel,—similar to the appearance I saw in the valley.|
|RF EZE 8:5|| Then He said to me, "Son of Adam, raise your eyes towards the North."
Pagan Debaucheries in the Temple.
So I raised my eyes towards the north, and saw from the north at the entry of the gate, the altar of this Image of Jealousy.
|RF EZE 8:6||He then asked me, "Son of Adam! see what they are doing!—the great depravities that the House of Israel practice openly within My Sanctuary! Turn again, and you will see greater depravities!"|
|RF EZE 8:7||He then took me to the open square, and I looked, and saw a hole in the wall,|
|RF EZE 8:8||when he said, "Son of man, break the wall!" So I broke the wall, and made an opening.|
|RF EZE 8:9||Then he said to me, "Come, and look on the foul depravities that they practice here!"|
|RF EZE 8:10||I consequently went and looked, and saw images of every reptile, and spawning beast, and all the Idols of the House of Israel painted upon the wall all round,|
|RF EZE 8:11||and seventy men of the nobles of the House of Israel, and Jazaniah-ben-Shefan standing in the middle of the assembly before them and each with censers in his hand, and clouds of incense arising.|
|RF EZE 8:12||He then asked me, "Do you see, son of man, what the nobles of Israel do in secret,—each in his chamber of paintings? for they say ' The Lord cannot see us! The Lord cares nothing about the earth!'"|
|RF EZE 8:13||He afterwards said to me, Turn again, and look at the greater depravities that they practice,"|
|RF EZE 8:14||and he brought me opposite to the gate of the House of the EVER-LIVING on the north side, and I saw there women sitting to weep for Thamuz,|
|RF EZE 8:15||when he asked me, "Son of man, do you see how they sit? Turn again and you shall see greater depravities than these!"|
|RF EZE 8:16||Then He took me to the inner court of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and I saw before the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, between the porch and the altar, about twenty-five persons with their back towards the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and their faces towards the East, and they were worshipping the Eastern Sun.|
|RF EZE 8:17||When he asked me, "Do you see, Son of Adam, the contempt the House of Judah show? and the depravities which they practice here? For they fill the country with outrage, and continue to provoke me. Look how they wave twigs before their faces!|
|RF EZE 8:18||Therefore I, also, will work in wrath! My eye shall not pity, nor spare,—although they call with a loud voice to my ears, I will not hear them."|