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 9:1||
Then he shouted with a loud voice in my hearing, saying, "Guards of the city approach! and each have his deadly weapon in his hand!"
|RF EZE 9:2||And I saw six men come towards the High Gate that faces to the north, and each with a battle axe in his hand;—but one man among them in trousers with a writer's ink bottle at his waist, and they advanced and stood at the side of the Brazen Altar.|
|RF EZE 9:3||Then the splendour of the GOD of Israel came up from above the kerub upon which it was, to the threshold of the House. He then summoned the man who was clothed in trousers, who had the ink-bottle at his waist,|
|RF EZE 9:4||and the EVER-LIVING said to him: "Pass through this city,—through Jerusalem, and write a mark upon the foreheads of the men who grieve and mourn over the depravities that are practiced in it."|
|RF EZE 9:5||But to the others He said in my hearing, "Pass through the city after him and strike. Let not your eyes pity, and spare not!—|
|RF EZE 9:6||old men, boys, and girls, and infants, and women,—kill, to destruction. But do not assail any man upon whom there is a mark,—and start at My Sanctuary." They consequently started with the noblemen who were at the front of the House.|
|RF EZE 9:7||Then he said to them,—"Defile the House, and fill the Court with the slain! Advance!" So they advanced and assailed the city.|
|RF EZE 9:8||But while they were assailing and I was left alone, I fell on my face, and shrieked, and said, "Oh! Mighty Lord! will You destroy all the fragments of Israel? in pouring out Your wrath upon Jerusalem?"|
|RF EZE 9:9||But He replied to me, "The fault of the House of Israel and Judah is very, very great. They have filled the country with blood; and the city is full of extortion, for they say, 'The Lord cares nothing about the earth,' and 'God never looks.'|
|RF EZE 9:10||Therefore My eyes will not pity nor spare. I will return the result of their idea upon their own Head."|
|RF EZE 9:11||Then I saw the man in trousers, who had the ink-bottle at his waist, reported the result, saying, "I have done as You commanded me."|