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.
|AKJV EZE 23:1||The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,|
|AKJV EZE 23:2||Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:|
|AKJV EZE 23:3||And they committed prostitutions in Egypt; they committed prostitutions in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.|
|AKJV EZE 23:4||And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bore sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.|
|AKJV EZE 23:5||And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors,|
|AKJV EZE 23:6||Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses.|
|AKJV EZE 23:7||Thus she committed her prostitutions with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.|
|AKJV EZE 23:8||Neither left she her prostitutions brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their prostitution on her.|
|AKJV EZE 23:9||Why I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, on whom she doted.|
|AKJV EZE 23:10||These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment on her.|
|AKJV EZE 23:11||And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her prostitutions more than her sister in her prostitutions.|
|AKJV EZE 23:12||She doted on the Assyrians her neighbors, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men.|
|AKJV EZE 23:13||Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,|
|AKJV EZE 23:14||And that she increased her prostitutions: for when she saw men portrayed on the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,|
|AKJV EZE 23:15||Girded with girdles on their loins, exceeding in dyed attire on their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:|
|AKJV EZE 23:16||And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted on them, and sent messengers to them into Chaldea.|
|AKJV EZE 23:17||And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their prostitution, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.|
|AKJV EZE 23:18||So she discovered her prostitutions, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.|
|AKJV EZE 23:19||Yet she multiplied her prostitutions, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.|
|AKJV EZE 23:20||For she doted on their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.|
|AKJV EZE 23:21||Thus you called to remembrance the lewdness of your youth, in bruising your teats by the Egyptians for the breasts of your youth.|
|AKJV EZE 23:22||Therefore, O Aholibah, thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up your lovers against you, from whom your mind is alienated, and I will bring them against you on every side;|
|AKJV EZE 23:23||The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding on horses.|
|AKJV EZE 23:24||And they shall come against you with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against you buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge you according to their judgments.|
|AKJV EZE 23:25||And I will set my jealousy against you, and they shall deal furiously with you: they shall take away your nose and your ears; and your remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take your sons and your daughters; and your residue shall be devoured by the fire.|
|AKJV EZE 23:26||They shall also strip you out of your clothes, and take away your fair jewels.|
|AKJV EZE 23:27||Thus will I make your lewdness to cease from you, and your prostitution brought from the land of Egypt: so that you shall not lift up your eyes to them, nor remember Egypt any more.|
|AKJV EZE 23:28||For thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver you into the hand of them whom you hate, into the hand of them from whom your mind is alienated:|
|AKJV EZE 23:29||And they shall deal with you hatefully, and shall take away all your labor, and shall leave you naked and bore: and the nakedness of your prostitutions shall be discovered, both your lewdness and your prostitutions.|
|AKJV EZE 23:30||I will do these things to you, because you have gone a whoring after the heathen, and because you are polluted with their idols.|
|AKJV EZE 23:31||You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore will I give her cup into your hand.|
|AKJV EZE 23:32||Thus said the Lord GOD; You shall drink of your sister's cup deep and large: you shall be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it contains much.|
|AKJV EZE 23:33||You shall be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of your sister Samaria.|
|AKJV EZE 23:34||You shall even drink it and suck it out, and you shall break the shards thereof, and pluck off your own breasts: for I have spoken it, said the Lord GOD.|
|AKJV EZE 23:35||Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Because you have forgotten me, and cast me behind your back, therefore bear you also your lewdness and your prostitutions.|
|AKJV EZE 23:36||The LORD said moreover to me; Son of man, will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? yes, declare to them their abominations;|
|AKJV EZE 23:37||That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bore to me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.|
|AKJV EZE 23:38||Moreover this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.|
|AKJV EZE 23:39||For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, see, thus have they done in the middle of my house.|
|AKJV EZE 23:40||And furthermore, that you have sent for men to come from far, to whom a messenger was sent; and, see, they came: for whom you did wash yourself, painted your eyes, and decked yourself with ornaments,|
|AKJV EZE 23:41||And sat on a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon you have set my incense and my oil.|
|AKJV EZE 23:42||And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets on their hands, and beautiful crowns on their heads.|
|AKJV EZE 23:43||Then said I to her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit prostitutions with her, and she with them?|
|AKJV EZE 23:44||Yet they went in to her, as they go in to a woman that plays the harlot: so went they in to Aholah and to Aholibah, the lewd women.|
|AKJV EZE 23:45||And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.|
|AKJV EZE 23:46||For thus said the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company on them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.|
|AKJV EZE 23:47||And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.|
|AKJV EZE 23:48||Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.|
|AKJV EZE 23:49||And they shall recompense your lewdness on you, and you shall bear the sins of your idols: and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.|