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.
|KJV EZR 2:1||
"Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;"
|KJV EZR 2:2||"Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:"|
|KJV EZR 2:3||"The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:4||"The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:5||"The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five."|
|KJV EZR 2:6||"The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve."|
|KJV EZR 2:7||"The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."|
|KJV EZR 2:8||"The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five."|
|KJV EZR 2:9||"The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore."|
|KJV EZR 2:10||"The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:11||"The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:12||"The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:13||"The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six."|
|KJV EZR 2:14||"The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six."|
|KJV EZR 2:15||"The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four."|
|KJV EZR 2:16||"The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight."|
|KJV EZR 2:17||"The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:18||"The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve."|
|KJV EZR 2:19||"The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:20||"The children of Gibbar, ninety and five."|
|KJV EZR 2:21||"The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:22||"The men of Netophah, fifty and six."|
|KJV EZR 2:23||"The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight."|
|KJV EZR 2:24||"The children of Azmaveth, forty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:25||"The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:26||"The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one."|
|KJV EZR 2:27||"The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:28||"The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:29||"The children of Nebo, fifty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:30||"The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six."|
|KJV EZR 2:31||"The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."|
|KJV EZR 2:32||"The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty."|
|KJV EZR 2:33||"The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and five."|
|KJV EZR 2:34||"The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five."|
|KJV EZR 2:35||"The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and thirty."|
|KJV EZR 2:36||"The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three."|
|KJV EZR 2:37||"The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:38||"The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven."|
|KJV EZR 2:39||"The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen."|
|KJV EZR 2:40||"The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy and four."|
|KJV EZR 2:41||"The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight."|
|KJV EZR 2:42||"The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all an hundred thirty and nine."|
|KJV EZR 2:43||"The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,"|
|KJV EZR 2:44||"The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of Padon,"|
|KJV EZR 2:45||"The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,"|
|KJV EZR 2:46||"The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children of Hanan,"|
|KJV EZR 2:47||"The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,"|
|KJV EZR 2:48||"The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,"|
|KJV EZR 2:49||"The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Besai,"|
|KJV EZR 2:50||"The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim,"|
|KJV EZR 2:51||"The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,"|
|KJV EZR 2:52||"The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,"|
|KJV EZR 2:53||"The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,"|
|KJV EZR 2:54||"The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha."|
|KJV EZR 2:55||"The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,"|
|KJV EZR 2:56||"The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,"|
|KJV EZR 2:57||"The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami."|
|KJV EZR 2:58||"All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:59||"And these were they which went up from Telmelah, Telharsa, Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:"|
|KJV EZR 2:60||"The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two."|
|KJV EZR 2:61||"And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:"|
|KJV EZR 2:62||"These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood."|
|KJV EZR 2:63||"And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim."|
|KJV EZR 2:64||"The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,"|
|KJV EZR 2:65||"Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women."|
|KJV EZR 2:66||"Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;"|
|KJV EZR 2:67||"Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty."|
|KJV EZR 2:68||"And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place:"|
|KJV EZR 2:69||"They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments."|
|KJV EZR 2:70||"So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities."|