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 EZR 10:1||
The People Promise to Reform.
|RF EZR 10:2|| And Shekaniah-ben-Jekhial, one of the sons of Aulam, addressed, and said to Ezra;—
"We have done wrong to our God, when we turned to marry women from the Peoples of the country; yet there is hope for Israel over this.
|RF EZR 10:3||So now let us make an agreement with our God to expel all the women and the children born of them, according to the advice of my Lord, and of those who tremble at the commands of our God! But let it be done according to law.|
|RF EZR 10:4||Arise for the affair is yours,—and we will support you in its execution."|
|RF EZR 10:5||Ezra consequently arose and swore the Chief Priests, and Levites, and all Israel to do according to this proposal;—And they swore it.|
|RF EZR 10:6|| (B.C. 456.) A Public Meeting Called to Decide how.
Then Ezra arose from before the House of God, and went to the residence of Jhokhanan-ben-Alishib where he lodged. He ate neither bread nor drank water, for he was grieved at the great wrong.
|RF EZR 10:7||But they made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem, to all the sons of the Transportation, to assemble at Jerusalem;|
|RF EZR 10:8||and that every one who did not come at the third day, as advised by the Chiefs, and Judges, all his property should be forfeited, and himself excluded from the Great Assembly.|
|RF EZR 10:9||The whole of the Officers of Judah and Benjamin therefore collected at Jerusalem on the third day, which was the twentieth of the ninth month, and all the people who sat in the Square of the House of God, were trembling about the business, and for the rains.|
|RF EZR 10:10|| The Public Debate.
Then Ezra the Priest arose, and said to them;—
"You are guilty, and have married foreign women, to add to the faults of Israel.—
|RF EZR 10:11||But now confess it to the EVER-LIVING God of your fathers, and do what will please Him, and separate yourselves from the Peoples of the country, and from the wives you have married!"|
|RF EZR 10:12||All the assembly thereupon answered, and said with a loud voice, "Let it be done as you have said to us.|
|RF EZR 10:13||The people are very wet and it is the Rainy Season,—and we are not able to stand outside,—and the business cannot be settled in a day or two,—for we are many who have erred in this thing.|
|RF EZR 10:14||Let our Chiefs, now, be appointed by all the public, and let anyone in our towns who have married strange women go to them, at appointed times, and the Magistrates of every village, and the Judges, until the hot anger of our God about this matter is turned from us."|
|RF EZR 10:15||However Jonathan-ben-Ashal and Jhaziah-ben-Thikna stood up against this,—and Meshulam, and Shabthi the Levite, supported them.|
|RF EZR 10:16||The sons of the Transportation effected it nevertheless, and they selected, with Ezra the Priest, Princes heads of Families of their ancestors, and appointed all of them, to sit on the first day of the tenth month to examine into the business,|
|RF EZR 10:17||and they finished about all the men who had married foreign women by the first day of the first month.|
|RF EZR 10:18||They also found some among the sons of the Priests who had married foreign women, Jeshua-ben-Josadak and his brother Masiah, and Aliazer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah,|
|RF EZR 10:19||but they undertook to divorce their wives, and offer a sin-offering of the flock for their sin.|
|RF EZR 10:20||And from the Beni Amer Hanani, and Zebadiah|
|RF EZR 10:21||and from the Beni Kharim, Masiah, and Aliah, and Shemiah, Ikhizal, and Uziah;|
|RF EZR 10:22||and from the Beni Phashkur, Alzoaini, Masaiah, Ishmael, Nathanal, Jozabad, and Alashah.|
|RF EZR 10:23||And from the Levites; Jozabad, Shimei, and Keliah, surnamed the Dwarf, Pethaiah, Judah and Aliazor.|
|RF EZR 10:24||And from the Singers; Aliashib. And from the Doorkeepers Shalum, and Telem, and Uri.|
|RF EZR 10:25||And from Israel; From the Beni of Parosh; Raniah and Iziah, and Malkiah, and Beniah;|
|RF EZR 10:26||and from the Beni Elam; Mataniah, Zekariah, Aliah;|
|RF EZR 10:27||and of the Beni Zatu, Aliani, Aliashib, Mataniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aiziza.|
|RF EZR 10:28||And of the Beni Babi, Jhohanan, Hananiah, Zabi, Athli;|
|RF EZR 10:29||and from the Beni Meshulam, Malak, and Abdiah, Jashub, and Shal, and Ramoth.|
|RF EZR 10:30||From the Beni Pathath Moab; Adna, and Kalab, Benaiah, Masiah, Mataniah, Bozalal, and Binni, and Manasseh.|
|RF EZR 10:31||And of the Beni Harum; Aliazer, Ishijah, Malkiah, Shemaiah, Shemeon,|
|RF EZR 10:32||Benjamin, Maluk, Shemoriah;|
|RF EZR 10:33||Of the Beni Hashum; Matni, Matatah, Zabad, Alifelet, Jerimi, Manasseh, Shimi;|
|RF EZR 10:34||Of the Beni Bani; Madai, Amram, and Auwel|
|RF EZR 10:35||Benaiah, Bedaiah, Keluhi;|
|RF EZR 10:36||Veniah, Meremoth, Aliashib,|
|RF EZR 10:37||Matariah, Matani, and Jasu;|
|RF EZR 10:38||and Bani, and Binni, Shinai,|
|RF EZR 10:39||and Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adiah,|
|RF EZR 10:40||Maknadabi, Shashi, Shari,|
|RF EZR 10:41||Azarel, and Shelemiah, Shemeriah,|
|RF EZR 10:42||Shallum, Amariah, Joseph;|
|RF EZR 10:43||Of the Beni Nebo Jebel, Matithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Ido, and Joel, Beniah.|
|RF EZR 10:44||All these had married foreign women, and some of these wives had borne children.|