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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   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 KI1 2:1 (B.C. 1015.) Death of David and Instructions to Solomon.
The time of David's death, however, approached, and he sent for Solomon his son, and said, "I am going the way of all the earth, therefore be brave yourself, and be a man,
   
RF KI1 2:2 And guard the Trust of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and walk in His ways by guarding His Institutions,
   
RF KI1 2:3 And Commandments, and Legislation, and Constitution, as they are recorded in the laws of Moses. For you should reflect upon all you do,
   
RF KI1 2:4 And all you find there, so that the EVER-LIVING may establish the promise which He made to me saying, ' If your children keep My path, and walk before Me in truth, with all their hearts, and all their souls, there shall not be wanting a man from you upon the throne of Israel.'
   
RF KI1 2:5 "You however know what Joab-ben-Zeruiah did to me, when I appointed two commanders to the armies of Israel, Abner-ben-Ner, and Amasa-ben-Jether, whom he murdered, and shed the blood of war in peace, and fixed the blood of war in his girdle that was round his waist, and on his shoes upon his feet;
   
RF KI1 2:6 Therefore do to him as your skill dictates, and let not his grey hairs go down to the grave in peace.
   
RF KI1 2:7 "To the sons of Barzilai the Giladite act kindly, and let them be guests at your table, for they entertained me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
   
RF KI1 2:8 "And there is with you Shemai-ben-Ghera, the Benjaminite of Bakhurim, who cursed me with foul curses at the time when I went to Bakhurim. But as he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I promised him by the EVER-LIVING that I would not kill him by the sword.
   
RF KI1 2:9 You however do not pardon him, for you are a wise man, and will know how to act with him; so bring his grey hairs with blood to the grave."
   
RF KI1 2:10 Death and Burial of David.
David afterwards lay down with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David.
   
RF KI1 2:11 And the period that David reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned in Hebron seven years, and reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years.
   
RF KI1 2:12 Thus Solomon mounted the throne of his father, and greatly strengthened his kingdom.
   
RF KI1 2:13 Adoniah's Foolish Interview with Bathsheba.
Then Adoniah the son of Khagith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, and she asked, "'Does peace come with you?"
   
RF KI1 2:14 And he answered, "Peace," and continued, "May I speak to you?" Then she answered, "Speak."
   
RF KI1 2:15 And he said, "You know that the kingship was mine, and all Israel placed me before them as king, but you diverted the kingship, and brought it to my brother so that it was his from the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF KI1 2:16 But, however, I will ask one request from you. Do not turn your face from me." So she replied, "Speak."
   
RF KI1 2:17 When he said, "Speak for me now to Solomon the king, for he will not refuse you, and ask him to give me Abishag the Shunamite for a wife?"
   
RF KI1 2:18 And Bathsheba replied, "Well, I will speak for you to the king."
   
RF KI1 2:19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him about Adoniah, and the king arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and then sat on his throne,
   
RF KI1 2:20 and they placed a cushion for the mother of the king, and she sat at his right hand, and said " I would ask one little request from you; do not refuse it."
   
RF KI1 2:21 Then she continued, "Will you give Abishag the Shunamite to Adoniah for a wife?"
   
RF KI1 2:22 But King Solomon replied and said to his mother, "But why do you ask Abishag the Shunamite for Adoniah? Ask the kingship for him, for he is my elder brother,—and for Abiathar the Priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah."
   
RF KI1 2:23 Then King Solomon swore by the EVER-LIVING, saying, "May GOD do so to me, and more than that, if Adoniah has not spoken this speech for his life!
   
RF KI1 2:24 So now by the life of the EVER-LIVING Who formed me, and placed me upon the throne of David my father, and Who made a house for me, Adoniah shall die today!"
   
RF KI1 2:25 Then King Solomon sent by the hand of Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah, who struck him, and he died.
   
RF KI1 2:26 Abiathar Deposed and Banished.
And he ordered Abiathar the Priest, "Go to Anathoth your estate, for you are a dead man, but I will not kill you today, because you served the altar of the High LORD before David my father, and because you suffered in all my father suffered."
   
RF KI1 2:27 Solomon also expelled Abiathar from being priest to the EVER-LIVING, thus fulfilling the word of the EVER-LIVING which He spoke about the house of Eli, at Shiloh.
   
RF KI1 2:28 Joab Flees to the Altar for Protection.
When the report of this came to Joab, for Joab had inclined after Adoniah, although he had not inclined after Absalom, he fled to the Hall of the EVER-LIVING, and seized the horns of the altar.
   
RF KI1 2:29 But it was reported to King Solomon that Joab had fled to the Hall of the EVER-LIVING, and that he was at the side of the altar so the king sent Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah; saying, "Go! Execute him!"
   
RF KI1 2:30 Beniah accordingly went to the Hall of the EVER-LIVING, and said to him, "The king orders you to come." But he replied, "No, for I shall be killed! " Beniah consequently returned the king word, saying "Joab says thus, and by it I am prevented."
   
RF KI1 2:31 But the king replied to him, "Do as I have ordered and execute him, and bury him, and take away the innocent blood Joab shed from off me, and from off my father's house!
   
RF KI1 2:32 For the EVER-LIVING will return his blood on his head who murdered the two good men who were better than himself, and murdered them with the sword, (but my father David knew it not,) Abner the son of Ner, the Commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa-ben-Jether, commander of the army of Judah,
   
RF KI1 2:33 And the blood of both of them is on the head of Joab, and the head of his race for ever. But to David and his race, and house, and throne, may there be peace for ever from the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF KI1 2:34 Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah consequently went and struck and killed, and buried him at his home in the pastures;
   
RF KI1 2:35 And the king appointed Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah to be over the army instead of him. The king also appointed Zadok as priest in place of Abiathar.
   
RF KI1 2:36 The Fate of Shemai, who Cursed David.
Then the king sent and summoned Shemai, and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and reside there, and do not go out from there whatever happens.
   
RF KI1 2:37 For it shall be, that on the day you go out, and pass the brook of Kedron, be certain that you shall die. Your blood will be on your own head."
   
RF KI1 2:38 And Shemai replied to the king, "What you have said is good, your Majesty. Your servant will do it." And Shemai resided in Jerusalem some years.
   
RF KI1 2:39 (B.C. 1011.) But at the end of three years two of his slaves ran away from Shemai to Akish, the son of Makah, who had been king of Gath, and it was reported to Shemai, saying, "Your slaves are at Gath."
   
RF KI1 2:40 Shemai therefore arose and saddled his ass and went to Akish at Gath, to seek his slaves, and brought his slaves from Gath.
   
RF KI1 2:41 But it was reported to Solomon that Shemai had gone from Jerusalem, to Gath, and returned.
   
RF KI1 2:42 The king consequently sent to summon Shemai and asked him, "Did I not swear to you by the EVER-LIVING, and declare, and say that in the day you went away and journeyed for any cause whatever, you should die? and you replied ' The thing you have threatened me is good.'
   
RF KI1 2:43 Then why have you not attended to the oath by the EVER-LIVING, and the order as I ordered you?"
   
RF KI1 2:44 And the king continued to Shemai, "You know all the wrong which your heart desired should be done to David my father, but the EVER-LIVING has turned that on your own head;
   
RF KI1 2:45 And may King Solomon be blest, and the Throne of David be established before the EVER-LIVING forever!"
   
RF KI1 2:46 Then the king ordered Beniah-ben-Jhoiadah, and he went and assailed him, and he died. Thus the kingship was secured to the hand of Solomon.
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