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 KI2 1:1|| (B.C. 896.) Ahaziah reigns over Israel, and Elijah foretells his death. —Moab revolts from Israel.
AFTER the death of Ahab, Moab revolted from Israel;
|RF KI2 1:2||and Ahaziah lay sick at that time, in his chamber at Shomeron, and was anxious, —so he sent messengers to go and inquire from Bal-zebub, the GOD of Akron, " If I can revive from this illness"|
|RF KI2 1:3||But a Messenger of the EVER-LIVING commanded Elijah, the Tishbite, " Arise! Go up to meet the Ambassadors of the King of Shomeron, and say to them;—"Is it because there is not a GOD in Israel that you go to inquire of Bal-zebub, the GOD of Akron?—|
|RF KI2 1:4||Consequently thus says the EVER-LIVING, From the bed that you are upon you shall not arise, for you shall die." Then Elijah departed.|
|RF KI2 1:5||When the messengers returned to him, he asked them, "Why have you returned?"|
|RF KI2 1:6||They answered him: "A man came up to meet us and said, Go Return to the king who sent you, and say to him, Thus asks the EVER-LIVING: Was it because there is no GOD in Israel that you sent to inquire of Bal-zebub, the GOD of Akron?—Therefore from the bed you lie upon you shall not arise; for you shall die!'"|
|RF KI2 1:7||Then he asked them, "What kind of a man was he who came up to meet you? And said these things to you?"|
|RF KI2 1:8||And they replied to him, " A man covered with hair, and belted with a leather belt round his waist." When he exclaimed, " It is Elijah the Tishbite."|
|RF KI2 1:9|| Ahaziah orders Elijah to come to him. Elijah refuses.
He therefore sent to him a Captain of his Guards, who went up to him where he lived on the top of a. hill, and said, "MAN of GOD, the king commands you to come down."
|RF KI2 1:10||But Elijah answered and said to the Captain of the Guards, " If I am a MAN of GOD, let fire come down from the skies, and devour you and your company." And fire came down from the skies and consumed him and his company.|
|RF KI2 1:11||Then again he sent to him another Captain of the Guards with his company, who spoke, and said to him, "MAN of GOD, the king asks you to descend from that hill."|
|RF KI2 1:12||But Elijah replied and said to them, "If I am a MAN of GOD, let fire descend from the skies and consume you and your company." When fire came down upon them from the skies and consumed him and his company!|
|RF KI2 1:13||But again he sent a third Captain of the Guards with his company, and the third went up and arrived, but he knelt on his knees before Elijah, and showed him respect, and said, "MAN of God! let my life and the lives of these servants of yours be precious in your sight!|
|RF KI2 1:14||For fire came down from the skies and consumed the two Captains and their companies, —but now let my life be precious in your eyes!"|
|RF KI2 1:15|| Elijah commanded from the EVER-LIVING to visit the king.
Then the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING commanded Elijah, "Go down with him:—fear not for his presence." So he arose, and descended with him to the king,
|RF KI2 1:16||and said to him, " Thus asks the EVER-LIVING, Why have you sent messengers to inquire of Bal-zebub, the GOD of Akron? Is it because there is no GOD in Israel to ask for His decision? Therefore from the bed upon which you are laid you shall not descend, —for you shall die!"|
|RF KI2 1:17||And he did die according to the word of Elijah, and Jehoram his brother began to reign in his place in the second year of Jehoram-ben-Jehoshaphat king of Judah, for he had not a son.|
|RF KI2 1:18||As for the other things that Ahaziah did, they are written in the history of events of the period of the kings of Israel.|