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 10:1|| (B.C. 884.) Murder of Ahab's sons in Shomeron.
There were seventy sons of Ahab in Shomeron, therefore Jehu wrote letters and sent to Shomeron as if from the nobles of Jezreel, and the councilors and nobles of Ahab, to say:—
|RF KI2 10:2||"When this letter comes to you, you possess the sons of your Prince, and chariots and horses, and a fortified city, and an arsenal,|
|RF KI2 10:3||therefore choose the best and handsomest among the sons of your Prince, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for the House of your Prince."|
|RF KI2 10:4||But they were very much afraid and said, "Two kings could not stand against him, so we cannot resist him."|
|RF KI2 10:5||Therefore the governor of the palace, and the Governor of the city, and the Councilors, and the Guardians sent to Jehu to say, "We are your servants and we will do all you order us. You must make the best man in your own opinion king over us."|
|RF KI2 10:6||He consequently wrote a second letter to them to say, "If you are on my side, and will listen to my word, take the heads of those men, the sons of your Prince, and come to me at this time to-morrow at Jezreel." The sons of the king were with the nobles of the city who had educated them.|
|RF KI2 10:7||When this letter came to them, they took the sons of the king and slaughtered the seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him at Jezreel,|
|RF KI2 10:8||and a messenger came and reported to him, "They have brought the heads of the sons of the king." When he replied, "Put them in two heaps opposite the gate until morning."|
|RF KI2 10:9||When it was morning he went out, and stood and addressed the people, and said:—You are all honorable men! You know I conspired against my master and killed him? But who assailed all these?|
|RF KI2 10:10||So you can learn now that not a word of the EVER-LIVING will fall to the earth of all that the EVER-LIVING spoke against the House of Ahab; but the EVER-LIVING will do what He threatened by means of His servant Elijah."|
|RF KI2 10:11||Then Jehu executed the whole of the nobles of the House of Ahab, in Jezreel, and all his great men, and all his friends, and his priests, until not a remnant was left.|
|RF KI2 10:12|| (B.C. 884) Jehu advances against Shomeron, and Murders Akhaziah's Brothers on the way.
He afterwards arose and advanced and marched to Shomeron. When he reached the Shepherds' shearing house, on the way,
|RF KI2 10:13||Jehu met the brothers of Akhaziah king of Judah, and asked, "Who are you?" And they answered, "We are the brothers of Akhaziah, and we are descending to visit the king's son, and the sons of the nobles."|
|RF KI2 10:14||But he commanded, "Seize them alive!" So they seized them alive, and slaughtered at the pit of the Shearing-house forty-two persons, and spared not a single one of them.|
|RF KI2 10:15|| As he marched from there, he met Jehonadab-ben-Rekab coming to meet him, and he addressed him, and asked, "Is your heart right with me, as my heart is with your heart? "
When Jehonadab replied, It is."
"If it is, give me your hand."
So he gave his hand and mounted to him on the chariot,
|RF KI2 10:16||when he said, "Go with me and see my zeal for the EVER-LIVING!" And he rode with him in the chariot.|
|RF KI2 10:17||When he reached Shomeron he assailed all the Princes of Akhab in Shomeron, until he had destroyed them, according to the sentence of the EVER-LIVING that He pronounced by Eliah.|
|RF KI2 10:18|| Jehu deceives and Slaughters the priests of Baal
Jehu afterwards assembled the people and said to them:—"Ahab served Bal a little—Jehu will serve him much!
|RF KI2 10:19||Therefore, now, all you Preachers of Bal, all you servants of him, and all his priests, come to me, every man in his station, to make with me a big sacrifice to Bal! Everyone who is not in his station will offer an insult to Jehu." But Jehu did it cunningly to destroy those servants of Bal.|
|RF KI2 10:20||"Therefore," Jehu said, "proclaim an Assembly to Bal!" They accordingly proclaimed one,|
|RF KI2 10:21||and Jehu sent through all Israel, and all the servants of Bal came—there was not a single one who did not come—and went to the Temple of Bal and filled the Temple of Bal all over.|
|RF KI2 10:22||He then said to the Superintendent of the Wardrobe, "Bring out uniforms for all the ministers of Bal." And he brought the uniforms out.|
|RF KI2 10:23||Then Jehu and Jehonadab-ben-Rekab came to the Temple of Bal, and he said to the ministers of Bal, Search and examine, for fear there should be among you any ministers of Jehovah; for I will expel all, except the ministers of Bal."|
|RF KI2 10:24||Then they entered and made sacrifices, and burnt-offerings; but Jehu had chosen for himself outside eighty men and said:—"The man who allows one of these fellows, whom I have prepared for your hands, to escape, his life shall be for his!"|
|RF KI2 10:25||So when they had finished making the burnt-offering, Jehu commanded the infantry and their officers, "Advance! Charge! Let not a man come out!" Then the infantry and their officers charged with the sword, and went to the sanctuary of the Temple of Bal,|
|RF KI2 10:26||and they brought out the columns of the Temple of Bal, and fired them,|
|RF KI2 10:27||and threw down the Temple of Bal, and turned it into a dunghill to this day.|
|RF KI2 10:28||Thus Jehu swept Bal from Israel.|
|RF KI2 10:29|| (B.C. 884.) Jehu continues the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nabat.
However, Jehu did not turn from the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who caused Israel to sin—from the worship of the calves of gold that were at Bethel and at Dan;
|RF KI2 10:30||consequently the EVER-LIVING said to Jehu:—"Because you have done well and right in My sight, according to all that it was in My heart that you should do to the House of Ahab, four of your descendants shall sit upon the throne of Israel."|
|RF KI2 10:31||Jehu, however, did not continue to walk in the laws of the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jerabam, who made Israel sin.|
|RF KI2 10:32||In his days the EVER-LIVING lessened the boundaries of Israel, and Hazaal conquered from them upon all the borders of Israel,|
|RF KI2 10:33||from the Jordan eastward towards the sun, all the country of Gilad, the Gadites, and Reubenites, and Manassites, from Aroar upon the river Arnon, with Gilad and Bashan.|
|RF KI2 10:34||The rest of the affairs of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his achievements, they are recorded in the history of the events of the times of the Kings. of Israel.|
|RF KI2 10:35||When Jehu slept with his fathers they buried him in Shomeron, and Jhoakhaz his son reigned in his place.|
|RF KI2 10:36||The period that Jehu was King over Israel was twenty-eight years in Shomeron.|