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 11:1|| (B.C. 884.) Queen Athaliah of Israel Murders the Royal Family—except one Boy.
When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed the whole of the Royal Family.
|RF KI2 11:2||Jhosheba, the daughter of King Joram, however, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the children of the king who were being murdered, and nursed him in a secret chamber, and concealed him from the sight of Athaliah, so he was not killed.|
|RF KI2 11:3||He was afterwards hidden with her in the House of the EVER-LIVING for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the country.|
|RF KI2 11:4|| Jhoiada the High Priest dethrones and kills Athaliah.
But in the seventh year Jhoiada sent and invited the Captains of the Guards, and Infantry, and brought them to him in the House of the EVER-LIVING, and showed them the son of the king,
|RF KI2 11:5||and instructed them saying, "This is what you must do three days hence. Come on the Sabbath and fix the Guards to guard the king's palace,|
|RF KI2 11:6||and relieve the Guards at the gate, and dismiss the Officers at the first gate, and yourselves remain to guard the Temple from being entered.|
|RF KI2 11:7||And let half of your troops come every Sabbath, and stand as a guard to keep the Temple of the EVER-LIVING for the king,|
|RF KI2 11:8||and form yourselves around the king each with his arms in his hands, and if any refuses, let him be killed. You must also attend the king wherever he goes."|
|RF KI2 11:9||The Captains of the Companies accordingly did all that Jhoiada the Priest commanded, and taking each his men, came on the Sabbath. When they arrived on the Sabbath, they came to Jhoiada the priest,|
|RF KI2 11:10||and the priest gave to the Captains of the Companies the spears, and shields, which since the time of King David had been in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF KI2 11:11||and the Infantry were posted each with his arms in his hands at the right side of the Temple—and at the left side of the Temple—towards the altar—and towards the Royal Palace, all round.|
|RF KI2 11:12||Then he brought out the son of the king, and put to him the Declaration, and the Constitution, and crowned him, and consecrated him, when they clapped hands and shouted, " Long live the King!"|
|RF KI2 11:13||But Athaliah heard the shout of the troops and crowd, and went to the crowd in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF KI2 11:14||and looked, and saw the king standing by on a platform like a judge, and the Captains and the Courtiers of the king, and many people of the country besides, who applauded with the Courtiers. Then Athaliah tore her robes and shouted Treason! Treason!"|
|RF KI2 11:15||But Jhoiada the priest commanded the Captains of the Guards and Officers of the army, saying to them: "Take her out of the Temple to the colonnade, and bring her to death by the sword. But, " said the Priest, " kill her not in the House of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF KI2 11:16||They consequently laid hands on her and brought her to the gangway of the cavalry barracks of the king, and killed her there.|
|RF KI2 11:17|| (B.C. 878.) Jhoash crowned king of Judah.
Jhoiada next read the Covenant between the EVER-LIVING and the king, and the people, which was to be maintained by the people towards the EVER-LIVING, and between the King and the people.
|RF KI2 11:18||The Representatives of the country went afterwards to the Temple of Bal and threw down his altar, and smashed his image with delight, and killed Mattan the priest of Bal before his altar, and appointed a priest from the orders of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 11:19||He then collected the Captains of the Guards, and the body-guard, and the Courtiers, and Representatives of the country, and brought the king down from the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and conducted him by way of the Infantry Gate to the Royal Palace, and set him upon the Royal throne.|
|RF KI2 11:20||All the Representatives of the country rejoiced, and the City was content, when they had killed Athaliah by the sword at the Royal Palace.|
|RF KI2 11:21||Jhoash was seven years old when he was crowned.|