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 13:1|| (B.C. 856.) Jhoakhaz-ben-Jehu reigns over Israel.
In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jhoakhaz-ben-Jehu began to reign over Israel in Shomeron, for seventeen years.
|RF KI2 13:2||But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and followed after the sin of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who made Israel sin. He did not turn from it.|
|RF KI2 13:3||Consequently the EVER-LIVING was angry with Israel, and He delivered it to the power of Hazahal, king of Aram, and to the power of Ben-hadad son of Hazahal, all their time.|
|RF KI2 13:4|| (B.C. 856 to 849.) Israel drives out the Aramite intruders.
Jhoakhaz afterwards turned to the EVER-LIVING, and He rescued him; for the EVER-LIVING pitied the distress of Israel. For the kings of Aram distressed them.
|RF KI2 13:5||Therefore the EVER-LIVING gave to Israel a relief, and they escaped from beneath the hand of Aram, and the children of Israel returned to their homes as formerly.|
|RF KI2 13:6||However, they did not abandon the sins of the House of Jerabam with which Israel had gone to sin. The Shrine was also left in Shomeron.|
|RF KI2 13:7||No army was, however, left to Jhoakhaz except fifty cavalry, and ten chariots, and ten thousand infantry, for the king of Aram had destroyed them, and made them like dust to the tempest.|
|RF KI2 13:8||The remainder of the affairs of Jhoakhaz, and all he did, and his courage, are recorded in the history of the events of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 13:9||(B.C. 839.) When Jhoakhaz slept with his fathers they buried him in Shomeron, and Jhoash his son reigned after him.|
|RF KI2 13:10|| Jhoash Reigns in Israel.
In the twenty-seventh year of Jhoash king of Judah, Jhoash son of Jhoakhaz began to reign over Israel in Shomeron, for sixteen years.
|RF KI2 13:11||But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING. He turned not from the sin of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, which he caused Israel to sin. He followed it.|
|RF KI2 13:12||(B c. 825.) As to the other affairs of Jhoash, and all that he did, and his courage—how he fought with Amatziah king of Judah—they are recorded in the history of events during the period of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 13:13||Then Jhoash slept with his fathers, and Jerabam sat on his throne, and he buried Jhoash in Shomeron with the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 13:14|| (B.C. 839.) Elisha's illness and Death, and promise to Jhoash.
When Elisha was ill with the illness that was his death, Jhoash king of Israel visited him, and wept before him, and exclaimed, " My father! My father! The chariot of Israel and its horses!"
|RF KI2 13:15|| Then Elisha said to him, " Take a bow and arrows."
So he took a bow and arrows.
|RF KI2 13:16||He next said to the king of Israel, " Draw the bow with your hands." And he drew the bow with his hands, and Elisha put his hands on the hands of the king|
|RF KI2 13:17|| and said, "Open the window towards the east." So he opened it.
Then Elisha said, "Shoot."
And he shot.
When he exclaimed, " An arrow of deliverance from the EVER-LIVING, and an arrow of deliverance against Aram! For you shall defeat Aram with a crash to destruction."
|RF KI2 13:18|| Then he added, "Take your arrows."
And he took.
Then he said to the king of Israel, "Shoot at the ground!"
So he shot three times, then stopped.
|RF KI2 13:19||And the MAN of GOD was angry, and exclaimed to him, "You should have shot five or six times, then you would have defeated Aram to destruction; but now you have only defeated Aram three times."|
|RF KI2 13:20||(B.C. 838). Thus Elisha died, and they buried him when the raiders from Moab were coming into the country, at the fall of the year.|
|RF KI2 13:21||They were burying another man also, but when they saw the raiders they threw the man into the grave of Elisha, and ran away. When, however, the man touched the corpse of Elisha, he arose on his feet.|
|RF KI2 13:22|| (B.C. 839.) The Ruin of Israel Arrested by Jhoash.
Hazahal, king of Aram, then oppressed Israel all the days of Jhoakhaz,
|RF KI2 13:23||but afterwards the EVER-LIVING pitied them and showed mercy, and turned towards them, because of His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and did not desire to desolate them, nor to throw them from His presence at that time.|
|RF KI2 13:24||Therefore Hazahal king of Aram died, and Ben-hadad his son reigned after him.|
|RF KI2 13:25||(About B.C. 836.) Then Jhoash turned upon Ben-hadad, and took the cities from the hand of Ben-hadad, the son of Hazahal, which he had taken from the possession of his father Jhoakhaz—Jhoash defeated him in battle three times, and recovered the towns to Israel.|