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 14:1|| (B.C. 839) Reign of Amatziah over Judah.
In the second year of Jhoash king of Israel, Amatziah-ben-Jhoash began to reign in Judah.
|RF KI2 14:2||He was twenty-five years old at his coronation, and was king in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years, and his mother's name was Jhoadin, of Jerusalem;|
|RF KI2 14:3||and he did right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING. Not, however, like his ancestor David, but exactly as his father Jhoash did.|
|RF KI2 14:4||Yet he did not take away the Columns—the people still offered sacrifice and incense at the Columns.|
|RF KI2 14:5|| (B.C. 838.) Amatziah Executes his Fathers Murderers.
When he had fixed himself firmly in possession of the kingship, he executed those ministers of his father who had killed the king his father.
|RF KI2 14:6||But he did not kill the sons of the murderers, because it is written in the law of Moses that the EVER-LIVING commanded, saying, "You shall not kill the parents on account of their children; and you shall not kill the children on account of their parents; a man shall only be killed for his own crime."|
|RF KI2 14:7||He defeated ten thousand of Edom and the Amalekites, and seized Sela by war, and called its name Jakthal to this day.|
|RF KI2 14:8|| (B.C. 827.) Amatziah Challenges Jhoash to War.
Then Amatziah sent Ambassadors to Jhoash-ben-Jhoakaz—the descendant of Jehu, king of Israel, to say." Come, let us see faces!"
|RF KI2 14:9|| (B.C. 826.) Jhoash Replies by and an Insulting Fable.
But Jhoash king of Israel sent to Amatziah king of Judah to say, "A bramble in Lebanon once sent to the cedar of Lebanon to say, ' Give your daughter to my son as a wife!' Then a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed and trod down the bramble!
|RF KI2 14:10||You have defeated Edom, and so your heart rises in pride! But go home! Why should you excite trouble, and fall yourself, and all Judah with you?"|
|RF KI2 14:11|| (B.C. 826.) Jhoash of Israel Captures Jerusalem.
Amatziah would not listen, however, but advanced against Jhoash king of Israel, and they saw each other's faces, he and Amatziah king of Judah, at Bethshemsh, which is in Judah,
|RF KI2 14:12||where Judah was routed before Israel and everyone fled to his house.|
|RF KI2 14:13||And Amatziah-ben-Jhoash-ben-Ahaziah, king of Judah, was also captured by Jhoash king of Israel at Bethshemsh, who then advanced to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the corner gate,—four hundred cubits.|
|RF KI2 14:14||He also took all the gold and silver, and the furniture that he found in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, or that was found in the Royal Palace, and his children for hostages. Then he returned to Shomeron.|
|RF KI2 14:15||For the other affairs of Jhoash, what he did, and his achievements, and how he fought with Amatziah, king of Judah, they are related in the history of events during the times of the Kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 14:16||When Jhoash slept with his fathers, he was buried in Shomeron with the Kings of Israel, and Jerabam his son reigned after him.|
|RF KI2 14:17|| (B.C. 810.) Amatziah of Judah Murdered.
Amatziah-ben-Joash, however, reigned over Judah after the death of Jhoash-ben-Ahaziah king of Israel for fifteen years.
|RF KI2 14:18||But the other affairs of Amatziah are written in the history of events in the period of the Kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 14:19||When they conspired against him in Jerusalem he fled to Lakish. But they sent after him to Lakish and murdered him there.|
|RF KI2 14:20||They, however, carried him with the horseman to Jerusalem and buried him with his fathers in the City of David.|
|RF KI2 14:21|| (B.C. 810.) Azariah Reigns over Judah.
The people of Judah took Azariah, who was ten years old, and crowned him in place of his father Amatziah.
|RF KI2 14:22||He built Ailath and restored it to Judah. The king afterwards slept with his fathers.|
|RF KI2 14:23|| (B.C. 825.) Jerabam-ben-Joash Reigns over Israel.
In the fifteenth year of Amatziah-ben-Jhoash, king of Judah, Jerabam-ben-Jhoash, king of Israel, began to reign in Shomeron for forty-one years.
|RF KI2 14:24||But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING. He turned not from any of the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who caused the sin of Israel.|
|RF KI2 14:25||He restored the boundaries of Israel from Khamath to the Sea of the Desert, according to the promise of the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, which He promised by means of Jonah-ben-Amathai, the Preacher, who came from Gath-Khefer.|
|RF KI2 14:26||For the EVER-LIVING pitied the immeasurable miseries of Israel both without and within, when there was no ease for Israel.|
|RF KI2 14:27||The EVER-LIVING had not yet decided to blot the name of Israel from beneath the heavens, therefore He rescued it by the hand of Jerabam-ben-Joash.|
|RF KI2 14:28||For the other affairs of Jerabam, and all that he did, how he warred, and how he recaptured Damascus and Khamath of Judah to Israel, they are recorded in the history of events of the days of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 14:29||Then Jerabam slept with his fathers—with the kings of Israel—and Zakariah his son reigned after him.|