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 15:1|| (B.C. 810.) Azariah Reigns in Judah.
In the seventeenth year of Jerabam king of Israel, Azariah-ben-Amatziah, king of Judah, began to reign.
|RF KI2 15:2||He was sixteen years old at his coronation, and reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Jekaliah of Jerusalem;|
|RF KI2 15:3||and he did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, as Amatziah his father did.|
|RF KI2 15:4||Yet he did not throw down the Columns, —the people still sacrificed and offered incense at the Columns.|
|RF KI2 15:5||The EVER-LIVING, however, afflicted the king, and he became a leper towards the time of his death, and resided in a separate house, and Jotham the son of the king was Chief-Justice for the public.|
|RF KI2 15:6||For the other affairs of Azariah, they are related in the history of events during the days of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 15:7||When Azariah slept with his fathers, they buried him with his ancestors in the City of David, and Jotham his son succeeded him as king.|
|RF KI2 15:8|| (About B.C. 773.) Zachariah-ben-Jerabam Reigns over Israel.
In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zachariah-ben-Jerabam began to reign over Israel, in Shomeron, for six months.
|RF KI2 15:9||But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, as his fathers did;—he turned not from the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who|
|RF KI2 15:10||caused the sin of Israel. Shalum-ben-Jabesh, however, conspired against him, and assailed him in public, and killed him, and reigned in his place.|
|RF KI2 15:11|| But the rest of the affairs of Zachariah are recorded in the history of events
during the period of the kings of Israel.
|RF KI2 15:12||He completed the promise of the EVER-LIVING, which He promised to Jehu, saying, "Four of your descendants shall sit upon the throne of Israel, "—and it was so.|
|RF KI2 15:13|| (B.C. 772.) Shalum-ben-Jabesh Reigns in Israel a Month, and is Murdered.
Shalum-ben-Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, and he reigned a month in
|RF KI2 15:14||Shomeron, when Menakham-ben-Gadi, of Thirtzah, came to Shomeron, and attacked Shalum-ben-Jabesh, in Shomeron, and killed him, and reigned instead of him.|
|RF KI2 15:15||As to the other affairs of Shalum, and his conspiracy that he conspired —they are recorded in the history of events in the days of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 15:16|| (B.C. 770 The Brutality of Menakham, the Revolutionist.
Menakham afterwards assailed Thifzah, and all who were in it, and its suburbs, and Thirtzah, because they did not surrender, and murdered all the women with child by ripping them up.
|RF KI2 15:17||In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menakham-ben-Gadi began to reign over Israel in Shomeron.|
|RF KI2 15:18||But he did evil in the sight of the EVER-LIVING. He turned not from the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who caused the sin of Israel, all his time.|
|RF KI2 15:19|| (B.C. 771.) Pul, King of Ashur, Invades Israel.
Pul, king of Ashur, advanced against the country, but Menakham gave to Pul a thousand talents of silver to be his ally, to secure the kingship in his hands.
|RF KI2 15:20||Menakham collected the money from Israel, and from the Officers of the army to give to the king of Ashur—fifty silver shekels from each person—so the king of Ashur retreated and did not remain in the country.|
|RF KI2 15:21||As to the other affairs of Menakham, and all that he did, they are related in the history of events of the days of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 15:22||When Menakham slept with his fathers, Pakahiah his son reigned after him.|
|RF KI2 15:23|| (B.C. 761.) Reign of Pekahiah-ben-Menakham.
In the fiftieth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Pekahiah-ben-Menakham began to reign in Shomeron.
|RF KI2 15:24||But he did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING. He did not turn from the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who caused the sin of Israel;|
|RF KI2 15:25||and Pekah-ben-Remaliah his general conspired against him, and assailed him at Shomeron, in the Royal Palace, with Argob, and Ariah, and fifty other men, from the people of Gilead, and reigned in his place.|
|RF KI2 15:26||The other affairs of Pekahiah, and all that he did, are recorded in the history of events during the period of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 15:27|| (B.C. 759.) Pekah-ben-Remeliah seizes the Throne of Israel.
In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah-ben-Remaliah began to reign over Israel for twenty years.
|RF KI2 15:28||But he did evil in the sight of the EVER-LIVING. He did not turn from the sins of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, who caused the sin of Israel.|
|RF KI2 15:29|| (B.C. 740.) Tiglath-Pilazer, of Ashur, seizes all North-West Israel.
In the time of Pekah, king of Israel, Thiglath-Pilazer, king of Ashur, came and seized Mon and the meadows of Beth-Makah, and Janokh, and Kadish, and Khatzur, and Gilad, and Galilee, with all the country of Naphtali, and removed them to Ashur.
|RF KI2 15:30|| Then Hoshea-ben-Alah conspired against Pekah-ben-Remaliah, and assailed and murdered him, and reigned in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham-ben-Aziah.1
1. Several years of civil war followed the murder of Pekah, of which no details are given, as proved by Ch. 17, v. x, which indicates some nine or ten years of anarchy between the murder and succession of Hoshea.—F. F
|RF KI2 15:31||(B.C. 739.) As to the other affairs of Pekah, and all that he did, they are related in the history of the events of the times of the kings of Israel.|
|RF KI2 15:32|| (B.C. 758.) Reign of Jotham-ben-Aziah
In the second year of Pekah-ben-Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham-ben-Aziah, king of Judah, began to reign.
|RF KI2 15:33||He was fifteen years old at his coronation, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.|
|RF KI2 15:34||And he did right in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, in everything as his father Azariah had done,|
|RF KI2 15:35||However, he did not overturn the Columns; the people still sacrificed and offered incense at the Columns. He built the High Gate at the House of the EVER-LIVING|
|RF KI2 15:36||But the rest of the affairs of Jotham, and all that he did, are written of in the history of events during the period of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 15:37|| (B.C. 742.) Retzin, King of Aram, assails Judah.
At this period the EVER-LIVING began to send to Judah, Retzin, king. of Aram, and Pekah-ben-Remaliah.
|RF KI2 15:38||When Jotham slept with his fathers, he was buried with his fathers in the City of David, and Ahaz his son succeeded him.|