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 16:1|| (B.C. 742.) Ahaz-ben-Jotham Reigns in Judah.
In the seventeenth year of Pekah-ben-Remaliah, Ahaz-ben-Jotham, king of Judah, began to reign.
|RF KI2 16:2||He was twenty years old at his coronation, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, but did not do right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING GOD like David his ancestor.|
|RF KI2 16:3||He followed the path of the kings of Israel, and even passed his children through the fire, like the foul heathen whom the EVER-LIVING drove before the face of the children of Israel.|
|RF KI2 16:4||He also sacrificed and offered incense at the Columns, and upon the hills, and under every leafy tree.|
|RF KI2 16:5||Consequently Retzin, king of Aram, came, and Pekah-ben-Remaliah, king of Israel, against Jerusalem to war, and besieged Ahaz—but were not able to succeed.|
|RF KI2 16:6|| (B.C. 740.) Alliance between Ahaz and the King of Ashur.
But at that time Retzin recaptured Ailath to Aram, and drove the Jews out of Ailath, and brought Aramites to Ailath and settled them there to this day.
|RF KI2 16:7||Ahaz consequently sent Ambassadors to Thiglath-Pikzer, king of Ashur, to say, I am your slave and son! Come and save me from the hand of the king of Aram, and from the hand of the king of Israel, who have risen up against me."|
|RF KI2 16:8||He also took the silver and gold found in the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and in the treasuries of the Royal Palace, and sent to the king of Ashur as a present.|
|RF KI2 16:9||The king of Ashur consequently listened to him. So the king of Ashur advanced against Damascus and captured it, and transported to Kirah, and killed Retzin.|
|RF KI2 16:10|| (B.C. 739.) Ahaz makes a Heathen alter.
King Ahaz went to meet Thiglath-Pilazer, king of Ashur, at Damask, where he saw the altar that was in Damask. The king consequently sent to Uriah the priest a drawing of that altar, and the building of it, with all its formation;
|RF KI2 16:11||and Uriah the priest built an altar exactly like what the king sent to him from Damask. Uriah the Priest made it against the return of king Ahaz from Damask.|
|RF KI2 16:12||When the king returned from Damask, and saw the altar, the king approached to the altar, and offered sacrifice upon it,|
|RF KI2 16:13||and put incense on the burnt-offering, with its bread, and poured the drink-offering; and sprinkled the blood of the thank-offerings, which he made upon the altar;|
|RF KI2 16:14||for he had removed the brazen altar that was before the EVER-LIVING from the front of the house, between his altar and the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and placed it at the north side of his altar.|
|RF KI2 16:15||For the king had ordered Uriah the priest saying, "Burn incense upon this Grand Altar with the Morning Sacrifice, with the food-offering in the evening, and burnt-offering of the king, and its food-offering, and the burnt-offering for all the people of the country, and their food-offerings, and their drink-offerings, and all the blood-offerings, and all the blood of sacrifice sprinkled upon it,—but the brazen Altar shall be for me in the morning."|
|RF KI2 16:16|| (B.C. 738.) King Ahaz and Uriah the priest desecrate the temple.
Uriah the priest consequently, did exactly as he was ordered by King Ahaz,
|RF KI2 16:17||who also broke down the guard of the bases, and removed from them the baths, and took down the sea from the oxen of brass which were under it, and placed it upon blocks of stone.|
|RF KI2 16:18||And the intervening screen which was built between the Temple and the royal entrance to the Court that surrounded the House of the EVER-LIVING, he removed for the sake of the king of Ashur.|
|RF KI2 16:19||(B.C. 726.) The other things that Ahaz did are related in the history of events in the period of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 16:20||When Ahaz slept with his fathers he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David, and Hezekiah his son succeeded him.|