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."
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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.
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|RF KI2 18:1|| (B.C. 726.) The Prosperous Reign of Hezekiah over Judah.
It was in the third year of Hoshea-ben-Alah, king of Israel, that Hezekiah-ben-Ahaz began to reign in Judah.
|RF KI2 18:2||He was fifteen years old at his coronation, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.|
|RF KI2 18:3||He did right in the sight, of the EVER-LIVING, exactly as his ancestor David did.|
|RF KI2 18:4||He threw down the Columns, and smashed the Pillars, and cut down the Shrines, and broke up the Brazen Serpent which Moses had made—for until this period the children of Israel offered incense to it—but he called it "Old brass!"|
|RF KI2 18:5||He adhered to the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel.1|
|RF KI2 18:6||He never turned from following Him, and regarded the Commands that the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses;|
|RF KI2 18:7||so the EVER-LIVING was with him wherever he went. He acted wisely and revolted from the king of Ashur, and served him not.|
|RF KI2 18:8||He conquered the Philishtim in Gaza and its district, from the fortress of Migdol to the city of Mitzab.|
|RF KI2 18:9||But in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh of Hoshea-ben-Alah, king of Israel, Shalmanazer, king of Ashur, advanced to Shomeron, and besieged it,|
|RF KI2 18:10||and captured it at the end of three years; in the seventh year of Hezekiah, which was the tenth year of Hoshea, king of Israel, he captured Shomeron.2|
|RF KI2 18:11||Then the king of Ashur transported Israel to Ashur, and planted them in Khalakh, and in the district of the river Gozan, and the cities of the Medes;|
|RF KI2 18:12||because they would not listen to the voice of their EVER-LIVING GOD, but transgressed the Covenant, the whole of which had been commanded to Moses, the servant of the EVER-LIVING. But they would not listen, nor obey.|
|RF KI2 18:13|| (B.C. 713.) Senakherib Invades Judah.
In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Senakherib king of Ashur advanced against all the fortified cities of Judah, and seized them.
|RF KI2 18:14||Consequently Hezekiah, king of Judah, sent to the king of Ashur at Lakish to say, "I have done wrong! Return from me, and what you impose upon me, I will pay." So the king of Ashur laid upon Hezekiah, king of Judah, three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.|
|RF KI2 18:15|| And Hezekiah paid him all the silver found in the House of the EVER-LIVING, and in the treasuries of the Royal Palace.
1 The following clause in v. 5, ch. 18, is an editorial comment. Therefore I put it at the page foot:—
And after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, or who were before him, who stuck to the EVER-LIVING.—F.F.
2 The enumeration, of the years as they stand in the Hebrew and A. V. texts are evidently a transcriber's error. These should read "7th and 10th," not "6th and 7th" as the A. V. has them.—F.F.
3 Now Azerbijan and Baku, on the southwest of the Caspian Sea.—F.F.
|RF KI2 18:16||At the same time Hezekiah stripped it from the doors of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, and the door-posts which Hezekiah, king of Judah, had plated, and gave it to the king of Ashur.|
|RF KI2 18:17|| (B.C. 710.) Senakherib breaks his Treaty and Attacks Jerusalem.
Yet the king of Ashur sent Thar-than, and Rab-saris, and Rabshakah, from Lakish to king Hezekiah, with a powerful army to Jerusalem, and they advanced and arrived at Jerusalem, and on arrival stationed themselves at the ascent of the High Reservoir, which is by the highway of the Potters' field.
|RF KI2 18:18||(B.C. 710.) From there they called for the king, and he sent out to them Aliakim-ben-Hilkiah, who was Superintendent of the Palace, and Shebnah, the Secretary, and Joah-ben-Asaph, the Recorder,|
|RF KI2 18:19|| and Rabshakah said to them:
Rabshakah's Insulting Speech.
"Say to Hezekiah: The Great King, the king of Ashur, asks this: 'What is the Protector upon whom you rely?'
|RF KI2 18:20||You say—but they are empty words—'I have genius and strength for the war!'" On whom did you rely when you revolted from me?|
|RF KI2 18:21||Look, now!—you trusted yourself upon that broken reed—upon Mitzer!—upon which if a man leans it runs into his hand and pierces it! Such is Pharoh, king of the Mitzeraim, to all who trust upon him!|
|RF KI2 18:22||But if you reply to me, We trust on our EVER-LIVING GOD ': is not that He whose Columns and whose Altars Hezekiah has thrown down,—and ordered Judah and Jerusalem to bow towards the Altar of Jerusalem?|
|RF KI2 18:23||But, however, come over, I say, to my Master, the king of Ashur, and I will give you two thousand horses;—if you are able to put riders upon them for yourself!|
|RF KI2 18:24||So how can you turn back the face of one of the last of my Master's captains, and trust yourself to Mitzer for chariots and horsemen?|
|RF KI2 18:25||However, have I advanced against this place without an order from the EVER-LIVING to destroy it? The EVER-LIVING said to me, 'Invade that country and devastate it!'"|
|RF KI2 18:26||(Here Aliakim-ben-Hilkiah, and Shebnah, and Joah said to Rabshakah, "Speak to your servants, we beg, in Aranaith, for we understand it, and do not speak to us in Hebrew, in the hearing of the soldiers on the wall.")|
|RF KI2 18:27||But Rabshakah replied to them:—"Did my Master send me to speak to your Master, or to You, the things that I am saying? Was it not to the men on the wall,—who eat their own dung and drink their own piss with you?"|
|RF KI2 18:28||(Then Rabshakah stood up and shouted with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, and said:—) "Listen to the words of the Great King—the King of Ashur!|
|RF KI2 18:29||Thus says the King: 'Let not Hezekiah mislead you, for he is not able to deliver you from my hand!|
|RF KI2 18:30||And let not Hezekiah himself trust on the EVER-LIVING, saying, "The EVER-LIVING will deliver, and not give this city to the hand of the king of Ashur!"'|
|RF KI2 18:31||Listen not to Hezekiah for the king of Ashur says this: 'Make a treaty with me, and come out to me, and let everyone eat of his own grapes, and everyone his own figs, and everyone drink water from his own well,|
|RF KI2 18:32||until I come and take you to a land like your own land,—a land of corn and wine,—a land of bread and vineyards—a land of olives, oil, and honey,—where you can live, and not die,—and listen not to Hezekiah, who deceives you by saying, "The LORD will deliver us!" '|
|RF KI2 18:33||"Have the GODs of the nations delivered any one of their countries from the hand of the king of Ashur?|
|RF KI2 18:34||Where are the GODs of Khamath and Arfad? Where are the GODs of Sefarvaim, Ina, and Avah? Who delivered Shomeron from my hand?"|
|RF KI2 18:35||Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand? (KJV)|
|RF KI2 18:36||(The people, however, were silent, and did not answer him a word, for the king's command was to give him no reply.)|
|RF KI2 18:37||Then Aliakim-ben-Hilkiah, Super-intendent of the Palace, and Shebna the Secretary. and Joah-ben-Asaph, the Recorder, returned to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and reported to him the speech of Rabshakah;|