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 19:1||
and when Hezekiah heard it, he tore his robes, and put on sackcloth, and went to the house of the EVER-LIVING.
|RF KI2 19:2|| (B.C. 710.) Isaiah-ben-Amoz Consulted.
He also sent Aliakim, Superintendent of the Palace, and Shebna the Secretary, and the Chief Priests with them to Isaiah the Preacher, and son of Amoz,
|RF KI2 19:3||and they said to him:—"The King says this: It is a time of distress, and reproach, and derision, today, —for the children have come to the birth, and there is not strength to bear them!|
|RF KI2 19:4||Has not your EVER-LIVING GOD heard all the utterances of Rabshakah, whom the king of Ashur, his master, has sent to insult the GOD of LIFE, and abuse Him, with the speeches your EVER-LIVING GOD has heard? So raise a prayer for the remnant remaining."'|
|RF KI2 19:5||Thus the ministers of King Hezekiah related to Isaiah,|
|RF KI2 19:6|| Isaiah's reply to Rabshakah.
and Isaiah replied to them:—"You can say to your king, The EVER-LIVING says this: "Fear not for the words you have heard spoken, with which the officers of the king of Ashur have reviled Me.
|RF KI2 19:7||I will send a wind upon him, and he shall hear its report, and return to his own country, and fall by the sword in his own land."|
|RF KI2 19:8|| Rabshakah Retreats from Jerusalem.
Rabshakah consequently retreated, and met his king besieging Libnah, for he heard he had marched from Lakish,
|RF KI2 19:9||because he had heard a report about Thirakhah, king of Cush, saying that " He was coming to make war on him; " therefore he retreated. However, he sent messengers to Hezekiah to threaten:|
|RF KI2 19:10||"Say this to Hezekiah, king of Judah, Do not exalt your GOD on Whom you trust, saying, He will not give Jerusalem to the hands of the king of Ashur.'|
|RF KI2 19:11||Reflect how you have heard what the kings of Ashur have done to all the countries they devoted to conquest—|
|RF KI2 19:12||so shall you escape? Did the GODs of the Nations deliver those who worshipped them from my forefathers? Gozan? and Kharan? or the children of Aden, who were in Thalasar?|
|RF KI2 19:13||Where is the king of Khamath? and the king of Arfad? and the king of the Cities of the Sefarvaim? Ina, or Avah?'"|
|RF KI2 19:14||Hezekiah, however, took the letter from the hands of the Ambassadors and read it. Then he went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING, where Hezekiah spread it before the SUPREME.|
|RF KI2 19:15|| (B.C. 710.) Hezekiah's Prayer.
Hezekiah also prayed before the EVER-LIVING, and said:—
"EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel You, seated among the Kerubim, are GOD alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the Heavens, and the Earth.
|RF KI2 19:16||ETERNAL-LIFE! incline your ears and listen; open your eyes, EVER-LIVING, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to insult the GOD of LIFE!|
|RF KI2 19:17||Truly, LORD, the kings of Ashur have destroyed nations, and their countries;|
|RF KI2 19:18||and flung their GODs into the fire. For they were not GODs, but only the product of human hands, —of wood and stone.|
|RF KI2 19:19||But You, our EVER-LIVING GOD, can certainly save us from his hand, when all the kingdoms of the world will know that You are the LIVING GOD;—and You alone."|
|RF KI2 19:20|| Isaiah-ben-Amoz also sent to Hezekiah to say:—
"Thus says the LIVING GOD of Israel, When you prayed to Me about Sennacherib, king of Ashur, I heard you.' This is the reply that the EVER-LIVING gives to him:—
|RF KI2 19:21|| God's reply to his reviler.
"At you the Virgin Daughter of Zion laughs,
Jerusalem's Daughter shakes her head!
|RF KI2 19:22|| Against whom is your libelous insult?
Against whom do you raise your voice,
And lift up your insolent eyes?—
Against the Holy of Israel.
|RF KI2 19:23|| By your Ambassador's hand
You have insulted My Prince!
"You said, I will ride in my chariot over the hill tops;
Over Lebanon stride, and fell his tall cedars,
And beautiful pines,
And lodge at the side of the forest of Karmel!
|RF KI2 19:24|| I have dug and have drunk of the sparkling waters,
And have dried with my sole all the moats of the Forts! '
|RF KI2 19:25|| " Have you not heard from afar, of My actions aforetime?
How I planned to make great cities desolate heaps,
|RF KI2 19:26|| Made them weak to your hand, and their people like field grass,
And green weeds on a roof scorched before they are grown?
|RF KI2 19:27|| All your campings, and march, and advancing I knew,
And your rage against Me;—yes, your fury at Me, —
And your roaring has come to My ears!
|RF KI2 19:28|| So My hook I will put in your nose, and My bit in your jaws,
And by the way that you came, lead you back!
|RF KI2 19:29|| "For your proof, eat the self-sown this year,—and next year the same!—
And the third, sow, and reap, dress the vines, and eat fruits;—
|RF KI2 19:30|| For Judah's House shall grow up from its fragments;
Branches spring from the root, and bear fruit up aloft;—
|RF KI2 19:31|| From Jerusalem fragments shall go, and escape from Mount Zion, —
The power of the LORD will do this.
|RF KI2 19:32|| " Ashur's king shall not come to this town, says the LORD,
Nor shoot there an arrow, nor lift up a shield,
Nor heap up a rampart against it!
|RF KI2 19:33|| By the way he advanced, by that way he shall go,
And not come to this city, the LORD has declared,—
|RF KI2 19:34|| I shield it, and save it, because of Myself,
And David the Servant to ME."
|RF KI2 19:35|| (B.C. 710.) Plague destroys Rabshakah's Army.
And it occurred that in the same night a Messenger from the EVER-LIVING came and struck in the camp of Ashur a hundred and seventy-five thousand! When they awoke in the morning they found all these dead corpses.
|RF KI2 19:36||Then Sennacherib king of Ashur, struck tents, marched, and returned to Nineveh,|
|RF KI2 19:37||where, when praying in the House of Nisrok his GOD, Adramelek and Shartzar, his sons, assailed him with the sword, and escaped to the district of Ararat, and Aserhadon his son reigned after him.|