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 2:1|| (B.C. 896.) The Death of Elijah.
When the EVER-LIVING was about to take up Elijah in a tempest to the Heavens, Elijah and Elisha were travelling in Gilgal,—
|RF KI2 2:2|| and Elijah said to Elisha, " Go back, now, from here, for the EVER-LIVING will send me to Bethel."
But Elisha replied, " By the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by your life, I will not leave you!" So they descended to Bethel.
|RF KI2 2:3|| When at Bethel, some Preachers came to Elisha, and asked him, " Do you know that the EVER-LIVING will take your master from your head?"
And he replied, "I know it! Be silent."
|RF KI2 2:4|| Elijah again said to Elisha, "Turn back, I pray, here,—for the EVER-LIVING has sent me to Jeriko."
But he replied, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by the life of your soul, I will not leave you!" So they went on to Jeriko,
|RF KI2 2:5|| where the Preachers who were in Jeriko approached to Elisha., and asked him, " Do you know that today the EVER-LIVING will take your master from your head?"
And he answered, "I also know it. Be silent!"
|RF KI2 2:6|| Then Elijah said to him, "Return, I beg, here, for the EVER-LIVING has sent me to the Jordan."
But he replied, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING and the life of your soul, I will not leave you!" So both of them went on;
|RF KI2 2:7||and fifty men from the Preachers went and stationed themselves at a distance to the south, but they two stood by the Jordan,|
|RF KI2 2:8||and Elijah took his mantle, and folded it, and struck the waters, when they divided on this side and that, and both passed over on dry land.|
|RF KI2 2:9|| When they had passed over Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before GOD takes me from you?"
And Elisha answered, "Let twice your spirit come upon me."
|RF KI2 2:10||When he replied, "You have asked To a hard thing. If you see me taken from you, then it will come to you; but if not, it will not come."|
|RF KI2 2:11|| (B.C. 896.) Elisha Receives Elijah's mantle.
While they were walking and conversing, a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and stopped between them, and Elijah ascended in a tempest to the Heavens,
|RF KI2 2:12||but Elisha looked on and shouted, "My father! My father! The chariot of Israel and its horses!" But he never saw him again. He seized his robe, however, and it tore into two,|
|RF KI2 2:13||and the mantle that Elijah wore fell upon him. Then he returned and stood on the bank of the Jordan,|
|RF KI2 2:14||and took the mantle of Elijah, which had fallen from off him, and struck the waters, and said, "Come, EVER-LIVING, the GOD of Elijah, as if to himself." Then he struck the waters, and they divided, on this side and that, and Elisha crossed over.|
|RF KI2 2:15||And the pupils of the Preachers who were in Jeriko, to the south, saw it, and remarked, " The spirit of Elijah has fallen upon Elisha," so they went to meet him, and bowed to him to the earth,|
|RF KI2 2:16||and said, "You see now your servants are fifty strong men. Let us go and seek Elijah, for fear the spirit of the EVER-LIVING should carry him away, and drive him to some of the hills, or to some of the vales." But he replied, "Do not go."|
|RF KI2 2:17||They, however, pressed him until was ashamed, when he answered "Go." So the fifty men went, and searched for three. days, but could not find him.|
|RF KI2 2:18|| The Young preachers seek out Elijah.
They consequently returned to him, for he was staying in Jeriko, and he said to them, "Did I not tell you not to go?"
|RF KI2 2:19|| (B.C. 896.) Anecdotes of Elisha.
The men of the town once said to Elisha, " The position of the town is good, as your lordship perceives, but the water is bad, and the ground barren."
|RF KI2 2:20||He consequently replied, "Fetch me a new bowl, and put salt in it, and bring it me."|
|RF KI2 2:21||Then he went to the water-springs and threw the salt into them, and said, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING! I have cured these waters, death and barrenness shall no more come from them."|
|RF KI2 2:22||And the waters have been healthy to this day, according to the message Elisha delivered.|
|RF KI2 2:23||Once he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was on the road some young lads met him near the town, and ridiculed him, exclaiming, "Go up bald head! Go up bald head!"|
|RF KI2 2:24||when he turned and cursed them in the Name of the EVER-LIVING, and two bears from the forest met them and tore forty-two of the lads.—|
|RF KI2 2:25||From there he went to Mount Karmel, and afterwards he settled in Shomeron.|