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 20:1|| (B.C. 713.) Hezekiah's Illness.
About this time Hezekiah had a serious sickness, so Isaiah came to him and said, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING, 'Arrange for your family, for you will die and not live!'"
|RF KI2 20:2||He in consequence turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the EVER-LIVING, saying:—|
|RF KI2 20:3||"I entreat You, EVER-LIVING, to remember how I walked before You in truth, and with a thankful heart, and the good I have done in Your sight!" Then Hezekiah wept with much weeping.|
|RF KI2 20:4|| (B.C. 713.) Longer life granted to Hezekiah.
And it happened that Isaiah had not gone halfway to the town, when the message of the EVER-LIVING came to him to say:
|RF KI2 20:5||"Return and say to Hezekiah, the shepherd of My people: 'Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of David, your ancestor: "I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears;—I will cure you. Three days hence you shall go up to the House of the EVER-LIVING!|
|RF KI2 20:6||I will also add to your days fifteen years, and I will deliver you from the hand of the King of Ashur, with this city, and I will protect this city, because of Myself, and because of David My servant."'"|
|RF KI2 20:7||Isaiah then said, "Take a plaster of figs, and apply it to the inflammation, and he will live!"|
|RF KI2 20:8||But Hezekiah asked Isaiah, "What evidence is there that the EVER-LIVING will cure me, and that I shall three days hence go up to the House of the EVER-LIVING?"|
|RF KI2 20:9|| (B.C. 713.) The Shadow goes back Ten Degrees.
When Isaiah replied, "This is the evidence from the EVER-LIVING to you, that the EVER-LIVING will fulfil the promise He has promised: the shadow that has gone upwards ten degrees, shall it turn back the ten degrees it has risen."
|RF KI2 20:10||Hezekiah, however answered him, "It is easy for the shadow to advance ten degrees on the sun-dial, but not for the shadow to go back ten degrees!"|
|RF KI2 20:11||But Isaiah the Preacher called to the EVER-LIVING, and the shadow turned back from the advance, which it had gone upon the sun-dial of Ahaz, receding ten degrees.|
|RF KI2 20:12|| (B.C. 712.) Baradok of Babel sends an Embassy to Hezekiah.
At this time Barodak-Baladan, son of Baladan, king of Babel, sent letters and presents to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been ill.
|RF KI2 20:13||And Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all the stores of his treasures; the silver and gold, and perfumes, and the fine oil; and all the arsenal of his armour; and everything contained in his treasuries. There was nothing that Hezekiah did not show them, in his Palace, and in his dominions.|
|RF KI2 20:14||Consequently Isaiah the Preacher came to the king Hezekiah and asked him, "What did those men say? and from whom have they come to you?" And Hezekiah answered him, "From a distant country;—they came from Babel."|
|RF KI2 20:15||Then he asked, "What did you show them in your Palace?" When Hezekiah replied, "They have seen all that is in my Palace. There is nothing in my treasuries which they have not seen!|
|RF KI2 20:16||"But Isaiah answered Hezekiah:—"Listen to a message from the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 20:17||Look! the days are coming when all that is in your palace, and which your forefathers have stored up to this day, will be carried to Babel,—not a thing will be left, says the EVER-LIVING!|
|RF KI2 20:18||And your sons who proceed from you, whom you have produced, will be seized and made eunuchs in the Temple of the kings of Babel!"|
|RF KI2 20:19||Hezekiah only replied to Isaiah, "The message from the EVER-LIVING that you have delivered is good! for it says that peace and safety shall be in my days! '|
|RF KI2 20:20||Regarding the rest of the affairs of Hezekiah, and all his achievements, and how he made the reservoirs and the aqueducts, and brought the waters to the city, they are recorded in the history of events of the times of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 20:21||But Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned after him.|