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 22:1|| (B.C. 641.) Good Josiah Reigns over Israel.
Joshiah was eight years old at his coronation, and reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother was Jedidah, daughter of Adiah of Betzekath,
|RF KI2 22:2||and he did right in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and walked in all the paths of his ancestor David, and did not turn to the right or left.|
|RF KI2 22:3|| (B.C. 624.) He Repairs the Temple.
It occurred in the eighteenth year of King Joshiah, that the king sent Shafan-ben-Atzaliah the Secretary to the House of the EVER-LIVING to say:
|RF KI2 22:4||"Go to Hilkiah the High Priest, and let him keep the money coming into the House of the EVER-LIVING, separate from what they collect from the people,|
|RF KI2 22:5||and deposit it in the custody of Asaph,—the Accountant of the property of the House of the EVER-LIVING, to repair the dilapidations of the House;|
|RF KI2 22:6||to pay carpenters, and masons, and builders, and purchase timber, and dressed stone to repair the Temple."|
|RF KI2 22:7||However, he did not reckon with them for the money placed in their hands, for they acted faithfully.|
|RF KI2 22:8|| (B.C. 624.) The Original plates of the law made by Moses found.
Then Hilkiah the High Priest said to Shafan the Secretary, "I have found THE BOOK—Book of the Law, 1 in the House of the EVER-LIVING." So Hilkiah gave the Book to Shafan when he met him,
|RF KI2 22:9||and Shafan carried the Book to the king, when the king sat at business, and said, "Your Officers have collected the money found in the Temple and placed it in the custody of Asaph the Accountant of the property of the House of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF KI2 22:10||Then Shafan showed the book to the king, and said, "Hilkiah the Priest gave me this Book," and Shafan read it before the king.|
|RF KI2 22:11||But when the king heard the contents of the Book of Law, he tore his robes,|
|RF KI2 22:12||and the king commanded Hilkiah the Priest, and Akhikam-ben-Shafan, and Akbur-ben-Mikiah, and Shafan the Secretary, and Asiah, the Attendant of the king, saying:—|
|RF KI2 22:13||"Go, enquire of the EVER-LIVING about me, and about the people, and about all Judah, in regard to the contents of this Book that has been found; for a great anger from the EVER-LIVING must be kindled against us, because our ancestors have not listened to the commands of this Book, or practiced all that was written for us!"|
|RF KI2 22:14|| (B.C. 624.) Joshiah consults Huldah the Reciter.
Hilkiah, the Priest, and Akhikam, and Akbur, and Shafan and Ashiah, went therefore to Huldah the Reciter, the wife of Shalem-ben-Thignah-ben-Kharkhas, Keeper of the Robes, who resided in Jerusalem in the Second Rank of the Levites, and spoke to her, and she replied to them:—
|RF KI2 22:15||"The EVER-LIVING GOD Of Israel says thus Say to the man who sent you to me:|
|RF KI2 22:16||Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I will bring misery upon this place, and upon its inhabitants, in accordance with the contents of the Book read to the king of Judah,|
|RF KI2 22:17||because they have abandoned Me, and offered incense to other gods to insult Me by all their practices, and to kindle My wrath with this place, —and it shall not be quenched.'|
|RF KI2 22:18||"But to the king of Judah who sent you to enquire of the EVER-LIVING, say this to him: Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, about the words that you have heard, —|
|RF KI2 22:19||you opened a heart to consider them as from the EVER-LIVING, so that you may hear what I have spoken about this place, and against its inhabitants, for it shall become desolate, and despised. So you tore your robes and wept before Me, —and I have heard you also, says the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF KI2 22:20|| therefore I will add you to your fathers, and you shall be added to your tomb in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the misery which I will bring upon this place.'" And they reported this answer to the king.
1 The reading in the Hebrew, as I take it, is far stronger than in the common translations, whether of the Septuagint and Vulgate, or the English Authorized and Revised Versions, who only give "the Book," or "a Book of the Law." The Hebrew text I would read as "The Book—Book of the Law," that is, in the English Idiom, "The ORIGINAL Book of the Law," the autograph copy engraved by Moses and placed in the Ark, under his order, by Aliazar the High Priest, while the Army of Joshua was encamped in Moab, previous to passing from the eastern side of the Jordan to invade Canaan on its west. See Deuteronomy, Ch. 31, v. 24.—F.F.