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 23:1|| (B.C. 623.) The Parliament Convoked to hear the Law Read.
The king consequently sent and assembled to himself all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem,
|RF KI2 23:2||when the king and all the representatives of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests and preachers, and all the people from the lowest to the highest, went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING, and he read in their hearing all the contents of the Book of Laws that had been found in the House of the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 23:3|| (B.C. 623.) The King and Parliament promise to obey the law.
Then the king mounted upon the platform and made a Declaration before the EVER-LIVING, to walk after the EVER-LIVING, and to keep His Commandments, and his Evidences, and Constitution, with all the heart and with all the soul; to establish the commands of the Covenant written in that Book, —and the Representatives of the people confirmed the Declaration.
|RF KI2 23:4|| (B.C. 623.) Joshiah Extirpates the Idols and their priests.
The king also commanded Hilkiah the High Priest, and the Priests of the Second Rank, and the Guards of the Threshold, to bring out from the Temple of the EVER-LIVING all the appliance they had made for Bal, and for Asherah,1 and for all the Host of the Skies, and to burn them outside Jerusalem, in the fields of Kedron, and carry their rubbish from the House of GOD.
|RF KI2 23:5||He also stopped the Priest of the Stars, whom the kings of Judah had appointed, who burned incense at the Columns to Bal, and to the Sun, and to the Moon. and the Planets, and to all the Army of the Skies;|
|RF KI2 23:6|| and sent the shrines out of the House of the EVER-LIVING to the outside of Jerusalem, to the brook Kedron, and burnt them at the brook Kedron, and crushed their ashes, and flung the ashes on the graves of the followers of these people.
1 "Asherah "—Fortune, the pagan Goddess. —F.F.
|RF KI2 23:7||He also pulled down the houses of Prostitution which were in the House of the EVER-LIVING, where the women wove curtains for the Shrines.|
|RF KI2 23:8||Then he brought all the Priests from the towns of Judah, and defiled the Columns where the Priests offered incense, from Gaba to Bersheba, and overturned the Columns of the Demons which had been erected at the Gate by Joshua, the Governor of the city, on the left hand of each gate of the town.|
|RF KI2 23:9||Nor did he permit those priests to sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING at the Columns in Jerusalem, unless they ate biscuits among their brethren.|
|RF KI2 23:10||He also defiled the furnace in the valley of the sons of Khinon, where they passed their sons and daughters through the fire to Molok,|
|RF KI2 23:11||and destroyed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the Sun at the entry of the Temple of the EVER-LIVING near the chamber of Nathan-Melk the eunuch, who was superintendent of the horses and the chariots of the Sun, which he burnt with fire,|
|RF KI2 23:12||and the Altars also that were upon the embankment of the aqueduct of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made. And the king threw down the Altars that Manasseh made in the two courts of the House of the EVER-LIVING, and powdered them, and threw their dust into the brook Kedron.|
|RF KI2 23:13||The Columns also, which were opposite Jerusalem, on the right of the Hill of Consecration, which Solomon, king of Israel, built to Ashteroth and to Kemosh, the abominations of Moab, and to Milkom the horror of the Amonites, the king destroyed.|
|RF KI2 23:14||And he broke the Pillars, and cut down the groves, and filled their place with men's bones.|
|RF KI2 23:15||The Altar also that was in Bethel, which Jerabam-ben-Nebat had built when he caused the sin of Israel, both that Altar, and the Columns, he threw down, and burnt the Columns to fine dust, and burnt the Shrines.|
|RF KI2 23:16||But Joshiah happened to turn and see the tombs which were on the hill, so he sent to take the bones from the tombs, and burnt them upon the Altar, and defiled it, according to the message of the EVER-LIVING which the MAN of GOD proclaimed, when he foretold these events.|
|RF KI2 23:17||He asked, "What is that Monument I see? " And the people of the town replied to him, "The tomb of the MAN of GOD who came from Judah, and foretold these things, that you are doing upon the Altar of Bethel."|
|RF KI2 23:18||When he answered, "Let his bones rest! No one shall touch his bones!" So they preserved his bones, —the bones of the Preacher who came to Shomeron.|
|RF KI2 23:19||Joshiah, however, destroyed all the Temples of Columns that were in the villages of Shomeron, which the kings of Israel had constructed, as insults to the EVER-LIVING; and did to them as to all the fabrics they had erected in Bethel,|
|RF KI2 23:20||and sacrificed all the Priests of the Columns who were there upon their Altars, and burnt the bones of men upon them, then returned to Jerusalem.|
|RF KI2 23:21|| (B.C. 622.) Joshiah orders a great Passover.
The king next commanded the people, saying:—"Make a Passover to your EVER-LIVING GOD, such as is written in this Book of Laws."
|RF KI2 23:22||And they never made such a Passover in the times of the Judges, who judged Israel, and all the time of the kings of Israel, and the kings of Judah,|
|RF KI2 23:23||as this which was made in the nineteenth year of King Joshiah, as they made at this Passover to the EVER-LIVING in Jerusalem;|
|RF KI2 23:24||because the Spirit-raisers, and Soothsayers, and Therafs, and Shakers, existed in the country of Judah and in Jerusalem until the days of Joshiah, but he conducted it by the instructions of the Laws written in the Book that had been found by Hilkiah the Priest in the House of the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 23:25||Such a king as he was had not been before him, who turned with all his heart and all his strength to the EVER-LIVING, in accordance with the whole Law of Moses, and after him there did not arise another such.|
|RF KI2 23:26||However, the EVER-LIVING did not turn from the great anger which consumed Him against Judah, on account of all the insults with which Manasseh had insulted him.|
|RF KI2 23:27||The EVER-LIVING consequently said, "I will also turn away Judah from before My face, as I have turned Israel, and will waste this city of Jerusalem that I chose, and this House where I said My name shall be."|
|RF KI2 23:28||As to the other affairs of Joshiah, and all that he did, they are recorded in the history of events in the times of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 23:29|| Joshiah killed in battle at Megiddo.
In his days, however, Pharoh Nechoh, king of the Mitzeraim, advanced against the king of Ashur, to the river Euphrates, and King Joshiah went to meet him, but he killed him at Megiddo as soon as he saw him,
|RF KI2 23:30||and his ministers carried him dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. Then the people of the country took Jehoahaz the son of Joshiah, and consecrated him, and crowned him in the place of his father.|
|RF KI2 23:31|| (B.C. 610.) Jehoahaz Made King.
Jehoahaz was twenty-six years old at his consecration, and reigned three months in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
|RF KI2 23:32||But he did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, in all that his ancestors had done.|
|RF KI2 23:33||Pharoh Nechoh, however, swept him away at Riblah, in the district of Khamath, from being king in Jerusalem, and laid a fine upon the country of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.|
|RF KI2 23:34||Pharoh Nechoh also made Aliakim, son of Joshiah, king in place of his father Joshiah, but changed his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz and carried him to Mitzer, and he died there.|
|RF KI2 23:35|| (B.C. 610.) Jehoiakim made Governor of Israel by Pharoh Nechoh.
Jehoiakim paid the silver and gold to Pharoh. He taxed the land to pay the money to Pharoh; everyone of the people of the country had to provide the silver and the gold according to his valuation to pay to Pharoh Nechoh.
|RF KI2 23:36||Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old at his coronation, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Zabidah, the daughter of Pheriah of Raamah.|
|RF KI2 23:37||(B.C. 610.) But he did evil in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, in all that his ancestors had done.|