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 24:1|| (B.C. 607.) Nebuchadnezzar conquers Jerusalem.
In his time Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, advanced, and Jehoiakim was subject to him for three years. Then he turned and rebelled from him.
|RF KI2 24:2||(B.C. 603.) But the EVER-LIVING sent against him the troops of the Kasidim, and the troops of Aram, and the troops of Moab, and the troops of the Amonites, whom he sent against Judah to destroy it,|
|RF KI2 24:3||because it was the EVER-LIVING'S intention against Judah to turn it from His presence, for the sin of Manasseh in all that he did,|
|RF KI2 24:4||and also for the innocent blood that he shed, filling Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the EVER-LIVING was not willing to forgive.|
|RF KI2 24:5||As regards the other affairs of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, they are written in the history of events during the times of the kings of Judah.|
|RF KI2 24:6||But Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and Jehoiachin his son reigned after him.|
|RF KI2 24:7|| And the king of Egypt did not again come out from his country, for the king of Babel seized from the River of Egypt to the River Frath, 1 all of which had previously belonged to the king of Mitzer.
|RF KI2 24:8|| (B.C. 599.) Jhoiakim made Nominal King of Judah by Revolt.
Jhoiakim was nineteen years old at his coronation, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem;
|RF KI2 24:9||and his mother's name was Nahushta, the daughter of Alnathan of Jerusalem. He however, did wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, in everything as his ancestors had done.|
|RF KI2 24:10|| (B.C. 599.) Nebuchadnezzar advances against him and captures Jerusalem.
At this period the Officers of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, advanced to Jerusalem, and came to besiege the city.
|RF KI2 24:11||Nebukhadnezzar, king of Babel, also came to the city while his Officers were besieging it,|
|RF KI2 24:12||when Jhoiakim capitulated to the king of Babel, himself, his mother, his ministers and generals, and eunuchs. Thus the king of Babel captured him in the eighth year of his reign.|
|RF KI2 24:13||He also took away all the treasure from the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the treasures from the palace of the king, and collected the gold and furniture of gold that Solomon, king of Israel, had made for the Temple of the EVER-LIVING, by the command of the EVER-LIVING,|
|RF KI2 24:14||and transported all Jerusalem, and all its nobles, and the whole of the officers of the army, ten thousand, as captives, with all the carpenters and mechanics. He left none except the lower class of the country.|
|RF KI2 24:15||He also transported Jhoiakim to Babel, with the king's mother and wives, and his eunuchs, together with the Princes of the country, whom he carried captive from Jerusalem to Babel.|
|RF KI2 24:16||And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.(KJV)|
|RF KI2 24:17||Beside which the king of Babel made Mattaniah, his uncle, king in his place, but changed his name to Zedekiah.|
|RF KI2 24:18|| (B.C. 590.) Zedekiah made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar.
Zedekiah was twenty-one years of age at his coronation, and reigned eleven years at Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
|RF KI2 24:19||But he did evil in the sight of the EVER-LIVING in everything that Jhoiakim had done,|
|RF KI2 24:20||because the anger of the EVER-LIVING was against Jerusalem and Judah to throw them from His Presence, therefore Zedekiah revolted from the king of Babel.|