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 25:1|| (B.C. 588.) Zedekiah Revolts, but Nebuchadnezzar crushes him.
In consequence, in the ninth year, on the tenth of the tenth month, Nebukhadnezzar, king of Babel, came with all his forces to Jerusalem, and encamped against it, and they built a surrounding wall against it,
|RF KI2 25:2||and the siege of the city went on to the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.|
|RF KI2 25:3||At the ninth month the famine became terrible in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the country,|
|RF KI2 25:4||so he burst from the city with a force of soldiers by night, by way of the wall which is towards the Royal Garden, although the Kasidim were around the city, and marched towards the desert.|
|RF KI2 25:5||But the forces of the Kasidim pursued after the king, and overtook him at the fords of Jerikho, with all his army, who scattered from him.|
|RF KI2 25:6||They consequently seized the king, and carried him to the king of Babel at. Riblath, and reported to him for a decision,|
|RF KI2 25:7||when he killed the children of Zedekiah before his eyes—then pulled out the eyes of Zedekiah himself, and bound him in chains and had him carried to Babel.|
|RF KI2 25:8|| (B.C. 588.) Nebuchadnezzar burns the temple and all of Jerusalem.
Afterwards, in the seventh of the fifth month, of the nineteenth year of King Nebukhadnezzar, king of Babel, Nebuzaradan came with many slaughterers, servants of the king of Babel, to Jerusalem,
|RF KI2 25:9||and burnt the house of the EVER-LIVING, and the Royal Palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every mansion was burnt with fire.|
|RF KI2 25:10||Then all the army of the Kasidim, with the slaughterers, broke down the walls around Jerusalem.|
|RF KI2 25:11||Nebuzaradan, chief of the slaughterers, afterwards transported the remnant of the people of the city, with the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babel, and the rest of the great crowd.|
|RF KI2 25:12||However, Nebuzaradan, chief of the slaughterers, left the lower classes as farmers and diggers.|
|RF KI2 25:13||The Kasidim also broke up the Pillars of brass that were at the House of the EVER-LIVING, and the Bases, and the Brazen Sea which was in the EVER-LIVING'S House, and carried the brass to Babel,|
|RF KI2 25:14||with the pots, and the brushes, and sprinklers, and the tongs, and took all tile appliances of brass, which were made use of.|
|RF KI2 25:15||The snuffers and scissors that were of gold, for gold, and what were of silver, for silver, the chief of the slaughterers took.|
|RF KI2 25:16||And the two Pillars, the Single Sea, and the Pillars that Solomon made for the House of the EVER-LIVING were not weighed, for they were fabrics of brass.|
|RF KI2 25:17||They were eighteen cubits high, and stood each with its crown of brass, —and the height of the crown was three cubits, with a network, and pomegranates around the crown. The whole of brass, and the second pillar was like it, with its crown.|
|RF KI2 25:18||The Chief Slaughterer also took Sariah, the Chief Priest, and Zefaniah, the Second Priest, and the Commander of the Guard of the Threshold;|
|RF KI2 25:19||and from the city he took a eunuch who was stationed over the War Office, and five princes, attendants of the king, whom he found in the city, and the Adjutant General of the Army of the nation, with sixteen from the Parliament of the country, whom he found in the town;|
|RF KI2 25:20||Nebuzaradan, Chief of the Slaughterers, took these and conducted them to the king of Babel at Riblath,|
|RF KI2 25:21||where the king of Babel assailed and put them to death in Riblath, in the district of Khamath.|
|RF KI2 25:22||Thus he transported Judah from its land. But for the remainder of the people in the land of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babel, appointed over them Gedaliah-ben-Akhiakam-ben-Shafan.|
|RF KI2 25:23|| (B.C. 588.) Gedaliah Appointed Governor.
But when the Generals of the forces, they and the Princes, heard that the king of Babel had appointed Gedaliah, they came to Gedaliah at Mitzfah, with Ishmael-ben-Nathan, and Jhonathan-ben-Karakh, and Sariah-ben-Thankhumeth the Nataphite, and Jazniah-ben-Hamakathi,—these and their men,
|RF KI2 25:24||when Gedaliah swore to them and their men, and said, "Fear nothing from the officers of the Kasidim who are stationed in the country, who serve the king of Babel, " and bowed to them.|
|RF KI2 25:25|| (B.C. 588.) Gedaliah Murdered and the People Fly to Egypt.
However, in the seventh month, Ishmael-ben-Nathaniah-ben-Alishamah, of the Royal family, came, and ten men with him, and assailed Gedaliah, and killed him, and the Judeans and Kasidim who were with him at Mitzfah.
|RF KI2 25:26||Then all the people arose, from the least to the greatest, with the officers of the forces, and went to the Mitzeraim, for they were afraid of the Kasidim.|
|RF KI2 25:27|| (B.C. 562.) Jhoiakim freed from Prison.
In the thirty-seventh year from the transportation of Jhoiakim, king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Avil-Merodakh, king of Babel, in the year of his coronation, raised the head of Jhoiakim, king of Judah, from prison,
|RF KI2 25:28||and spoke kindly to him, and gave him a seat above the seats of the other kings who were at Babel.|
|RF KI2 25:29||He also removed his prison dress from him, and he ate his food continually in his presence all the time that he lived.|
|RF KI2 25:30||And from thence-forward the king regularly supplied a daily allowance during his life.|