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 3:1|| (B.C. 896.) Jehoram-ben-Akhab reigns over Israel.
Jehoram-ben-Akhab began to reign over Israel, in Shomeron, in the eleventh year of Jhoshafat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years,
|RF KI2 3:2||and did wrong in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING; but not like his father and mother, for he overturned the Columns of Bal that his father had made.|
|RF KI2 3:3||From the sink, however, of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, which he caused Israel to sin, he did not turn away.|
|RF KI2 3:4|| Moab revolts, but is again subdued.
Mesha, the king of Moab, was his shepherd, and paid to the king of Israel a hundred thousand lambs, and a hundred thousand rams fleeces.
|RF KI2 3:5||But when Akhab died the king of Moab revolted from the king of Israel.|
|RF KI2 3:6||Then King Jehoram at once set out from Shomeron, and organized the forces of Israel, and marched.|
|RF KI2 3:7||He also sent to Jhoshafat king of Judah to say, "Moab has revolted from me —will you go with me to Moab to fight?" And he answered, "I will go, for mine are yours, and your people are like mine, and my cavalry like your cavalry."|
|RF KI2 3:8||He also asked, "By what road shall we advance?" When he replied, "By way of the Pastures of Edom."|
|RF KI2 3:9|| (B.C. 895.) The March.
The king of Israel and the king of Judah and the king of Edom consequently marched by that route for seven days, until there was no water for the soldiers, or the cattle belonging to them,
|RF KI2 3:10||so that the king of Israel to exclaimed, "Alas! why has the EVER-LIVING collected these three kings to give them to the hand, of Moab"|
|RF KI2 3:11|| (B.C. 896.) Jhoshafat asks for a prophet.
But Jehoshafat enquired, "Is there not a Preacher of the EVER-LIVING. here, that we may enquire of the EVER-LIVING through him?" Then one of the officers addressed the king of Israel and said, "Alisha-ben-Shafat is here, who poured water on the hands of Eliah."
|RF KI2 3:12||And Jhoshafat added, "The word of the EVER-LIVING is with him." Therefore the king of Israel, and Jhoshafat, and the king of Edom, went to him,|
|RF KI2 3:13||when Alisha asked the king of Israel, "Why do you come to me? Go to the Preachers of your father, and the Preachers of your mother! But the king of Israel replied, "No! For the EVER-LIVING has collected these three kings to give them to the hand of Moab."|
|RF KI2 3:14||When Alisha answered, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING POWER, before Whose face I stand, —but for the presence of Jhoshafat king of Judah, I would perish rather than attend to you, or see you!|
|RF KI2 3:15||But, however, bring me a harp." And a harp was brought with a harper. Then the hand of the EVER-LIVING came upon him,|
|RF KI2 3:16||and he said, "Thus says the EVER-LIVING! Make trenches in this valley.'|
|RF KI2 3:17||For thus says the EVER-LIVING, No wind shall be perceived, and no rain shall be seen, yet the valley shall be full of water, and you shall be quenched, with your animals and cattle;|
|RF KI2 3:18||but that is a trifle in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, therefore He will give Moab into your power,|
|RF KI2 3:19||and you shall storm all the fortified cities, and all the best towns. And you shall fell all the beautiful woods, and stop up all the springs of water, and cover all their beautiful gardens with stones."|
|RF KI2 3:20||When morning came, at the time of offering the gift, a flood had come from the direction of Edom, and covered the country with water.|
|RF KI2 3:21||As related, all Moab had heard that the kings had come up to fight with them, and had convoked an armed force, and had advanced and were stationed near.|
|RF KI2 3:22||They also awoke in the morning when the sun shone upon the waters, and the Moabites at a distance saw the waters red, like blood.|
|RF KI2 3:23||So they exclaimed, "That is blood! The kings have been fighting with the sword, and every man has struck his mate! So now, Moab, for the plunder!"|
|RF KI2 3:24||And they advanced to the camp of Israel. But Israel arose and assailed Moab, and they fled before them, and they as attacked and defeated Moab, and destroyed the towns;|
|RF KI2 3:25||and over all the beautiful gardens they spread stones and destroyed them, and filled up the wells of water, and felled all the pleasant trees to extirpate them. They broke down the walled buildings, and tore up their foundations to the bottom.|
|RF KI2 3:26||Consequently the king of Moab saw they were stronger than him in war, so he took with himself seven hundred trained soldiers to break through the king of Edom, but was not able.|
|RF KI2 3:27|| Then he took his son, the eldest, who would have reigned after him, and offered him as a burnt-offering on the top of the wall, for he was furious against Israel.1 They afterwards retired from him and returned to their country.
1 V. 27. Something seems to have been omitted from the MS. by an old transcriber, I think an account of the capture of the capital of Moab and death of Moab's king.—F.F.