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 4:1|| (B.C. 895.) The Preacher's Widow and her Sons seized for her Debts.
Once a woman, a wife of one of the Preachers, appealed to Elisha, saying, "Your servant, my husband, has died, —and you know that your servant reverenced the EVER-LIVING, but a creditor has come to take my two sons for his slaves."
|RF KI2 4:2||And Elisha asked her, " What can I do for you? Inform me what furniture you have in the house." When she said, "There is nothing in the house of your handmaid, except a jar of oil."|
|RF KI2 4:3||He then answered, " Go and borrow vessels from all the inhabitants of the street, —barrels of a not small capacity.|
|RF KI2 4:4||Then come and shut the door behind you, and behind your sons, and pour into all these vessels, and fill them full."|
|RF KI2 4:5||She accordingly went from him, and shut the door behind herself and her sons who went with her, and they poured.|
|RF KI2 4:6||And when they had filled the vessels, she said to one son, " Bring me another cask." But he replied to her, " There is not another cask." Then the oil ceased!|
|RF KI2 4:7||She therefore went to the MAN of GOD, and informed him, who said, "Go, sell the oil, and pay your debts, and support yourself with the remainder."|
|RF KI2 4:8|| (B.C. 910.) The Lady of Shunam Entertains Elisha.
At one period Elisha was travelling to Shunam, where there was a great lady, who invited him to eat bread, and whenever he was passing by there to turn in to take food.
|RF KI2 4:9||The woman also said to her husband, " See, now you know that he is a holy MAN of GOD who passes by us continually.|
|RF KI2 4:10||Let me furnish the little upper chamber, and put a bed there for him, with a table and a chair, so that when he comes to us he may visit here."|
|RF KI2 4:11||And he came there that same day, and turned to go up to her to rest himself.|
|RF KI2 4:12||He consequently said to Gehazi, his attendant, " Call this Shunamess." And he called her, and she stood before him.|
|RF KI2 4:13||Then he said to him, " Say to her, I see how you have cared for us with all this trouble. What can be done for you? Can I speak for you to the king? or to the commander of the army?' " But she answered, " I reside amongst my own people."|
|RF KI2 4:14||Then he asked, "But what can be done for her? " And Gehazi replied, "She grieves because she has no son, and her husband is old."|
|RF KI2 4:15||Then he said, "Call her." And he called her, and she stood in the doorway,|
|RF KI2 4:16||when he said, "At the return of this season you shall fold a son in your arms! "But she exclaimed, " No Sir! MAN of GOD, do not lie to your handmaid."|
|RF KI2 4:17||(B.C. 894.) The woman, however, conceived, and bore a son, when that season came round, as Elisha had said to her.|
|RF KI2 4:18|| The Lady's son has a sun stroke.
And the lad grew up, and one day went out to his father in the harvest field,
|RF KI2 4:19||and said to his father, " My head! My head! " So he ordered his attendant to carry him to his mother.|
|RF KI2 4:20||He consequently carried him and brought him to his mother, who placed him on her knees until noon, when he died.|
|RF KI2 4:21||Then she arose and laid him on the bed of the MAN of GOD, and closed the door, and went out|
|RF KI2 4:22||and approached her husband, and said, "I wish you to send with me one of the servants, and one of the riding asses, for I wish to go quickly to the MAN of GOD, and to return."|
|RF KI2 4:23||But he asked, "What is the matter with you that you would go to him? today is not a festival, nor a Sabbath? " And she answered, " Right."|
|RF KI2 4:24||Then they saddled the asses, and she said to the servant, " Drive! do not hold back for me to ride, —for have I not told you to be quick?"|
|RF KI2 4:25||Thus she went, and came to the MAN of GOD on Mount Karmel, and when the MAN of GOD saw her at a distance he said to Gehazi his attendant, " Look! the Shunamess is there!|
|RF KI2 4:26||Run, now, to meet her, and ask her `Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with your lad?"'|
|RF KI2 4:27||But she came to the MAN of GOD on the hill and seized his feet. Gehazi, however, came to remove her, when the MAN of GOD said, "Remove her not; for her soul is in grief; but the EVER-LIVING has hidden it from me, and has not informed me of it."|
|RF KI2 4:28||Then she exclaimed, " Did I ask a son from my lord? Why did you tell me he should be sent to me?"|
|RF KI2 4:29||Then he said to Gehazi, "Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand. If you meet a man do not address him, and if a map addresses you, do not answer him, and lay my staff upon the face of the child."|
|RF KI2 4:30||But the mother of the child said, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by the life of your soul, I will not part from you." He therefore arose and followed her.|
|RF KI2 4:31||But Gehazi pushed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child, —but there was neither voice nor utterance. He consequently returned back to meet and inform them, saying, "The child has not awakened!"|
|RF KI2 4:32||Then Elisha came to the house, and saw the child lying as dead upon the bed,|
|RF KI2 4:33||so he went in and shut the door behind both of them, and prayed to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 4:34||Then he went up and lay upon the child and placed his own face to his face, and his own eyes to his eyes, and his own hands to his hands, and bowed over him, and warmed the body of the lad.|
|RF KI2 4:35||Then he went away and walked in the house here and there once, and once again, and again ascended, and bent over him, when the lad sneezed seven times, and opened his eyes.|
|RF KI2 4:36||At which he called Gehazi, and said, "Fetch his mother here." When he invited her, and she came, and he said, "Take up your son."|
|RF KI2 4:37||But she came and fell at his feet, and bowed to the earth, —and then took her son, and departed.|
|RF KI2 4:38|| (B.C. 898.) Elisha and the Pupils of the Preachers.
Elisha afterwards went to Gilgal, and a famine was in the country, so the pupils of the Preachers came to him, when he said to his attendant, " Set the great pot and boil pottage for the students of the preachers."
|RF KI2 4:39||And one of them then went to the field to collect vegetables, and found wild vines and gathered some of them, and wild gourds,1 filling his bag, and returned and flung the collection into the pot, for he knew not what they were.|
|RF KI2 4:40|| Then they poured out for the men to eat. But when they would have eaten the bunches, they cried out and said, "MAN of GOD! there is death in the pot! " and they would not eat.
1 Wild gourds." In the African and Arabian deserts poisonous and edible gourds grow together, I have been told by relatives who have traversed them, and on the same stems, the poison probably coming from microbic inoculation by some insect.—F.F.
|RF KI2 4:41||He therefore commanded, and they took flour and threw into the pot. Then he said, "Pour out for the people, " and they ate, and nothing bad came from the pot.|
|RF KI2 4:42|| (B.C. 898.) Elisha and the Famished people.
Once a man came from Bal Shalshah, and brought to the MAN of GOD, and presented to him from his first fruits, twenty cakes of barley, and a sack of garden produce, but he said, "Give them to the people, and let them eat."
|RF KI2 4:43||When he asked, "What will this be divided to a hundred people? " He only answered, " Give to the people, and let them eat!—For thus says the EVER-LIVING, They will eat and there will be leavings! '"|
|RF KI2 4:44||So he put it before them, and they ate, and left part of it, as the EVER-LIVING had said.|