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 5:1|| (B.C. 893.) Naman the Aramite Leper.
Naman was then commander of the Army of the king of Aram—a great man in the presence of his Prince—and he bore renown, for the EVER-LIVING had given success to Aram by him, and the man was a great hero—but a leper.
|RF KI2 5:2||When the troops of the Aramites had invaded the land of Israel they brought back a little girl, who attended on the wife of Naman;|
|RF KI2 5:3||and she said, "I wish my master were near the Preacher who is in Shomeron, for there he could be relieved of his leprosy."|
|RF KI2 5:4||She consequently went and reported to her husband, saying, "The girl you brought from the land of Israel says this and that."|
|RF KI2 5:5||Then the king of Aram said, "Go! go! and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he went and took ten talents of silver with him, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten robes of honour,|
|RF KI2 5:6||and brought the letter to the king of Israel to say;—"When this letter reaches you, you will see I send my officer Naman to you, that you may relieve him of his leprosy."|
|RF KI2 5:7||But when the king of Israel read the letter he tore his robes, and exclaimed, "Am I GOD, able to kill, and revive? that this man should send to me to relieve that man from his leprosy? Who will study it now, and ascertain how he would pick a quarrel with me?"|
|RF KI2 5:8||But when Alisha the MAN of GOD heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent to the king to ask, "Why have you torn your robes?—Come, however, to me and I will teach you that there is a Preacher in Israel."|
|RF KI2 5:9||Naman accordingly came with his horses and chariots, and stood before the house of Alisha.|
|RF KI2 5:10||But Alisha only sent a messenger to him to say, "Go, and wash seven times in Jordan, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and be clean."|
|RF KI2 5:11||Naman, however, became furious, and went away, and exclaimed, "Look!— I said to myself, He will come out, and stand up, and call upon the Name of his EVER-LIVING GOD, and wave his hand over the place, and remove the leprosy.'|
|RF KI2 5:12||Are not beautiful Abana and Parfar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the brooks of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and cleanse myself? "So he turned and went away in a rage.|
|RF KI2 5:13||But his Officers approached him, and said, "Sir, if the Preacher had commanded you to do a great thing, would you not have done it? Then why not when he says to you, Wash and become clean?"|
|RF KI2 5:14||He consequently went down to the Jordan, and bathed in it seven times, as the MAN of GOD commanded, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was cleansed!|
|RF KI2 5:15||Then he returned to the MAN of GOD, he and all his staff, and entered and stood before him, and said, "Look! Now I have learnt that there is no GOD in all the earth, except HIM in Israel! Therefore I pray accept a present from your servant."|
|RF KI2 5:16||But he answered, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, before Whom I stand, I will not accept it." Then he pressed him to take it, but he refused.|
|RF KI2 5:17||Naman then said, "If not, then let there be given to your servant a gift of two mule loads of earth. For your servant will never after now make an offering and sacrifice to another GOD except the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF KI2 5:18||Will the EVER-LIVING, however, forgive your servant for this thing? When my Prince goes to the Temple of Rimon to bow there, and leans upon my arm to bow in the Temple of Rimon,—if I bow in the Temple of Rimon, I pray the EVER-LIVING to forgive your servant for that thing."|
|RF KI2 5:19||And he replied to him, "Go in peace!" So he departed with his loads of earth.|
|RF KI2 5:20|| (B.C. 893.) The Villainy of Gehazi.
Gehazi, the attendant of Alisha, the MAN of GOD, said to himself, "I see my Master refrained from taking from the cargo of this Naman the Aramite what he offered! By the life of the EVER-LIVING, if I don't run after him, and get something for myself from him!"
|RF KI2 5:21||Gehazi consequently ran after Naman, and Naman saw him running, and alighted from his chariot to go and meet him, and asked, "Is all well?"|
|RF KI2 5:22||When he replied, "All is well. My Master has sent me to say that 'There have just come to me two young men from Mount Ephraim, students of the Preachers,—give me therefore a talent of silver, and two Robes of Honour.'"|
|RF KI2 5:23||And Naman replied, "Will you not take two talents of silver?" And he pressed him, and put two talents of silver into two bags, and two Robes of Honour, and gave them to two of his own attendants, who carried them before him.|
|RF KI2 5:24||When they came to the hill, he took them from their hands and put them in the house, and dismissed the men and they departed.|
|RF KI2 5:25||He then went and stood before his Master, and Alisha asked, "Where do you come from, Gehazi?" When he answered., "Your servant has not been anywhere!"|
|RF KI2 5:26||But he replied, "Went not my heart with you when the man descended from his chariot and came to meet you?—Is this a time for you to take money? And take Robes? And Olive-yards, and Vineyards? And sheep and oxen? And men and women servants?—|
|RF KI2 5:27||Therefore the leprosy of Naman the Aramite shall stick to you, and your race for ever!" And he went from his presence a leper white as snow!|