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 9:1|| (B.C. 884.) Elisha orders Jehu to Rebel.
Then Elisha called one of the students of the Preachers and said to him, " Gird up your waist, and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilad.
|RF KI2 9:2||When you arrive there, seek out Jehu-ben-Jehoshaphat-ben-Nimshi, and go and separate him from his companions, and take him with you to a private room.|
|RF KI2 9:3||Then take the flask of oil and pour it upon his head, and say, Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I have consecrated you king over Israel.' Then open the door and fly, and do not delay!"|
|RF KI2 9:4||So the youth, the young Preacher, went to Ramoth Gilad.|
|RF KI2 9:5|| When he found the Generals of the forces sitting together, and said, "I have a message for you, General."
And Jehu asked, "To which of all of us?'
When he replied, " For you, General."
|RF KI2 9:6||He therefore arose and they went to his house, where he poured the oil upon his head, and said to him, " Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel, ' I have consecrated you king over the People of the EVER-LIVING, —over Israel!|
|RF KI2 9:7||And you shall cut off the House of Ahab your Master, and execute justice for Me, for the blood of My servants, the Preachers, and the blood of all the servants of the EVER-LIVING from the hand of Jezebel;|
|RF KI2 9:8||and destroy every palace of Ahab, and cut off from Ahab every male and female, or infant in Israel.|
|RF KI2 9:9||For I will make the House of Ahab like the House of Jerabam-ben-Nebat, and like the House of Basha-ben-Akhiah, —|
|RF KI2 9:10||and the dogs shall devour Jezebel in the streets of Jezreel, —for she shall never be buried! ' " Then he opened the door and fled.|
|RF KI2 9:11|| When Jehu returned to his Master's officers, they asked him, " Is all right? Why did that mad fellow come to you?"
And he answered, "You know the man and his talk."
|RF KI2 9:12|| But they replied, " It is a lie! Come on, —tell us "
He consequently responded, —"He said this and that to me:—' Thus says the EVER-LIVING, I have consecrated you as king of Israel!'"
|RF KI2 9:13||Then they rushed, and everyone took his robe and folded it under him on the platform of the doorsteps, and sounded the trumpet, and shouted " Jehu is king!"|
|RF KI2 9:14||Thus Jehu-ben-Jehoshaphat-ben-Nimshi conspired against Joram, when guarding Ramoth Gilad for Joram from Hazahal, king of Aram,|
|RF KI2 9:15|| while king Joram had retired to be cured in Jezreel of the wounds which the Aramites had given him in the fight with Hazahal, king of Aram.
Then Jehu said, "If that is your intention, let none escape from the town to go to report in Jezreel."
|RF KI2 9:16|| (B.C. 884.) Jehu Marches on Jezreel.
Jehu then mounted and marched towards Jezreel; for Joram was staying there, and Ahaziah, king of Judah, had come to visit Joram.
|RF KI2 9:17|| A watchman, however, was posted on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the squadrons of Jehu as they advanced, so he cried, " I see squadrons!"
Joram ordered, " Take a horseman, and send to meet them, and enquire if all is peace."
|RF KI2 9:18|| A horseman therefore went to meet him, and said, "The king asks this, Is all peace?' "
When Jehu replied, " What have you to do with peace? Turn behind me!"
The watchman again reported, saying, "The messenger arrived at them—but does not return!"
|RF KI2 9:19|| Then he sent a second horseman, who came to him, and said, "The king asks this, Is all peace?' "
When Jehu answered, " What have you to do with peace? Turn behind me!"
|RF KI2 9:20||Again the watchman reported, saying, "He arrived at them—but does not return! And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he drives like a madman!"|
|RF KI2 9:21||Then Joram exclaimed, "Harness!" And they harnessed his chariot; and Joram, king of Israel, went out with Ahaziah, king of Judah, each in his chariot, and advanced to meet Jehu, and they met him at the farm of Naboth the Jezreelite.|
|RF KI2 9:22|| And when Joram saw Jehu, he asked, "Is all peace, Jehu?"
But he answered, " How can there be peace while the whoredoms of your mother Jezebel, and her personings are so many?"
|RF KI2 9:23||Then Joram turned his hand and fled, and exclaimed to Ahaziah, " It is a rebellion, Ahaziah."|
|RF KI2 9:24||Jehu, however, seized his bow and hit Joram between his arms, and the arrow passed through his heart, and he dropped down in the chariot.|
|RF KI2 9:25||Then he said to Bidkar, the General of his guards, " Lift him up, and fling him out on the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, —for remember when I and you were riding together after Ahab his father, the EVER-LIVING laid this burden upon him:|
|RF KI2 9:26||' As I saw the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, last night (says the LORD), I will repay it to you upon this very farm, ' the EVER-LIVING declared. So now take, and fling him on to the spot, according to the word of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF KI2 9:27|| And Ahaziah, king of Judah, saw it.
Then he fled towards the garden-house; but Jehu followed after him, and shouted, " Him also!" They wounded him in his chariot at the ascent of the summer-house at Iblam; but he fled to Megiddo, and died there,
|RF KI2 9:28||and his officers carried him in the chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in the graves of his fathers, in the City of David.|
|RF KI2 9:29||(It was in the eleventh year of Joram-ben-Ahab that Ahaziah had begun to reign over Judah.)|
|RF KI2 9:30|| (B.C. 884.) Death of Jezebel.
But Jezebel heard of the coming of Jehu towards Jezreel, so she painted her face, and adorned her head, and looked out of a window;
|RF KI2 9:31||and when he came to the court she asked:—"Had Zimri peace who slew his Master?"|
|RF KI2 9:32||But he raised his face to the window and called out, "Who is on my side? Who?" When two or three eunuchs looked out to him;|
|RF KI2 9:33||then he shouted, "Throw her down!" So they threw her down, and her blood splashed the wall, and the horses who trampled upon her!|
|RF KI2 9:34||Then he entered, and ate and drank, and afterwards said, "Pick up that damned woman, and bury her, for she is a king's daughter."|
|RF KI2 9:35||They therefore went to bury her, but found nothing of her, except her skull, and feet, and the palms of her hands.|
|RF KI2 9:36|| So they returned and reported it to him, when he remarked, " It was the sentence of the EVER-LIVING, which He delivered by the means of His servant Elijah the Thishbite, saying,
'Upon the vineyard of Jezreel dogs shall eat the carcase of Jezebel!'
|RF KI2 9:37||And the carcase of Jezebel shall become dung upon the surface of the ground of the farm of Jezreel, so that they cannot say, ' This was Jezebel! '"|