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 ISA 36:1||
A NARRATIVE ODE 55.
|RF ISA 36:2||of Judah and captured them. Then the King of Ashur sent Rabshakah with a powerful army from Lakish to Jerusalem against King Hezekiah, and he stationed himself on the Reservoir Hill, at the ascent of the|
|RF ISA 36:3||Fullers' Field, where Eliakim-benHilkiah the Prime Minister, and Shebna the Secretary, and Joakhben-Asaf the Chancellor, met him.|
|RF ISA 36:4||Then Rabshakah said to them:— " I wish you to report to Hezekiah what the Great King, the King of Ashur asks:—"What is the support upon which you rely?|
|RF ISA 36:5||You tell me,—but they are only words of the lips,—I have genius and power for war.—Now on whom do you trust? that you have rushed on me?|
|RF ISA 36:6||"You are trusting upon the support of that shattered reed Mitzer? When a man leans on it, it goes into his hand and pierces it.—Pharaoh King of Mitzer is that, to whoever trust upon him! "|
|RF ISA 36:7||But if you say to me, We trust upon Our EVER-LIVING GOD—Is not that He Whose Columns and Altars Hezekiah has thrown down? —and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ' You must worship at this Altar?'|
|RF ISA 36:8||"But, however, come over to my Master the King of Ashur, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able to put riders on them for yourself.—|
|RF ISA 36:9||So you cannot turn back The face of one of the least of my Master's Servants;—then how can you trust upon Mitzer for chariots and horsemen?|
|RF ISA 36:10||"And, now, have I come up against this country to seize it without the LORD?—The LORD said to me, Go up and seize that land!"|
|RF ISA 36:11||Then Eliakim, and Shebna, and Joakh said to Rabshakah, " We beg you to speak to your servants in Aramic, for we understand it, and do not speak in Judish in the hearing of all the men on the Wall."|
|RF ISA 36:12||But Rabshakah replied " Has my Master sent me to your Master, or to you, to say these things?—Was it not to the men standing upon the Walls, who eat their own dung and drink their own piss with you?|
|RF ISA 36:13||Rabshakah then stood up and shouted with a loud voice in Judish and exclaimed:—|
|RF ISA 36:14||"Listen to the message of the Great King, the King of Ashur!|
|RF ISA 36:15||"Let not Hezekiah deceive you;for he is not able to defend you. And do not you trust with Hezekiah on the LORD, when he says; The LORD will deliver us! The LORD will not give this City into the hand of the King of Ashur.'—|
|RF ISA 36:16||Listen not to Hezekiah!—for thus says the King of Ashur, Make a Peace with me, and meet me, and let every man eat his own grapes, and every man his own figs, and every one drink from his own well,|
|RF ISA 36:17||until I come and remove you to a land like your own land;— a land of corn and beer; a land of bread and vineyards;—|
|RF ISA 36:18||for Hezekiah deceives you in saying,—' The LORD will deliver us! ' " Which of the gods of the Nations has delivered its land from the hand of the King of Ashur?—|
|RF ISA 36:19||Where are the gods of Kharnath?—of Arfad?—of the Sefarvaim?—And who delivered Shomeron out of my hand?-|
|RF ISA 36:20||Who of all the gods of those Countries has delivered his land from my hand?—that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"|
|RF ISA 36:21||But they were silent, for the King's orders were " answer not a word to his speech."|
|RF ISA 36:22||But Eliakim-ben-Hilkiah, who was Prime Minister, and Shebna the Secretary, and Joakh-ben-Asaf the Chancellor, returned to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and reported to him the speech of Rabshakah.|