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 37:1||
But when Hezekiah heard it he tore his own robes, and put on a sack, and went to the House of the EVER-LIVING.
|RF ISA 37:2||But he sent Eliakim the Premier, and Shebna the Secretary, and the Chiefs of the Priesthood, with sacks upon their waists to Isaiah-ben-Amoz, the Prophet,|
|RF ISA 37:3||and they said to him;—"Hezekiah says this,—Today is a day of distress, and insult, and contempt;—for the children have come to birth and there is not strength to bear them.—|
|RF ISA 37:4||"Your EVER-LIVING GOD has already heard the words of Rabshakah whom his master the King of Ashur has sent to revile the GOD OF LIFE, and to insult Him with the words which your EVER-LIVING GOD has heard,—therefore lift up a prayer for the remnants left."|
|RF ISA 37:5||The Ministers of Hezekiah went thus to Isaiah, and Isaiah replied to them:—"|
|RF ISA 37:6||Say this to your Prince; The EVER-LIVING answers thus;—Fear not the speeches which you have heard in which that Lad of the King of Ashur blasphemed against Me. I will send a Terror to him,|
|RF ISA 37:7||when he hears a rumour, and he will return to his own country, and he shall fall by the sword in his own land."|
|RF ISA 37:8||Rabshakah then withdrew and met the King of Ashur besieging Libnah, for he heard that he had retreated from Lakish.|
|RF ISA 37:9||Then he heard about Thirakah, King of Cush, saying "He is advancing to fight with you; " he attended to it;—|
|RF ISA 37:10||but sent messengers to Hezekiah to threaten;—say this to Hezekiah King of Judah; "Trust not your GOD, upon Whom you rely when you say,|
|RF ISA 37:11||HE will not give Jerusalem to the hand of the King of Ashur! ' For you have heard what the Kings of Ashur have done to all Countries to ruin them,—and can you escape?"|
|RF ISA 37:12||Have the gods of those Nations protected those whom my Ancestors desolated? Gozan, and Kharan, and Retzaf, and the Children of Eden who were in Thalasar?—|
|RF ISA 37:13||Where is the King of Khamath?—and the King of Arfad?—and the King of thecities of the Sefarvaim?—Hena and Avah?"|
|RF ISA 37:14|| Hezekiah's Prayer.
When Hezekiah received the letters from the hands of the Messengers, he read them, and then went up to the House of the EVER-LIVING, where Hezekiah spread them before the presence of the EVER-LIVING;
|RF ISA 37:15||and Hezekiah prayed to the EVER-LIVING, and said;—|
|RF ISA 37:16||"EVER-LIVING ALMIGHTY GOD of Israel, Who dwell with the Kerubim; —You are the ONLY GOD of all the Kingdoms of the Earth, for You made the Heavens and the Earth.—|
|RF ISA 37:17||Bend, EVER-LIVING, Your ear and hear; open, EVER-LIVING, Your eye and see and hear all the words that Senakerib has sent to insult the GOD OF LIFE. "|
|RF ISA 37:18||Truly, EVER-LIVING, the Kings of Ashur have ruined all the Countries and their lands,|
|RF ISA 37:19||and have thrown their gods into the fire,—for they were not GODS,—but only the work of men's hands, from wood and stone, —and were destructible.|
|RF ISA 37:20||"But now our EVER-LIVING GOD, can save us from his hand, when all the Kingdoms of the Earth will know that You alone are EVER-LIVING."|
|RF ISA 37:21||Isaiah-ben-Amoz the Preacher, afterwards sent to Hezekiah to say; "Thus says the EVER-LIVING GOD of Israel,—"'Since you prayed to Me about the King of Ashur,—|
|RF ISA 37:22|| This is the reply which the EVER-LIVING sends to him."
God's reply to Rabshakah and Senakerib.
"At you the scornful Virgin daughter of Zion laughs;—
Jerusalem's Daughter following shakes her head.
|RF ISA 37:23|| Against Whom is your libelous insult?
Against Whom do you raise up your voice,
And lift up your insolent eyes?
Against the HOLY OF ISRAEL!
|RF ISA 37:24|| " ' By the hand of your Slave you insulted MY Prince;—
"With my crowd of chariots," you said, "I ride over the hill tops,
Over Lebanon striding, I fell his tall Cedars, And beautiful Pines; And lodge on the high cliff of his forest of Carmel!
|RF ISA 37:25|| I have dug and drank water,
And dried with my soles all the moats of the Forts!"
|RF ISA 37:26|| " Have you not heard from afar of My actions aforetime?
How I planned you to bring to them all desolation?
To turn fortified Cities to ruinous heaps?
|RF ISA 37:27|| Made them crops to your hand, and depressed!
Like field plants, and green grass on town roofs,
Scorched up before grown?
|RF ISA 37:28||" ' And your campaigns, and march, and advancing I knew;—|
|RF ISA 37:29|| And your rage against Me,—Yes! your rage against Me,—
And your fury has come to My ears!-
So MY hook I will put in your nose, and My bit in your jaws,
And lead back by the way that you came!
|RF ISA 37:30|| For your proof,—eat self-sowings this year;
And the next year the same;
Sow and reap in the third,
And plant vines and eat fruits.
|RF ISA 37:31|| " Judah's house from its fragments in safety shall rise,
Branches spring from the root and bear fruit up aloft;
|RF ISA 37:32|| From Jerusalem fragments shall go,
And a flight from Mount Zion;—
As the LORD OF HOSTS' power decrees.
|RF ISA 37:33|| "
' Ashur's King shall not come to this town,' says the LORD, '
Nor shoot there an arrow, nor lift up a shield,
Nor against it a rampart heap up.
|RF ISA 37:34|| By the way he advanced by that way he shall go,
And not come to this City, the LORD has declared.—
|RF ISA 37:35|| I guard over this City and save for Myself,
And for David My servant."
|RF ISA 37:36|| The Destruction of the Army of Ashur.
A Messenger also was sent from the LORD, and he struck one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of Ashur; and when they awoke in the morning they saw all those dead bodies.
|RF ISA 37:37||Then Senakerib, King of Ashur, struck his tents and marched and retreated to Nineveh, and returned to Nineveh.|
|RF ISA 37:38||There while he was worshipping in the temple of his god Nisrok, Adramelek and Sharatzer his sons slew him with a sword. They afterwards fled to the High-lands, and Asar-haddon his son succeeded him.|