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 SA2 11:1|| (B.C. 1035.) The Beni-Amon Defeated.
But when the turn of the year came, the season when Generals go out to war, David sent Joab and his officers with him, and the forces of Israel, and reduced the Beni-Amon to great distress. David, however, remained in Jerusalem.
|RF SA2 11:2|| (B.C. 1035.) David Seduces Bathsheba, the Wife of Uriah.
One night David arose from his bed, and walked on the verandah of his house, and saw a woman bathing herself on a roof, and a very beautiful woman she was.
|RF SA2 11:3||So David sent and enquired about the woman, and was told " She is Bath-sheba, the daughter of Aliam, the wife of Uriah the Hitite."|
|RF SA2 11:4||Then David sent messengers and took her, and went to her, and lay with her, and prostituting, he defiled her, and then sent her home.|
|RF SA2 11:5||But the woman conceived, so she sent and informed David, and said, "I am with child!"|
|RF SA2 11:6|| (B.C. 1035.) The Murder of Uriah.
David therefore sent to Joab, to say, "Send Uriah the Hitite to me." Joab accordingly sent Uriah to David,
|RF SA2 11:7||and Uriah came to him, when David asked " Is Joab well? and the army well? and the war going successfully?"|
|RF SA2 11:8||Then David said to Uriah, " Go down to your house, and wash your feet." Uriah accordingly left the palace of the king, but went after the business of the king.—|
|RF SA2 11:9||Afterwards Uriah lay down in the court of the king's palace with all the officers of his Prince, and did not go to his own house.|
|RF SA2 11:10||But David was informed, " Uriah has not gone to his house." David consequently asked Uriah, " How is it when you have come from a journey, that you have not gone to your house?"|
|RF SA2 11:11||When Uriah answered David, "The Ark, and Israel, and Judah remain in tents, with my commander Joab; and the officers of my Prince lie on the surface of the field, so should I go to my house to eat and drink and sleep with my wife? By your life! and by the life of your soul, I would not do such a thing as that!"|
|RF SA2 11:12||Then David said to Uriah, " Stay here today, and to-morrow I will send you off." Uriah, therefore, remained in Jerusalem that day and the next, and David invited him,|
|RF SA2 11:13||and he ate in his presence, and he gave him drink, and made him drunk;—yet he went at night and lay down in his bed, with other officers of his Prince, and did not go down to his home!|
|RF SA2 11:14||Consequently when morning came David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah,|
|RF SA2 11:15||and wrote in the letter commanding, " Station Uriah to-morrow in the front of the battle, at the most dangerous place; then you withdraw from his rear, and let him be assailed and killed."|
|RF SA2 11:16||Joab was then besieging the city, so he posted Uriah at the spot where he knew there were brave men;|
|RF SA2 11:17||and those men sallied out of the city and attacked Joab, who fell back with the troops of the officers of David, and Uriah the Hitite was killed|
|RF SA2 11:18||Then Joab sent and informed David of all the events of the battle,|
|RF SA2 11:19||and instructed the messenger, saying, "Tell the whole of the events of the battle to the king.|
|RF SA2 11:20||But if it happen that it raises anger in the king, and he says to you, Why did you approach the city to fight? Did you not know they would see you from the wall?|
|RF SA2 11:21||Who hit Abimalek-ben-Jerubal? Was it not a woman who flung upon him a piece of a millstone from off the wall, and killed him?' Then you must say, Also your officer, Uriah the Hitite has been killed.'"|
|RF SA2 11:22||So the messenger went, and came, and reported to David all that Joab sent him for.|
|RF SA2 11:23||The messenger also said to David, " The men overpowered us, and came out to us in the open field when we advanced opposite the gate,|
|RF SA2 11:24||and the sentinels picked out your officers from off the wall, and killed some of the officers of the king,—and your General Uriah the Hitite also was killed."|
|RF SA2 11:25||Then David said to the messenger. " Say this to Joab, ' Let not this event be grievous in your eyes, for the sword devours here and there. Be energetic in your assault upon the city, and breach it, and master it.'"|
|RF SA2 11:26||When the wife of Uriah heard he was dead she mourned over her lord, and refused to eat.|
|RF SA2 11:27||David, however, sent and added her to his family, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was wrong in the sight of the EVER-LIVING.|