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 14:1|| (B.C. 1027) Joab Brings back Absalom.
And Joab-ben-Zeruiah knew that the heart of the king was upon Absalom,
|RF SA2 14:2||so Joab sent to Thiquah and brought a clever woman from there, and said to her, "I want you to disarrange yourself, and clothe yourself in widow's weeds, and not to tidy yourself with oil, but seem like a woman distressed for a long time over death.|
|RF SA2 14:3||Then go to the king to speak to him this speech." Then Joab put the words into her mouth.|
|RF SA2 14:4||The woman of Thiquah accordingly appealed to the king, and fell on her face to the earth, and lay there, and exclaimed, "Save me, King!"|
|RF SA2 14:5||Consequently the king asked her, "What is your affair? " And she answered, "I am a desolate widow woman whose husband died.|
|RF SA2 14:6||But your servant had two sons, who fought in the field when there was no separator between them, and the one struck the other, and killed him;|
|RF SA2 14:7||so all the clan arose against your servant and said, ' Give up the murderer of his brother and we will kill him, for the life of his brother whom he has murdered! ' Thus the property will be desolated; and my heir will be destroyed, and the only coal left to me to continue My husband's name, will be extinguished on the ground."|
|RF SA2 14:8||But the king said to the woman, " Go to your home, and I will give orders about you."|
|RF SA2 14:9||Then the Thiquoan woman answered the king, Let the fault fall upon me, your Majesty, and on the house of my fathers, and let the King and his throne be innocent."|
|RF SA2 14:10||So the king replied, " Whoever threatens you, bring him to me, and he shall never again injure you."|
|RF SA2 14:11||"However," she said, "King, remember your EVER-LIVING GOD, mighty redeemer of bloodshed! and let them not destroy my son." When he replied, " By the life of the EVER-LIVING not a hair of your son shall fall to the ground!"|
|RF SA2 14:12||But the woman repeated, " Let your handmaid now speak a word to his Majesty the King." And he said, "Speak to me."|
|RF SA2 14:13||When the woman continued, " But why have you thought like this about the People of GOD? Why has the king spoken thus, when he is in fault, by not having brought back his own fugitive?|
|RF SA2 14:14||For the dead who has died, is like water poured upon the earth, which cannot be recovered, until GOD raises the soul; and a thought, when thought is and thrown out, goes from us.1|
|RF SA2 14:15||So now why I have come to speak with your Majesty this speech was because I am afraid of the People, so your servant said, I will speak to the king, my chief; the king will do the thing he says for his handmaid. '|
|RF SA2 14:16|| And the king has listened, and will deliver his subject from the hand of the man who would destroy her, and her only son, from the estate of GOD.
V. 14. This beautiful metaphor shows that the Old Hebrews believed in a Resurrection of Matt, although some modern critics assert the contrary.—F.F.
|RF SA2 14:17||Your handmaid also said, ' The promise of his Majesty the King will be a gift, for his Majesty is like a Messenger of GOD, listening to good and bad; ' so may your EVER-LIVING GOD be with you!'|
|RF SA2 14:18||Then he interrupted her, and said to the woman, " Do not hide from me, I pray, what I ask of you." And the woman replied, " Speak then, your Majesty."|
|RF SA2 14:19||When the King asked, "Is not the hand of Joab in all this? " And the woman answered, "By the life of your soul, your Majesty, there is not to the right or left of all that has been spoken to your Majesty anything but what your servant Joab has instructed me He put into the mouth of your handmaid all these speeches,|
|RF SA2 14:20||with the purpose of using my mouth for an object. Your servant Joab made these addresses. And my Prince is wise, with the wisdom of a messenger of GOD, who knows all upon earth!"|
|RF SA2 14:21||The king consequently said to Joab, " Since then you have contrived this conversation with me, go and bring back the young man Absalom."|
|RF SA2 14:22||So Joab bent his face to the earth, and bowed, and thanked the king. Then Joab said, "I know today that I have found favour in your eyes, your Majesty, because the king has made such a promise to his servant."|
|RF SA2 14:23||Joab accordingly arose and went to Gheshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.|
|RF SA2 14:24||But the king commanded, Let him reside in his own house, for he shall not see my face." Absalom therefore resided in his own house, and did not see the face of the king.|
|RF SA2 14:25|| (B.C. 1025.) Absalom and his Doings after being pardoned for Murdering Amnon.
Absalom was, however, the handsomest man in all Israel; very splendid. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was not a defect in him.
|RF SA2 14:26||When they cut his hair,—and it was cut every year he cut it because it was heavy upon him,—when they cut the hair of his head it was valued at two hundred shekels by the royal standard.|
|RF SA2 14:27||Absalom had three sons and one daughter born to him, and her name was Thamar. She was a woman of great beauty.|
|RF SA2 14:28||Absalom lived in Jerusalem two years without seeing the face of the king.|
|RF SA2 14:29||Then Absalom sent to Joab, to introduce him to the king, but he would not go to him. So he sent a second time, but he would not come.|
|RF SA2 14:30||Consequently he said to his servants, "You see Joab's cornfields are alongside mine, and he has sown barley,—go and set it on fire!" And Absalom's servants set it on fire!|
|RF SA2 14:31||Then Joab moved and came to Absalom's house, and asked him; " Why have you ordered your servants to fire my standing crops?"|
|RF SA2 14:32||And Absalom answered Joab, " Because I sent to you, saying ' Come here, and I will send you to the king to ask "Why have I been brought from Gheshur? It would be as well for me to be there yet." ' So now I wish to see the face of the king, and if there is a fault in me, let me be put to death."|
|RF SA2 14:33||Joab consequently went to the king and informed him, and he invited Absalom who went to the king and bowed to him, with his face earthward to the face of the king, and the king was reconciled to Absalom.|