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 15:1|| (B.C. 1024.) Absalom conspires against his father.
It was after this that Absalom procured himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him;
|RF SA2 15:2||and early in the mornings Absalom placed himself at the side of the street of the High Court and when any man who had a law suit came to the king for a decision, Absalom would invite him to himself, and ask, "From what village do you come? " When he would answer, "Your servant is from one of the Tribes of Israel."|
|RF SA2 15:3||Then Absalom would say to him, "Look! Your case is good and right; but there is no one appointed by the king to hear it for you."|
|RF SA2 15:4||Next he would exclaim, "If I were appointed as a judge in the country, and any man came to me who had a wrong, I would decide and rectify it for you! "|
|RF SA2 15:5||And when a person approached to bow to him, he would stretch out his hand, and seize his, and salute him,|
|RF SA2 15:6||and by this means Absalom made himself popular to all Israel who came for justice to the king. Thus Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.|
|RF SA2 15:7||When four years had passed, Absalom said to the king, "I wish to go now and pay in Hebron the vows which I vowed to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF SA2 15:8||For your servant vowed a vow while I resided in Gheshur, in the land of Edom, saying, "If the EVER-LIVING will restore me to Jerusalem I will serve the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF SA2 15:9||So the king replied, "Go in peace!" He therefore arose and went.|
|RF SA2 15:10||Absalom then sent secret agents to all the Tribes of Israel to say, "When you hear the sound of the trumpet, then exclaim, ' Absalom reigns in Hebron|
|RF SA2 15:11||There went also two hundred persons from Jerusalem with Absalom, invited guests, and honest men, who knew nothing about all the affair.|
|RF SA2 15:12||But Absalom had sent for Ahithophel, the Gilonite, the Counsellor of David, from the town of Ghilon, for him to sacrifice the sacrifices; so there was a powerful conspiracy, and the people came and crowded to Absalom.|
|RF SA2 15:13||Information, however, came to David, reporting "The heart of the people of Israel is gone after Absalom."|
|RF SA2 15:14||Consequently David said to all his ministers who were with him at Jerusalem, " Let us arise and fly, for there will be no safety for us before Absalom. Expedite the journey, for fear he should hasten and rush, and drive on to us with ferocity, and assail the city with the sword."|
|RF SA2 15:15||And the King's ministers answered the king, " Whatever his Majesty the King chooses, his ministers will do it."|
|RF SA2 15:16||The king and all his family therefore went out on their feet, but the king left ten of his slave-wives to take care of the palace.|
|RF SA2 15:17||Thus the king with all his forces went out on their feet, and halted at Beth-Merkhak,|
|RF SA2 15:18||and all his ministers walked at his side, with the guards and couriers. And the six hundred gardeners who came on foot from the garden, marched along before the face of the king.|
|RF SA2 15:19||But the king said to Athai, the gardener, " Why do you especially go with us? Return and settle with that king, for you are a foreigner, so why not return to your own home?|
|RF SA2 15:20||Formerly you came, and today you are a wanderer with us on the march, for I am marching to wherever I can go.—Return and settle with your relatives,—and kindness and truth go with you."|
|RF SA2 15:21||But Athai answered the king, and said, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by the life of your Majesty the king, I will be at the place, wherever your Majesty the king is; whether for death or life, there will your servant be."|
|RF SA2 15:22||Then David said to Athai, " March, and pass over." So Athai the gardener and all his men and all the children with them passed over.|
|RF SA2 15:23||And all the land wept with a loud voice, when the force passed with the king over the brook Kidron. Thus all the train passed in the direction of the desert.|
|RF SA2 15:24||There were also Zadok, and all the Levites with him carrying the Ark of the Covenant of GOD. But they set down the Ark, and helped Abiathar, until all the forces had passed out from the city.|
|RF SA2 15:25||The king, however, said to Zadok, "Take back the Ark of GOD to the city. If I find favour in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and He brings me back, I shall see it, and His Dwelling.|
|RF SA2 15:26||But if He decides not to restore me to you, let Him do to me what is good in His sight."|
|RF SA2 15:27||The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Cheer up, and return quietly to the city with Akhimatz your son, and Jonathan-ben-Abiathar's two sons with you.|
|RF SA2 15:28||You see, I shall be waiting at Aboth in the pastures, until the coming of news from you to inform me."|
|RF SA2 15:29||Zadok and Abiathar therefore returned the Ark of GOD to Jerusalem, and went back there.|
|RF SA2 15:30|| But David ascended the Mount of Zethim,1 going up and weeping with his head covered. He marched with his head covered, and all the troops with him also veiled their heads,—and went ascending and weeping.
|RF SA2 15:31||Then it was reported to David that Ahithophel was in the conspiracy with Absalom, when David exclaimed, "LORD frustrate the counsels of Ahithophel!"|
|RF SA2 15:32||But when David came to the peak, where they worship GOD, Hushai, the Arki, came to meet him, tearing his robes and with earth on his head.|
|RF SA2 15:33||David, however, said to him, " If you go along with me, you will be a burden to me.|
|RF SA2 15:34||But if you return to the city and say to Absalom; I was a minister of the king your father, and will be the same to you,' then you can be of service to me, and can break the contrivances of Ahithophel for me.|
|RF SA2 15:35||Will not Zadok and Abiathar the priests be assisting you? So that all the talk you hear in the king's palace you can communicate to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.|
|RF SA2 15:36||They have also two lads, Akhimatz with Zadok, and Jhonathan with Abiathar, and they will transmit by their hand to me everything that you may hear.'|
|RF SA2 15:37||Hushai consequently went to watch for David in the city after Absalom came to Jerusalem.|