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 19:1||But it was reported to Joab, "The king is weeping and lamenting over Absalom!|
|RF SA2 19:2||consequently today's victory will become a sorrow to all the army; for the army will hear it said now that the king laments it, because of his son,|
|RF SA2 19:3||and the forces will have to skulk into the city today, like an army skulks in when it is ashamed by flying from battle;|
|RF SA2 19:4||for the king hides his face, and the king shrieks with a loud voice, My son, Absalom! Absalom I My son My son! '"|
|RF SA2 19:5||Joab consequently went to the king, into the house, and asked, "Do you wish to insult to their faces today all your Officers who have preserved your life, and the lives of your sons and daughters; and the lives of your wives, and the lives of your slave- wives?|
|RF SA2 19:6||You love your enemies, and hate your friends! For you make it clear today that your Officers and soldiers are nothing to you! For I now perceive, if Absalom were alive, and all of us had been killed today, it would have been right in your eyes!—|
|RF SA2 19:7||But, however, get up, and go out, and speak to the hearts of your soldiers,—for, by the EVER-LIVING I swear to you, that, if you delay it, there will not be a single man with you to-night! And that will be worse for you than all the suffering that has come upon you from your youth until now!"|
|RF SA2 19:8||The king consequently arose and sat at the gate; and it was reported to the army, "The king is now sitting at the gate." So the whole force passed in before the king. But Israel fled each to his own home.|
|RF SA2 19:9|| The Ten Tribes consult as to again electing David as King.
All the people, however, were discussing in all the tribes of Israel saying, "The king delivered us from the hands of all our enemies, and he protected us from the power of the Philishtim; and now he has been chased from the country on account of Absalom.
|RF SA2 19:10||But Absalom whom we consecrated over us has been killed in battle, so why are you silent now about restoring the king?"|
|RF SA2 19:11|| (B.C. 1023.) David asks Judah to re-elect him.
King David, however, sent to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, to say, "Speak to the judges of Judah, asking, 'Why do you hang back from restoring the king to his house, when all Israel demand the return of the king to his home?'
|RF SA2 19:12||You are my relatives,—my bones, and my flesh, —then why are you hanging back from restoring the king?"|
|RF SA2 19:13||And he said to Amasa, "Are you not my bones and my flesh? GOD do this to me, and more than it, if you shall not be perpetual commander of the army before me in place of Joab."|
|RF SA2 19:14||Then the heart of the people of Judah turned as one man, and they sent to the king, " Let yourself return with all your servants."|
|RF SA2 19:15||The king consequently returned and came to the Jordan, and Judah came to Ghilgal marching to meet the king, to bring the king over Jordan.|
|RF SA2 19:16||Shemai-ben-Ghera, the Benjaminite of Bakhurim, also made haste, and went down with Judah to meet King David,|
|RF SA2 19:17||and a thousand men with him from Benjamin; also Ziba the steward of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and twenty attendants, and they crossed the Jordan in the presence of the king,|
|RF SA2 19:18||They crossed in a ferry-boat to carry over the family of the king and behaved well in his sight. Then Shemai-ben-Ghera fell down before the king, on his crossing the Jordan,|
|RF SA2 19:19||and said to the king, "Do not let Your Majesty impute it as a crime to me, and do not remember how your servant offended at the time when Your Majesty came out from Jerusalem;—let not the king lay it to heart.|
|RF SA2 19:20||For your servant knows that he sinned: consequently I have now come the first of all the House of Judah' to descend to meet the king."|
|RF SA2 19:21||But Abishai the son of Zeruiah interrupted and asked, "Shall not Shemai be put to death for that? for he cursed the Consecrated of the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF SA2 19:22||David, however, answered " What is there between you and I, sons of Zeruiah, that you should today be inciting me to kill, people in Israel? for do I not recognize now that I am king over Israel?"|
|RF SA2 19:23||Then the king said to Shemai, "You shall not die," and the king promised him.|
|RF SA2 19:24||Mefibosheth-ben-Saul also came down to meet the king, and to pay his respects. He had not changed his clothes from the day the king went away, until the day when he returned in peace.|
|RF SA2 19:25||And when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, "Why did you not go away with me, Mefibosheth?"|
|RF SA2 19:26||When he answered "Your Majesty the king, my steward deceived me, for your servant ordered him to saddle my ass, and I would mount it, and follow the king,—for your servant is a cripple,—|
|RF SA2 19:27|| but instead of it, he libeled your servant to Your Majesty the King. However, Your Majesty is like a Messenger of GOD, —therefore do what is good in your opinion.
1 V. 21. "House of Joseph" of the Old Versions should evidently be read " House of Judah," to which Shemai really belonged. Therefore I restore the true reading.—F.F.
|RF SA2 19:28||For all my father's family would have been dead men, but for Your Majesty. You also appointed your servant to eat at your table. And what right was there ever for me to appeal to the king?"|
|RF SA2 19:29||Then the king replied, "Why should you say more? I will order that you and Ziba must divide the property."|
|RF SA2 19:30||But Mefibosheth answered the king, " Let him take the whole,—since Your Majesty has come back in peace to your home."|
|RF SA2 19:31||Barzilai the Ghiladite also came down from Rogelim and advanced to the Jordan with the king to help him over the Jordan.|
|RF SA2 19:32||Barzilai, however, was very old, eighty years of age, and he had provided for the king at his own residence at Makhanim, for he was a very great man. Consequently the king said to Barzilai,|
|RF SA2 19:33||You served me, and provided for me, so I will provide for you with myself in Jerusalem."|
|RF SA2 19:34||But Barzilai answered the king, " How long would be the years of my life if I were to go up with the king to Jerusalem? I am eighty years old today.|
|RF SA2 19:35||Can I distinguish between pleasant and unpleasant in the taste of what I eat, and what I drink? Can I even hear the tones of men and women singers? Then why should your servant continue to burden the king?|
|RF SA2 19:36||How little it costs passing the king over the Jordan? so why should the king pay me wages for it?|
|RF SA2 19:37||Let your servant return, and I will stay in my own village near the tomb of my father and mother.—But however your servant Kimham can go with your Majesty, and do to him whatever is good in your eyes."|
|RF SA2 19:38||So the king replied, "Kimham shall go with me, and I will benefit him, as I see right, and all that you choose I will do for you."|
|RF SA2 19:39||Then all the forces passed over the Jordan, when the king had passed. The king afterwards saluted Barzilai, and thanked him, and he returned to his home.|
|RF SA2 19:40|| (B.C. 1023.) Quarrel between the Ten Tribes and Judah over David's return.
The king then advanced to Ghilgal, and Kimham his minister with him; and all the forces of Judah advanced with the king, and also a part of the forces of Israel;
|RF SA2 19:41||and then all the men of Israel came to the king and asked him " Why have our relatives the men of Judah stolen you, and brought the king and his family over the Jordan, and all the Princes of David with him?"|
|RF SA2 19:42||When all the men of Judah retorted upon the men of Israel, "Who drove the king to us? And why are you furious over this business? Have we eaten anything with the king except what we brought ourselves?|
|RF SA2 19:43||And the men of Israel rejoined to the men of Judah, " We have ten parts in the kingdom, and also more in David than you! Then why have you slighted, and not sent a message first to us about restoring our king? " But the words of the men of Judah were more bitter than the words of the men of Israel,|