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 21:1|| (B.C. 1021.) Three Years famine and the tragedy of Rizfah's Sons.
There was once a famine in the time of David for three years, year after year, so David sought the presence of the EVER-LIVING, and the EVER-LIVING said, "It is for Saul and his murderous house, because he killed the Gibeonites."
|RF SA2 21:2||The king consequently sent for the Gibeonites, and asked them (for the Gibeonites were not of the Children of Israel, but a remnant of the Amorites, to whom the Children of Israel had sworn, but Saul wished to exterminate them in his zeal for the Children of Israel and the EVER-LIVING).|
|RF SA2 21:3||David asked the Gibeonites " What can I do for you? And by what can I make amends? so that you will bless the inheritance of the EVER-LIVING?"|
|RF SA2 21:4||And the Gibeonites replied to him " We will not take silver or gold from Saul or his family, and no man shall be killed in Israel for us." Then he said " Whatever you ask I will do for you."|
|RF SA2 21:5||And they answered the king, " The man who destroyed us, and who wasted us, so that we are prohibited from residing in any part of Israel,|
|RF SA2 21:6||let there be given to us seven men from his children, and we will hang them for the EVER-LIVING in Gibath of Saul, the Elect of the EVER-LIVING." And the king said, "I will give them"|
|RF SA2 21:7||But the king refrained from Mefibosheth, the son of J'honathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath of the EVER-LIVING that was between David and J'honathan, the son of Saul.|
|RF SA2 21:8||But the king took the two sons of Rizfah, the daughter of Aiah, whom she had borne to Saul, Armoni and Mefibosheth, and the five sons of Mikal, the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adrial-ben-Barzili, the Makholathite,|
|RF SA2 21:9||and delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hung them on a Hill before the EVER-LIVING, and the seven fell at once, and were killed at the time of harvest before they begin to cut the barley.|
|RF SA2 21:10||Rizfah, the daughter of Aiah, however, took sack cloth and covered the rock with it, from the beginning of harvest until the rain fell on them from the sky, and would not allow a bird of the air to alight upon them by day, or a wild beast of the field by night.|
|RF SA2 21:11||And it was reported to David what Rizfah, the daughter of Aiah, the slave-wife of Saul was doing,|
|RF SA2 21:12||so David sent and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of J'honathan, his son, from the Masters of J'abesh Gilad, which they had taken from the walls of Beth-shan, where the Philishtim had hung them at the time that the Philishtim defeated Saul at Gilboa,|
|RF SA2 21:13||and brought from there the bones of Saul, and the bones of J'honathan his son, and included the bones of those who were hung,|
|RF SA2 21:14||and buried the bones of Saul and J'honathan his son in the district of Benjamin, at the side of the tomb of Kish his father. All that the king ordered was done. Then he entreated GOD for the country after that.|
|RF SA2 21:15|| (B.C. 1018.) Revolt of the Philistines.
But there was war again between the Philishtim and Israel, and David went down with his forces and fought the Philishtim and David became exhausted.
|RF SA2 21:16||Then Banob, who was of the race of the Rephah, and had a spear weighing three hundred shekels of brass, and was clothed in new armour, stood up and declared he would kill David.|
|RF SA2 21:17||But Abishai-ben-Zeruiah helped him and struck the Philistine, and killed him. David's Generals consequently swore to him, saying, "You shall not go again with us into battle, so that the light of Israel may not be extinguished."|
|RF SA2 21:18||But after this there was again a battle at Gob with the Philishtim, when Sibkai killed Suf, who was of the race of the Rephah.|
|RF SA2 21:19||And there was again a battle at Gob with the Philishtim, and Abkhanan-ben-Jari, the weaver of Bethlehem, defeated Goliath, the Githite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam1.|
|RF SA2 21:20||There was also another battle with the Philishtim at Gath, where there was a man of Midian with six fingers on his hands, and six toes on his feet,—twenty-four in number—and he was also of the race of the Rephah,|
|RF SA2 21:21||and he challenged Israel. But Jhonathan-ben-Shemai, the brother of David, defeated him.|
|RF SA2 21:22|| These four were born of the Rephaim, in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hands of his Officers.
1 V. 19. This Goliath, the Githite, must not be confused with the " Goliath " whom David slew years before, as the A.V. seems to confuse it.—F.F.