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 24:1|| (B.C. 1017.) David orders a conscription, and the result.
The EVER-LIVING, however, was again angry with Israel, when David turned, and commanded to go and make a Conscription of Israel and Judah,
|RF SA2 24:2||for the king ordered Joab commander of his forces " to whip them up "1 in all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Bersheba, and brigade in the forces, that I may know the number of my forces."|
|RF SA2 24:3||But Joab answered the king, "May your EVER-LIVING GOD increase-the forces by enlistments2 a hundred fold, that the eyes of your Majesty may see:—but, your Majesty, why are you inclined to this thing?|
|RF SA2 24:4||The order of the king, however, prevailed over Joab, and the Officers of the army, so Joab and the Officers of the army went from the presence of the king to conscript Israel for the forces.|
|RF SA2 24:5||They also passed over the Jordan and encamped at Aroar, on the south of the city which is in the mid-valley of Gad and Jazer.|
|RF SA2 24:6||Thence he went to Gilgal, and the lowlands of Khadshi, and came to Dan, and around to Zidon.|
|RF SA2 24:7|| From there they went to the fortress of Tzur, and all the villages of the Hivites, and the Canaanites. Then they went to the south of Judah to Bersheba,
1. Literal translation of the word , Shot-na, of the Hebrew.—F.F.
2. V. 3. "By enlistment " Hebrew is literally "From up and down." = Kahem v Kahem.—F.F.
|RF SA2 24:8||and "whipped up " the whole country, and came to a finish on the tenth day of the ninth month at Jerusalem,|
|RF SA2 24:9||when Joab delivered the number enrolled in the forces to the king, and in Israel it was eight hundred thousand men, strong to draw the sword; and of the men of Judah, five hundred thousand men.|
|RF SA2 24:10||Then the heart of David reproved him after he had conscripted the people. And David said to the EVER-LIVING, "I have sinned grievously by what I have done! But now, LORD, pass over the fault of Your servant, for I have been foolish."|
|RF SA2 24:11||When David arose in the morning, —then the word of the EVER-LIVING came to Gad the Reciter,—David's Preacher 1 —to say,|
|RF SA2 24:12||"Go, and speak to David, ' Thus says the EVER-LIVING;—I will lay three loads for you. Choose one of them, and I will make it for you!"|
|RF SA2 24:13||Gad consequently went to David and informed him, and asked, "Shall seven years of famine come for you upon the country? or will you fly for three months before your enemies while they pursue you? or shall there be three days' destruction on your country? Now instruct me, and show what reply I shall return to my sender?"|
|RF SA2 24:14||When the king replied to Gad, " It is very hard for me! Let me, however, fall into the hand of the EVER-LIVING, for His mercies are many,—for I would not fall into the hand of man."|
|RF SA2 24:15||The EVER-LIVING therefore sent a destruction to Israel from daybreak until after noon, and there died of the people, from Dan to Bersheba, seventy-seven thousand men.|
|RF SA2 24:16||But when the Messenger stretched his hand to Jerusalem to desolate it, He had pity for the flock, and said to the Messenger, " Enough of the people are desolated now, withdraw your hand." And the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING was near the thrashing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.|
|RF SA2 24:17|| But David appealed to the EVER-LIVING, when he saw the Messenger who assailed the people, exclaiming, "I myself have sinned, and I myself have offended; but these sheep what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be on me and upon my father's house."
1 Or Chaplain.—F, F.
|RF SA2 24:18||Then Gad came at that moment and said to him, " Go up,—raise an altar to the EVER-LIVING at the granary of Araunah the Jebusite."|
|RF SA2 24:19||Consequently David went up as the EVER-LIVING ordered him,|
|RF SA2 24:20||and Araunah looking forward saw the king and his Officers approaching to him, so Araunah went and bowed to the king, with face earthward.|
|RF SA2 24:21||Then Araunah asked, "Why does His Majesty come to his servant? " And David replied, " To buy from you this granary to build an altar to the EVER-LIVING, to remove the plague from off the people."|
|RF SA2 24:22||Araunah said to David, "Take it! And let the king offer up what is good in his eyes. See, there are the oxen for a sacrifice, and the thrashing machine and yokes of the oxen for wood.|
|RF SA2 24:23||Araunah as a king gives the whole to the king." And Araunah added to the king, " May your EVER-LIVING GOD accept you!"|
|RF SA2 24:24|| David, however, replied to Araunah, " No!—but I will buy them of you by payment, for I will not offer to my EVER-LIVING GOD an offering costing me nothing."
So David bought the granary and the oxen, for fifty shekels of silver, and David built there an altar to the EVER-LIVING,
|RF SA2 24:25||and offered a burnt-offering, and thank-offering, when the EVER-LIVING was entreated for the land, and removed the plague from the country.|