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 3:1||
The war extended, however, between the house of Saul and the house of David ' —and David advanced and strengthened, but the house of Saul became weaker.
|RF SA2 3:2||David, also, had sons born to him in Hebron, of whom the eldest was Amon from Akhinoam, the Jezraalitess,|
|RF SA2 3:3||and the second Kilab, from Abigail the widow of Nabal, the Karmelite, and the third Absalom, the son of Makah, the daughter of Thalim king of Ghishur,|
|RF SA2 3:4||and the fourth Adoniah, the son of Hageth, and the fifth Shifatias, son of Abital,|
|RF SA2 3:5||and the sixth Ithram, by Agla of the wives of David. These were born to David in Hebron.|
|RF SA2 3:6||But the war continued between the House of Saul and the House of David, and Abner was the strength of the House of Saul.|
|RF SA2 3:7|| Quarrel between Abner and Isbosheth about Rizfah, a widow of Saul.
Saul, however, had a slave wife, and her name was Rizfah, the daughter of Avah.
And he asked Abner, " Why have you gone to that slave-wife of my father?"
|RF SA2 3:8||But Abner was very angry at the words of Ishbosheth, and exclaimed, " Am I a dog's head,—who have shown kindness to the House of Saul, your father, and his relatives, and friends, instead of to Judah, and have not delivered you to the hand of David, that you accuse me of sin today with that woman?|
|RF SA2 3:9||May the EVER-LIVING do so to Abner, and more than that,—if, according to what the EVER-LIVING has promised to David, I will not do for him,|
|RF SA2 3:10||and transfer the Army from the House of Saul, and establish the throne of David over Israel and Judah, from Dan to Beersheba."|
|RF SA2 3:11||And he was not able in return to reply a word to Abner, for he was afraid of him.|
|RF SA2 3:12|| (B.C. 1048.) Abner Intrigues with David, His murder and trial.
Abner consequently sent messengers privately to David to ask, " Whose is the country? " and adding, " Make your bargain with me, and I will give my hand to you to turn all Israel to you!"
|RF SA2 3:13||And he replied, " Right! I will make a bargain with you. Only one thing I will demand of you, that is, you shall not see my face unless you bring into my presence Mikal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see me."|
|RF SA2 3:14||Then David sent ambassadors to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, to say, "Give me my wife Mikal, whom I acquired by a hundred foreskins of the Philishtim."|
|RF SA2 3:15||So Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband—from Faltial-ben Losh.|
|RF SA2 3:16||But her husband went along with her, and wept with her to Bakhurim, where Abner said to him, " Be off! Go back! and be quiet!"|
|RF SA2 3:17||Then Abner's plan was to say to the judges of Israel, "Formerly you were seeking David to be king over you;|
|RF SA2 3:18||so now effect it, for the EVER-LIVING has spoken to David, saying, By the hand of David My servant, I will rescue My People Israel from the power of the Philishtim, and from the power of all their enemies."|
|RF SA2 3:19||Abner also whispered in the ears of Benjamin. At last Abner sent to tell David privately in Hebron that all was ready in the ears of Israel, and all was good in the opinion of Benjamin.|
|RF SA2 3:20||Then Abner himself went to David at Hebron with twenty officers, and David made a feast for Abner and the officers who were with him.|
|RF SA2 3:21||Abner afterwards said to David, " I will arise, and go, and bring to your majesty the representatives of Israel, and they will make a treaty with you, when you can reign in all your soul's desires." David then took leave of Abner, and he departed in peace.|
|RF SA2 3:22||Just then, however, a detachment of the troops of David arrived with Joab, and brought a great booty with them. Abner was not, however, in Hebron with David, for he had taken leave and gone quietly.|
|RF SA2 3:23||When Joab and all the army with him arrived, they informed Joab, saying, "Abner-ben-Ner has been with the king, but he has taken leave of him, and he has gone away in peace."|
|RF SA2 3:24||Then Joab went to the king and demanded, "What have you done? Why has Abner been to you, and you have let him go! And he has departed in peace!|
|RF SA2 3:25||Do you know Abner-ben-Ner? He came only to pump you,—and to learn your purposes and plans!"|
|RF SA2 3:26||Then Joab went out unknown to David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah. (But David did not know it.)|
|RF SA2 3:27||So Abner returned to Hebron, and Joab met him in front of the gate, and spoke to him pleasantly,—then stabbed him in the belly, and killed him on account of the blood of Ashahel his brother.|
|RF SA2 3:28||When David afterwards heard of this, he exclaimed, I and my kingdom are completely guiltless before the EVER-LIVING of the blood of Abner-ben-Ner.|
|RF SA2 3:29||Let there rest on the head of Joab, and on all the house of his father, sickness and disease, and convulsion, and sword-stroke, and want of bread!"|
|RF SA2 3:30||Thus Joab, and Abishai his brother murdered Abner because of the death of Ashahel their brother, at Gibeon in battle.|
|RF SA2 3:31||But David said to Joab, and to Ail the force that were with him, " Tear your clothes, and gird on sackcloth, and mourn for Abner," and King David went after the bier.|
|RF SA2 3:32||So they buried Abner in Hebron, when the king lifted up his voice and wept at the tomb, and all the army wept.|
|RF SA2 3:33|| The king also lamented Abner, and said:
ELEGY ON ABNER.
"Abner! How like a flower you fade in Death!
|RF SA2 3:34|| Your hands unbound, your feet not chained together!
For, falling, by the sons of crime, you fell!"
And all the forces continued to weep over him.
|RF SA2 3:35||When all the army brought food to David to eat on that day, they heard David say, May GOD do so to me, and more than that, if before the sun sets I taste of food of any kind whatever!"|
|RF SA2 3:36||So all the army admired and approved all the king did. It was good in the opinion of the forces.|
|RF SA2 3:37||And all the army, and all Israel, recognized at the time that the king had not caused the death of Abner-ben-Ner.|
|RF SA2 3:38||The king also said to his Ministers, "Do you not know that a Prince and a Great Man has fallen today in Israel?|
|RF SA2 3:39||And I, the king, am weak and feeble, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, overpower me? May the EVER-LIVING make repayment of the wrong they have done to their neighbour."|