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 5:1|| (B.C. 1048.) David Called King.
All the tribes of Israel then came to David at Hebron and addressed him, saying,"
|RF SA2 5:2||Formerly, when Saul was king over us, you led out and brought back Israel. And the LORD said to you, ' You shall shepherd My People of Israel,'—so, therefore, become now the Leader of Israel."|
|RF SA2 5:3||All the Judges of Israel also came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a treaty with them before the EVER-LIVING and all Israel rejoiced with King David|
|RF SA2 5:4||David was thirty years old at his election as king, and was king forty years.|
|RF SA2 5:5||He was king over Judah in Hebron seven years and six months, and king in Jerusalem thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.|
|RF SA2 5:6|| (B.C. 1043.) History of David, as King or Commander over United Israel.
When the king and his Generals marched against Jerusalem, the Jebusites occupied the district, and they taunted David, saying, "Do not come here! for the lame and the blind and the crippled can say, ' David shall not enter here! '"
|RF SA2 5:7||David, however, captured the suburb of Zion,—(which is now the City of David),|
|RF SA2 5:8||and David at the time the Aqueduct was captured said, "Destroy all the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, hated of David's soul, because they said, ' The blind and the lame can prevent you entering our place! '"|
|RF SA2 5:9||David afterwards settled in the Fortress, and walled around it from to Miloa to his, palace.|
|RF SA2 5:10||Thus David advanced and became great, and the EVER-LIVING GOD fought for him.|
|RF SA2 5:11||Khiram,1 king of Tzur,2 also sent to David cedar wood and workmen in wood, and stone cutters, and they built David a palace;|
|RF SA2 5:12||for David knew that the EVER-LIVING had fixed his kingship over Israel, and that He had raised him to the kingship over His People Israel.|
|RF SA2 5:13||David also married slave-wives, and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and they also bole David sons and daughters.|
|RF SA2 5:14||These are the names of those borne to him in Jerusalem,—Shamna, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Sholomon|
|RF SA2 5:15||(Solomon) and Ibkhar, and Alishua, and Nefegi and Jafia,|
|RF SA2 5:16||and Alishama, and Alaida, and Alifalet.|
|RF SA2 5:17|| (B.C. 1047.) The Philistines Assail David.
When the Philishtim heard that David had been consecrated king over Israel, the Philishtim forces advanced to assail David, but David heard of it, and proceeded to the frontier,
|RF SA2 5:18||where the Philishtim had posted themselves on the plain of Refaim.|
|RF SA2 5:19||Then David enquired from the EVER-LIVING, "If I attack the Philishtim, will You give them into my power?" And the EVER-LIVING replied, "Attack,—for I will give the Philishtim into your power."|
|RF SA2 5:20|| So David went to Bal-Frashim and fought there, and said, "LORD, sweep my enemies before me as water sweeps! "Therefore the name of that place is called Sweepton.3
2 Tyre, as Grecianized, and which barbarizing of the name has been continued through Latin versions to our English ones. —F.F.
|RF SA2 5:21||The Philishtim also abandoned their idols, and David and his men carried them away.|
|RF SA2 5:22||The Philishtim, however, again advanced and encamped on the plain of Refaim;|
|RF SA2 5:23||when David enquired of the EVER-LIVING, and He answered, "Do not advance. Turn their rear, and come upon them opposite the Valley of Weeping.|
|RF SA2 5:24||And when you hear the sound of marching at the heads of the Valley of Weeping, then rush forward, for the EVER-LIVING will advance before you to defeat the army of the Philishtim! '|
|RF SA2 5:25||David consequently did as the EVER-LIVING commanded, and defeated the Philishtim at Geba on the road to Gazer.|