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.
|AMP SA2 2:1||
AFTER THIS, David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said to him, Go up. David said, To which shall I go up? And He said, To Hebron.
|AMP SA2 2:2||So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.|
|AMP SA2 2:3||And David brought up his men who were with him, each one with his household, and they dwelt in the towns of Hebron.|
|AMP SA2 2:4||And the men of Judah came and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. They told David, The men of Jabesh-gilead buried Saul. [1 Sam 31:11-13]|
|AMP SA2 2:5||And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, saying, May the Lord bless you because you showed kindness and loyalty to Saul your king and buried him.|
|AMP SA2 2:6||And now may the Lord show loving-kindness and faithfulness to you. I also will do well by you because you have done this.|
|AMP SA2 2:7||So now, let your hands be strengthened and be valiant, for your master Saul is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.|
|AMP SA2 2:8||Now Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, took Ish-bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.|
|AMP SA2 2:9||And he made him king over Gilead, the Ashurites, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and all Israel.|
|AMP SA2 2:10||Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began his two-year reign over Israel. But the house of Judah followed David.|
|AMP SA2 2:11||And David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah for seven years and six months.|
|AMP SA2 2:12||And Abner son of Ner and the servants of Ish-bosheth son of Saul went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.|
|AMP SA2 2:13||Joab son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out also; and the two groups met by the pool of Gibeon, seating themselves with one group on either side of the pool.|
|AMP SA2 2:14||And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise and have a contest before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.|
|AMP SA2 2:15||Then there arose and went over by number--twelve of Benjamin who were with Ish-bosheth son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.|
|AMP SA2 2:16||And each caught his opponent by the head and thrust his sword into his side; so they all fell together. Therefore that place was called the Field of Sharp Knives, which is at Gibeon.|
|AMP SA2 2:17||A very fierce battle followed, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.|
|AMP SA2 2:18||Three sons of Zeruiah [the half sister of David] were there: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe or antelope.|
|AMP SA2 2:19||Asahel pursued Abner, and as he ran he turned not to the right hand or to the left from following Abner.|
|AMP SA2 2:20||Then Abner looked behind him and said, Are you Asahel? He answered, I am.|
|AMP SA2 2:21||Abner said to him, Turn aside to your right or left, and seize one of the young men and take his armor. But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.|
|AMP SA2 2:22||And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then should I be able to face Joab your brother?|
|AMP SA2 2:23||Asahel refused to turn aside; so Abner with the rear end of his spear smote him through the abdomen, and he fell and died where he fell. And all who came to the place where Asahel fell and died stood still.|
|AMP SA2 2:24||But Joab and Abishai [his brothers] pursued Abner; the sun was going down as they came to the hill of Ammah, before Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon.|
|AMP SA2 2:25||And the Benjamites gathered together behind Abner and became one troop and took their stand on the top of a hill.|
|AMP SA2 2:26||Then Abner called to Joab, Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that bitterness will be the result? How long will it be then before you bid the people to stop pursuing their brethren?|
|AMP SA2 2:27||Joab said, As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would have stopped pursuing their brethren in the morning.|
|AMP SA2 2:28||So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still and pursued Israel no more, nor did they fight any more.|
|AMP SA2 2:29||Abner and his men went all night through the Arabah [plain], crossed the Jordan, and went through the whole Bithron [district of ravines] and came to Mahanaim.|
|AMP SA2 2:30||Joab returned from pursuing Abner, and when he had gathered all the people together, there were missing of David's servants nineteen men besides Asahel.|
|AMP SA2 2:31||But the servants of David had slain of Benjamin 360 of Abner's men.|
|AMP SA2 2:32||And they took up Asahel and buried him in the tomb of his father at Bethlehem. And Joab and his men walked all night and came to Hebron at daybreak.|