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.
|KJVP ISA 37:1||
And it cameH1961 to pass, when kingH4428 HezekiahH2396 heardH8085 it, that he rentH7167 his clothesH899, and coveredH3680 himself with sackclothH8242, and wentH935 into the houseH1004 of the LORDH3068.
|KJVP ISA 37:2||And he sentH7971 EliakimH471, whoH834 was overH5921 the householdH1004, and ShebnaH7644 the scribeH5608, and the eldersH2205 of the priestsH3548 coveredH3680 with sackclothH8242, unto IsaiahH3470 the prophetH5030 the sonH1121 of AmozH531.|
|KJVP ISA 37:3||And they saidH559 unto him, ThusH3541 saithH559 HezekiahH2396, ThisH2088 dayH3117 is a dayH3117 of troubleH6869, and of rebukeH8433, and of blasphemyH5007: for the childrenH1121 are comeH935 to the birthH4866, and there is not strengthH3581 to bringH3205 forthH3205.|
|KJVP ISA 37:4||It may be the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 will hearH8085 the wordsH1697 of RabshakehH7262, whomH834 the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804 his masterH113 hath sentH7971 to reproachH2778 the livingH2416 GodH430, and will reproveH3198 the wordsH1697 whichH834 the LORDH3068 thy GodH430 hath heardH8085: wherefore liftH5375 up thy prayerH8605 for the remnantH7611 that is leftH4672.|
|KJVP ISA 37:5||So the servantsH5650 of kingH4428 HezekiahH2396 cameH935 to IsaiahH3470.|
|KJVP ISA 37:6||And IsaiahH3470 saidH559 unto them, ThusH3541 shall ye sayH559 unto your masterH113, ThusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068, Be not afraidH3372 of the wordsH1697 that thou hast heardH8085, wherewithH834 the servantsH5288 of the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804 have blasphemedH1442 me.|
|KJVP ISA 37:7||BeholdH2005, I will sendH7971 a blastH7307 upon him, and he shall hearH8085 a rumourH8052, and returnH7725 to his own landH776; and I will cause him to fallH5307 by the swordH2719 in his own landH776.|
|KJVP ISA 37:8||So RabshakehH7262 returnedH7725, and foundH4672 the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804 warringH3898 againstH5921 LibnahH3841: for he had heardH8085 that he was departedH5265 from LachishH3923.|
|KJVP ISA 37:9||And he heardH8085 sayH559 concerningH5921 TirhakahH8640 kingH4428 of EthiopiaH3568, He is comeH3318 forthH3318 to make warH3898 with thee. And when he heardH8085 it, he sentH7971 messengersH4397 to HezekiahH2396, sayingH559,|
|KJVP ISA 37:10||ThusH3541 shall ye speakH559 to HezekiahH2396 kingH4428 of JudahH3063, sayingH559, Let not thy GodH430, in whomH834 thou trustestH982, deceiveH5377 thee, sayingH559, JerusalemH3389 shall not be givenH5414 into the handH3027 of the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804.|
|KJVP ISA 37:11||BeholdH2009, thou hast heardH8085 whatH834 the kingsH4428 of AssyriaH804 have doneH6213 to allH3605 landsH776 by destroyingH2763 them utterly; and shalt thou be deliveredH5337?|
|KJVP ISA 37:12||Have the godsH430 of the nations.H1471 deliveredH5337 them whichH834 my fathersH1 have destroyedH7843, as Gozan.H1470, and HaranH2771, and RezephH7530, and the children.H1121 of EdenH5731 whichH834 were in TelassarH8515?|
|KJVP ISA 37:13||WhereH346 is the kingH4428 of HamathH2574, and the kingH4428 of ArphadH774, and the kingH4428 of the cityH5892 of SepharvaimH5617, HenaH2012, and IvahH5755?|
|KJVP ISA 37:14||And HezekiahH2396 receivedH3947 the letterH5612 from the handH3027 of the messengersH4397, and readH7121 it: and HezekiahH2396 wentH5927 up unto the houseH1004 of the LORDH3068, and spreadH6566 it beforeH6440 the LORDH3068.|
|KJVP ISA 37:15||And HezekiahH2396 prayedH6419 unto the LORDH3068, sayingH559,|
|KJVP ISA 37:16||O LORDH3068 of hostsH6635, GodH430 of IsraelH3478, that dwellestH3427 between the cherubimsH3742, thou art the GodH430, even thou aloneH905, of allH3605 the kingdomsH4467 of the earthH776: thou hast madeH6213 heavenH8064 and earthH776.|
|KJVP ISA 37:17||InclineH5186 thine earH241, O LORDH3068, and hearH8085; openH6491 thine eyesH5869, O LORDH3068, and seeH7200: and hearH8085 allH3605 the wordsH1697 of SennacheribH5576, whichH834 hath sentH7971 to reproachH2778 the living.H2416 GodH430.|
|KJVP ISA 37:18||Of a truthH551, LORDH3068, the kingsH4428 of AssyriaH804 have laid wasteH2717 allH3605 the nationsH776, and their countriesH776.|
|KJVP ISA 37:19||And have castH5414 their godsH430 into the fireH784: for they were noH3808 godsH430, but the workH4639 of men?sH120 handsH3027, wood.H6086 and stone.H68: therefore they have destroyedH6 them.|
|KJVP ISA 37:20||NowH6258 therefore, O LORDH3068 our GodH430, saveH3467 us from his handH3027, that allH3605 the kingdomsH4467 of the earthH776 may knowH3045 that thou art the LORDH3068, even thou onlyH905.|
|KJVP ISA 37:21||Then IsaiahH3470 the sonH1121 of AmozH531 sentH7971 unto HezekiahH2396, sayingH559, ThusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068 GodH430 of IsraelH3478, WhereasH834 thou hast prayedH6419 to me againstH413 SennacheribH5576 kingH4428 of AssyriaH804:|
|KJVP ISA 37:22||ThisH2088 is the wordH1697 whichH834 the LORDH3068 hath spokenH1696 concerningH5921 him; The virginH1330, the daughterH1323 of ZionH6726, hath despisedH959 thee, and laughedH3932 thee to scorn; the daughterH1323 of JerusalemH3389 hath shakenH5128 her headH7218 at thee.|
|KJVP ISA 37:23||WhomH853-H4310 hast thou reproachedH2778 and blasphemedH1442? and againstH5921 whomH4310 hast thou exaltedH7311 thy voiceH6963, and liftedH5375 up thine eyesH5869 on highH4791? even againstH413 the HolyH6918 One of IsraelH3478.|
|KJVP ISA 37:24||By thy servantsH5650 hast thou reproachedH2778 the LordH136, and hast saidH559, By the multitudeH7230 of my chariotsH7393 am I comeH5927 up to the heightH4791 of the mountainsH2022, to the sidesH3411 of LebanonH3844; and I will cutH3772 down the tallH6967 cedarsH730 thereof, and the choiceH4005 firH1265 trees thereof: and I will enterH935 into the heightH4791 of his borderH7093, and the forestH3293 of his CarmelH3760.|
|KJVP ISA 37:25||I have diggedH5365, and drunkH8354 waterH4325; and with the soleH3709 of my feetH6471 have I driedH2717 up allH3605 the riversH2975 of the besiegedH4693 places.|
|KJVP ISA 37:26||Hast thou not heardH8085 longH7350 agoH7350, how I have doneH6213 it; and of ancientH6924 timesH3117, that I have formedH3335 it? nowH6258 have I broughtH935 it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay wasteH7582 defencedH1219 citiesH5892 into ruinousH5327 heapsH1530.|
|KJVP ISA 37:27||Therefore their inhabitantsH3427 were of smallH7116 powerH3027, they were dismayedH2865 and confoundedH954: they were as the grassH6212 of the fieldH7704, and as the greenH3419 herbH1877, as the grassH2682 on the housetopsH1406, and as corn blastedH7709 beforeH6440 it be grownH7054 up.|
|KJVP ISA 37:28||But I knowH3045 thy abodeH3427, and thy goingH3318 out, and thy comingH935 in, and thy rageH7264 againstH413 me.|
|KJVP ISA 37:29||BecauseH3282 thy rageH7264 againstH413 me, and thy tumultH7600, is comeH5927 up into mine earsH241, therefore will I putH7760 my hookH2397 in thy noseH639, and my bridleH4964 in thy lipsH8193, and I will turnH7725 thee backH7725 by the wayH1870 by whichH834 thou camestH935.|
|KJVP ISA 37:30||And thisH2088 shall be a signH226 unto thee, Ye shall eatH398 this yearH8141 such as growethH5599 of itself; and the secondH8145 yearH8141 that which springethH7823 of the same: and in the thirdH7992 yearH8141 sowH2232 ye, and reapH7114, and plantH5193 vineyardsH3754, and eatH398 the fruitH6529 thereof.|
|KJVP ISA 37:31||And the remnantH7604 that is escapedH6413 of the houseH1004 of JudahH3063 shall againH3254 take rootH8328 downwardH4295, and bearH6213 fruitH6529 upwardH4605:|
|KJVP ISA 37:32||For out of JerusalemH3389 shall goH3318 forthH3318 a remnantH7611, and they that escapeH6413 out of mountH2022 ZionH6726: the zealH7068 of the LORDH3068 of hostsH6635 shall doH6213 thisH2063.|
|KJVP ISA 37:33||ThereforeH3651 thusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068 concerningH413 the kingH4428 of AssyriaH804, He shall not comeH935 intoH413 thisH2063 cityH5892, norH3808 shoot an arrowH2671 thereH8033, norH3808 comeH6923 beforeH6924 it with shieldsH4043, norH3808 castH8210 a bankH5550 againstH5921 it.|
|KJVP ISA 37:34||By the wayH1870 that he cameH935, by the same shall he returnH7725, and shall not comeH935 intoH413 thisH2063 cityH5892, saithH5002 the LORDH3068.|
|KJVP ISA 37:35||For I will defendH1598 thisH2063 cityH5892 to saveH3467 it for mine own sake, and for my servantH5650 David?sH1732 sakeH4616.|
|KJVP ISA 37:36||Then the angelH4397 of the LORDH3068 wentH3318 forthH3318, and smoteH5221 in the campH4264 of the AssyriansH804 a hundredH3967 and fourscoreH8084 and fiveH2568 thousandH505: and when they aroseH7925 earlyH7925 in the morningH1242, beholdH2009, they were allH3605 deadH4191 corpsesH6297.|
|KJVP ISA 37:37||So SennacheribH5576 kingH4428 of AssyriaH804 departedH5265, and wentH3212 and returnedH7725, and dweltH3427 at NinevehH5210.|
|KJVP ISA 37:38||And it cameH1961 to pass, as he was worshippingH7812 in the houseH1004 of NisrochH5268 his godH430, that AdrammelechH152 and SharezerH8272 his sonsH1121 smoteH5221 him with the swordH2719; and they escapedH4422 into the landH776 of ArmeniaH780: and EsarhaddonH634 his sonH1121 reignedH4427 in his steadH8478.|