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 MIC 2:1||
A Denunciation of Swindlers.
|RF MIC 2:2|| Who covet for fields,—and then steal!
And houses and seize them by force;
Who plunder a man and his house,
And defraud a man of his estate!
|RF MIC 2:3|| "Therefore," thus says the LORD,
"I plan for this family grief,
From which you cannot keep your necks,
Nor march along haughtily by!—
For now is the period for grief.
|RF MIC 2:4|| "Then a verse will be raised on yourselves,
With a wailing and piteous sigh;—
' We are spoiled,' they will say, we are spoiled—
The lot of our People is changed;
Why has He departed from us?
And torn us away from our fields?'
|RF MIC 2:5|| So for you there is none casts the line,
To decide for the troop of the LORD."
|RF MIC 2:6|| THE CROWD.
"Stop driveling, you driveller, spout not.
Cease to drivel to us of these things;—
Can you never abandon reproofs?"
|RF MIC 2:7|| THE PROPHET.
Is it said in the Household of Jacob,
That the LORD'S Spirit has been restrained?
Are not these things produced by Himself?
But would not my words do you good,
If you followed them right as you ought?
|RF MIC 2:8|| But my people now rise to assail,
They strip off the cloak with the coat,
Turn to fight with the peaceable walker;
|RF MIC 2:9|| Cast my people's wives from their sweet homes;
And dishonor their children for ever!
|RF MIC 2:10|| Arise and be gone! For this is not your Home
For defilement corrupts, and corrupting destroys!
|RF MIC 2:11|| If a man in the spirit of falsehood and lies
Comes and patters to you of your wine and debauch,
For this People, he is the right Preacher!
|RF MIC 2:12|| Restoration Promised.
I will gather the whole of you, Jacob!—
Will join Israel's fragments in one,—
Will collect as the sheep are in Bozrah,
As a flock in its fold make the murmur of men
|RF MIC 2:13|| The Opener shall go up before them,
Unloose, and they pass thro' the Gate,
They shall pass with their Leader before them;
And the LORD at their head,