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 MIC 2:1||
WoeH1945 to them that deviseH2803 iniquityH205, and workH6466 evilH7451 upon their bedsH4904! when the morningH1242 is lightH216, they practiceH6213 it, becauseH3588 it is in the powerH410 of their handH3027.
|KJVP MIC 2:2||And they covetH2530 fieldsH7704, and takeH5375 them by violenceH1497; and housesH1004, and takeH5375 them awayH7726: so they oppressH6231 a manH1397 and his houseH1004, even a manH376 and his heritageH5159.|
|KJVP MIC 2:3||ThereforeH3651 thusH3541 saithH559 the LORDH3068; BeholdH2005, againstH5921 thisH2063 familyH4940 do I deviseH2803 an evilH7451, from whichH834 ye shall not removeH4185 your necksH6677; neitherH3808 shall ye goH3212 haughtilyH7317: for thisH1931 timeH6256 is evilH7451.|
|KJVP MIC 2:4||In that dayH3117 shall one takeH5375 up a parableH4912 againstH5921 you, and lamentH5091 with a dolefulH5093 lamentationH5092, and sayH559, We be utterlyH7703 spoiledH7703: he hath changedH4171 the portionH2506 of my peopleH5971: howH349 hath he removedH4185 it from me! turningH7725 away he hath dividedH2505 our fieldsH7704.|
|KJVP MIC 2:5||ThereforeH3651 thou shalt haveH1961 noneH3808 that shall castH7993 a cordH2256 by lotH1486 in the congregationH6951 of the LORDH3068.|
|KJVP MIC 2:6||ProphesyH5197 ye not, say they to them that prophesyH5197: they shall not prophesyH5197 to them, that they shall not takeH5253 shameH3639.|
|KJVP MIC 2:7||O thou that art namedH559 the houseH1004 of JacobH3290, is the spiritH7307 of the LORDH3068 straitenedH7114? are theseH428 his doingsH4611? do not my wordsH1697 do goodH3190 to him that walkethH1980 uprightlyH3477?|
|KJVP MIC 2:8||Even of lateH865 my peopleH5971 is risenH6965 up as an enemyH341: ye pullH6584 off the robeH145 with the garmentH8008 from them that passH5674 by securelyH983 as men averseH7725 from warH4421.|
|KJVP MIC 2:9||The womenH802 of my peopleH5971 have ye castH1644 out from their pleasantH8588 housesH1004; from their childrenH5768 have ye takenH3947 away my gloryH1926 for everH5769.|
|KJVP MIC 2:10||AriseH6965 ye, and departH3212; for thisH2063 is not your restH4496: becauseH5668 it is pollutedH2930, it shall destroyH2254 you, even with a soreH4834 destructionH2256.|
|KJVP MIC 2:11||IfH3863 a manH376 walkingH1980 in the spiritH7307 and falsehoodH8267 do lieH3576, saying, I will prophesyH5197 unto thee of wineH3196 and of strongH7941 drinkH7941; he shall even be the prophetH5197 of thisH2088 peopleH5971.|
|KJVP MIC 2:12||I will surely assembleH622, O JacobH3290, allH3605 of thee; I will surely gatherH6908 the remnantH7611 of IsraelH3478; I will putH7760 them togetherH3162 as the sheepH6629 of BozrahH1224, as the flockH5739 in the midstH8432 of their foldH1699: they shall make great noiseH1949 by reason of the multitude of menH120.|
|KJVP MIC 2:13||The breakerH6555 is comeH5927 up beforeH6440 them: they have brokenH6555 up, and have passedH5674 through the gateH8179, and are goneH3318 out by it: and their kingH4428 shall passH5674 beforeH6440 them, and the LORDH3068 on the headH7218 of them.|