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 4:1||
In Spite of Its Apostasy, the Church of God is Promised Change of Mind and Restoration.
|RF MIC 4:2|| Many Nations advance and exclaim,
"Let us go to the Hill of the LORD,
To the Temple where Jacob's GOD dwells,
And learn of His way, and pursue"—
For from Zion the law shall proceed,
And the LORD from Jerusalem speak,
|RF MIC 4:3|| And govern among many Peoples,
And decree to Fierce Nations afar,
To beat out their swords into ploughshares,
And their spears into scythes,
Nor Nation raise sword against Nation,
Nor ever more learn to make war.
|RF MIC 4:4|| Then each shall rest under his vine,
And under his fig without fear,—
As the mouth of the LORD has decreed.
|RF MIC 4:5|| For then all the Peoples will walk,
Each one in the power of its GOD;
And we also shall walk in the power of the LORD,
For ever and ever with our GOD
|RF MIC 4:6|| The Divine Government Promised.
At that time," says the Lord, "I will gather the maimed,
And cherish the mourner I grieved,
|RF MIC 4:7|| And make the disabled a Princedom,
And the banished a powerful Nation!
And the LORD reign with them on Mount Zion,
From then, and for ever and ever!
|RF MIC 4:8|| And you, Tower of the Flock,—
You fair Maiden of Zion!—
Produce your adornments, and come forth the Queen,
The Princess of Kingdoms, Jerusalem's daughter!
|RF MIC 4:9|| Then wherefore so bitterly wail?
Have you no king? Has your Counsellor failed?
That you writhe as in child-bearing pain?
|RF MIC 4:10|| Rush and writhe, Zion's daughter, in child-bearing woes,
You must now leave the City and dwell in the field,
And go onward to Babel—until I release,—
Where the LORD will redeem from the hand of your foe!
|RF MIC 4:11|| Though now many Nations assembled, assail,
Who shout, "Ravish!—And let our eyes see it in Zion!"—
|RF MIC 4:12|| But they know not the plans of the LORD,
And cannot perceive His intents
Till He heaps them like sheaves in a barn!—
|RF MIC 4:13|| Arise, Daughter of Zion! and thrash!
For I make your horn iron,
And I make your hoof steel,—
To break many Peoples to pieces,
And their splinters give up to the LORD,
And their dust to the Prince of the Earth!