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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   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."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016

   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 7:1

Mikah bewails his Solitude in the Midst of the Wicked.
Woe to me! for the harvest is done,
The vintage all gone, there are no grapes to eat!
Nor ripe fig,—the desire of my life!

RF MIC 7:2 The gentle have wasted from earth!
And the upright has ceased among men!
And they are all plotting to murder,—
Each hunts for his friend with a net!
RF MIC 7:3 Both hands are stretched out after crime,—
The Prince and the Judge ask a bribe;
And the great tells the wish of his life,—
And thus are they woven together!—
RF MIC 7:4 The best is a thorn and the straightest a briar!
Look out for the day when your punishment comes,—
Even now you are deeply perplexed!
RF MIC 7:5 Trust not to a Friend! Rely not on a guide!
From the wife of your breast shut the doors of your mouth!
RF MIC 7:6 For the son will dishonor his father,
From her mother the daughter rebels,
And the bride from her mother-in-law,
And the foes of a man are the men of his house!
RF MIC 7:7 For myself I will watch for the LORD,—
I will wait for my Salvation's GOD,—
For my GOD will still listen to me.
RF MIC 7:8 So let not my foeman rejoice,
For if I fall down I shall rise,
For my darkness the LORD turns to light.
RF MIC 7:9 I will fear the correction of GOD,
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He examines my plea,
And does justice and brings me the light,—
I will await, till I feel He acquits,—
RF MIC 7:10 My opponents will see, and be covered with shame,—
Those who taunt me with, "Where is JEHOVAH, your GOD?"
The Restoration of Israel Promised.
I see her now as she is,—
Trodden down like the dirt of the streets!
RF MIC 7:11 But a day comes to rebuild your walls,—
On the day the decree is revoked!
RF MIC 7:12 To you they will come on that day,
From the district of Ashur and cities of Mitzer;
From the Border of Mitzer as far as the River;
And from Sea to the Sea, and from Mountain to Hill!
RF MIC 7:13 Though the land has been wasted of people,
The result of their crimes! '
RF MIC 7:14 The Prophets prayer and the Lord's Reply.
"Guide Your race by Your staff, the flock You possess,
Who lie lost in the forest of Carmel,
Who in olden times pastured in Gilad and Bashan!"
"I will show to you wonderful things,
As when I bought from the country of Mitzer!—
RF MIC 7:16 The Heathen shall see them and blush!
All their Heroes lay hand on their mouth!
And their ears shall be strained.
RF MIC 7:17 They shall lick up the dust like a snake!
Like earth worms crawl out from their holes,
In dread of the LIVING, your GOD,—
And in terror of You!"
"What GOD would forgive sin like You?
Pardon faults that have broke His estate,
Not retaining His anger for ever;—
For He feels it delight to be kind!"
RF MIC 7:19 He returns and has mercy on us,
Who will our frailties subdue,
And cast all our faults to the depths of the sea!
RF MIC 7:20 Giving truly to Jacob the promise to Abraham,
As He swore to our fathers, in days long ago!
1 Note.—Ch. 7, v. 12 "The River "—the Euphrates.

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