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 MAT 26:1||
The Approaching Passover.
|RF MAT 26:2||"Do you know that after two days the Passover is to be celebrated; and that the Son of Man is now being betrayed to be crucified?"|
|RF MAT 26:3||After this the chief priests, the professors, and the elders of the people, assembled in the court of the High Priest, who was named Caiaphas;|
|RF MAT 26:4||and consulted among themselves as to whether they could arrest Jesus by means of a trick, and assassinate Him.|
|RF MAT 26:5||But they said, "Not during the festival, for fear a riot should break out among the people."|
|RF MAT 26:6|| At Simon's Dinner.
When Jesus was in Bethany, at the house of Simon the leper,
|RF MAT 26:7||a woman who had an alabaster jar of very valuable perfume, came and poured it upon His head as He reclined.|
|RF MAT 26:8||But the disciples, on seeing her, became indignant, saying, "To what purpose is all this waste?|
|RF MAT 26:9||for this might have been sold for a good deal, and given to the poor."|
|RF MAT 26:10||Jesus perceiving it, however, said to them: "Why do you trouble the woman, seeing that she has acted nobly towards Me?|
|RF MAT 26:11||Besides, you have the poor always with you; but Me you have not always.|
|RF MAT 26:12||For she having poured this perfume upon My body, has done it preparatory to My burial.|
|RF MAT 26:13||I tell you indeed, that wherever these glad tidings shall be proclaimed throughout the whole world, what she has done will be told as a memorial of her.|
|RF MAT 26:14|| The Treachery of Judas.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, having gone to the chief priests,
|RF MAT 26:15||asked them, "What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him to you?" They accordingly weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver.|
|RF MAT 26:16||And from that time he sought a fitting opportunity to betray Him.|
|RF MAT 26:17|| The Last Supper. [Passover]
At the first day of the unfermented bread, the disciples came to Jesus, asking Him, "Where do You wish us to make preparation for You to eat the Passover?"
|RF MAT 26:18||"Go into the city," He said, "to such an one; and say to him, 'Our Teacher says, My time is near: I wish to observe the Passover at your house with My disciples."|
|RF MAT 26:19||The disciples accordingly did as Jesus instructed them; and they made ready for the Passover.|
|RF MAT 26:20||When the evening arrived, He reclined along with the twelve.|
|RF MAT 26:21||And while they were eating, He said, "I tell you indeed, that one from among you will betray Me."|
|RF MAT 26:22||And they were deeply grieved; and each of them began to say: "I am not the one! Am I, Master?"|
|RF MAT 26:23||And in reply, He said, "One who has dipped his hand with Me into the basin, he will betray Me!|
|RF MAT 26:24||The Son of Man will indeed depart, as it was written about Him; but woe to that man by means of whom He is betrayed! Well would it have been for him if he had never been born!"|
|RF MAT 26:25|| Judas, the traitor, then answering, said, "It is not I! Is it, Master?"
"You have said it," was His reply.
|RF MAT 26:26||Then, as they were eating, Jesus took a loaf; and having offered a blessing, broke it, and distributed it to His disciples, saying, "Take it, eat it; this is My body."|
|RF MAT 26:27||And taking the cup, and offering a blessing, He gave it to them, saying, "All of you drink of it;|
|RF MAT 26:28||for this is My blood, that of the New Settlement, which is shed for the removal of many sins!|
|RF MAT 26:29||I tell you, however, that at present I will not drink of this produce of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the Kingdom of My Father."|
|RF MAT 26:30|| Peter's Protest.
Then singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives;
|RF MAT 26:31|| where Jesus said to them, "All of you will be ashamed of Me tonight; for it is written,
I WILL STRIKE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK WILL BE SCATTERED. 1
|RF MAT 26:32||"But after My resurrection, I will go before you into Galilee."|
|RF MAT 26:33||Peter, however, replying to Him, said, "If all are ashamed of You, I will never be ashamed!"|
|RF MAT 26:34||"I tell you indeed," said Jesus, in reply to him, "that in this very night, before a bugle 2 sounds, you will thrice deny Me!"|
|RF MAT 26:35||"Even if it should be necessary for me to die with You," Peter declared to Him, "I will never deny You!" And in this way spoke all the disciples.|
|RF MAT 26:36|| In the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus afterwards accompanied them into a garden named Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, "Sit you here, while I go yonder to pray."
|RF MAT 26:37||And taking Peter and two of the sons of Zebedee along with Him, He began to be distressed and overwhelmed.|
|RF MAT 26:38||He then said to them, "My soul is very full of grief, even to death; stay here, and watch with Me."|
|RF MAT 26:39||Then going forward a little, He fell upon His face, praying, and said, "My Father, if it is possible take this cup from Me! yet, not according to My desire, but according to Yours."|
|RF MAT 26:40||Then returning to the disciples, He found them sleeping, and remarked to Peter, "So it seems you are not strong enough to keep awake a single hour with Me!|
|RF MAT 26:41||Watch and pray, so that you may not fall into temptation; your spirit indeed is willing, but the body weak."|
|RF MAT 26:42||Again, for a second time, going away, He prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass by Me without My drinking it, let Your will be done!"|
|RF MAT 26:43||On returning, He found them again asleep; for their eyes were heavy.|
|RF MAT 26:44|| So leaving them, and going away again, He prayed for the third time, making use of the self-same words.
1 Zech. 8. 7.
2 The Roman bugle, called in Latin, "GalIus," i.e., "The Cock" or," The Crower." It was a Roman army bugle for signaling the relief of the Guard.
|RF MAT 26:45||He then came to His disciples, and said to them, "Sleep on now to the end, and refresh yourselves. The hour is near when the Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of sinners.|
|RF MAT 26:46||Arise! let us go forward; for My betrayer is now at hand."|
|RF MAT 26:47|| The Arrest of Jesus.
And while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came along with a great crowd, armed with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
|RF MAT 26:48||Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The Man I shall kiss, that is He; arrest Him!"|
|RF MAT 26:49||And at once approaching Jesus, he said, "I hope You are well, Master!" and fervently kissed Him.|
|RF MAT 26:50||Jesus answered him, "Friend, against whom have you come?" Then rushing on, they seized hold of Jesus, and arrested Him.|
|RF MAT 26:51||There-upon, one of those who were with Jesus, stretching out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the officer of the High Priest, cutting off his ear.|
|RF MAT 26:52||Jesus, however, said to him, "Return your sword into its place; for those who take the sword, will fall by means of the sword.|
|RF MAT 26:53||Or do you imagine that I am not able to call upon My Father, and He would even now provide Me with more than twelve armies of angels?|
|RF MAT 26:54||How, then, could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must come about in this way?"|
|RF MAT 26:55||Jesus, at the same time, addressing the crowd, asked, "Have you come out against Me with swords and staves to arrest me like a robber? Day after day I have been sitting teaching you in the temple, and you did not arrest Me.|
|RF MAT 26:56||But all this has occurred in order that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled. "All the disciples then leaving Him, fled.|
|RF MAT 26:57|| Before Caiaphas.
Then those who had arrested Jesus, took Him away to Caiaphas, the High Priest, where the professors and elders were collected.
|RF MAT 26:58||Peter also followed at a distance, as far as the court of the High Priest; and entering, he sat down along with the officers, to see the end.|
|RF MAT 26:59||Now the chief priests, and the whole senate sought out false witnesses against Jesus, so that they might kill Him;|
|RF MAT 26:60||but they could not procure them, although many liars came forward. At last, however, two liars came up,|
|RF MAT 26:61||asserting, "This fellow said, 'I am able to demolish the temple of God, and rebuild it in three days' time."|
|RF MAT 26:62||Then the High Priest, jumping up and addressing Him, exclaimed, "Have You no reply? What do these men witness against You?"|
|RF MAT 26:63||But Jesus kept silent. The High Priest thereupon said to Him, "I put You upon Your oath before the God of Life, so that You must answer us. Are You the Messiah, the Son of that God?"|
|RF MAT 26:64||"You have stated the fact," Jesus made answer. "I tell you more: in the future you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THAT POWER, AND ADVANCING UPON THE CLOUDS OF THE HEAVEN!"1|
|RF MAT 26:65|| "He blasphemes!" exclaimed the High Priest, as he tore his robes; "what need have we of further evidence? Why, now you have heard His blasphemy!
|RF MAT 26:66||What do you decide?" "He is liable to be put to death," was their reply.|
|RF MAT 26:67||They then spat in His face, and beat Him upon the head; while others struck Him with their staves,|
|RF MAT 26:68||saying, "Tell us, Master Messiah, who are these who assault You?"|
|RF MAT 26:69|| The Denial by Peter.
Now Peter was still sitting outside in the court; and a girl coming to him, said, "Why, you were also with Jesus, the Galilean!"
|RF MAT 26:70||He denied it, however, before them all; declaring, "I do not know what you are talking about."|
|RF MAT 26:71||Then going out into the vestibule, another saw him, and said to those there, "This fellow was with Jesus, the Nazarene!"|
|RF MAT 26:72||With an oath he again denied it, saying, "I know nothing about the Man!"|
|RF MAT 26:73||After a little while, however, the bystanders approached, and said to Peter, "You are most certainly one of them; for your dialect proves it plainly!"|
|RF MAT 26:74||He then began to curse and swear; declaring, "I do not even know the Man." And immediately the bugle sounded.1|
|RF MAT 26:75|| Peter then remembered the words of Jesus addressed to himself—"Before a bugle sounds, you will thrice deny Me"; and rushing out, he wept bitterly.
1 See note to verse 34.