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 27:1||
|RF MAT 27:2||And having manacled Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him over to Pontius Pilate, the governor.|
|RF MAT 27:3|| The Conscience Stricken Judas.
(When Judas, who betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, he was horrified, and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and leaders,
|RF MAT 27:4||exclaiming, "I have sinned in betraying innocent blood." "What is that to us? " was their reply; "look out for yourself!"|
|RF MAT 27:5||He accordingly flung down the silver in the temple, ran away, and departing, he hanged himself.|
|RF MAT 27:6||And the chief priests, picking up the money, said, "It is not allowable to add it to the sacred gifts, seeing that it is the price of blood."|
|RF MAT 27:7||Then having consulted respecting it, they bought with it the potter's field, for the purpose of burying foreigners.|
|RF MAT 27:8||That field has consequently been called, "The Blood Field "down to the present time.|
|RF MAT 27:9||Thus was fulfilled the statement delivered through Zechariah the prophet, which says, AND I TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER—THE AMOUNT OF THE VALUATION AT WHICH I WAS VALUED BY THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL—|
|RF MAT 27:10||AND GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER'S FIELD, AS THE LORD DIRECTED ME2)|
|RF MAT 27:11|| Before Pontius Pilate.
When Jesus was brought before the Governor, the Governor questioned Him, asking, "Are You the King of the Jews?" "You say so," Jesus made answer.
|RF MAT 27:12||When, however, He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He answered nothing.|
|RF MAT 27:13||Pilate then said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they charge against You?"|
|RF MAT 27:14|| However, He never offered to say a single word by way of defence; so that the Governor was very much surprised.
2. Zech 11.12-13
|RF MAT 27:15||At festival-time, it was customary for the Governor to liberate one prisoner for the people, whomsoever they desired.|
|RF MAT 27:16||And they had then a notorious prisoner, named Barabbas.|
|RF MAT 27:17||Pilate addressing them, therefore, asked, "Whom do you wish me to discharge? Barabbas, or Jesus, Whom they call the Messiah?|
|RF MAT 27:18||"For he saw clearly that it was merely on account of malice that they had delivered Him.|
|RF MAT 27:19||And while he was sitting in the court of justice, his own wife sent a message to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with this just Man; for I have endured much in a dream this morning on account of Him."|
|RF MAT 27:20||The chief priests and elders, however, incited the mob to demand Barabbas, and execute Jesus.|
|RF MAT 27:21||But the Governor, addressing them, asked, "Which of the two shall I set free for you?" "Barabbas!" was their reply.|
|RF MAT 27:22||"What then," asked Pilate, "shall I do with Jesus, Whom they call the Messiah?" "Let Him be crucified!" was their unanimous reply.|
|RF MAT 27:23||"Why?" he asked; "what crime has He committed?" In reply, they yelled out more savagely than before, "Let Him be crucified!"|
|RF MAT 27:24||Pilate then seeing that he gained nothing by it, but, on the contrary, that the riot increased, took water, and washed his hands in the presence of the mob, saying, "See, I am innocent of the blood of this just Man; look to it yourselves!"|
|RF MAT 27:25||Then in reply to him, the whole mass of the people shouted out, "Let His blood be upon us, and upon our children!"|
|RF MAT 27:26||He then discharged Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he delivered Him over to be crucified.|
|RF MAT 27:27|| Mocked by the Soldiers.
The Governor's soldiers then taking Jesus into the Praetorium, mustered all the troops.
|RF MAT 27:28||And dressing Him up, they robed Him in a scarlet cloak;|
|RF MAT 27:29||and platting a crown of thorns, they placed it upon His head, and put a cane in His right hand. Then kneeling before Him, they shouted out in ridicule "Long live the King of the Jews!"|
|RF MAT 27:30||They also spat upon Him; and taking the cane, they struck Him with it upon the head.|
|RF MAT 27:31||Then when they had scorned Him, they took the cloak from off Him, and clothed Him in His own garments, and led Him away to be crucified.|
|RF MAT 27:32|| The Crucifixion of Jesus.
When they were going out, they met a Cyrenian, Simon by name; whom they forced into their service, in order that he might carry His cross.
|RF MAT 27:33||On arriving at a place known by the name of Golgotha, which means Skullfield,|
|RF MAT 27:34||they offered Him sour wine to drink, mixed with gall; but tasting it, He would not drink.|
|RF MAT 27:35||Then, having crucified Him, they cast lots for the division of His garments among themselves.|
|RF MAT 27:36||And sitting down they kept guard over Him there.|
|RF MAT 27:37|| And over His head they placed His written indictment, thus:
THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JUDEANS.
|RF MAT 27:38||They also crucified two robbers along with Him, placing one on the right hand, and the other on the left.|
|RF MAT 27:39||The passers-by also insulted Him, wagging their heads,|
|RF MAT 27:40||and calling out, "You demolisher of the temple, and rebuilder of it in three days, now save Yourself, if You can! If You are a son of a god, come down from the cross!"|
|RF MAT 27:41||In the same way, the chief priests, with the professors and elders, derided Him, saying,|
|RF MAT 27:42||"He saved others; He cannot save Himself! If He is the King of Israel, let Him come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him!|
|RF MAT 27:43||He trusted upon God, let Him now rescue Him, if He wants Him; for He asserted, 'I am a Son of God.'"|
|RF MAT 27:44||And even the robbers who were crucified along with Him reproached Him in the same way.|
|RF MAT 27:45||Then from mid-day until three o'clock in the afternoon darkness spread over all the land;|
|RF MAT 27:46||and about three o'clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, exclaiming, "Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?" that is, "O My God! My God! to what have You forsaken Me?"|
|RF MAT 27:47||And some of the by- standers, on hearing that, remarked, "He seems to call for Elijah."|
|RF MAT 27:48||And at once one from among them ran, and taking a sponge, filled it with sour wine; and placing it upon a cane, gave Him a drink.|
|RF MAT 27:49||But the others called out, "Let Him alone! Let us. see whether Elijah will come and save Him!"|
|RF MAT 27:50||But another taking a spear pierced His side, when blood and water came out. Jesus, however, having again called out with a loud voice, resigned His spirit.|
|RF MAT 27:51|| The Sequel to the Resurrection.
And then the veil of the temple was torn into two from the top to the bottom; while the earth was shaken, and the rocks were split.
|RF MAT 27:52||The tombs were also opened, and many bodies of the saintly sleepers were raised;|
|RF MAT 27:53||and coming out of the tombs, after his resurrection, they entered the holy city, and were seen by many.|
|RF MAT 27:54||Then the captain, and those who were along with Him, guarding Jesus, perceiving the earthquake and these other events, became dreadfully frightened, exclaiming, "In very truth this was a son of a god!"|
|RF MAT 27:55||And many women, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, attending to Him, were looking on from a distance.|
|RF MAT 27:56||Among these were Mary, the Magdalene; and Mary, the mother of James and Joses; as well as the mother of the sons of Zebedee.|
|RF MAT 27:57|| The Entombment.
When the evening arrived, there came from Arimathea, a rich man, named Joseph, who had himself also been taught by Jesus.
|RF MAT 27:58||Going to Pilate, he asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered the body to be given up.|
|RF MAT 27:59||Joseph accordingly taking the corpse, wrapped it in a fine linen shroud,|
|RF MAT 27:60||and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and having rolled a large stone to the door of the tomb, he went away.|
|RF MAT 27:61||Mary, the Magdalene, and the other Mary, however, kept sitting opposite the tomb.|
|RF MAT 27:62|| Making Assurance Doubly Sure.
Now on the morning following the preparation for the festival, the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate,
|RF MAT 27:63||stating, "Sir, we remember that this Impostor said when He was alive, 'After three days I shall rise again.'|
|RF MAT 27:64||' Order, therefore, the tomb to be secured until the third day; for fear His disciples, coming, should steal Him, and say to the mob, ' He arose from the dead.' Thus the last imposture will be worse than the first.'|
|RF MAT 27:65||"Take a guard," exclaimed Pilate in reply; "go away: secure it as you like!"|
|RF MAT 27:66||They accordingly went and secured the tomb, sealing the stone in company with the guard.|