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 LUK 22:1||
The Approaching Passover. The festival Of unfermented bread, known as the Passover, was now drawing near.
|RF LUK 22:2||And the chief priests and professors were seeking an opportunity to assassinate Him; but they were afraid of the people.|
|RF LUK 22:3|| The Plot of Judas.
Satan then entered Judas, surnamed the Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.
|RF LUK 22:4||And he proceeded to converse with the chief priests and officers, as to how he Could hand Him over to them.|
|RF LUK 22:5||And they were delighted, and bargained to give him money.|
|RF LUK 22:6||He accordingly consented, and awaited an opportunity to betray Him to them, away from the crowd.|
|RF LUK 22:7|| Preparations for the Passover.
When the time arrived for the unfermented bread, when the Passover ought to be offered,
|RF LUK 22:8||He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, in order that we may eat it."|
|RF LUK 22:9||"Where do You wish us to prepare it?" they asked.|
|RF LUK 22:10||"When you enter the city," He told them, "a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters.|
|RF LUK 22:11||Then say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, Where is the assembly-room, where I can eat the Passover with My disciples?'|
|RF LUK 22:12||And he will show you a large upper chamber, furnished; make ready there."|
|RF LUK 22:13||So they went; and finding everything as He had told them, they prepared for the Passover.|
|RF LUK 22:14|| Institution of the Lord's Supper.
And when the hour arrived, He reclined, and the twelve apostles were with Him.
|RF LUK 22:15||And He said to them: "I have longingly desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering;|
|RF LUK 22:16||however, I tell you that I will not eat of it, until it can be administered in the Kingdom of God."|
|RF LUK 22:17||Then taking the cup, and giving thanks, He said: "Take this, and divide it among yourselves;|
|RF LUK 22:18||for I tell you that I will not drink of the produce of the vine, until the Kingdom Of God has come."|
|RF LUK 22:19||He then took the bread, and giving thanks, He broke it, and handed it to them, saying, "This is My body, [[which is delivered up for you; do this in remembrance of Me."|
|RF LUK 22:20||And He did the same also with the after-dinner cup, saying, "This Cup is a New Settlement in My blood, which is poured out for your sakes.]]|
|RF LUK 22:21||But nevertheless the hand of My betrayer is with My own upon the table:|
|RF LUK 22:22||for the Son of Man is indeed going away, as has been determined; but alas for that man by means of whom He is betrayed!"|
|RF LUK 22:23||They then began to inquire among themselves who it could be that was about to do this.|
|RF LUK 22:24|| The Question of Precedency.
A warm discussion now took place among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
|RF LUK 22:25||"The kings of the heathen," He observed to them, "exercise dominion over them; and their oppressors are styled 'benefactors':|
|RF LUK 22:26||but you must not do so. On the contrary, let the greater among you become as the younger; and the chief like a servant.|
|RF LUK 22:27||For who is the greater—the guest or the servant? Is not the guest? but I am among you as a Servant.|
|RF LUK 22:28||But you are accompanying Me in My trials;|
|RF LUK 22:29||and I will grant you a Kingdom, such as My Father has granted to Me:|
|RF LUK 22:30||so that you may eat and drink at My table, in My Kingdom, and sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."|
|RF LUK 22:31|| Peter's Denial Predicted.
The Master then added, "Simon, Simon, see, Satan has demanded you, to sift you like wheat;
|RF LUK 22:32||but I have made supplication for you, that your faith may not fail. And when you have recovered yourself, strengthen your brothers."|
|RF LUK 22:33||"Master," was his reply, "I am ready to go with You to prison—yes, even to death!"|
|RF LUK 22:34||"Let Me tell you, Peter," He said, "the bugle 1 will not sound today, until you have thrice denied that you know Me."|
|RF LUK 22:35||Then He asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag, or shoes, did you want anything?" " Nothing," was their reply.|
|RF LUK 22:36||He answered them, "But now, whoever has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a bag; and he that has no sword, let him sell his cloak and buy one.|
|RF LUK 22:37||For I tell you, that which was written must be completed in Me: THAT HE WAS ALSO RANKED AMONG THE OUTLAWS; 2 for indeed, what has been written about Me will have fulfillment."|
|RF LUK 22:38||"Master, see!" said they, "there are two swords here." "That will do," was His reply.|
|RF LUK 22:39|| The Agony of the Son of Man.
Then going out, He retired, according to His custom, to the Mount of Olivet; and the disciples also followed Him.
1 The Roman bugle, called in Latin, "Gal-ins," i.e., "The Cock," or "The Crower." It was a Roman army bugle for signaling the relief of the Guard.
2 Isa. Liii 12
|RF LUK 22:40||When He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray, for fear trial should overtake you."|
|RF LUK 22:41||And tearing Himself away from them, as far as a stone's throw, He knelt down, and prayed;|
|RF LUK 22:42||saying, "Father, if it be Your will, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done!"|
|RF LUK 22:43||[[An angel from heaven then appeared to Him, strengthening Him.|
|RF LUK 22:44||And being in an agony of grief, He prayed all the more fervently; and the sweat fell from Him to the ground like drops of blood.]]|
|RF LUK 22:45||And rising up from His prayer, He came toward the disciples, and found them sleeping, overcome with grief;|
|RF LUK 22:46||and said to them, "Why do you sleep? rise up and pray, so that trial may not come upon you."|
|RF LUK 22:47|| The Arrest.
While He was still speaking, a crowd made its appearance, headed by him who was called Judas, one of the twelve; and he came up to Jesus to kiss Him.
|RF LUK 22:48||"Judas," exclaimed Jesus, "do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"|
|RF LUK 22:49||Now those about Him, foreseeing what would happen, asked Him, "Master, shall we strike with a sword?"|
|RF LUK 22:50||And one of them struck the servant of the High Priest, cutting off his right ear.|
|RF LUK 22:51||But Jesus, addressing him, said, "Here let the matter rest"; and, touching the ear, He cured it.|
|RF LUK 22:52||Jesus then asked those who came against Him from the chief priests, the officers of the temple-guard, and the elders, "Are you come out with swords and staves, as if you were in pursuit of a robber?|
|RF LUK 22:53||While I was daily with you in the temple, you did not attempt to arrest Me. But this hour, and that of the power of darkness, is yours."|
|RF LUK 22:54||Then arresting Him, they took Him to the house of the High Priest, Peter following at a distance.|
|RF LUK 22:55||And when they had lit a fire in the middle of the court, and were standing around it, Peter seated himself among them.|
|RF LUK 22:56|| Peter's Denial.
A maid-servant then noticing him sitting in the light, looked at him, remarking, "Why, this fellow was with Him!
|RF LUK 22:57||But be denied it, saying, "I do not know Him, woman!"|
|RF LUK 22:58||A short time after, another saw him, and said, "You, too, belong to them!" "Man, I do not," was Peter's reply.|
|RF LUK 22:59||And about an hour afterwards, another declared the same thing, saying, "By my oath, this fellow was also with Him; for he is a Galilean."|
|RF LUK 22:60||But Peter responded, "I do not know, man, what you are talking about!" And immediately a bugle sounded while he was speaking.|
|RF LUK 22:61||Then the Master, turning round, looked upon Peter; and Peter called to mind the word of his Master, how He had told him, "Before the bugle sounds you will have thrice denied Me."|
|RF LUK 22:62||And, rushing out, he wept bitterly.|
|RF LUK 22:63|| The Derision of the Son of Man.
Now, those who had Jesus in charge ridiculed and assaulted Him;
|RF LUK 22:64||and, blindfolding Him, they struck Him in the face, and asked Him, saying, "Guess who it is that strikes You?"|
|RF LUK 22:65||And many other insults they uttered against Him.|
|RF LUK 22:66|| The Judean Mock Trial.
As soon as it was day, the representatives of the people, chief priests, and professors assembled; and they led Him into their senate, saying,
|RF LUK 22:67||"If You are the Messiah, tell us." " If I were to tell you," he answered them, "you would not believe;|
|RF LUK 22:68||and if I were to argue, you would neither discuss the matter nor discharge Me.|
|RF LUK 22:69||From now, however, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."|
|RF LUK 22:70||"Are You the Son of God, then?" they all exclaimed. "You yourselves say that I am,' He replied to them.|
|RF LUK 22:71||"What further need have we of evidence?" they then shouted; "we ourselves have heard enough from His own mouth."|