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 23:1||
|RF LUK 23:2||where they began to accuse Him, asserting, "We have found this fellow misleading the nation, and forbidding the payment of tribute to the emperor, asserting Himself to be an anointed king!"1|
|RF LUK 23:3||"Pilate then questioned Him, asking, "Are You the King of the Judean?" "You say so," was His answer.|
|RF LUK 23:4||Pilate, then addressing the chief priests as well as the crowd, said, "I can find nothing criminal about this Man."|
|RF LUK 23:5||But they became more vehement, adding, "He raised sedition among the people by His teaching through the whole of Judea, from Galilee, where he started, even to this place."|
|RF LUK 23:6||The mention of Galilee then led Pilate to ask if the Man were a Galilean.|
|RF LUK 23:7||And, learning that he belonged to the jurisdiction of Herod, he remanded Him to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at the time.|
|RF LUK 23:8||When Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad; for he had for a long time been anxious to see Him, on account of what he had heard concerning Him; and he expected to see striking evidence come from Him.|
|RF LUK 23:9||He accordingly asked Him a great many questions; but He explained nothing to him.|
|RF LUK 23:10||The chief priests and the professors, however, accused Him savagely.|
|RF LUK 23:11||Then Herod despised Him, and with his guards ridiculed Him, and sent Him back to Pilate, wrapped in a splendid cloak.|
|RF LUK 23:12||From that very day Pilate and Herod became friendly with one another; for before they had lived in enmity.|
|RF LUK 23:13||Pilate, then addressing the chief priests, the nobles, and the people,|
|RF LUK 23:14||said to them, "You have brought this Man before me on a charge of disturbing the people. Yet, having examined Him in your presence, I can find no such crime in the man as you accuse Him of;|
|RF LUK 23:15||neither, indeed, has Herod; for he has sent Him back to us; and even he has decided that nothing has been done by Him to deserve death.|
|RF LUK 23:16||Therefore, having flogged Him, I shall discharge Him."|
|RF LUK 23:17||For it was necessary to liberate some one to them at every festival.1|
|RF LUK 23:18||But they all yelled out in chorus, "Away with this fellow! and let Barabbas be liberated for us!"|
|RF LUK 23:19||He was one who had been imprisoned for raising an insurrection in the city, and for murder.|
|RF LUK 23:20|| Pilate, anxious to liberate Jesus, again expostulated:
1 Some of the MSS. read ver. 17: "For it was necessary to liberate some one to them at every festival." The best critics, however, and earliest MSS., show it to be only an ancient editorial note,—F.F.
|RF LUK 23:21||but they now yelled out, "Crucify! crucify Him!"|
|RF LUK 23:22||Speaking to them for the third time, he asked, "Why? what offence has this Man committed? I can find Him guilty of no capital offence; I will therefore flog Him, and discharge Him."|
|RF LUK 23:23||But they, uniting in a general roar, demanded that He should be crucified: and their voices prevailed.|
|RF LUK 23:24||And Pilate chose to give way to their demand;|
|RF LUK 23:25||so he released the man who had been imprisoned for riot and murder, whom they asked; but he handed Jesus over to their will.|
|RF LUK 23:26|| The Daughters of Jerusalem.
And as they led Him away, they seized Simon, of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country; and laying upon him the cross, they made him carry it behind Jesus.
|RF LUK 23:27||And a large crowd of the people followed Him, including women, who were beating their breasts, and lamenting Him.|
|RF LUK 23:28||Jesus, however, turning towards them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me; but weep for yourselves and for your children. For now the days are|
|RF LUK 23:29||coming, during which they shall say, 'Happy are the barren, happy the childless, and happy those who have never nursed.'|
|RF LUK 23:30||Then they will begin to SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, 'FALL UPON US'; AND TO THE HILLS, ' BURY US'; 1|
|RF LUK 23:31||because if they do this with the green tree, what must happen to the rotten one?"|
|RF LUK 23:32||And two others, who were criminals, were also led with Him for execution.|
|RF LUK 23:33|| The Crucifixion.
And when they arrived at a spot known as Calvary (that is, Skull-cap), they there crucified Him; one of the criminals being on the right, and the other on the left.
|RF LUK 23:34||And Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And casting lots, they divided His clothing among them. 2|
|RF LUK 23:35||And the people stood round as spectators; but they jeered, and the nobles also, exclaiming, "He saved others; let Him save Himself, if this fellow is the Messiah, the chosen One of God!"|
|RF LUK 23:36||The soldiers also ridiculed Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,|
|RF LUK 23:37|| and saying, "If You are the Judean King, save Yourself!"
1 Hos. x. 8
2 Psa. xxli 18
|RF LUK 23:38||There was also an inscription placed over Him in the Greek, Latin, and Hebrew languages: This is THE KING OF THE JUDEANS.|
|RF LUK 23:39||One of the criminals suspended also abused Him, saying, "Are You not the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!"|
|RF LUK 23:40||But the other reproached him, saying, "Should you not fear God, seeing you are yourself in the same punishment?—|
|RF LUK 23:41||And we indeed rightly: for we justly receive it for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong."|
|RF LUK 23:42||Then he said: "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom."|
|RF LUK 23:43||When He replied to him: "I tell you truly, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."|
|RF LUK 23:44|| The Last Words of the Son of Man.
It was now about midday, and darkness enveloped the whole land until about three o'clock in the afternoon
|RF LUK 23:45||from the sun being obscured; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.|
|RF LUK 23:46||Then crying with a loud voice, Jesus said, "Father, into Your hands I resign My spirit"; having said which, He expired.|
|RF LUK 23:47||Then the captain seeing the event, praised God, exclaiming, "This was undoubtedly an innocent Man."|
|RF LUK 23:48||And all the crowds that collected to witness this spectacle, on seeing what had taken place, returned home, beating their breasts.|
|RF LUK 23:49||But all His friends stood at a distance from Him; and the women who followed Him from Galilee saw these things.|
|RF LUK 23:50|| The Entombment.
And a man named Joseph, of the Judean town of Arimathea—a benevolent and just man,
|RF LUK 23:51||and a member of the senate, who had not concurred in the determination and crime of the others—who was himself also expecting the Kingdom of God,|
|RF LUK 23:52||proceeded to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.|
|RF LUK 23:53||And taking it down, he wrapt it in linen, and placed it in a rock-hewn tomb, in which none had as yet been buried.|
|RF LUK 23:54||That was a Preparation-day, and a Sabbath was approaching.|
|RF LUK 23:55||And the women who had accompanied Him from Galilee having followed, observed the tomb, and how the body was placed.|
|RF LUK 23:56||And returning, they prepared aromatics and myrrhs; but they rested upon the actual Sabbath, in accordance with the command.|