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Textus Receptus Bibles

Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

40:1And it will be after these words, The cup-bearer of the king of Egypt, and the baker, sinned to their lord the king of Egypt
40:2And Pharaoh will be angry against his two eunuchs, against the chief of the cup-bearers, and against the chief of the bakers.
40:3And he will give them in guard in the house of the chief of the cooks, to the house of the fortress, the place where Joseph was bound there.
40:4And the chief of the cooks will appoint Joseph over them, and he will serve them; and they will be days in guard.
40:5And they will dream a dream, they two, a man his dream in one night, a man according to the interpretation of his dream; the cup-bearer and the baker which were to the king of Egypt, who were bound in the house of the fortress.
40:6And Joseph will come to them in the morning, and will see them, and behold, they sad.
40:7And he will ask Pharaoh's eunuchs which were with him in guard of the house of his lord, saying, Why are your faces evil this day?
40:8And they will say to him, We dreamed a dream, and there is none interpreting it And Joseph will say to them, Are not interpretations to God? Relate now to me.
40:9And the chief of the cup-bearers will relate his dream to Joseph, and will say to him, In my dream, and behold a vine before me;
40:10And in the vine three shoots; and this as flourishing, its leaf went forth; the clusters of grapes were ripened.
40:11And Pharaoh's cup in my hand; and I shall take the grapes and press them into Pharaoh's cup, and I shall give the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
40:12And Joseph will say to him, This its interpretation: The three shoots they are three days.
40:13Yet in three days Pharaoh will lift up thy head, and restore thee to thy place, and thou shalt give Pharaoh's cup into his hand, according to thy first judgment, when thou wert his cup-bearer.
40:14But remember me with thyself, when it shall be well to thee, and now do-kindness to me, and remember me to Pharaoh and bring me out of this house.
40:15For by stealing, I was stolen from the land Of the Hebrews: and also here, I have not done anything that they put me in the pit
40:16And the chief of the bakers see that he interpreted good, and he will say to Joseph, I also in my dream, and behold, three wicker-baskets of white bread upon my head.
40:17And in the high basket of all, food of Pharaoh, the work of baking; and the birds ate them from the basket above my head.
40:18And Joseph will answer and say, This its interpretation: the three baskets, they are three days;
40:19Yet in three days, Pharaoh will lift up thy head above thee, and hang thee upon a tree, and the birds shall eat thy flesh from thee.
40:20And it will be in the third day, the day of the birth of Pharaoh, and he will make a drinking to all his servants; and he will lilt up the head of the chief of the cup-bearers, and the head of the chief of the bakers, in the midst of his servants.
40:21And he will restore the chief of the cup-bearers to his possession; and he will give the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
40:22And he will hang the chief of the bakers, according to what Joseph interpreted to them.
40:23And the chief of the cup-bearers did not remember Joseph, and he will forget him.
Julia Smith and her sister

Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

The Julia Evelina Smith Parker Translation is considered the first complete translation of the Bible into English by a woman. The Bible was titled The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally from the Original Tongues, and was published in 1876.

Julia Smith, of Glastonbury, Connecticut had a working knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Her father had been a Congregationalist minister before he became a lawyer. Having read the Bible in its original languages, she set about creating her own translation, which she completed in 1855, after a number of drafts. The work is a strictly literal rendering, always translating a Greek or Hebrew word with the same word wherever possible. Smith accomplished this work on her own in the span of eight years (1847 to 1855). She had sought out no help in the venture, even writing, "I do not see that anybody can know more about it than I do." Smith's insistence on complete literalness, plus an effort to translate each original word with the same English word, combined with an odd notion of Hebrew tenses (often translating the Hebrew imperfect tense with the English future) results in a translation that is mechanical and often nonsensical. However, such a translation if overly literal might be valuable to consult in checking the meaning of some individual verse. One notable feature of this translation was the prominent use of the Divine Name, Jehovah, throughout the Old Testament of this Bible version.

In 1876, at 84 years of age some 21 years after completing her work, she finally sought publication. The publication costs ($4,000) were personally funded by Julia and her sister Abby Smith. The 1,000 copies printed were offered for $2.50 each, but her household auction in 1884 sold about 50 remaining copies.

The translation fell into obscurity as it was for the most part too literal and lacked any flow. For example, Jer. 22:23 was given as follows: "Thou dwelling in Lebanon, building as nest in the cedars, how being compassionated in pangs coming to thee the pain as in her bringing forth." However, the translation was the only Contemporary English translation out of the original languages available to English readers until the publication of The British Revised Version in 1881-1894.(The New testament was published in 1881, the Old in 1884, and the Apocrypha in 1894.) This makes it an invaluable Bible for its period.