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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

8:1AND God will remember Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that with him in the ark: and God will make a wind to pass over the earth and the waters will settle down.
8:2And the fountains of the deep, and the sluices of the heavens shall be shut up, and the rains from the heavens shall be withheld.
8:3And the waters shall turn back from over the earth, going and turning back, and the waters shall fail from the end of fifty and one hundred days.
8:4And the ark shall rest in the seventh month in the seventeenth day of the month upon the mountains of Ararat
8:5And the waters were going and diminishing until the tenth month: in the tenth, in the one of the month, the heads of the mountains were seen.
8:6And it shall be from the end of forty days Noah shall open the window of the ark which he made.
8:7And he shall send forth the raven, and it shall go forth, going and turning back, till the waters dry up from over the earth.
8:8And he shall send forth the dove from with him to see if the waters were diminished from the face of the earth.
8:9And the dove found not rest to the hollow of her foot, and she will turn back to him to the ark, for the waters are over the face of all the earth; and he will send forth his hand and will take her and will cause her to come to him to the ark.
8:10And he will wait yet again other seven days, and he will add to send forth the dove from the ark.
8:11And the dove will come in to him at the time of evening, and lo, an olive leaf plucked off, in her mouth. And Noah will know that the waters were diminished from over the earth.
8:12And he will wait yet again, other seven days, and will send forth the dove; and she will not add to turn back to him yet again.
8:13And it shall be in the one and six hundredth year, in the beginning, in one of the month, the waters were diminished from over the earth: and Noah will turn away the covering of the ark, and he will see and behold the face of the earth was dry.
8:14And in the second month, in the seven and twentieth day of the month, the earth shall be dry.
8:15And God will speak to Noah, saying,
8:16Come forth from the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons and thy sons' wives with thee.
8:17Every living thins which is with thee, from all flesh, of birds and of cattle, and of every creeping thing creeping upon the earth, bring forth with thee, and increase ye abundantly in the earth and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.
8:18And Noah shall come forth, and his sons and his wife, and his sons' wives with him.
8:19Every living thing, every creeping thing, and every bird, every thing creeping upon the earth according to their families shall come forth from the ark.
8:20And Noah will build an altar to Jehovah, and will take from all clean cattle, and from all clean birds, and will bring up a burnt offering upon the altar.
8:21And Jehovah smelled a smell of sweetness; and Jehovah will say in his heart, I will not gather to curse the earth yet again on account of man; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: and I will not gather yet again to smite every living thing according to which I did.
8:22Yet all the days of the earth, seed and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
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.